Significant Reduction, ProbationAggravated Burglary: State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County
State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County
Client accused of high level felonies of violence. Client plead to a reduced felony and avoided jail time.
Plea and RecordAggravated Theft: State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga
State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga
Client was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of property. We negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor. One year later the matter was completely expunged.
Not Guilty at TrialAttempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey
State v. Brandon Betliskey
Client was accused with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing an individual with a knife during a fight.
At trial we demonstrated that the prosecution’s witnesses were unreliable, that they had motives, and that some of the witnesses had even assisted in the assault on Mr. Betliskey. The client faced over a decade in prison, and the prosecution had offered a plea of three to five years in prison.
Case DismissedChild Pornography: State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown
State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown
Retained to replace local counsel. Local counsel pushed for a plea to one of the sex related charges. Our firm fully investigated the matter, brought important pieces of evidence to prosecutor, result was a complete and total dismissal.
Not Guilty at TrialDomestic Violence: Rocky River v. D.F.
Rocky River v. D.F.
Client was charged with domestic violence against his wife. The prosecution offered to allow client to enter a plea to a count of assault, which is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Client would have faced up to 6 months in jail, lost his job, and lost his ability to support his family. At trial we prevailed.
Charges DismissedDrug Trafficking: State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County
State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County
Student charged with the manufacturing of ecstasy. No prior record. We aggressively represented client throughout the proceedings. Entered into treatment program geared towards complete dismissal of charges.
Charges DismissedDrug Trafficking: State v. Bittner, Lorain County
State v. Bittner, Lorain County
Client caught selling drugs. Client was able to enter into a first offender program as a result of our efforts.
Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the AppealDUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles
City of Cleveland v. Oles
Client was stopped for what a trooper described as being an illegal lane change. The trooper, in our opinion, employed improper investigative techniques that we argued violated our client’s rights. Trial court agreed.
Case DismissedDUI / OVI: Cleveland v. Al-Nazer (2012 TRC 040781)
Cleveland v. Al-Nazer
2012 TRC 040781
Our client was accused of driving while under the influence of drugs, or alcohol. He was later (see below) accused of wrongfully handling a firearm. We filed a motion to suppress on our client’s behalf arguing that the trooper engaged in improper conduct, that the trooper failed to administer field sobriety tests, and that other violations required the case be dismissed. The trial court agreed with us and threw out the entire case.
Case DismissedDUI/OVI w. a weapon: State v. Al-Nazer (Cuyahoga Case No. 13-575491)
State v. Al-Nazer
Cuyahoga Case No. 13-575491
The trooper in this case went to every possible step to obtain a conviction against our client but we fought for him. After knowing that he, the trooper, lost the case at the city level (see misdemeanor DUI results above) he took this matter secretly to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. He neglected to tell the prosecutors that he had already lost at the city level, and obtained an Indictment against our client. After a series of filings on our client’s behalf the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor dismissed the case on his own.
Case DismissedDUI/OVI: Bay Village v. Crider
Bay Village v. Crider
Client was accused of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. We identified several problems with the prosecutor’s case. We asked that a magistrate suppress evidence but that request was refused, we then appealed the matter to the presiding judge who did agree with us and ultimately suppressed all relevant evidence.
OVI Charges DismissedDUI/OVI: City of Oberlin v. Barber
City of Oberlin v. Barber
Client, a young adult, was pulled over for speeding. The police officer unexpectedly requested that he perform field sobriety testing, and a breath test. We defended our client at the trial court level and the trial court eventually agreed that everything except the speeding charge should be suppressed.
Charges AvoidedFederal Analogue Drug Charges: Unindicted
Client was owner of a head shop. Allegedly sold controlled substance analogues.
Avoided Being Charged in the Federal IndictmentFederal Analogue Drug Charges: Unindicted
Client was a manager at a smoke shop in Cleveland, he traveled across country purchasing synthetic drugs for owner.
Client Received House Arrest and ProbationFederal Bankruptcy Fraud: U.S. v. BrehunClient charged with bankruptcy fraud. Faced a lengthy federal prison sentence.
Client Received a One Year SentenceFederal Bribery Charges: U.S. v. Mukundkumar
U.S. v. Mukundkumar
Client charged with bribing a city official and faced a significant prison sentence.
Client Only Received a Five Year SentenceFederal Child Pornography Charges: U.S. v. Poling
U.S. v. Poling
Client charged with child pornography charges, originally faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.
Sentenced Under the Mandatory Minimum SentenceFEDERAL DRUG CHARGES: United States v. Williams
United States v. Williams
Client faced a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison with a federal sentencing guideline range of nearly 20 years. Following our efforts he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Government Agreed to Massively Reduced SentenceFederal Drug Trafficking/Money Laundering: U.S. v. Love
U.S. v. Love
Client charged with assisting boyfriend in the operation of a multistate drug operation. Faced in excess of ten years in prison.
