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Hiring a Cleveland criminal defense attorney is an important decision—one that should not be made quickly. If you’ve been accused of a crime, you should do your research prior to making a decision. Criminal attorneys have different skill sets, different experiences, and different training.

At Patituce & Associates, we never settle for less than excellence, for our clients or our team. That’s why our criminal defense attorneys in Cleveland are former prosecutors or have significant experience in the criminal defense field before working with us.

Our team of Cleveland criminal defense lawyers has over 70 years of criminal defense combined experience. We will make sure to do everything in our power to help you.

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Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

As a former prosecutor, I can tell you that you are selling yourself short if you do not hire the absolute best attorney you can afford. I often compare going into court without an attorney or with a “cheap” attorney to performing surgery on yourself. No one would do that and in medicine, just like in the law, not all attorneys are equal.

If I need surgery, I go to a surgeon. If I need a regular or routine checkup I go to my family practice doctor. If I have been arrested for a crime I call an experienced defense attorney but if I need a will drawn up I go to a transactional attorney.

What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

Criminal law attorneys come to the defense of their clients when they have been accused of a criminal act and are facing potential legal charges. When hiring a professional to defend your case, it is necessary that you make this choice wisely as the quality of your life moving forward depends on it. Read below to see some of the most important qualities of an criminal defense attorney worth hiring.

Here are 10 reasons why hiring a reputable criminal defense attorney is critical for your case:

  • A criminal defense lawyer has the knowledge and experience necessary to help your case. It's important that you do not answer any questions without an attorney present, as anything that you say can be used against you.
  • A criminal defense lawyer will be able to act quickly after your arrest and can help to negotiate a reduced charge or possibly get your charge dropped.
  • A criminal defense lawyer knows and understands the intricate workings of the judicial system.
  • A criminal defense lawyer has built relationships with prosecuting attorneys, which can help tremendously when negotiations are in play.
  • A criminal defense lawyer has experienced a case similar to yours and knows exactly what needs to be done to ensure that you will receive the best outcome for your respective case.
  • A criminal defense lawyer is able to better protect you and your future.
  • A criminal defense lawyer is able to assess law enforcement's conduct; this knowledge is important for supporting your case. Your attorney will thus be able to determine whether your constitutional rights have been violated.
  • A criminal defense lawyer can help to advise and educate you on potential outcomes regarding your case.
  • Working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer may provide you with the emotional support that you needed during this time. The reassurance of having a professional work for your case is critical in helping you deal with the inner turmoil that you may be facing.
  • A criminal defense lawyer can help to prevent you from paying financial penalties as a result of possible jail time, bail, or other costs and fees.

How to Choose the Right Attorney

First, discuss your lawyer’s approach to handling your case. No reputable attorney will guarantee results; however, he/she should tell you in a few, direct words how they will protect your rights. Our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers put you, the client, first.

Here are 10 primary questions to ask before hiring a criminal defense attorney:

  • Have you handled cases like mine before?
  • Could you provide me with client testimonials that I can refer to?
  • What is your success rate?
  • How often do your criminal defense cases go to trial?
  • How long have you been practicing criminal law?
  • What are your professional and educational credentials?
  • Will you be the one working on my case?
  • Can you assess how strong my case is with the information provided?
  • Do I have options other than going to trial?
  • How much will my defense cost?

At Patituce & Associates, we can show you how spending just 10 minutes discussing your case with a Cleveland criminal defense lawyer can greatly improve your situation. To take the first step, fill out an online form or give us a call now. Our criminal defense attorney team can help to answer any questions that you may have about our specific situation.

How Do I Find the Best Criminal Defense Attorney?

One of the most important decisions is which attorney to hire? There are so many different resources out there to pick from that it can feel overwhelming.

Person being arrested before getting criminal defense in Cleveland, OhioWhile we think very highly of our practice and the work that we have done for our clients in the past, we recommend that you highly research any potential attorney. It is important that you hire the best defense attorney that you can afford.

I can tell you that people who go into court with a “cheap” attorney or an attorney who lacks experience typically do very poorly. And a poor outcome can mean your life. These things may leave you asking: what makes a good Cleveland criminal defense attorney?

