Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers

At Patituce & Associates, we are committed to aggressively defending our clients in the face of the complex and intimidating justice system. Our Cleveland criminal defense firm is made up of three ex-prosecutors from Cuyahoga County who are dedicated to safeguarding the rights and interests of the accused.

Together, we have a wealth of experience, having won numerous cases and successfully navigating over 200 criminal trials. Our Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyers will work tirelessly to explore all possible legal avenues to achieve a reduction or dismissal of charges on your behalf.

It’s important to understand that a criminal record can have far-reaching and long-term negative effects on your life. Even if you are ultimately found not guilty or have your case dismissed, the criminal charge may remain on your record permanently. For this reason, it is essential to present a strong defense.

If you are facing criminal charges, our highly skilled criminal defense lawyers are prepared to defend your rights and liberty. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for achieving successful outcomes in their cases.

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What Makes Us the Best Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Attorneys

You—the client—are our main focus at Patituce & Associates, LLC. Rather than treat you like just another case number, we understand each criminal case presents unique challenges and obstacles that do not fit a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we will deliver a strong and aggressive defense strategy that addresses your needs and concerns.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that only guilty people need a lawyer. People who are confused or disoriented may provide conflicting or incorrect information when speaking with law enforcement, which can be used against them in court. Every defendant has the right to a lawyer, and you should ensure you have skilled representation.

Founded by Joseph C. Patituce, Patituce & Associates, LLC will personally tailor a defense for each case and aggressively fight against a system designed to convict you. We offer all prospective clients a free, confidential phone consultation, giving them the chance to discuss the details of their arrest and the charges they potentially face.

No matter how complex your case may be, our Cuyahoga County criminal defense attorneys have what it takes to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom from beginning to end. Do not hesitate to hire us for your case.

Contact us today for a free consultation at 440-471-7784.

Aggressively Representing Clients in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Municipal Courts, and Court of Common Pleas

In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, several courts handle criminal cases. Municipal Courts handle cases involving city ordinances, traffic violations, and misdemeanors within their city limits.

The Court of Common Pleas is a trial court that handles a wide range of cases, including criminal, civil, and domestic relations cases. The Juvenile Court is a division of the Court of Common Pleas that handles cases involving minors under the age of 18 who are accused of committing crimes or who need supervision, care, or rehabilitation.

At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our clients come first and we are dedicated to vigorously protecting their rights in:

 

If you have concerns about a warrant bearing your name, are facing criminal charges, or have received a traffic citation or ordinance violation, the legal team at Patituce & Associates, LLC has the experience and expertise to navigate the Cuyahoga County court system.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of how the courts operate and have established positive working relationships with court staff, providing you with the highest quality of legal representation. We are also here to support and help children or loved ones in the same situation.

Cuyahoga County Overview and General Information

Cuyahoga County is a large urban county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. It is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, across the U.S.-Canada maritime border. As of the 2020 census, its population was 1,264,817, making it the second-most-populous county in the state.

Cleveland is the county seat and largest city. The county is bisected by the Cuyahoga River, after which it was named. “Cuyahoga” is an Iroquoian word meaning “crooked river.” Cuyahoga County is the core of the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area and of the Cleveland–Akron–Canton combined statistical area.

Although Cuyahoga County is an attractive place to live, crime can be an issue, as indicated by crime rate statistics.

  • The C+ grade means the rate of crime is about the same as the average US county.
  • Cuyahoga County is in the 47th percentile for safety, meaning 53% of counties are safer and 47% of counties are more dangerous.
  • The rate of crime in Cuyahoga County is 36.20 per 1,000 residents during a standard year.
  •  The rate (per 1,000) for rape was 0.4763, robbery was 1.664, assault was 2.553, and theft was 14.53. All of these numbers are shown as the number of crimes in a standard year per 1,000 Cuyahoga County residents.
  • Your chance of being a victim of crime in Cuyahoga County may be as high as 1 in 10 in the north neighborhoods, or as low as 1 in 55 in the southwest part of the county.

 

When individuals are charged with a crime in Cuyahoga County, their cases are heard in one of three courts.

  • When juveniles are charged as juveniles (and not as adults), their cases are heard in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
  • When defendants face charges for traffic violations, ordinance violations, or misdemeanor criminal offenses, their cases are heard in one of the Municipal Court.
  • When defendants, including juveniles who are charged as adults, face felony charges, their cases are heard in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

 

When facing a legal matter, it is crucial to have a Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the judges and the court where your case or your child’s case will be heard. Patituce & Associates, LLC has a proven track record of successfully representing clients and will give you the best chances for a favorable outcome.

