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Hiring a 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.

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 as 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.

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.

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.

How Do I Find the Best 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.

criminal defense attorney clevelandWhile 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.

Don’t Make the Mistake of Facing This Alone. Call (440) 709-8088 Now!

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.

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

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

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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    Adam Carro

    Associate Attorney / Former Public Defender

    Adam Carro is an Associate Attorney at Patituce & Associates with an extensive background in criminal defense as a former ...
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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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    Brent Urankar

    Associate Attorney

    Experience Lake County Assistant Public Defender at Lake County Ohio Public Defender 2017 Intern at Law Office of the Public ...
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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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