When a man in his fifties was approached by an undercover officer and charged with solicitation of a prostitute, he was suddenly exposed to an embarrassing offense and up to a year in jail for this first-degree misdemeanor. In Sarasota County, there is a current trend to pursue these cases aggressively and he contacted Sarasota criminal defense lawyer Erika Valcarcel to find the best possible result. Even though it is becoming increasingly difficult to enter a diversion program for solicitation charges, attorney Valcarcel fought hard for her client. By leveraging his otherwise unblemished record, she facilitated his enrollment into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) Program. Through PTI, her client would need to pay a monetary fine, undergo an STD screening, participate in a dangers of prostitution workshop, and perform community service, but once completed, the charge will be dismissed.

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