Here are 10 things to look out for when looking for the best criminal defense lawyer:

  • A good attorney needs to be responsive.
  • A good attorney needs to be specifically specialized in criminal law.
  • A good attorney needs to be experienced in local courts.
  • A good attorney needs to be reputable.
  • A good attorney needs to have substantial referrals.
  • A good attorney needs to be able to quickly answer basic questions.
  • A good attorney has a fee structure that is direct and easy to understand
  • A good attorney needs to have confidence in the courtroom.
  • A good attorney needs to be enthusiastic and eager to dive into your case and support you.
  • A good attorney should be able to also take directions from you, as it's your ultimate decision whether you decide to plead guilty or go to trial.

At Patituce & Associates, you can trust that our team is experienced, reputable, and will go above and beyond to ensure that your case is handled with the care that you deserve. Contact our team of personal defense lawyers in Cleveland today, and let us help you.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Facing This Alone.

The most common mistakes we see are when individuals decide they don’t need or can’t afford a lawyer. Do not make one of these critical errors. When you are facing prison, jail, and the loss of your reputation, you need someone on your side.

More importantly, you need someone who can make a difference. See how the Cleveland criminal defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates can make a difference in your case by calling our office today.

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Are you facing criminal charges? Get the defense that you need. Contact us online or call (440) 709-8088 to speak with our Cleveland criminal defense lawyers.

Results Matter

Because Your Life & Reputation Matter

  • Aggravated Burglary: State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County Significant Reduction, Probation
  • Aggravated Theft: State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga Plea and Record
  • Attempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey Not Guilty at Trial
  • Child Pornography: State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown Case Dismissed
  • Domestic Violence: Rocky River v. D.F. Not Guilty at Trial
  • Drug Trafficking: State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County Charges Dismissed
  • Drug Trafficking: State v. Bittner, Lorain County Charges Dismissed
  • DUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the Appeal
  • DUI / OVI: Cleveland v. Al-Nazer (2012 TRC 040781) Case Dismissed
  • DUI/OVI w. a weapon: State v. Al-Nazer (Cuyahoga Case No. 13-575491) Case Dismissed

The Patituce & Associates Team

70+ Years of Experience on Your Side
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    Joseph C. Patituce

    Managing Partner / Former Prosecutor

    Attorney Joseph C. Patituce is the founder of Patituce & Associates. He has an extensive reputation and successful record as ...
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    Megan M. Patituce

    Partner / Former Prosecutor

    Attorney Megan Patituce is a partner at Patituce & Associates. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State ...
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    Catherine R. Meehan


    Attorney Catherine R. Meehan is a partner at Patituce & Associates after joining the firm in August 2012. Not only does she ...
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    Suzanne McCort

    Office Manager / Paralegal

    Suzanne “Sue” McCort has been a paralegal at Patituce & Associates since 2012. Because she is considered one of our most ...
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    Mallorie Thomas

    Senior Associate

    Attorney Mallorie Thomas began her career while still a law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law working as ...
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    Aaron A. Schwartz

    Senior Associate

    Aaron A. Schwartz is a dedicated and experienced criminal defense trial attorney. He graduated from Miami University in 1999 ...
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    Lauren Wazevich

    Associate Attorney

    Lauren Wazevich began her career at Patituce & Associates in her first year of law school, working as a law clerk. As a ...
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    Michelle Witchey


    Michelle Witchey joined Patituce & Associates as a paralegal after her service as a military police officer (MP). Not only ...

Better than I could have hoped.

"I hired Mr. Patituce and his law firm after a string of unsuccessful attorneys. I wanted to go to his firm in the first place, however, I initially went with an attorney who called himself "seasoned" and who said that a lawyer with "only" four years of experience would put me in prison. The truth is that the "seasoned" attorney never returned my phone calls, never told me what was going on, and every time I saw him at court he was laughing and joking with the prosecutor. Mr. Patituce was none of that, he returned my phone calls within a day at most. Most of the time he called me back within an hour. It was the best decision of my life to hire him. I walked out the door free, rather than going to prison."

- A.M.


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