“The practice of criminal law is at the heart of what happens every day in our society. I started practicing criminal law as a way of helping people obtain justice for themselves and their families.”

- Joe Patituce

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Joseph C. Patituce

Managing Partner / Former Prosecutor
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Attorney Joseph C. Patituce is the founder of Patituce & Associates. He has an extensive reputation and successful record as a trial lawyer who has a comprehensive understanding of the criminal process, from the pretrial stages to the appellate process.

From “minor” misdemeanors to complex felonies, Joe understands that a conviction can have devastating and lasting consequences on a person’s life. Without a skilled and knowledgeable legal representation, an individual facing the criminal justice system alone does not understand the potential pitfalls that can lead to an unfavorable outcome in court.

Joe devotes nearly half of his time defending clients in DUI/OVI cases, where he has had entire cases dismissed by the judge or thrown out by juries. He can thoroughly review your case to figure out if law enforcement officials violated your constitutional rights or if there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you—in order to build an effective and personalized defense strategy to obtain the best possible results.

Furthermore, Joe has helped clients facing serious criminal offenses—from homicide and other violent crimes to federal and white-collar crimes. He knows that every case is different and filled with unique obstacles, which is why he doesn’t treat his clients like just another case number.

Instead, he takes the time to investigate each case, collect supporting evidence, and develop a strong legal strategy. From start to finish, let Joe protect your rights, reputation, and future.

Education
  • B.S. The State University of New York at Geneseo - Undergraduate School
  • J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law - Graduate School
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Kentucky
  • United States Federal Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Federal Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Federal Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Federal Court – 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Federal Court – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of the United States

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

Client Testimonials
  • Professional, courteous, knowledgeable and tough.

    “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 owe my future Patituce & Associates

    “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
  • He saved my son

    “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
  • Great advocate in a hard situation

    “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
  • Highly Recommend lawyer

    “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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Real Results

Recent Victories
  • Significant Reduction, Probation Aggravated Burglary: State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County
  • Plea and Record Aggravated Theft: State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga
  • Not Guilty at Trial Attempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey
  • Case Dismissed Child Pornography: State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown
  • Not Guilty at Trial Domestic Violence: Rocky River v. D.F.
  • Charges Dismissed Drug Trafficking: State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County
  • Charges Dismissed Drug Trafficking: State v. Bittner, Lorain County
  • Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the Appeal DUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles
  • Case Dismissed 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)
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