Joseph Cerino’s Answers

Joseph Cerino

Fort Myers Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 11
  1. Arrested for possession of drugs please help.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Larry Thomas McMillan
    2. Joseph Cerino
    3. Aaron J. O'Brien
    4. Scott Thomas Moorey
    5. Jonathan Hackworth
    5 lawyer answers

    I would need more facts about what happened during the traffic stop. There may be a possible Motion to Suppress the marijuana. If it's not suppressed, possession of marijuana is punishable by a year in jail, but you are probably looking at probation or a diversion program, depending on your prior record. Contact a local criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.

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  2. Could I get my charges dropped to a misdemeanor? Or dropped completely?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Ruth E Singer
    2. Joseph Cerino
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Eric J Trabin
    5. James W Chandler
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Confession may be good for the soul, but it is not a good legal tactic. You gave the prosecutor a proverbial "slam dunk." The prosecutor should take your good deed into consideration when making a plea offer, but he or she is not required to. Consult with a local experienced criminal defense attorney. Many offer a free initial consultation.

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  3. Does my friend need a good lawyer?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Joseph Cerino
    2. Michael Maz Raheb
    3. Jay Scott Finnecy
    4. John B. Elbert
    5. Paul Grant Dwyer
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes he needs a good lawyer. Tell him to consult with a local experienced criminal defense attorney ASAP.

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  4. I may have been falsely convicted of a dui?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michael Adam Haber
    2. Nick Jay Dorsten
    3. Michael T Mackhanlall
    4. Alberto Marino Quirantes Jr.
    5. Matthew Brian Podolsky
    6. ···
    10 lawyer answers

    Contact an experienced local criminal defense attorney. Sounds like you may have a good case.

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  5. Cannot attend CMC for my Divorce

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Dean George Tsourakis
    2. Michael Charles McGinn
    3. Arica Lynn Braaten
    4. Joseph Cerino
    4 lawyer answers

    If it's a CMC with a case manager it's usually pretty easy. Call the case manager and let him or her know you would like to appear by phone, then file a motion for telephonic appearance. I would also suggest consulting with a local family law attorney.

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  6. Can the police come in my house and look through my son's computer without consent?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Maz Raheb
    2. Dean George Tsourakis
    3. Joseph Cerino
    4. Grant Ian Schwarz
    5. Colleen M. Glenn
    5 lawyer answers

    Sounds like you may have a very good Motion to Suppress. Consult with a local criminal defense attorney ASAP.

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  7. If she wants to get a divorce and I do not, can I petition the court to have her pay my legal expenses?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Cerino
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3 lawyer answers

    Legal expenses are usually awarded when one spouse is in a much better financial position than the other, or when one spouse unnecessarily causes excessive legal fees. If one spouse wants a divorce, you will be divorced. I do not know of any statutory or case law that requires a spouse to pay legal fees just because the other spouse did not want the divorce.

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  8. So who qualifies for a public defender? Is it because the charges are so high in points-? I am a teacher and can not afford

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Cerino
    2. Matthew Ryan Gunter
    3. John Joseph Joyce III
    4. Justin Gary Hausler
    5. James Stevenson Fisher
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Qualifying for a public defender is based on income and assets. Have you tried to consult with a local criminal defense attorney, or are you assuming the retainer would be so high? If you haven't done so, set up an initial consultation with a local criminal criminal defense attorney.

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  9. Can a felony case be reopened after nole contedre and expunged?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jason Michael Reid
    2. Joseph Cerino
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    3 lawyer answers

    By PTD, do you mean Pretrial Diversion and the case was dropped? Or did you plea nolo contendre (no contest) and get probation and a withhold of adjudication? Either way, the answer to your question is no.

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  10. Was my 4th Amendment right breached during a routine traffic stop? And if so, can my case be thrown out?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Brenda A Drake
    2. Joseph Cerino
    3. William A. Jones Jr.
    4. Martin Golab White
    5. Alexander Mchenry Memmen
    5 lawyer answers

    Sounds like you may have a good motion to suppress. Consult with a local criminal defense attorney immediately.

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