A 20-year-old college student from Bradenton, Florida of Manatee County was charged with 3rd-degree felony sale of marijuana. The young man was concerned about a drug conviction on his record from a professional standpoint. Looking for help with his uncertain future, the student sought out the legal guidance of Sarasota criminal defense attorney Erika Valcarcel.
With a potential five-year prison sentence pending, attorney Valcarcel was adamant about getting the student into a drug court program. In the state of Florida, a drug sale charge does not ordinarily render admittance into such a program. However, Valcarcel aggressively advocated on behalf of her client’s young age and positive standing in the community. Upon the insistence of attorney Valcarcel, our client was admitted into drug court where he successfully completed all program requirements. He later saw an expungement of his sale of marijuana charge.
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