East Cleveland Municipal Court

At Patituce & Associates, we believe in providing experienced criminal defense counsel for clients facing one of the most troubling, confusing times of their lives. The strength of our team is the main reason we can accomplish this task. With more than 70 years of collective legal experience, our team has been able to take 200+ cases to trial.

Our team consists of former prosecutors, attorneys who are licensed to practice in four different states, and attorneys who have been regularly featured in the media. If you are looking for a team of powerhouse defense lawyers in the Cleveland area, you have come to the right place.

Experienced East Cleveland Municipal Court 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 East Cleveland, Ohio. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our attorneys have experience representing clients in the East Cleveland Municipal Court 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.

About the East Cleveland Municipal Court

The East Cleveland Municipal Court hears misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases, and civil cases where the amount in dispute is $15,000 or less. The Court may hold preliminary hearings for felony charges. If probable cause is found, the case will be sent to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Bio

Judge William L. Dawson is an author, motivational speaker and the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the East Cleveland Municipal Court. He is married to Elsie Dawson and they have one daughter, Aria Dawson and he has a son William L. Dawson II.

Prior to becoming a Judge, his criminal defense practice included cases in Ohio’s Municipal and State Courts, The Ohio Supreme Court, The United States District Court for The Northern & Southern District of Ohio and The United States Court of Appeals in the Sixth Circuit.

Address & Information

Physical Address

14340 Euclid Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112


Mon – Thu: 8:15am to 4:30pm

Friday: 8:15am to 2:30pm

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Call Patituce & Associates Today!

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. Whether it’s the middle of the night or on the weekend, we understand that an arrest can occur at any time.

That is why we can be reached 24/7. Although we will do our best to return your phone call within 12 hours of receiving your message, you can expect us to return your call within 24 hours at the latest. Contact us today at 440-471-7784 for your free consultation.