Cleveland Federal Crime Lawyers
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At Patituce & Associates, we help individuals who are facing incredibly serious penalties for actions that the government alleges they committed. If you are facing federal criminal charges, do not hesitate to contact an attorney immediately or have someone from your family do so on your behalf because you will be prosecuted by the "A" team-not small-town or county prosecutors. The U.S. government has a vast array of money, police officers, and prosecutors at their disposal; it is important you have a defense attorney ready to represent you.
If you are facing charges for a federal criminal offense, contact Patituce & Associate today to discuss your case in a FREE consultation.
What Crimes are Federal Offenses?
At our firm, we defend clients in the Northern District of Ohio against criminal charges such as:
As former prosecutors, we understand the consequences and difficult road clients have before them. Once an individual has been charged with federal crimes, typically a conspiracy charge, they face a fierce opponent in the U.S. attorneys trying to prosecute them. As Cleveland federal defense attorneys, we help clients in Ohio and across the United States charged with federal crimes ranging from federal drug charges to federal conspiracy charges.
Difference Between Federal and State Crimes
The federal government works different when it comes to the way in which it both prosecutes and sentences on criminal charges. The majority of criminal cases are handled by the state. However, federal laws put in place by Congress are prosecuted at the national level if the committed crime is tied to a federal issue. Most common crimes are violations of state law, specifically. There are fewer crimes considered a federal criminal violation. The federal government hears lawsuits against the U.S. and cases pertaining to federal laws. The following factors are used to determine if a criminal offense are under federal jurisdiction:
- Cases violating the U.S. Constitution / federal law
- Citizens of different states if the case involves more than $75,000
- Cases that involve the United States
It is important when selecting a federal defense attorney that you find a lawyer who understands the federal sentencing guidelines, as well as the federal rules of evidence. If you have experience in the state system, you understand there are generally strict rules that judges must follow in imposing a sentence. In federal courts, the federal judges follow the "Federal Sentencing Guidelines." It is important that your federal defense attorney understand these rules prior to going into your case.
Client faced possession with intent to distribute LSD 21 U.S.C.Result: Typically, it is a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with potential for life in prison. In this case we got the sentence reduced to 55 months.
Cleveland Federal Defense with Integrity. We Are Ready for Trial!
At Patituce & Associates, we have established a reputation for being aggressive, diligent, and dedicated to our clients. We stand proudly by our reputation-and, because it is impossible to hide from information on the Internet, we strongly urge you to look up what other people have said about us. You will see that we have a solid reputation for getting results. Attorney Joseph Patituce, a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor, is our firm's managing partner. In his career, he has a success rate of over 90% at trial; however, keep in mind that every single case is different. Merely being successful in the past does not mean it will always happen.
We often hear stories-and complaints-from people who have had friends or family members go through the legal system that they are afraid that their attorneys will just try to force a plea on them. At Patituce & Associates, we will never "sell you out" in such a way, and we will always let you make the choice of whether or not you go to trial-or you take a plea. We are highly experienced Ohio federal criminal defense lawyers and we promise to defend you the way we would want our family members, or even ourselves, to be defended.
He saved my life. “I was charged with a federal offense that started with a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison but really called for a sentence of over 200 months. My first attorney tried to get me to take a plea that would have sent me to prison for a period of 151 to 180 months. I wish I had done my research first. Joe saved my life. He cost more than my first attorney but that was money well spent. He knew what he was doing, his team was effective. Any time I called Joe with a question I got a call back within an hour… even on the weekends. I highly recommend him, he saved my life”- R.Z.
If you have been charged, call (440) 709-8088 for a free consultation!