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Case Results

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DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

After a client was arrested for a DUI, they faced jail time, fines, increased insurance rates, and several other potential consequences. This led them to reach out to Erika Valcarcel for assistance.

We immediately contacted the state regarding their DETER program, which could reduce a DUI charge to reckless driving if the program is completed. We argued that since it was the client’s first offense, no aggravating factors existed, and the client cooperated with law enforcement, they should be eligible for the program.

Upon completing the program, the client’s charges were reduced to reckless driving. On top of that, we helped the client keep their driver’s license throughout the process.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges Dismissed

When a client was facing third-degree felony charges for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, they quickly contacted Erika Valcarcel to avoid a potential punishment of 5 years in jail.

The client was accused of threatening her husband of many years with a kitchen knife; however, these alleged facts were not accurately reported.

The husband contacted our office and signed a waiver of prosecution stating that he did not want to go forward with the case. We then submitted a waiver to the State Attorney’s office arguing that without the alleged victim’s testimony, there was no evidence of a crime. This resulted in a full dismissal of the client’s charges.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

No Jail for Employee Charged with Theft

Attorney Valcarcel recently helped a client accused of taking money from her employer on several occasions. This led to very serious charges for engaging in a scheme to defraud. As a third-degree felony, she was looking at up to five years in prison and her employer was adamant that she receive jail time as part of her sentence.

By negotiating with the prosecutor and arguing that it would be impossible for our client to repay her employer from jail, the state agreed to probation as long as she pays restitution, attends a theft diversionary class, and completes a mental health evaluation. This allowed her to avoid an almost assured jail sentence and put an unfortunate situation behind her.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed in 10 Days

When a client was arrested for battery after an altercation with his girlfriend, he immediately contacted attorney Erika Valcarcel. The client was adamant that the entire situation was a misunderstanding, but nevertheless he was looking at a domestic violence conviction and potentially up to a year in jail.

We acted fast on his behalf and discussed the situation with the State attorney’s office. We informed the prosecutor that our client’s girlfriend did not want to proceed and highlighted the weaknesses in their case.

Once they were aware of these developments, we successfully arranged to have the charges dismissed. This was all before our client’s first court date and impressively all done within 10 days of the initial arrest.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Charges Dismissed

When a client was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, attorney Valcarcel worked to clear things up.

Apparently, there was a minor accident and our client was accused of leaving the scene without providing the required information. Our client denied any wrongdoing and we requested all of the available evidence, including photos of the scene and the 911 call recording.

This gave us everything we needed to demonstrate that it was actually the other driver involved who fled the scene. Therefore, our client had no opportunity to exchange information. The charges were dismissed and our client was spared from a second-degree misdemeanor conviction and consequences that could have included up to 60 days in jail.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

No Jail for Client Driving Under Suspension

Our client was pulled over and charged with driving on a suspended license, which was taken away for various violations, including failure to pay prior fines, court costs, a previous DUI, and back child support. This is a second-degree misdemeanor and potentially exposed him to 60 days in county jail.

The prosecution initially wanted him to serve the entire 60-day maximum sentence. However, we worked with our client and advised him to pay off all of his fines, court costs, and get caught up on child support. We helped with this by continuing the case and giving him the time he needed.

Once his financial obligations were met, we negotiated for a resolution that did not include jail time or any probation.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

No Contact Order Lifted & Battery Dismissed

Attorney Valcarcel recently assisted a man charged with battery after a domestic incident with his wife of many years. As a first degree misdemeanor, he was looking at up to a year in jail as well as a serious conviction on his record.

His arrest stemmed from an argument where he threw an object that unfortunately hit and cut his wife, causing an injury. As a condition of his release, the man was ordered to have no contact with his wife. While this is typical in Sarasota domestic violence charges, it also prevented the man from returning to his home.

Once retained, attorney Valcarcel immediately moved to have the No Contact Order lifted and advised her client to proactively enroll in anger management. This helped establish that her client was not dangerous and persuaded the judge to lift the No Contact Order. This let the man return home, while the case was pending.

Attorney Valcarcel then worked with her client and his wife to file a waiver of prosecution. This stated her desire to not move forward with the case. Once it was filed, Valcarcel argued that without the wife’s testimony the prosecution would have a difficult time proving their case. As a result, the charges were dismissed and the couple was free to move on and put this situation behind them.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.