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Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney

At Patituce & Associates, we believe in pursuing justice for our clients and their families. As a team with 30+ years of legal experience, we have earned a reputation for exceptional and diligent advocacy among our clients and our peers. Put it this way: when police and prosecutors get into trouble, we are often the team they call. That’s how much we’re trusted in the local community! Additionally, three of our lawyers are former felony-level prosecutors who have gained invaluable insight into the criminal process. Due to our success and our passion, we are known by residents, law enforcement, and prosecution as a first-rate source of counsel for criminal law. It is our pledge to protect your legal rights.

“The practice of criminal law is at the heart of what happens every day in our society. I started practicing criminal law as a way of helping people obtain justice for themselves and their families.”

- Attorney Joe

Meet Patituce & Associates

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At Patituce & Associates, our firm handles criminal cases of all kinds, from serious felonies to federal crimes to accusations of drunk driving. No matter the charges that you are facing, you can be confident knowing we are here to protect and defend your legal rights.

Work With Cleveland's Finest

Don’t Make the Mistake of Facing This Alone. Hire the Firm That Will Fight for Your Freedom.

Our entire staff makes it a point to know who you are and what you need. We communicate with our clients often, building relationships that last for years. While many people come to us with a single problem, the relationships we build make it easy for them to come to us again and again for any issues they are facing.

  • Joseph C. Patituce
    Joseph C. Patituce

    Managing Partner / Former Prosecutor

  • Megan M. Patituce
    Megan M. Patituce

    Partner / Former Prosecutor

  • Catherine R. Meehan
    Catherine R. Meehan

    Senior Associate

  • Ashley Keenan
    Ashley Keenan

    Associate Attorney

  • Katherine Gibney
    Katherine Gibney

    Associate Attorney / Former Public Defender

  • Carli Citraro
    Carli Citraro

    Associate Attorney / Former Public Defender

  • Michelle Witchey
    Michelle Witchey

    Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Suzanne McCort
    Suzanne McCort

    Office Manager/Paralegal

Our Approach: No Case Is Hopeless.

At Patituce & Associates, our main focus is you, the client. We understand that each and every client brings a new set of issues, problems, and difficulties that they need to overcome. Often, these problems can appear to be overwhelming, and even impossible, to deal with. We do not feel that way. There is no case that is hopeless, and if your freedom is on the line or you have been seriously harmed, our defense attorneys will fight for you.

Because Your Life & Reputation Matter The Bottom Line Is You Want Results & We're the Firm You Can Count On!

More Results
  • DUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles

    Result: Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the Appeal

  • United States v. Pugh, 1:16-cr-00291-BYP.

    Result: Sentence Reduced to 55 Months

  • Fraud: State v. Bailey

    Result: Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor

  • Mortage Fraud: State v. Bankston (Case 554763)

    Result: Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor

  • Attempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey

    Result: Not Guilty at Trial

Testimonials Real People. Real Stories.

  • Worked Tirelessly in My Defense

    Joe Patituce and his team worked tirelessly in my defense. Joe answered all of my questions – and there were many – in a timely manner, many within minutes. Joe was able to find errors in the prosecution’s evidence and get my case plead down significantly.

    - Dan
  • Best Choice I Could Have Made!!!

    As a Canadian citizen I was horrified when I faced federal charges. Joe helped find a unique solution that was acceptable to the district attorney and the judge – this allowed me to continue to travel for business without worry.

    - Joshua
  • We Owe Him Everything

    I hired Mr. Patituce to defend me on federal charges. I initially hired an attorney who talked a good game but in the end did nothing for me. Mr. Patituce took the case over, communicated with me, and aggressively defended me.

    - Shelly
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What Sets Us Apart? Learn About the Patituce & Associates Difference.

  • We Have 3 Former Prosecutors on Staff.
  • We Are Licensed in 4 States.

  • We Have Over 30 Years of Experience.

  • We Have Gone to Trial Over 200 Times.

  • We Are Available 24/7.

  • We Offer Free, Confidential Phone Consultations.

  • We Are the Firm Other Attorneys, Police & Prosecutors Turn To.

Answers to The Most Frequently Asked Google Searches

  • Will I go back to jail?

    This depends on a number of things. First, it depends on the crime you are being charged with. For some, such as a first time DUI, you’ll most likely be released on your own recognizance and will not need to go back to jail. For other, more serious crimes, such as attempted murder, the courts will likely keep you in custody on the charge alone unless you are able to post bail. Second, it depends on the result of your trial. If given a not guilty verdict, it’s almost as if it never happened – you are free to go right then and there. If convicted of a serious crime, you may have to go back into custody. Lastly, it depends on sentencing, as this is another matter entirely. At the point of sentencing, a judge may require a term in jail or alternatives, such as rehabilitation or community service.

  • Do I need to hire an attorney?

    You have the right to an attorney, and you also have the right to waive that right and represent yourself. This right is as old as the Constitution itself, but it is almost always a mistake to do so. Those who are not trained in criminal trial procedure lack the ability to properly file motions, submit evidence, cross examine a witness, or select a jury. In addition, it’s possible that you may accidentally admit guilt in an effort to defend yourself. Criminal trials are very intimidating settings, and the odds will be against you if you choose to defend yourself. Additionally, simply pleading guilty in hopes of mercy from the prosecution is a bad idea – it is their job to give you the harshest sentence they can, and believe me, they will. It is best to leave your fate not up to luck but to legal skills honed over decades.

  • Can I have a conviction removed from my record?

    Once convicted, which means either entering a guilty plea or being found guilty by a jury of your peers, it is difficult but not impossible to have a crime expunged from your record. Most juvenile crimes are able to be expunged, and are often sealed on their record when they turn 18, anyway. However, as an adult, your best bet at getting a crime expunged is if the offense is not violent in nature and if your offense is the first and only one you have ever been found guilty for. First time DUIs are quite often able to expunged as long as you complete all of the mandatory classes, community service, and probation in a timely and effective manner. Other crimes, such as armed robbery, will likely not be expunged unless you are found not guilty by a court of law. Additionally, one cannot expunge a crime while they are pending conviction of another crime.

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

    The first step in the process is a thorough search for all of the information you can find. Gain a good understanding of what you could be facing if you are actually convicted of the crime. Then, search for a qualified attorney. In this search, you want to look for experience in criminal defense as well as a background in prosecution - this means your attorney can stay ahead of the opposition, You also want to look for previous successful results in cases involving the same charge as yours and any indication that your attorney still possesses a passion for what he or she does. Then, schedule a consultation, where you and your legal team can begin to assess and make a course of action. Initial consultations are usually not binding, meaning that you can still choose another firm after, if you so choose.

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