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Joseph A Cervantez

Joseph A Cervantez

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Joseph A. Cervantez is a Graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law. Joseph had the privilege of beginning his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable court room experience prosecuting offenses ranging from traffic violations to class X felonies. He continued his work with the Saline County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney handling the busy Juvenile Docket.

Since Joseph went into private practice he’s handled a variety of cases throughout the 1st and 2nd judicial Circuit of Illinois. Joseph handles a variety of cases including Divorce, Custody, and Personal Injury but focuses on DUI, Aggravated DUI and Criminal Defense.

Joseph was born and raised in the Chicago land Area. After high school Joseph enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Marine Infantry Leader, deploying in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 to Iraq. He then worked as a NATO Weapons Advisor and Trainer, traveling and working throughout Afghanistan. Joseph eventually graduated law school and began his law career here in Marion Illinois.

Joseph Prides himself on being detailed, strategic and aggressive in his representation.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
1st Circuit
2nd Circuit
Federal Circuit
Professional Experience
Assistant State's Attorney
Williamson County State's Attorney's Office
Assistant State's Attorney
Saline County State's Attorney's Office
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
J.D. (2012) | Law
Professional Associations
Williamson County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar # 6315255
Jackson County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Professional Conduct
Illinois State Bar Association
Committee on Professional Conduct
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2 Questions Answered

Q. My husband got a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid accident. He is currently on the court supervision for DUI
A: Supervision is a deferred judgement that will act to reward someone IF they do not get another conviction within the supervision period. Two supervisions are allowed within a year. A supervision may not affect him but prosecutors may file a petition to revoke his supervision for the DUI. The best thing to do his hire an attorney to fight the FTRS ticket.
Q. How many times do you have to go to court for a DUI?
A: You will have be required to be present for a First Appearance and an Arraignment, usually two different days. If you hired an attorney already, this can be done on the same day. After, the number of appearances depends on the facts of the case, and your history. The case can be continued for a number of reasons, the most common is for Discovery purposes. Typically these Pre-Trials are set out every 45 to 90 days and so if your case lasts two years, you do the math. Additionally, you may have to appear for the SSS hearings as well, add another two or three appearances. In other words, hire an attorney to try and speed things along.
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500 North Holland
Marion, IL 62959
Toll-Free: (618) 997-1943
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