Not Guilty at TrialFelonious Assault / Attempted Murder: State v. Brandon Betliskey
State v. Brandon Betliskey
Client was accused with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing an individual with a knife during a fight. At trial we demonstrated that the prosecution’s witnesses were unreliable, that they had motives, and that some of the witnesses had even assisted in the assault on Mr. Betliskey. The client faced over a decade in prison, and the prosecution had offered a plea of three to five years in prison.
Not Guilty at Trial, Finding of Self-DefenseFelonious Assault: State v. Michael Zeiner
State v. Michael Zeiner
Cuyahoga County Case # 597751
Michael Zeiner was initially charged with felonious assault, a felony of the second degree under Ohio law. This means that if convicted he would have faced between two and eight years in prison. Beyond this a conviction would have resulted in the loss of his job, the loss of his ability to provide for his wife and child, and the loss of reputation. We took this case to trial on his behalf and at the end the jury not only acquitted Mr. Zeiner but they found that he acted in self-defense.
Felonies Reduced to a MisdemeanorFraud: State v. Bailey
State v. Bailey
Client faced over five years in prison relating to fraud coming from purchases on certain credit cards. The FBI had been involved in investigating a credit card fraud ring, we demonstrated that our client who had no prior record was not involved in this. The charges were all reduced to a misdemeanor.
Felonies Reduced to a MisdemeanorMortage Fraud: State v. Bankston (Case 554763)
State v. Bankston
Client charged in a massive mortgage fraud operation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office. As a result of our efforts the client went from the possibility of both spending a significant time in prison and not being able to maintain his employment to being able to enter a plea to a misdemeanor and putting it behind him.
Evidence SuppressedOVI-Appeal: City of Cleveland v. Oles
City of Cleveland v. Oles
After our victory in the trial court the City of Cleveland appealed this case to the 8 th District Court of Appeals. After extensive briefing of the case and a formal oral argument in front of a panel of three judges, the 8 th District Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court correctly suppressed the evidence we had requested.
Prosecutor Dismissed the OVI ChargesOVI: Bay Village v. Keller
Bay Village v. Keller
Client charged with driving while impaired. Breath test of over .11. Test was conducted on Intoxilyzer 8000.
Plead to Reduced Charges and Avoided PrisonOVI: State v. Mitchell, Akron
State v. Mitchell, Akron
Client charged with a felony OVI and faced up to 8 years in prison.
Reduction in Charges and Client Avoided MandatorOVI: State v. Shaver, Elyria
State v. Shaver, Elyria
Client charged with multiple offenses. OVI and Child Endangering.
No ChargesRape: State v. Banks, Port Clinton
State v. Banks, Port Clinton
Client accused of rape and sexual misconduct. Through our efforts client avoided being charged. Client was able to put matter behind him.
All Sex Counts Dismissed. Probation.Rape: State v. Buxo, Cuyahoga County
State v. Buxo, Cuyahoga County
Client charged with the rape of his step daughter.
Not Guilty on All Felony Sex OffensesRape: State v. Callaway, Zainesville
State v. Callaway, Zainesville
Client charged with sex crimes against a fellow college student. Matter taken to trial.
Rape Allegation DismissedRape: State v. J. Smith, Cuyahoga County
State v. J. Smith, Cuyahoga County
95 year old client charged with rape. We aggressively fought these allegations. Felonies dismissed.
Felonies DismissedRAPE: State v. King
State v. King
Client was involved in a situation with another person his age. The young woman was highly intoxicated, as was he. Client faced over a decade in prison AND being forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. We persuaded the prosecution to reduce the charges from high level felonies to misdemeanors.
Charges Dismissed – Reduced to MisdemeanorRape: State v. King, Cuyahoga County
State v. King, Cuyahoga County
Client drank too much with a female companion at a party – both were under 21. Female companion claimed rape. We fully investigated the matter, met with prosecutor, all felony sex allegations were dismissed prior to trial.
Case DismissedRape: State v. McClintick, Portage County
State v. McClintick, Portage County
Hired to replace local counsel. Client was indicted on charges of rape and faced over a decade in prison. Client maintained his innocence and did not want to plea as prior attorney suggested. Our firm was able to aggressively fight the allegations resulting in the prosecutor agreeing to dismiss the charges.
DismissedState v. Levanduski
ALL charges dismissed after Patituce discovered Trooper (who has now been indicted on another issue) was caught doing some unethical stuff in this case.
Sentence Reduced to 55 MonthsUnited States v. Pugh, 1:16-cr-00291-BYP.
United States v. Pugh
Client faced possession with intent to distribute LSD 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)
Mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with potential for life in prison.
Result: 55 month sentence, entry into drug program recommendation, recommendation of camp incarceration.