The family of imprisoned Weston Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi stays positive.  However, Tahmooressi's release from a Mexican prison is still likely weeks away. 

His first hearing is July 9th and the family does not expect a release before that. Likely, it will take more than one time in front of the judge for Tahmooressi to have his charges dropped. 

Mom Jill Tahmooressi says while her son is holding strong, it has been a tough road.

"It's been a horrifying experience," says Tahmooressi.  "Worse than any of his tours in Afghanistan so it hasn't been pleasant."

Tahmooressi has been in Mexico since March 31st after being arrested for accidentally crossing the border with three legally bought guns in his truck. Many have highlighted that poor signs alerting to the border crossing could have played a major role in the mistake.

While it will be a great moment when her son returns, Tahmooressi says this experience has made her an activist for better border markings.

"Of course we are going to be celebrating, but this isn't just about Andrew, it's about protecting wayward motorists down at the border," says Tahmooressi. "I'll be fighting to get a legitimate sign placed on that on ramp so that no one else experiences this nightmare."

South Florida has rallied behind the Tahmooressi family.  Volunteers held a rally on Sunday in South Miami that was attended by local Congresswoman Ileana Ross-Lehtinen.

Tahmooressi says the local support shown to her family means everything.

"I'm thrilled that South Florida has rallied and that they haven't forgotten that he is imprisoned in Mexico," says Tahmooressi.