Lorain County Criminal Defense Attorney

At Patituce & Associates, we are committed to ensuring that every person facing criminal charges has their perspective effectively presented to the legal system. Our 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. We understand the difficulties our clients face as they contest the accusations against them, and we work tirelessly to explore all possible legal avenues to achieve a reduction or dismissal of charges on their behalf.

When you are facing criminal charges, it’s important to understand that the repercussions of a criminal record can be far-reaching and have 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 take all necessary steps to defend yourself against the charges.

No matter what charges you’re facing, our highly skilled Lorain County 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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Lorain County Criminal Defense Attorneys

When you work with Patituce & Associates, LLC, you will quickly find that you—the client—are our main focus. 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. On the contrary, we will provide you with a strong and aggressive defense strategy that addresses your needs and concerns.

It is important to note that hiring an attorney does not necessarily imply guilt, regardless of the circumstances of the arrest. 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.

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 team has 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 Lorain County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Courts, and Court of Common Pleas

In Lorain County, Ohio, the courts include the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, the Lorain County Juvenile Court, Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court, and the Vermilion Municipal Court. 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 are in need of supervision, care, or rehabilitation. The Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin, and Vermilion Municipal Courts have jurisdiction over cases involving city ordinances and traffic violations within the city limits.

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 have the experience and expertise to navigate the Lorain 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.

Lorain County Overview and General Information

Located in northern Ohio, Lorain County covers an area of 493 square miles and boasts a northern border on Lake Erie. The county has seen an increase in population in recent years as more people move away from the city of Cleveland to escape its fast-paced nature.

Lorain County’s population has grown by 5% between 1990 and 2000. The county has a total of 284,664 residents as of 2000. Elyria is the county seat and it is the second most populous community in the county, with 55,953 residents in 2000. The county has an average of 577 residents per square mile.

Lorain County is largely rural, with only 7% of the county classified as urban. Most residents earn a living through manufacturing, sales, or service positions, with farming being the eighth most common occupation. Some county residents also make a living on Lake Erie by working in the harbor in the city of Lorain, shipping products around the Great Lakes and internationally.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, steel production was a major industry in the county. The average income per person in Lorain County was around $25,700 in 1999, and 10.4% of the population was living in poverty.

Although Lorain County is an attractive place to live, crime can be an issue, as indicated by crime rate statistics. Some examples include:

  • Lorain County is safer than 17% of U.S cities when compared to the national average.
  • In 2019, homicide rates dropped from 70 in 2021 to 39.
  • The violent crime rate per 1,000 people is 3.115 in a standard year..
  • The rate (per 1,000) of rapes was 0.4862, robberies was 0.7809, assault was 1.814, and thefts was 18.17. All of these numbers are shown as the number of crimes in a standard year per 1,000 Lorain County residents.
  • Based on a raw count regardless of population, the northeast part of Lorain, OH tends to have more crime incidents, around 432 per year, whereas the southern part of the city reports fewer criminal cases, approximately 106 per year.


In Lorain County, criminal offenses happen frequently, and when individuals are charged, 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 Lorain County Juvenile Court.
  • When defendants face charges for traffic violations, ordinance violations, or misdemeanor criminal offenses, their cases are heard in the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court and Vermilion Municipal Court.
  • When defendants, including juveniles who are charged as adults, face felony charges, their cases are heard in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.


When facing a legal matter in Lorain County, it is crucial to have a lawyer who is well-versed in the court and the judges where your case or your child’s case will be heard. A seasoned legal representative from Patituce & Associates, LLC, who has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in that particular court, will give you the best chances for a favorable outcome.

Common Criminal Charges in Lorain County

Ohio has stringent laws in place for traffic offenses, ordinance violations, and felonies that may result in substantial fines and penalties upon conviction. Additionally, each county, including Lorain County and its cities, has specific regulations that must be adhered to. To safeguard your rights, it is important to familiarize yourself with these laws and hire a lawyer if you are facing charges.

Juvenile Court

In Lorain County, Ohio, the Juvenile Court handles cases involving minors under the age of 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 Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. It is crucial to work with a skilled and understanding juvenile crimes lawyer in Lorain County, regardless of the specific charges. A conviction can have significant and long-lasting consequences for a child, so it is essential to have strong legal representation.

