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Rodney Gerling

6148 State Road 70 East
Bradenton FL 34203
(941) 756-6600

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Affordable Attorney Gerling Law Group Chartered


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Have Your Constitutional Rights Been Violated? Were you Illegally Stopped, Detained, or Questioned?

Was Miranda Rights Read to You?

At Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered we believe that every American is entitled to an attorney.  And as your attorney, we will defend every right that you have. Rodney Gerling, Esq. was trained at the Public Defender’s Office where he handled thousands of cases and was Lead Attorney on over 50 Jury Trials.  Rodney have been practicing Criminal Law for over five years and is very familiar with the local Judges and State Attorneys in both Manatee and Sarasota County.  We eagerly accept the responsibility that every America is afforded the right to an attorney.

If Law Enforcement violates your rights, the Judge must be made aware through the proper motions and hearings in order to ensure that the evidence is suppressed. If the State Attorneys do not comply with their obligations, then I will move to have the case dismissed. 

Call my office for a FREE CONSULTATION - 941.756.6600 to determine if your rights have been violated. 

If your rights have been violated, then I will file a: Motion to Suppress Evidence or Motion to Dismiss The Case

Fee Schedule (All Credit Cards Accepted)
Misdemeanor $1,750.00: DUI, Petit Theft, Battery, Assault, Domestic Battery, Violation of Probation, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Driving While License Suspended No Valid Drivers License, many more...

Felony $2,250.00: Grand Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Uttering Forged Instruments, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Violation of Probation, and many more...

Some additional fees and costs may be required and will be discussed in your initial free consultation.

 

Rodney Gerling, Partner

Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Rodney Gerling is the firm’s Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Civil litigation Attorney. He attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. He has been admitted to the Florida Bar and the Federal Bar. Rodney is also a member of the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar Associations in addition to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He began his legal career at the Sarasota County Public Defender’s Office where he handled thousands of cases, served as Lead Attorney on over 50 Jury Trials, and became familiar with the local Judges and State Attorneys. He has parlayed that experience into a winning record as a defense attorney. As a staunch advocate for individual rights, Rodney firmly believes that every American should be afforded the right to an attorney.

Rodney earned his undergraduate degree in biological science from the University of Missouri and is a die hard Mizzou Tiger. He is also a proud supporter of the Sarasota County Humane Society and Manatee Animal Network.

Rodney Gerling, Partner

Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Rodney Gerling is the firm’s Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Civil litigation Attorney. He attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. He has been admitted to the Florida Bar and the Federal Bar. Rodney is also a member of the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar Associations in addition to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He began his legal career at the Sarasota County Public Defender’s Office where he handled thousands of cases, served as Lead Attorney on over 50 Jury Trials, and became familiar with the local Judges and State Attorneys. He has parlayed that experience into a winning record as a defense attorney. As a staunch advocate for individual rights, Rodney firmly believes that every American should be afforded the right to an attorney.

Rodney earned his undergraduate degree in biological science from the University of Missouri and is a die hard Mizzou Tiger. He is also a proud supporter of the Sarasota County Humane Society and Manatee Animal Network.

Please Call: (941) 756-6600

About Us

 

Dana Laganella and Rod GerlingAbout Our Firm Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered was founded by Rodney Gerling and Dana Laganella as a culmination of their shared vision to create a client centered firm which could service all the legal needs of the average Floridian family, from estate planning and small business creation to personal injury and criminal defense. The firm has been built on providing sound legal advice and services, gaining the confidence and respect of clients, and restoring the clients’ belief and trust in their Attorney, all while charging an affordable fee. We use state of the art software, employ a dedicated and professional staff, and are committed to continuing education. Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group began as a commitment to provide quality, affordable legal services to the Bradenton community. That commitment has grown as the firm has expanded to include Manatee and Sarasota counties. We currently have offices in both Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch for your convenience.

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Dana Laganella, Partner

Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dana Laganella practices in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporations, Personal Injury and Workers Compensation law. She is licensed to practice law in both the State of Florida and the State of New Jersey.

She attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated Cum Laude. She was awarded the Best Advocate of the Northeast Region and was voted Best Attorney in East Manatee County by Living Out East Magazine. It is Dana’s commitment to providing quality, affordable legal services that has won her respect and acclaim from both her peers and her clients. She truly enjoys her work. Her passion for helping people in her community is evident in her dedication to providing education on important topics, including Wills, Trusts, Durable Power of Attorney’s and Health Care Surrogates. Further, as a founding partner of Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered, Dana’s commitment to protecting the interests of her clients has become the focus of this client centered firm.

She is President of the Manatee County Florida Association of Women Lawyers and has also served on the Board of Directors with the Sarasota County Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Dana is a member of both the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar Associations. She serves on the Board of the Sarasota County Humane Society, Manatee County Animal Control Advisory Board, and the advisory Board of the Pinellas Animal Foundation. Dana has also been appointed to serve on the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar for her third one year term.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Finance from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, graduating with honors. Dana is an animal lover, providing a loving home for two dogs and two cats of her own. She is a strong supporter of all animal related organizations in the community.

Rodney Gerling, Partner

Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Rodney Gerling is the firm’s Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and Civil litigation Attorney. He attended law school at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. He has been admitted to the Florida Bar and the Federal Bar. Rodney is also a member of the Manatee County and Sarasota County Bar Associations in addition to the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He began his legal career at the Sarasota County Public Defender’s Office where he handled thousands of cases, served as Lead Attorney on over 50 Jury Trials, and became familiar with the local Judges and State Attorneys. He has parlayed that experience into a winning record as a defense attorney. As a staunch advocate for individual rights, Rodney firmly believes that every American should be afforded the right to an attorney.

Rodney earned his undergraduate degree in biological science from the University of Missouri and is a die hard Mizzou Tiger. He is also a proud supporter of the Sarasota County Humane Society and Manatee Animal Network.

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense: What to Know

If you have already retained a lawyer, then disregard this site. If not, then let Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered represent you in your case.  At Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered, we aggressively defend every criminal case.    Every person is expected to follow the law, and that includes Law Enforcement.  We review every file and determine if Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office complies with the rules.  If they don’t, then we want to ensure their mistake is brought to light and exposed. 

Have Your Constitutional Rights Been Violated? Were you Illegally Stopped, Detained, or Questioned?

Was Miranda Rights Read to You?

At Affordable Attorney, Gerling Law Group Chartered we believe that every American is entitled to an attorney.  And as your attorney, we will defend every right that you have. Rodney Gerling, Esq. was trained at the Public Defender’s Office where he handled thousands of cases and was Lead Attorney on over 50 Jury Trials.  Rodney have been practicing Criminal Law for over five years and is very familiar with the local Judges and State Attorneys in both Manatee and Sarasota County.  We eagerly accept the responsibility that every America is afforded the right to an attorney.

If Law Enforcement violates your rights, the Judge must be made aware through the proper motions and hearings in order to ensure that the evidence is suppressed. If the State Attorneys do not comply with their obligations, then I will move to have the case dismissed. 

Call my office for a FREE CONSULTATION - 941.756.6600 to determine if your rights have been violated. 

If your rights have been violated, then I will file a: Motion to Suppress Evidence or Motion to Dismiss The Case

Fee Schedule (All Credit Cards Accepted)
Misdemeanor $1,750.00: DUI, Petit Theft, Battery, Assault, Domestic Battery, Violation of Probation, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Driving While License Suspended No Valid Drivers License, many more...

Felony $2,250.00: Grand Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Uttering Forged Instruments, Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Violation of Probation, and many more...

Some additional fees and costs may be required and will be discussed in your initial free consultation.

