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Criminal Defense Law Firm in Cleveland, OH

Patituce & Associates handles criminal cases at all stages of the legal system. Our dedicated criminal defense attorneys in Cleveland, OH, have a reputation for getting results, and we are prepared to be by your side at every stage of your case. Regardless of what you have been charged with or whether you have been convicted of a crime, we can be the steadfast advocate you require to achieve the best possible outcome. Arson, assault, drug crimes, federal crimes, juvenile crimes, sex offenses, theft crimes, white-collar crimes, and domestic violence are just a few of the crimes we’ve handled.

Throughout each case, we remain committed to defending our clients’ rights and best interests. Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience and work collaboratively to investigate all possible angles and approach each case strategically. We have a reputation in Ohio for being a first-rate source of criminal law counsel, backed up by a track record of success.

Our criminal defense attorneys in Cleveland, OH, have extensive experience defending DUI cases. Our team consists of three former prosecutors, and we understand what the other side must prove to obtain a conviction, which means we also understand how to develop strategies to counter drunk driving allegations. We recognize that procedural flaws, flawed analyses, and other issues can call the evidence against the accused into question. As a result, we thoroughly review every detail to fight charges aggressively.

Clients who have been convicted are also helped by our team. In such cases, we seek every legal post-conviction relief option available to assist our clients in obtaining a second chance at life. Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys work hard to reverse wrongful convictions, obtain early release after rehabilitation, and challenge unlawful confinement.

Cleveland, OH Practice Areas

  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI
  • Federal Offenses
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Post-Conviction
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

No Case Is Hopeless

Our main priority at Patituce & Associates is you, the client. We are not employed by the government; rather, we are employed by you. Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys understand that each client brings with them a unique set of issues, problems, and difficulties that must be overcome. These issues can often appear to be overwhelming, if not impossible, to deal with. That is not how we feel.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be concerned that even the best lawyer will be unable to assist you. However, if you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, you must contact an experienced legal representative as soon as possible. There is no such thing as a hopeless case, and if your freedom is at stake or you have suffered serious harm, our defense attorneys will fight for you.


Q Will I go back to jail?

This is dependent on a number of factors. First and foremost, it is determined by the crime for which you have been charged. For some offenses, such as a first-time DUI, you will almost certainly be released on your own recognizance and will not be required to return to jail. Other, more serious crimes, such as attempted murder, will almost certainly keep you in custody on the charge alone unless you can post bail. Second, it is determined by the outcome of your trial. If you receive a not guilty verdict, it's almost as if nothing happened – you're free to leave right away. If you are convicted of a serious crime, you may be required to return to prison. Finally, it is subject to sentencing, which is a separate issue. A judge may order a jail sentence or other alternatives, such as rehabilitation or community service, at the time of sentencing.

Q Do I need to hire an attorney?

You have the right to an attorney, but you can also waive that right and represent yourself. This right is as old as the Constitution itself, but exercising it is almost always a mistake. Those who have not been trained in the criminal trial procedure are unable to file motions, submit evidence, cross-examine witnesses, or select a jury. Furthermore, you may unintentionally admit guilt in an attempt to defend yourself. Criminal trials are intimidating environments, and the odds are stacked against you if you choose to defend yourself. Furthermore, pleading guilty in the hopes of receiving leniency from the prosecution is a bad idea – it is their job to give you the harshest sentence possible, and believe me, they will. It is best to leave your fate to legal skills honed over decades rather than chance.

Q Can I have a conviction removed from my record?

It is difficult, but not impossible, to have a crime expunged from your record once you have been convicted, which means either entering a guilty plea or being found guilty by a jury of your peers. Most juvenile crimes can be expunged, and they are often sealed on their record when they reach the age of 18. However, as an adult, your best chance of having a crime expunged is if it is not violent and if it is the first and only offense for which you have ever been found guilty. First-time DUIs are frequently expungable if all mandatory classes, community service, and probation are completed in a timely and effective manner. Other offenses, such as armed robbery, are unlikely to be expunged unless you are found not guilty in court. Furthermore, one cannot expunge a crime while under investigation for another.

Q What is the process for hiring a defense law firm?

The first step in the process is to conduct a thorough search for all available information. Learn as much as you can about what you might face if you are convicted of the crime. Then, look for a reputable lawyer. In this search, you should look for experience in both criminal defense and prosecution - this means your attorney can stay one step ahead of the opposition. You should also look for previous successful results in cases involving the same charge as yours, as well as an indication that your attorney is still enthusiastic about what he or she does. Then, schedule a consultation so that you and your legal team can assess the situation and decide on a course of action. Initial consultations are typically non-binding, which means you can choose another firm if you so desire.