Common Criminal Charges in Cuyahoga County

Ohio has stringent laws for traffic offenses, ordinance violations, and felonies that may result in substantial fines and penalties upon conviction. Additionally, each county, including Cuyahoga County and its cities, has specific regulations that must be adhered to.

To safeguard your rights, it is important to work with a Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer if you are facing charges.

Juvenile Court

In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the Juvenile Court handles cases involving minors under 18 who are accused of committing crimes or who need supervision, care, or rehabilitation. The types of charges that may be brought in juvenile court vary, but may include offenses such as:

  • Underage alcohol consumption
  • Underage alcohol possession
  • Habitual truancy
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Vandalism
  • Possession of or use of a fake ID
  • The operation of a vehicle without a driver’s license
  • Underage operation of a vehicle while impaired (OVI)
  • Drug possession, distribution, sale, or cultivation
  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Domestic Assault
  • Sexting
  • Gross sexual imposition
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Probation violations

 

If a minor is accused of a severe crime, they may be charged as an adult and their case may be transferred to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. A conviction can have significant and long-lasting consequences for a child.

It is crucial to work with a skilled and understanding juvenile crime defense attorney in Cuyahoga County, regardless of the specific charges.

Municipal Courts

If you are charged with an ordinance violation, traffic offense, or misdemeanor, your case will be heard in the municipal court for your area. Examples of charges that may fall into this category include:

  • Made a false alarm or report
  • Failed to report a crime, injury, or knowledge of a death
  • Failed to aid a law enforcement officer
  • Disturbed a lawful meeting
  • Obstructed official business or obstructed justice
  • Created noxious and offensive odors
  • Violated a noise ordinance
  • Created a weed or landscape nuisance
  • Hunted animals within city limits
  • Failed to control an animal
  • Abandoned an animal
  • Operated a charity raffle or bingo game in violation of existing regulations
  • Engaged in gambling, public gaming, cheating, or violating other gaming ordinances
  • Discharged a weapon within city limits

 

Even though these charges may appear minor, they can result in substantial fines and have significant social consequences that can impact your future. It is in your best interest to mount a strong defense.

Traffic Offenses

Municipal Courts deal with traffic offenses. There are numerous traffic laws that drivers must follow, and the consequences for violating these laws can be severe. Traffic infractions typically result in fines, while more serious offenses can lead to imprisonment, high fines, license suspension, or probation.

Some common traffic offenses include:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Drag racing
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Violating a one-way traffic directive
  • Making illegal turns
  • Passing improperly
  • Obstructing an intersection
  • Crossing a divided highway
  • Crossing a yellow line
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Violating a registration, tag, sticker, or title ordinance
  • Violating an equipment ordinance (headlights, taillights, license plate lights, etc.)
  • Driving with an obstructed view
  • Driving with headphones

 

More serious traffic offenses can be classified as misdemeanors. These offenses may include:

  • Texting while Driving
  • Violating CDL Restrictions
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Driving Recklessly and Operating Recklessly
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)
  • Committing Vehicular Assault

 

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence (OVI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are frequent charges in Cuyahoga County. A conviction can carry severe penalties that can have a significant impact on your future. In addition to fines, possible license suspension, and even jail time, a conviction can be accessed through public records.

Other negative social consequences can include but are not limited to:

  • Limited ability to rent a home or apartment
  • Limited ability to obtain federal student loans to further your education
  • Loss of professional licensure
  • Limited employment opportunities

 

An aggravated OVI charge can be classified as a felony and may be heard in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. No matter what type of charge you are facing, our legal team is here to help and is committed to representing you.

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor offenses are typically heard in a municipal court. There are five types of misdemeanor charges:

  • Minor misdemeanors
  • Fourth-degree misdemeanors
  • Third-degree misdemeanors
  • Second-degree misdemeanors
  • First-degree misdemeanors

 

Even a minor misdemeanor charge can result in negative consequences, such as significant fines, penalties, and a criminal record.

First-Degree Misdemeanors

First-degree misdemeanors are the most severe type of misdemeanors. They may include the following.