Examples of crimes that we have handled
and Motions that we file:

Misdemeanors, Felonies, DUI, Driving While License is suspended, No Valid Drivers License, Traffic Tickets, Resisting Arrest with Violence, Domestic Battery, Violation of Domestic Injunction, Assault, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Grand Theft, Petit Theft, Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Sale of Drugs, Manufacturing and Cultivation of Drugs, Possession of Paraphernalia, Violation Of Probation, Burglary of Dwelling, Burglary of Structure, Burglary of Conveyance, Prostitution, Solicitation, Administration Hearings, Failure to Appear, Bench Warrant, Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, Kidnapping, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felony, Concealed Weapons, Disorderly Conduct, Recover Seized Money, Bond Reduction, Illegal Search and Seizure, Motion to Dismiss, Motions to Suppress, many more.

 

 

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F.A.Q

Criminal Defense: F.A.Q

What are my rights? If you are an adult, your citizenship does not matter, then before questioning the law enforcement
officer must inform you:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • Anything you say may be used against you.
  • You have the right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned.
  • If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.
  • If you are not given these rights, then statements you made to the law enforcement officer may be suppressed.

Can I be questioned?

You can only be questioned if you voluntarily agree to speak with the law enforcement officer. If you do voluntarily agree to speak with the law enforcement officer, then those statements can and will be used against you. If you do not voluntarily agree to speak with the law enforcement officer, then your statements may be suppressed.

When should I see a lawyer?

You should contact an attorney immediately after being arrest. This is a critical time. You have been arrested, however charges have not been filed. An attorney can represent your interests when speaking with either the state attorney office or law enforcement. Also, an attorney can explain the criminal process with more detail.

What if I can't afford a lawyer?

If you can not afford an attorney, then a Public Defender will be appointed to your case.

When is an arrest warrant issued?

A law enforcement officer will investigate a crime and take his finding to a judge to review. A judge will issue an arrest warrant if he believes there is probable cause that the suspected person committed a crime.

When can I be released?

If you post bail or a bond, then you may be released while your case in pending. If you can not afford to post a bond, then an attorney can request the Judge to lower your bond. This can be done at the jail, however the process can take several hours. You can pay with a cash bond or use a bail bondsman. A bail bondsman will post the bond and charge you ten percent of the bond. If you pay with a cash bond, then your entire bond will be returned at the close of the case.

What happens at an arraignment?

An arraignment is when a defendant formally answers to the charges against him/her. A defendant can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If you retain our firm we will file a motion that will enter a not guilty plea on your behalf and you will not need to appear in court for your arraignment. Also, you will be notified of your next court date. Your next court date is your case management or pretrial conference date.

What happens at a case management or pretrial conference date?

During the case management or pretrial conference date, the Judge wants to know where the case is heading. Many things can happen. The case can be set for trial, continued, set for a motion to dismiss or motion to suppress. The case management or pretrial conference date is approximately three weeks after your arrest.

When can an officer conduct a search?

If an officer believes there is probable cause that you committed a crime then he may search you. Depending on if your car, home, or person is search, then items or statements may be suppressed, if the proper procedure was not followed by the law enforcement officer.

Glossary of Legal Terms

Criminal Defense: Glossary of Legal Terms

Acquittal:
In a criminal case, a verdict by a jury or judge that the defendant is not guilty of the offense.

Adjudication:
The formal decision of the court in a given case as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

Affiant:
A person who makes an affidavit.

Affidavit:
A written statement which the affiant swears to be true.

Allegation:
The statement of the issue, which must be proven.

Appeal:
Review by a higher court of a lower court’s decision.

Arraignment:
An appearance before a court of law for the purpose of pleading to a criminal charge.

Bail:
A monetary or other form of security given to insure the appearance of the defendant at every stage of the proceedings.

Bench Warrant:

An order for arrest issued by a judge to answer a charge of contempt or failure to appear.

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt:
The degree of proof needed for a jury or a judge to legally find a defendant guilty.

Community Control:
A program in which the freedom of the offender is restricted within the community to his/her home, work, or a non-institutional residential placement. Specified sanctions are imposed and enforced as part of the program by a community control officer.

