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Cleveland, Ohio Area | Former Prosecutor Joe Patituce

If you have a questions about criminal charges, arrest or procedures, I likely have the answer to your question right here.

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Patituce & Associates Explains Unlawful Display Of Law Enforcement Emblem (O.R.C. 2913.441) Charges

The state of Ohio, and police and prosecutors in Cleveland, have a vested interest in ensuring that when a citizen is ordered to do something by a person displaying law enforcement insignia, that the insignia is valid and the person displaying it is properly empowered to conduct their activities.

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Criminal Attorney Provides Information Regarding Personating An Officer (O.R.C. 2913.44)

Personating an officer (O.R.C. 2913.44) in Cleveland is typically referred to as “impersonating an officer,” and requires conduct much more significant than, say, dressing up as a police officer for your office Halloween party.

Rather, to protect the public trust between citizens and police, Personating an officer requires that you impersonate a law enforcement officer, an inspector, investigator, or agent of any governmental agency with a purpose to defraud or knowledge that you are facilitating a fraud, or with purpose to induce another to purchase property or services.

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Patituce & Associates Details Securing Writings By Deception (O.R.C. 2913.43) Charges

When it comes to prosecuting theft crimes that rely on deception, using false information to cause another person to dispose of or encumber property, or create a financial obligation on the part of the other person, may be charged with Securing writings by deception (O.R.C. 2913.43) by Cleveland prosecutors.

As a base charge, you’re facing a First Degree Misdemeanor, which can put you away for up to six months, but in most cases prosecutors charge O.R.C. 2913.43 at the felony level.

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Patituce & Associates discuss Illegally Transmitting Multiple Commercial Electronic Mail Messages (Spamming) – Unauthorized Access Of A Computer (O.R.C. 2913.421)

Most people think of the junk email they receive in their inboxes as spam, but under Ohio law, spamming has a very specific legal meaning, and if you violate the terms of O.R.C. 2913.421, you can be charged by Cleveland prosecutors with Illegally transmitting multiple commercial electronic mail messages (spamming) – unauthorized access of a computer.

Simply sending commercial emails doesn’t meet the definition under the statute.

Instead, you must engage in one or more of four types of conduct while sending commercial electronic mail messages from or to a computer within the state of Ohio:

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Patituce & Associates Provide Information Regarding Defrauding Creditors (O.R.C. 2913.45)

When efforts are made to hide another person’s property that has been rented or leased, you can be charged with Defrauding creditors (O.R.C. 2913.45) by Cleveland prosecutors.

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Patituce & Associates Provide Information Regarding Trademark Counterfeiting (O.R.C. 2913.34)

Ohio’s Trademark Counterfeiting statute (O.R.C. 2913.34) applies broadly to acts that fraudulently represent a good or service under a counterfeit mark, logo, name, or other identifying information that the defendant is not legally authorized to use.

Specifically, the following conduct is prohibited when it is performed knowingly:

● Attach, affix, or otherwise use a counterfeit mark in connection with the manufacture of goods or services, even when the goods and services are not intended for safe or resale
● Possess, sell, or offer for sale tools, machines, instruments, materials, articles, or other items of personal property with the knowledge that they are designed for the production or reproduction of counterfeit marks
● Purchase or acquire goods with the knowledge that a counterfeit mark is attached, with the intent to sell or transfer the goods
● Sell, offer for sale, or otherwise dispose of goods knowing that a counterfeit mark is attached to the goods
● Sell, offer for sale, or otherwise provide services with the knowledge that a counterfeit mark is used in connection with the sale, offer, or other provision of services.

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Criminal Attorney Joseph Patituce Offers Assistance To Those Facing Medicaid Fraud (O.R.C. 2913.40) Charges

Physicians and other health care workers who are providers in Ohio’s Medicaid program are the targets of the Medicaid Fraud statute (O.R.C. 2913.40), and prosecutors in Cleveland will not hesitate to prosecute if they uncover evidence that a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare worker has provided false information to the Medicaid program in order to obtain illegal reimbursement, charged Medicaid patients in excess of their provider agreement, or taken kickbacks or other improper compensation in exchange for services provided under a Medicaid contract.

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The Lawyers With Patituce & Associates Provide Help With Medicaid Eligibility Fraud (O.R.C. 2913.401) Charges

When an individual presents knowingly falsified documentation to the Medicaid program in order to fraudulently gain access to benefits, they may be charged with Medicaid Eligibility Fraud (O.R.C. 2913.401) by Cleveland prosecutors.

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Pattituce & Associates Help Those Arrested For Tampering With Records (O.R.C. 2913.42)

When a person with no privilege to do so, and with the purpose to defraud another falsifies, destroys, removes, conceals, alter, or defaces writing, computer software, data, or a record, or transmits that false record knowing it has been tampered with, they may be charged with Tampering with Records (O.R.C. 2913.42) by Cleveland prosecutors.

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Criminal Lawyer Helps Those Arrested On Defrauding A Rental Agency Or Hostelry Charges

Any person who is alleged to have, with purpose to defraud, hired or rented an aircraft, vehicle, motorcycle, boat, camper, trailer, horse, buggy, or other property or equipment, or engaged accommodations at a hotel, motel, inn, campground, or other hostelry, may be charged with Defrauding a Rental Agency or Hostelry (O.R.C. 2913.41) in Cleveland.

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