A 60-year-old woman from Sarasota County was charged with a 2nd-degree felony leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury. In the state of Florida, a charge of such a nature carries the potential of up to 15 years in prison. Realizing the severity of her charge, the woman retained the legal services of Sarasota County criminal defense attorney Erika Valcarcel.

Our client was clearly worried about a 15-year prison sentence. To combat the pending prison sentence, attorney Valcarcel used various mitigation tactics. Attorney Valcarcel presented evidence of her client’s community involvement, volunteer efforts, and willingness to make restitution in negotiating with a non-jail sentence with the prosecutor. With house arrest and probation, our client received no jail time in this serious charge against her.

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