During a traffic stop, a Sarasota County man found himself being charged with a felony for a third offense of driving with a suspended license. In Florida, if you have three or more offenses for this crime, you’re automatically charged with a felony, which can be punished with incarceration. Wanting to avoid time behind bars, the man reached out to attorney Erika Valcarcel of Erika Valcarcel, Criminal Defense Lawyer, P.A..

Upon obtaining discovery documents, which included a copy of the client’s certified driving record, attorney Valcarcel found out that her client’s charge was only his second offense for driving with a suspended license, meaning he should only have been facing a misdemeanor. As such, attorney Valcarcel was able to get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor, keeping her client out of jail and on an 18-month probation sentence.

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