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Patituce & Associates, LLC.

We personally tailor a defense for each case and aggressively
fight against a system designed to convict you.

Cleveland's Top Criminal Defense Attorneys

We've Taken 200+ Cases to Trial

At Patituce & Associates, we handle criminal matters through all stages of the justice process. Our criminal defense lawyers in Cleveland, OH, have a reputation for getting results, and we are ready to stand by you at every step in your case. Our lawyers have 70+ years of combined experience and are backed by a track record of results.

We have handled numerous criminal cases, including drug crimesfederal crimesjuvenile crimessex offensestheft crimes, violent crimes, and white collar crimes. Through every case, we remain focused on protecting our clients’ rights.

Defending Charges of DUI in Ohio

We have extensive experience defending charges of DUI. Our criminal defense team consists of three former prosecutors. We know what the other side needs to prove to obtain a conviction, which means we know how to build strategies to counter them.

We thoroughly review every detail to aggressively fight charges. Our team also assists clients already convicted. In such cases, we pursue every post-conviction relief vehicle available to help clients seek a second chance. We work toward overturning wrongful convictions, seeking early release, and challenging unlawful confinement.

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Our team approaches each case with a "can't lose" mentality.

When your freedom and future are on the line, don't count on anyone who accepts losing, count on Patituce & Associates!

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What Are Your Rights

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Once you’ve been formally accused of committing a crime, you become a criminal defendant. But this doesn’t mean that it’s the end for you. The U.S. Constitution has put in place measures to ensure that you are treated fairly and that you have the chance to defend yourself. Here are your rights as a criminal defendant in Ohio:

Fourth Amendment Rights

Right to protection against unwarranted searches & seizures – The law requires that probable cause be established before any searches or seizures are conducted on a U.S. citizen. Also, law enforcement officers need to obtain a valid search warrant before conducting a search or seizure, unless under legally exempt circumstances. The law also dictates that any evidence collected against you in an illegal manner isn’t admissible in court.

Fifth Amendment Rights

Right to remain silent – The Fifth Amendment seeks to protect criminal defendants against self-incrimination. It guarantees your right to remain silent when under police custody, when being questioned by the prosecutor, and during your trial. You are under no obligation to give statements or answer questions regarding the crime you are being accused of. Right to protection against double jeopardy – The Fifth Amendment also protects you against being tried more than once for the same crime. This means that if your case is dismissed by the court, the prosecution cannot retry you to get a different outcome.

Sixth Amendment Rights

Right to professional legal representation – The Sixth Amendment guarantees your right to a lawyer. The court is obligated to appoint one for you if you can’t afford to hire your own. However, the Sixth Amendment also guarantees your right to refuse legal representation and represent yourself. Right to a speedy trial – According to the Sixth Amendment, criminal defendants have a right to a speedy trial without unnecessary delay. Right to a public trial – You also have the right to a public trial by an impartial jury selected from the community. Right to confront witnesses – The Sixth Amendment also gives you the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you. It also gives you the right to confront or cross-examine witnesses.

Eighth Amendment Rights

Right to a reasonable bail – If bail is granted in your case (not all cases are eligible for trial), the Eighth Amendment protects you from unreasonable bail amount. The court should set a reasonable bail amount based on the severity of the offense and the level of your flight risk. Protection against cruel and unusual punishment – If you are convicted of a crime, the Eight Amendment protects you against cruel or unusual punishment. The prison sentence, fines, and other legal penalties (if applied) should fit the crime. Part of the defense process includes determining whether due process was followed and whether your rights were adhered to. If your attorney is able to prove that a significant violation of your rights happened, it can lead to your case being dismissed.

Criminal offenses in the state of Ohio are generally classified into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor and carries more severe penalties including a more damaging loss of civil rights.

In Ohio, misdemeanors are classified into five levels:

Minor, Fourth-degree, Third-degree, Second-degree, and First-degree misdemeanors.