Marijuana Charges

A charge of possession of marijuana may be brought against a defendant accused of possessing an amount of marijuana above a certain limit. Factors such as a previous conviction or proximity to a school can increase the severity of the charge.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

A charge of possession of a controlled substance may be brought against a defendant accused of possessing drugs other than marijuana, including prescription drugs and narcotics. This charge can carry significant legal consequences.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia or Drug Abuse Instruments

A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia may be brought against a defendant accused of having items commonly used to consume illegal drugs. This charge is often brought in addition to possession charges.

Assault and Battery

An assault charge may be brought against a defendant accused of threatening or causing harmful contact with another person.

Domestic Violence

A charge of domestic violence may be brought against a defendant accused of committing assault and battery or similar offenses against a family member, household member, or current or former romantic partner.

Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor

Unlawful sexual contact with a minor, also known as statutory rape, is a charge that may be brought against a defendant accused of having consensual sex with someone who is under the legal age of consent. Many sex offenses are felonies, but this charge may be brought as a misdemeanor under certain circumstances.

Criminal Trespass

A charge of trespassing may be brought against a defendant accused of entering or remaining on a property without the necessary permission. If no other crime is alleged to have been committed, the lesser offense of burglary may be applied.

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct charges may be brought against a defendant accused of engaging in behavior that disturbs, annoys, or offends members of the public.

Resisting Arrest

A charge of obstruction of justice may be brought against a defendant accused of resisting arrest, avoiding arrest, or interfering with the arrest of another person.

Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief charges may be brought against a defendant accused of engaging in activities such as releasing tear gas or smoke bombs, illegally accessing another person’s online domain, and other offenses.

Court of Common Pleas

Before you can be charged with a felony, the prosecutor must present the case to a grand jury or hold a preliminary hearing. If the grand jury issues a felony indictment, your case will move to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Some common examples of felony charges include the following.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes include charges of alleged prostitution, sexual assault (such as rape), child pornography, and other offenses. Being charged with a sex crime can have severe social consequences and a conviction can result in significant legal consequences.

Weapons Charges

Ohio protects its citizens’ right to own firearms, but it also takes a tough stance against the illegal possession or use of guns, other firearms, and weapons. If a defendant is accused of illegally possessing a weapon or using a weapon to commit a crime, they may face significant felony weapons charges.

Drug Charges

Drug charges often involve possession or possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, as well as the trafficking or manufacturing of drugs. These types of offenses can result in felony charges.

Theft and Fraud Offenses

Theft becomes a felony offense if the value of the stolen property exceeds a certain amount. Felony theft charges may also be brought if the defendant is accused of using fraud to obtain money or property that does not belong to them. Robbery, a particularly severe form of theft, is a charge that alleges the use of violence or the threat of violence during the act of stealing.

Financial Crimes

Financial crimes, also known as white-collar crimes, involve the alleged act of using deception to obtain financial benefit from an individual, corporation, or agency. Types of financial crimes include embezzlement, forgery, and bribery.

Property Crimes

Property crimes involve alleged offenses that target another person’s property. Examples of property crimes include burglary, vandalism, arson, and robbery.

Felony charges are extremely serious and require the expertise of a skilled legal professional. Patituce & Associates, LLC boasts an in-depth understanding of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and a history of success in protecting the rights of our clients and advocating for their interests in court. We are committed to providing the best defense for our clients.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Cuyahoga County

If you choose to plead guilty with the guidance of an attorney or are found guilty by a jury, the judge in your case will determine your sentence. Sentencing, however, is not one-size-fits-all and your experienced criminal defense attorney will work to secure a sentence that has the least detrimental impact on your life.

While certain charges have maximum sentence limits, the judge has considerable discretion in sentencing and may impose a lighter sentence if they feel it is appropriate.

The maximum penalties for specific misdemeanor convictions include:

  • First-degree misdemeanor – Up to six months behind bars and a $1000 fine
  • Second-degree misdemeanor – Up to 90 days behind bars and a $750 fine
  • Third-degree misdemeanor – Up to 60 days behind bars and a $500 fine
  • Fourth-degree misdemeanor – Up to 30 days behind bars and a $250 fine
  • Minor misdemeanor – A $150 fine with no imprisonment

 

Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, a conviction can still have social consequences and should not be taken lightly.

