Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

If you are being investigated for a crime or have been charged with a criminal offense in Ohio, you might be understandably scared and confused, especially if it is your first encounter with the criminal judicial system. You are probably worried about what potential consequences lay ahead, what to expect during the process, and if there is a way you can get yourself out of this predicament.

The first important thing to keep in mind is that getting a criminal charge isn’t the same as getting a criminal conviction. The prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime.

Secondly, there are certain key rights that come into play when you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime. And thirdly, regardless of your situation or the type of criminal charge you are facing, your best and most important decision is hiring an experienced Cuyahoga County criminal defense attorney.

At Patituce & Associates, we have more than 70 years of combined experience defending clients against all kinds of criminal charges. We are committed to building the best defense possible for each case we take on. We have a reputation for delivering the best outcome for our clients. Get in touch with us today at 440-471-7784 to safeguard your rights, freedom, and future.

Experienced Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Attorneys

If you are in need of a criminal defense lawyer, it is important to find someone who is familiar with the local laws and court system in Cuyahoga County. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our attorneys have experience representing clients in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and have established positive relationships with the judges and prosecutors in the court. Our previous experience in this particular court allows us to effectively prepare our clients and their cases for their hearings.

What is Common Pleas Court?

The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas is the trial court of general jurisdiction. This means that it hears felony cases as well as civil disputes where the amount of money in controversy exceeds $500 and also has exclusive jurisdiction over civil cases exceeding $15,000.

Administrative & Presiding Judge Brendan J. Sheehan


Judge Brendan J. Sheehan is currently serving a second, two-year term as the Court’s Administrative and Presiding Judge.

Judge Sheehan graduated from Baldwin Wallace University and received his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He earned a Master’s in Judicial Studies from the University of Reno, Nevada.

Judge Sheehan has worked in numerous positions in the Justice Center, including as bailiff to Judges Donald Nugent and Peggy Foley Jones. He clerked in the Northern Ohio Federal Court, and spent time in private practice before joining the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, overseeing the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He was elected to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and took office in 2008.

Court Administrator

The Court Administrator, under the direction of the judges, is responsible for overseeing the non-judicial functions of the court including the following Departments:

Address & Information

Physical Address

1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1678


M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Administrative Office:


Clerk of Courts (Civil):

216-443- 7950

Clerk of Courts (Criminal):


Prosecutor (Civil):


Prosecutor (Criminal):


Probation Department:



We're Here to Protect Your Rights

At Patituce & Associates, LLC, protecting your rights and seeking the best possible outcome in your criminal case is our top priority. Whether you are facing charges for traffic violations, misdemeanors, or felonies, our dedicated criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of success in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas. If you are in need of legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 440-471-7784 for more information.