A minor misdemeanor is the least serious type of misdemeanor (and crimes in general). This carries no jail time and a maximum fine of $150. First-degree misdemeanors are the most serious type of misdemeanor crimes and carry a maximum of 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

In Ohio, felonies are classified into five degrees:

  • Felony of the fifth degree
  • Felony of the fourth degree
  • Felony of the third degree
  • Felony of the second degree
  • Felony of the first degree


Felony of the fifth degree is the least serious type of felony and carries a prison sentence of 6-12 months and a fine not exceeding $2,500 whereas felony of the first degree is the most serious type of felony and carries a minimum prison sentence of three years and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Yes! We strongly advise that you talk to an experienced criminal defense before making any statements to the police. Remember, anything that you say can and will be used against you, even if you don’t think it is incriminating. An attorney will guide you on what to say and what not to say.

The Fifth Amendment guarantees your right to remain silent and you should exercise it.

The habitual offender law is a special law that gives the judge the discretion to apply stricter penalties based on the presence and number of previous convictions.

For instance, penalties for a DUI conviction increase in severity with every subsequent conviction. While a first offense carries a jail term of 3 days to 6 months and a fine ranging from $375 to $1,075, a fourth conviction within 10 years carries a fine ranging from $1,350 to $10,500 and a jail term of 60 days to one year . A fifth DUI conviction within 20 years leads to you being added to the Habitual Offender Registry.

Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney gives you the best chance of having your case dismissed and keeping your record clean. In the worst-case scenario, an attorney will help to reduce the severity of your charges and even help you avoid potential jail time. All in all, with an experienced attorney on your side, you are assured of the best possible outcome in your case.

Case Preparation

A successful defense is based on proper and thorough preparation. This is why it is crucial that you get an attorney involved as soon as possible. There are many aspects of your case that your attorney will need to assess and areas of evidence to investigate. The more relevant information and evidence your attorney has to work with the stronger your defense will be. Besides collecting evidence such as witness statements and working with expert witnesses, your attorney will also pay attention to any loopholes and inconsistencies in the prosecutor’s case. They will also seek to determine if there are any rights violations that can be used to have your case dismissed.

Plea Bargains

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, entering a plea bargain may or may not be the best option. If there is substantial evidence against you, your attorney will help work out the most favorable deal for you. The goal here is to reduce the severity or number of the charges against you and ensure a much less severe punishment.

Ability to Gauge Case Outcomes

An experienced criminal defense attorney draws on their in-depth knowledge of the law as well as practice experience to determine the most probable outcome for your case. This will help them to determine the best course of action, whether it is to go for a plea bargain or fight their case in court.

Knowledge of Law & Court Rules

Your criminal defense attorney has an in-depth understanding of the laws surrounding criminal cases in addition to your rights as a criminal defendant. This allows them to easily identify any loopholes or violations that can be exploited to have your case dismissed. Your attorney is also likely to be familiar with the prosecutor and the judge and knows how they operate. This can give you an advantage in your case.

Trial Experience

A good criminal defense attorney should be able to present facts and arguments in a clear and convincing manner that sways the judge’s/jury’s decision in your favor. A great one is also able to appeal to their sense of compassion to achieve the lowest level of punishment for convicted clients. Our attorneys have a proven track record of helping clients successfully fight cases in court and secure their freedom and future. We can do the same for you.

How much it will cost you to hire your own attorney will vary depending on a range of factors including the type and severity of your charge, the experience of the attorney, and whether or not your case goes to trial. But regardless of the cost, nothing beats quality legal representation. At the end of the day, it is your reputation, freedom, and future that are on the line.

Yes! In fact, there are many benefits that come with hiring your own attorney vs a public defender. To begin with, court-appointed attorneys are often overworked and underpaid. Sadly, what this means is that they have very limited time and resources to dedicate to your case. Additionally, they don’t have much incentive to fight hard and ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Working with a private attorney, on the other hand, ensures that you get the quality and personalized representation that you need. A private attorney is able to dedicate more time and attention to your case. Additionally, they have access to more resources and more connections, which means that they are able to work with the best experts in relevant industries to support your case. They have much more incentive to fight hard for you until the end.