The maximum penalties for felony convictions in the Court of Common Pleas are much more severe and can include:

  • First-degree felony – 3 to 11 years in prison (with potential enhancements of up to 10 years for repeat violent offenders) and fines of up to $20,000
  • Second-degree felony – 2 to 8 years in prison (with potential enhancements of up to 10 years for repeat violent offenders) and fines of up to $15,000
  • Third-degree felony – 9 to 60 months in prison (with potential enhancements of up to 10 years for repeat violent offenders) and fines of up to $10,000
  • Fourth-degree felony – 9 to 18 months in prison and fines of up to $5,000
  • Fifth-degree felony – 6 to 12 months in prison and fines of up to $2,500

 

While sentences for juveniles may be less severe than those for adults, they can still be serious. Juveniles may face unique legal consequences, such as:

  • Placed in the court’s custody or removed to a care facility for delinquent children.
  • Detained in juvenile facilities.
  • Placed under house arrest.
  • Placed in community control, which is very similar to adult probation.
  • Sentenced to perform community service.
  • Sentenced to monitoring, counseling, or treatment for drug and alcohol dependence.
  • Subject to curfews.
  • Face a protracted waiting period for acquiring a driver’s license.
  • Prevented from operating a motor vehicle due to a suspended driver’s license.
  • Required to have their school attendance monitored.

 

If a juvenile is charged as an adult, their case will go through the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and they will be subject to adult sentencing.

Diversion Programs in Cuyahoga County Courts

Diversion Investigation Officers review referred cases to determine if defendants are eligible for diversion programs according to Ohio Revised Code §2935.36. If accepted into the program, participants are placed under the supervision of the Cuyahoga County Adult Probation Department, and the criminal proceedings are put on hold.

If a participant successfully completes the requirements of the program, the charges are dismissed. However, if a participant is unable to fulfill the terms of the program, the stay is lifted and the prosecution of the case by the state of Ohio continues.

There are three pre-trial diversion programs for adults in Cuyahoga County.

Diversion Program

To be eligible for the diversion program, defendants must meet the following conditions:

  • No prior felony convictions (including expunged cases)
  • Non-violent and non-drug-related offenses
  • Offense not excluded by 2935.36 and restitution less than $7,500
  • No pattern of criminal behavior
  • Voluntarily consent to participate and abide by conditions

Second Chance Program

The Second Chance program is for defendants charged with a 4th or 5th-degree felony who have a previous felony that cannot be expunged and therefore can’t participate in the Diversion Program. The case is dismissed and sealed once the person successfully completes probation.

Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Early Intervention Program is designed for first-time offenders with a pending felony drug charge. Participants in the program receive drug treatment and, if appropriate, mental health services. Once a person finishes the program, the case is dismissed.

Diversion programs are also offered to juveniles. To qualify for a juvenile diversion program, young defendants must meet specific requirements similar to adult programs which may include therapy, substance abuse treatment, and other forms of support involving parent participation.

An accomplished criminal defense lawyer can assess the charges and the unique circumstances of the case to determine if a diversion program may be an appropriate option for you or your child.

Warrants in Cuyahoga County

There are typically two ways that a warrant with your name on it may be issued in Cuyahoga County.

Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant may be issued if a police officer presents evidence of probable cause to a judge, demonstrating your alleged involvement in a crime. The judge may then sign the arrest warrant, which allows the officer to arrest you immediately at your home, place of work, or during a traffic stop.

The officer may also choose to wait until you come into contact with law enforcement before taking action on the warrant.

Bench Warrants

If you fail to appear in court or pay a court-ordered fine, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. The police can execute this warrant in the same ways as an arrest warrant, including arresting you at your home, place of work, or during a traffic stop.

Ignoring the possibility of a warrant in your name is not an advisable approach. Being apprehended in front of loved ones or colleagues can be a traumatic and humiliating experience, and the process of arranging bail can add to the difficulty.

It’s best to consult an experienced Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your options and find the best resolution to the situation. This may involve having the warrant withdrawn or, if that is not possible, turning yourself in. Our expert attorneys can guide you through your legal options and pursue the path that causes the least amount of harm.

Hiring a Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a crime, it can be overwhelming and confusing, leaving you unsure of where to turn for help. In this scenario, it’s imperative to work with a specialized criminal defense lawyer who has experience navigating the Cuyahoga County court system. The cost of legal representation may be an added concern on top of the fines you’re facing, but an experienced lawyer is a worthwhile investment.

