We Refuse to Lose Cleveland's Criminal Defense Law Firm

We personally tailor a defense for each case and aggressively fight against a system designed to convict you.

Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney

At Patituce & Associates, we handle criminal matters through all stages of the justice process. Our dedicated criminal defense lawyers in Cleveland, OH, have a reputation for getting results, and we are ready to stand by you at every step in your case. Regardless of what you have been charged with or whether you have been convicted of a crime, we can be the loyal advocate you need to seek an optimal result. We have handled numerous criminal cases, including arson, assault, drug crimes, federal crimes, juvenile crimes, sex offenses, theft crimes, white collar crimes, and domestic violence. Through every case, we remain focused on protecting our clients' rights and best interests. We have over 70 years of combined experience and work together to explore all angles and approach each case strategically. Backed by a track record of results, we have a reputation as being a first-rate source of counsel for criminal law in Ohio.

Our Cleveland, OH, criminal defense attorneys also have extensive experience defending DUI cases. Our team consists of three former prosecutors, and we know what the other side needs to prove to obtain a conviction, which means we also know how to build strategies to counter drunk driving allegations. We recognize that procedural errors, faulty analyses, and other issues can cast doubt on the evidence against the accused. Thus, we thoroughly review every detail to aggressively fight charges. Our team also assists clients who have been convicted. In such cases, we pursue every legal post-conviction relief vehicle available to help our clients seek a second chance at life. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers work diligently toward overturning wrongful convictions, seeking early release after rehabilitation, and challenging unlawful confinement.

Winning: 
It's the Only Option

Our team approaches each case with a "can't lose" mentality.  

What Sets Us Apart?

The Patituce & Associates Difference
  • We Offer No-Cost, Confidential Phone Consultations.

  • Our Team Has Over 70 Years of Combined Experience.

  • Our Lead Attorney Is A Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.

  • Our Attorneys Have Taken Cases to Jury Trials Over 200 Times.

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

  • We Are Available 24/7.

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Results Matter

Because Your Life & Reputation Matter
  • Federal Analogue Drug Charges: Unindicted Charges Avoided
  • Attempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey Not Guilty at Trial
  • Mortage Fraud: State v. Bankston (Case 554763) Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor
  • Fraud: State v. Bailey Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor
  • United States v. Pugh, 1:16-cr-00291-BYP. Sentence Reduced to 55 Months
  • State v. Levanduski Dismissed
  • DUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the Appeal
  • OVI: Bay Village v. Keller Prosecutor Dismissed the OVI Charges
  • OVI: State v. Shaver, Elyria Reduction in Charges and Client Avoided Mandator
  • Felonious Assault / Attempted Murder: State v. Brandon Betliskey Not Guilty at Trial
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No Case Is Hopeless

Our Approach

At Patituce & Associates, our main focus is you, the client. We don’t work for the government; we work for you. Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys 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.

Depending on the nature of your case, you might worry that even the best lawyer can’t help. However, if you are facing a felony or misdemeanor, it is imperative that you contact a skilled legal representative right away. 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. Call our expert Cleveland criminal defense lawyers today!

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Avvo 10.0
  • DUIDLA
  • Best Law Firms US News
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
Powerhouse Attorneys

The Patituce & Associates team is made up of battle-tested attorneys who are known  for their fierce advocacy and rigorous defense of the Constitution. 

Client Testimonials

Real People. Real Stories.
  • “Joe's team, especially our attorney, Ashley did a great job of defending my son against a serious assault charge. They were with us every step of the way through a very intimidating legal process, ...”

    - Patricia
  • “I recently was charged with a DUI that could have ruined my career, my relationship with my family, and my personal relationship. I am so thankful that I called Patituce & Associates, and my attorney ...”

    - Andrew
  • “I am so very glad that I hired them to defend my son. They were prompt, professional, and caring. At first I was a little worried that one of the bigger firms in Ohio wouldn't be personable, they were ...”

    - LaToya
  • “I hired Joe and his team after consulting with two other attorneys. Joe was fair and I appreciated his honesty in the consultation process. He was able to convince the court to have my breath test ...”

    - Banes
  • “I was charged with an extreme DUI BAC of over .3. Joe was able to successfully argue that the fault of the BAC was due to the hospital using alcohol on the needles and my arm when drawing my blood and ...”

    - Brandon
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You Have Questions

We Have Answers
  • 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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