Yes, the fifth amendment guarantees your right to represent yourself in a court of law. However, this is the worst decision that you can possibly make. The chances of a conviction are almost always 100% and you are likely to be hit with more severe consequences than you would with an attorney.

This all depends on the specific circumstances surrounding your case and the nature of the plea offer presented by the prosecutor. An attorney will be able to help you determine whether entering a plea bargain is the best option for you.

Getting a guilty verdict doesn’t have to mean the end of the line for you. Every conviction comes with an automatic right to appeal. To initiate the process, you will need to file a Notice of Appeal with the court within 30 days of the trial court filing its sentencing entry. It is important to note that appealing a conviction doesn’t mean holding a new trial, rather it means that you are asking a higher court to determine whether the process and subsequent conviction were fair. The main point here is to identify any legal errors that were made during the trial level.

If the Court of Appeals chooses to reverse the conviction, the case will be sent back to the trial court and the prosecutor will need to decide whether to try the case afresh, however, this rarely happens, and may just choose to dismiss.

Get the Criminal Defense Team You Deserve!

The consequences of a criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can be too much to bear for any defendant. Besides serving time in jail, incurring hefty fines, and the risk of losing important civil rights, having a criminal record can negatively affect your reputation, and future employment, education, and housing opportunities. It also affects your ability to be approved for certain loans.

With everything that is potentially at stake, getting expert legal assistance is paramount. And this is what you get with Patituce & Associates. We have a team of highly skilled and experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorneys who are prepared to do what it takes to protect your rights, reputation, freedom, and future. Call us today at 440-471-7784 to get started.

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Our Approach to Criminal Cases

At Patituce & Associates, our main focus is on you, the client. We don’t work for the government. We work for you. Our Cleveland criminal defense attorneys understand that each and every client brings a new set of issues, problems, and difficulties that they need to overcome. Often, these problems can appear to be overwhelming, and even impossible, to deal with. Our law firm does not feel that way.

Depending on the nature of your case, you might worry that even the best criminal defense lawyer can’t help. However, if you are facing a felony or misdemeanor, it is imperative that you contact a skilled legal representative right away. There is no case that is hopeless, and if your freedom is on the line, our attorneys will fight for you.

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The Patituce & Associates team is made up of battle-tested attorneys who are
known for their fierce advocacy and rigorous defense of the Constitution.

Criminal Cases We Handle

We Handle Criminal Matters Through All Stages of the Justice Process






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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
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In Ohio, a majority of violent crimes carry many years in prison plus hefty fines. This is why it is wise to contact an experienced violent crime defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Patituce & Associates, we fight aggressively against a system that is designed to find you guilty. Our team has 70 years of experience and includes former prosecutors. We defend clients facing charges of murder, kidnapping, assault, and more.

The penalties for driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs in Ohio are serious. A conviction can lead to stiff fines, suspension of your driver’s license, and even jail time. You need the help of an experienced DUI defense lawyer. With extensive trial experience and a team that includes former prosecutors, we know how to fight for the best outcome in your case. Call us anytime 24/7 for a free case review!

Whether it’s sexual battery, rape, prostitution, or child porn, sex crime cases have high stakes. You could face a long prison sentence and be forced to register as a sex offender if convicted. Our sex crime lawyers know how best to challenge forensic evidence and witness testimony in these cases. We will fight to protect your freedom and your reputation. We have a well-earned reputation for handling the toughest and most complex cases.

White-collar crimes are financial crimes that don’t result in physical injury to others, but it doesn’t mean that the Federal Government or the state of Ohio considers them to be less serious than other offenses. If you are charged with fraud, counterfeiting, or another white-collar crime, you need the best defense lawyers on your side. Our team at Patituce & Associates has decades of experience and a record of success.

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