A 50-year-old retired man from Bradenton, Florida of Manatee County was charged with aggravated assault, a 3rd-degree felony, carrying the potential of five years in prison. His arrest came after he allegedly pointed a firearm at his neighbor during a dispute. Relying heavily on Sarasota attorney, Erika Valcarcel, the man called her to handle the implications of his case.

During the altercation, the neighbor’s pit bull went after our client, who was seen backing away from the situation the entire time. It was apparent to attorney Valcarcel that our client was only acting in self-defense. Utilizing the events of this situation, Valcarcel was able to negotiate with the prosecutor, arguing the neighbor was the primary aggressor, and asked that the charges be dropped. As a result, no criminal charges were filed against our client.

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