Even if you admit guilt, a qualified defense attorney can significantly affect the outcome of your case and the sentence you receive, which include fines. Your attorney can also negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea agreement that’s in your best interest, which can be challenging to achieve without professional legal expertise.

Navigating the criminal justice system in Cuyahoga County can be challenging, especially when dealing with charges that carry severe consequences. Attempting to go through the system without professional guidance or building a defense without the help of an experienced lawyer can be detrimental.

Without the representation of a skilled legal professional, the risks of receiving a harsher sentence or being wrongly convicted increase. It’s imperative to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the complex system and provide the best possible defense for you.

There are several advantages to working with a skilled Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer, including:

  • Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case and examine all available evidence, including any evidence that may be favorable to your defense. This can involve seeking out exculpatory evidence that supports your position in the case.
  • Your lawyer will investigate whether your constitutional rights were violated and if so, will attempt to use this information to have evidence against you suppressed.
  • Your lawyer will review the prosecutor’s case in detail to determine if there is enough evidence to support the charges against you.
  • Your lawyer will negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf, seeking a plea bargain that may result in a reduced sentence or a reduction in charges (as appropriate).
  • Your lawyer will strongly advocate for the most lenient sentence possible in your case.

 

When arrested, the tendency is to want to assert your innocence and provide your account of the events. But it’s vital to remember that the Miranda warning is in place to safeguard your rights.

If you have been advised of your Miranda rights, it is prudent to exercise your right to remain silent and speak with an attorney before responding to any questions. Any statement you make can be used as evidence against you in court, but you cannot incriminate yourself by remaining silent. It’s imperative to seek the advice of a lawyer before making any statements to the police.

Cuyahoga County County Criminal Defense Q&As

We’ve answered some of the common questions clients ask criminal defense attorneys.

Will My Case Be tried in a Municipal Court or the Court of Common Pleas?

In Ohio, minor offenses, such as traffic violations, misdemeanors, and ordinance violations, are handled by municipal courts. However, if you are facing felony charges, your case will be handled by the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Before the case goes to trial, a grand jury must first evaluate whether there is enough evidence to charge you in a municipal court.

When Are Cases Tried in Juvenile Court?

The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court is responsible for cases involving minors who are not charged as adults. Although juveniles have the same rights as adults, the court proceedings for juveniles may vary. The primary objective of the juvenile court is to reform the youth instead of punishing them through detention.

It’s crucial for juveniles to have legal representation as the consequences can be significant. Juveniles have the right to legal counsel and it’s recommended that they exercise this right.

Can My Child Be Sentenced to Jail?

Generally, the juvenile court system places emphasis on rehabilitation over imprisonment for minors. However, some may still be sentenced to a Department of Youth Services Facility or a juvenile detention center.

If your child is facing charges as an adult, they will be subject to the same penalties as an adult. Regardless of the charges they are facing, it’s in your child’s best interest to be represented by an experienced lawyer.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Child?

If your child is facing charges in the Cuyahoga County court system, it is wise to seek the representation of an attorney. The potential consequences of a conviction can be significant, so it is important to take all necessary actions to avoid it appearing on their record. Hiring an attorney can help to mitigate the impact on your child’s life and provide the best possible outcome.

How Can I Find Someone After They Have Been Arrested?

If you know someone who has been arrested in Cuyahoga County, you can usually find information about their whereabouts and the charges they are facing on the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office website.

To make sure your loved one has the best legal representation, it is advisable to work with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer. This can give you the peace of mind that your loved one is being advocated for and can help to minimize the impact of the arrest on their life.

Is It a Good Idea for Me to Post My Loved One’s Bail?

Bailing someone out of jail allows them to be released while they await their court hearing or case resolution. While it is natural to want your loved one to be freed as soon as possible, it can be advantageous to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer first.

If the bail amount is too high, the attorney you have hired may be able to argue for a reduction or even waive the bail requirement during the bail hearing. Working with a lawyer can help you make informed decisions and guide you on how to handle the bail and release process.

How Do I Find Information About My Criminal Case?

You can search for information about your case in a municipal court using the following online resources:

 

If your case is in the Court of Common Pleas, you can access it through the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Dockets. Once you know where your case will be heard, the Clerk of Courts for that court can also assist you in finding information about your case.

What Should I Do if There’s a Warrant Out for My Arrest?

