A woman in her 40s found herself charged with petty theft after shoplifting approximately $100 worth of items from a Manatee, County grocery store. The woman had a history of prior theft convictions and as a result of this latest charge, the prosecutor’s office wanted to pursue a 60-day jail sentence. The woman was understandably nervous about theses repercussions, so she contacted criminal defense attorney Erika Valcarcel for legal assistance.

Attorney Erika Valcarcel immediately began working on her client’s behalf and was able to submit documentation to the court showing that her client was suffering from medical and mental health issues. After her condition was taken into account, Valcarcel negotiated to allow probation in lieu of jail time, which let her client continue her essential medical and mental health treatments.

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