Continuance:
A delay or postponement of a court hearing.
Criminal Justice System: The governmental agencies charged with law enforcement, prosecution of alleged violators of the criminal laws, the court hearing of charges against the accused and the punishment and supervision of the convicted.

Defendant:
A person who has been formally charged with the commission of a crime.

Deposition:
The recorded sworn testimony of a witness given outside open court.

Discovery:
A procedure by which one party gains information or evidence held by another party.

Disposition:
The final settlement of a criminal case.

Felony:
A serious crime for which the person may be imprisoned for more than one year.

Habeas Corpus:
A procedure for obtaining a judicial determination of the legality of an individual’s custody.

Hearsay Evidence:
Statements made by a witness, based upon what someone else told him/her, and not upon personal knowledge or observation which are normally inadmissible as evidence but this is subject to exceptions.

Indictment:
A formal written accusation made by a grand jury and filed with the court alleging that a specific person has committed a specific crime.

Minor:
A person under the age of 18.

Misdemeanor:
A crime for which the punishment may be a fine and/or imprisonment in a local jail or facility for less than one year.

Motion:
An application to a court of law for the purpose of obtaining some particular order of ruling.

Nolo Contendere (No Contest) :
" I will not contest it". A plea to a criminal charge that, although it is not an admission of guilt, generally has the same effect as a plea of guilty.

Not Guilty:
A verdict by a judge or jury that a person accused of a crime did not commit it or that there is not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime.

Nolle Prosequi (Nol Pross):
A decision by the prosecuting attorney, filed with the court, that a case will not be further prosecuted.

Parole:
The conditional release from prison of a person who has served a part of his/her sentence before the end of the sentence with requirements for the offender’s behavior set and supervised by a parole agency.

Perjury:
The crime of lying under oath.

Pre-Sentence Investigation:
A document that details the past behavior, prior criminal history/convictions, family circumstances and personality of an adult and gives information about the crime he has committed. It is prepared by the Department of Corrections in order to assist the court in determining the most appropriate sentence.

Pre-Trial intervention:
A diversionary program with probationary sanctions including restitution. A program for first-time offenders of non-violent crimes which must have the approval of the State Attorney and the victim of the crime. It basically functions as "pre-trial probation". If the offender completes the program, the charges are dropped. If the offender does not fulfill the terms of the program the charges are reactivated and full prosecution through the court will be pursued.

Probable Cause:
The degree of proof needed to arrest and begin prosecution against a person suspected of committing a crime; the evidence must be such that a reasonable person would believe that this specific crime was committed and that it is probable that the person being accused committed the offense.

Probation:
Conditional freedom granted to an offender by the court after conviction or guilty plea with requirements for the offender’s behavior set and supervised by the court through the Department of Corrections or other agency authorized to supervise said defendants.

Release On Own Recognizance (ROR):
The release of an accused person by a judicial officer in lieu of bail upon the promise of the accused that he/she will return to court when ordered to do so.

Rights of The Defendant:
The powers and privileges which are constitutionally guaranteed to any person arrested or accused of committing a crime: such as the right to remain silent; the right to an attorney at all stages of the proceedings; the right to a court appointed attorney if the defendant does not have the financial means to hire his own.

Sentencing:
The legal process in which a defendant who has been found guilty of a crime hears in court what punishment will be imposed against him.

Subpoena:
A judicial order to appear at a certain place and time to give testimony.

Summons:
A written order by a Judge requiring a defendant to appear in court at a specific time and place to answer the charge.

Suspended Sentence:
A court decision to postpone the pronouncing of sentence on a convicted person or to postpone the execution of sentence that has been pronounced by the court.

Testimony:
Evidence given by a witness who has been sworn to tell the truth.

Trial:
An examination of issues of fact and law before a judge and sometimes a jury at which the evidence is presented to determine whether or not the accused person is guilty of committing a specific crime.

Verdict:
The decision of a judge or jury at the end of a trial.

Witness:
One who gives evidence in a cause before a court and who attests or swears to facts or gives or bears testimony under oath.


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