If an arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued against you, you may be taken into custody unexpectedly. In this scenario, it is recommended to consult with a seasoned Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer to talk about your legal options and identify the best course of action.

This can help you understand the implications and risks of your situation and avoid making any mistakes or missteps that could potentially harm your case. The lawyer can work to recall or quash the warrant and explore other ways to resolve the situation in your favor.

Can I Clear My Warrant?

An experienced Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer can assist you in handling an arrest warrant by negotiating to have it withdrawn and the related arrest canceled. If that is not a possibility, your attorney can guide you in looking at your options and minimize any negative effects.

The specifics of your arrest warrant will depend on your unique situation, and a lawyer can help you navigate the complex process and advocate for your rights and interests. Having professional legal representation can make a significant impact on the outcome of your case and help to reduce the charges or penalty.

Should I Plead Guilty to the Charges I Face?

It is vital to seek the guidance of an experienced Cuyahoga County criminal defense lawyer before pleading guilty, as the decision involves multiple complex factors. The prosecution may urge you to plead guilty, but it is imperative to have a robust defense strategy in place before making such a crucial choice.

A proficient defense attorney can help you in understanding your options and negotiate a plea bargain that is favorable to you. Pleading guilty without adequate legal advice can be dangerous, as the consequences can be severe. With the help of the lawyer, you will make a more informed decision and increase your chances of obtaining a better outcome.

Cuyahoga County Law Enforcement and Other Agencies

If you have been arrested or issued a citation in Cuyahoga County, a criminal case has been opened. The following agencies may be involved in the case.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
1215 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
General Information: (216) 443-6000
Court Security: (216) 443-6210
Emergency: 911
Steven Hammett, Sheriff

Bedford Police Department
165 Center Road
Bedford, OH 44146
Phone: 440-232-1234
Emergencies: 911
Martin Stemple, Chief of Police

Beachwood Police Department
2700 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
Phone: 216-464-1234
Emergencies: 911
Katherine “Kate” McLaughlin, Chief

Berea Police Department
17 Berea Commons
Berea, OH 44017
Phone: 440-234-1234 or 440-826-5870
Emergencies: 911
Dan Clark, Chief of Police

Cleveland Police Department
1300 Ontario St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
General Information: 216.623.5000
Emergency: 911
Dornat (Wayne) Drummond, Chief

Cleveland Heights Police Department
40 Severance Circle
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Non-Emergency Phone: 216-321-1234
Emergencies: 911
Christopher Britton, Chief of Police

East Cleveland Police Department
14340 Euclid Avenue,
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
Non-Emergency: 216-451-1234
Emergency: 911
Brian Gerhard, Acting Chief of Police

Euclid Police Department
545 E 222nd St.
Euclid, OH 44123
Non-Emergency: 216-731-1234
Emergency: 911
Scott Meyer, Police Chief

Garfield Heights Police Department
5555 Turney Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Phone: 216-475-4551
Emergency: 911
Mark Kaye, Chief of Police

Independence Police Department
6800 Brecksville Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Non-Emergency Phone: 216-524-1234
Emergency: 911
Police Chief Robert Butler

Lakewood Police Department
12650 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Non-Emergency: 216-521-6773
Emergencies: 216-521-1234 or 911
Administration: 216-529-6750
Kevin Kaucheck, Police Chief

Lyndhurst Police Department
5301 Mayfield Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Emergency: 440-442-1234 or 911
Non-Emergency: 440-473-5116
Administration: 440-473-5148
Patrick Rhode, Chief of Police

North Olmsted Police Department
27243 Lorain Rd
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Non-Emergency Phone: 440-777-3535
Emergencies: 911
Bob Wagner, Police Chief

Parma Police Department
5555 Powers Blvd
Parma, OH
Non-Emergency Phone: 440-885-1234
Emergency: 911

Rocky River Police Department
21012 Hilliard Blvd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Phone: 440-331-1234
Emergency: 911
George Lichman, Police Chief

Shaker Heights Police Department
3355 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Emergency: 911 or 216-491-1234
Non-Emergency: 216-491-1220
Wayne D. Hudson, Police Chief

South Euclid Police Department
1349 S Green Rd
South Euclid, OH 44121
Phone: 216-381-1234
Emergency: 911
Joe Mays, Police Chief

Strongsville Police Department
16099 Foltz Parkway
Strongsville, OH 44149
Non-Emergency Dispatch: 440-238-7373
Emergency: 911
Offices & Records: 440-580-3230
Mark Fender, Chief of Police

Westlake Police Department
27300 Hilliard Blvd
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440-871-3311
Emergency: 911
Kevin Bielozer, Police Chief

Cuyahoga County Resources

Cuyahoga County provides several resources to criminal defendants and their families. These resources are essential to maintaining your rights and seeking the most favorable outcome in your case. These resources can include community-based services, mental health services, and family services (as applicable).

Here are some of the community resources available in Cuyahoga County.

Cuyahoga County News

Take a look at some of the latest crime-related news in Cuyahoga County.

  • Cleveland police search for 3 suspects in a deadly shooting at Glenville convenience store – Cleveland 19 News
  • Fresh charges brought against three suspects in two older Cleveland murder cases – Cleveland.com
  • Ohio school board member arrested on a felony charge – WDTN.com

Cuyahoga County Court Locations and Contact Information

If you or your child has a court date coming up in Cuyahoga County, having the following contact information can prove invaluable.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

Administrative Office: 216-443-8560
Clerk of Courts (Civil): 216-443- 7950
Clerk of Courts (Criminal): 216-443-7999
Prosecutor (Criminal): 216-443-7800
Probation Department: 216-443-7900

  • Judge Brendan J. Sheehan (Administrative & Presiding Judge)
  • Judge Richard A. Bell
  • Judge Deena R. Calabrese
  • Judge Maureen E. Clancy
  • Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams
  • Judge Brian J. Corrigan
  • Judge Peter J. Corrigan
  • Judge Nancy A. Fuerst
  • Judge Steven E. Gall
  • Judge Hollie L. Gallagher
  • Judge Kelly A. Gallagher
  • Judge Shannon M. Gallagher
  • Judge Daniel Gaul
  • Judge Emily Hagan
  • Judge Kevin Kelley
  • Judge Ashley Kilbane
  • Judge David T. Matia
  • Judge Timothy McCormick
  • Judge William T. McGinty
  • Judge Sherrie Miday
  • Judge Brian Mooney
  • Judge Jennifer O’Donnell
  • Judge John P. O’Donnell
  • Judge John J. Russo
  • Judge Michael J. Russo
  • Judge Nancy Margaret Russo
  • Judge Jeffrey Saffold
  • Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold
  • Judge Andrew J. Santoli
  • Judge Michael Shaughnessy
  • Judge John D. Sutula
  • Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula
  • Judge Deborah M. Turner
  • Judge William F.B. Vodrey

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
9300 Quincy Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216-443-8400

Administrative Judge Thomas F. O’Malley

  • Phone: 216-443-8419
  • Magistrate Mark Stanton – Delinquency/Unruly
  • Magistrate Eleanore Hilow – A/D/N

Judge Patrick F. Corrigan

  • Phone: 216-443-8415
  • Magistrate Scott Scrivens – Delinquency/Unruly
  • Magistrate Stephen Miles – A/D/N

Judge Alison L. Floyd

  • Phone: 216-443-8405
  • Magistrate Joseph Jasper – Delinquency/Unruly
  • Magistrate Pamela Morton – A/D/N

Judge Kristin W. Sweeney

  • Phone: 216-443-8411
  • Magistrate Jeff Ehrbar – Delinquency/Unruly
  • Magistrate Daniel Bartos – A/D/N

Judge Michael J. Ryan

  • Phone: 216-443-5818
  • Magistrate Tracy Peebles – Delinquency/Unruly, Reentry Court Jurist
  • Magistrate Ginny Millas – A/D/N

Judge Jennifer L. O’Malley

  • Phone: 216-443-8407
  • Magistrate Holly M. Welsh – Delinquency/Unruly
  • Magistrate Mollie A. Murphy – A/D/N

Bedford Municipal Court

Bedford Municipal Court
165 Center Rd
Bedford, OH 44146
Phone: 440-232-3420

  • Judge Brian J. Melling
  • Judge Michelle L. Paris

Berea Municipal Court

Berea Municipal Court
11 Berea Commons
Berea, OH 44017
Phone: 440-826-5860

  • Judge Mark A. Comstock
  • Clerk of Court Raymond J. Wohl

Cleveland Heights Municipal Court

Cleveland Heights Municipal Court
40 Severance Circle
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118
Phone: 216-291-4901

  • Judge J.J. Costello
  • Magistrate Kimberly J. Bolton
  • Clerk of Court Saundra Berry

Cleveland Municipal Court

Cleveland Municipal Court
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-664-4790

  • Judge Michelle D. Earley (Administrative & Presiding Judge)
  • Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy
  • Judge Lauren C. Moore
  • Judge Andrea Nelson Moore
  • Judge Michael L. Nelson, Sr.
  • Judge Ann Clare Oakar
  • Judge Charles L. Patton
  • Judge W. Moná Scott
  • Judge Suzan Marie Sweeney
  • Judge Jazmin Torres-Lugo
  • Judge Shiela Turner McCall
  • Judge Joseph J. Zone

East Cleveland Municipal Court

East Cleveland Municipal Court
14340 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112
Phone: 216-681-2220

  • Presiding & Administrative Judge William L. Dawson

Euclid Municipal Court

Euclid Municipal Court
555 E 222nd St.,
Euclid, OH 44123
Phone: 216-289-2888

  • Presiding Judge Patrick J. Gallagher
  • Magistrate Sean Allan (Civil)
  • Magistrate Tyresha Brown-O’Neal (Traffic/Criminal)
  • Magistrate Marie Frey
  • Clerk of Court Keith Hurley

Garfield Heights Municipal Court

Garfield Heights Municipal Court
5555 Turney Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Phone: 216-475-1900

  • Judge Deborah J. Nicastro
  • Judge Sergio I. DiGeronimo

Lakewood Municipal Court

Lakewood Municipal Court
12650 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
Phone: 216-529-6700

  • Presiding Judge Tess Neff
  • Clerk of Court Gregory Tischler
  • Maria Russo (Administrator)

Lyndhurst Municipal Court

Lyndhurst Municipal Court
5301 Mayfield Road,
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Phone: 440-461-6500

  • Presiding Judge Dominic J. Coletta
  • Clerk of Court Janet Rath Colaluca
  • Lisa Obert (Traffic Magistrate)
  • Vetus Syracuse (Civil Magistrate)

Parma Municipal Court

Parma Municipal Court
Parma Justice Center
5555 Powers Blvd.
Parma, OH 44129
Phone: 440-887-7400

  • Judge Deanna O’Donnell
  • Judge Kenneth R. Spanagel
  • Judge Timothy P. Gilligan
  • Clerk of Courts Marty Vittardi

Rocky River Municipal Court

Rocky River Municipal Court
21012 Hilliard Blvd.,
Rocky River, OH 44116
Phone: 440-333-0066

  • Presiding / Administrative Judge Brian F. Hagan
  • Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons
  • Clerk of Court Deborah F. Comery

Shaker Heights Municipal Court

Shaker Heights Municipal Court
3355 Lee Rd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Phone: 216-491-1300

  • Presiding Judge Anne Walton Keller
  • Clerk of Court Steven Tomaszewski

South Euclid Municipal Court

South Euclid Municipal Court
1349 South Green Road
South Euclid, OH 44121
Phone: 216-381-2880

  • Judge Timothy Sterkel
  • Clerk of Court Evan Szirony

Cuyahoga County Law Enforcement Information

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office

The mission of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office is to maintain the trust and respect of the community by resolutely and aggressively enforcing the law and by efficiently and effectively delivering public safety services.

1215 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Steven Hammett, Sheriff

General Information: 216-443-6000
Court Security: 216-443-6210
Emergency: 911

Cuyahoga County Incorporated Communities:

  • Bay Village
  • Beachwood
  • Bedford
  • Bedford Heights
  • Berea
  • Brecksville
  • Broadview Heights
  • Brook Park
  • Brooklyn
  • Cleveland
  • Cleveland Heights
  • East Cleveland
  • Euclid
  • Fairview Park
  • Garfield Heights
  • Highland Heights
  • Independence
  • Lakewood
  • Lyndhurst
  • Maple Heights
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Middleburg Heights
  • North Olmsted
  • North Royalton
  • Olmsted Falls
  • Parma
  • Parma Heights
  • Pepper Pike
  • Richmond Heights
  • Rocky River
  • Seven Hills
  • Shaker Heights
  • Solon
  • South Euclid
  • Strongsville
  • University Heights
  • Warrensville Heights
  • Westlake

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