Municipal Court

If you are facing an ordinance violation, traffic offense, or misdemeanor, your case will be heard in the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court or Vermilion Municipal Court.

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

The Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court and Vermilion Municipal Court deal primarily 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 and may be heard at the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court or Vermilion Municipal Court. 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

Crimes of 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 Lorain County and 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 and lead to other negative social consequences that can include but 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 license
  • Limited employment opportunities


An aggravated OVI charge can be classified as a felony and may be heard in the Lorain 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 the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court, or Vermilion Municipal Court, and there are many different types of misdemeanor charges, including:

  • 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 and may include:

  • 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 the legal age to 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 Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Some common examples of felony charges include:

  • 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 charges.
  • Drug charges – Drug charges often involve possession or possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, as well as the manufacture or trafficking of drugs. These types of offenses can result in felony charges.
  • Theft 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 rather than the person themselves. 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 Lorain 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 provide the best defense for our clients.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Lorain 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 sentences 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 Lorain County Court of Common Pleas and they will be subject to adult sentencing.

Diversion Programs in Lorain County Courts

The Diversion Unit evaluates cases from the Lorain County Common Pleas General Division 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 Lorain 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.

Lorain County has these important categories of diversion.

Family Reunification Court

The Lorain County Family Reunification Court is a collaborative program assisting parents battling addiction who are involved with Lorain County Children’s Services.


The Juvenile Offender Project (JOP) is a collaborative effort between the Court, the Integrated Services Partnership of Lorain County, the Mental Health, Addiction, and Recovery (MHARS) Board, and the Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau. This partnership provides an extensive assessment and psychological evaluation for juveniles currently involved with the Court, primarily for offenses of violence that have exhibited significant mental health symptoms.

In order to qualify for diversion, the following prerequisites are generally required:

  • It is a first-time offense.
  • It is a nonviolent crime that is not sexually based.
  • The accused is willing to admit guilt in the matter without actually pleading guilty.


Diversion programs are also offered to juveniles between the ages of 11 and 17. The Lorain County Juvenile Diversion Program is created for young defendants who have faced abuse, neglect, or addiction to substances like alcohol or drugs. To qualify for a juvenile diversion program, defendants must meet specific requirements similar to adult programs which include but are not limited to therapy, substance abuse treatment, and other forms of support, involving the participation of parents.

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 Lorain County

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

Arrest Warrant

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 Warrant

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 Lorain 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, surrendering oneself in a managed manner that minimizes the harm. Our expert attorney can guide you through your legal options and pursue the path that causes the least amount of harm.

Hiring a Lorain 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 Lorain 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 can often be a worthwhile investment and may even save you money in the long run.

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 Lorain County can be challenging and difficult, 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 increases. 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 Lorain 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.

Lorain County Criminal Defense Q&As

Will my case be tried in the Lorain County 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 Lorain 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 the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court or Vermilion Municipal Court.

When are cases tried in juvenile court?

The Lorain 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 detention 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 Lorain 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 Lorain County, you can usually find information about their whereabouts and the charges they are facing on the Lorain 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 go about finding information about my own criminal case?

You can search for information about your case in the Lorain Municipal Court using the online Search Records tool. If your case is in the Court of Common Pleas, you can access it through the Lorain County Clerk of Courts Dockets. The Clerk of Courts in either 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 Lorain 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 Lorain 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 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.

Lorain County Law Enforcement and Other Agencies

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

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
Phil R. Stammitti, Sheriff
General Information: 440-329-3709
Administrative Services Division: 440-329-3702
Emergency: 911

City of Lorain Police Department
James P. McCann, Chief
General Information: 440-204-2100
Emergency: 911

City of Avon Police Department
Daniel Fischbach, Chief
Non-Emergency Dispatch: 440-934-1234
Emergency: 911

City of Elyria Police Department
William Pelko, Chief
General Information: 440-323-3302
Chief of Police: 440-326-1200
Emergency: 911

City of Oberlin Police Department
Ryan Warfield, Chief
General Information: 440-774-1061
Emergency: 911

City of Vermilion Police Department
Chris Hartung, Chief
General Information: 440-967-6116
Emergency: 911

Lorain County Resources

Lorain 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).

Some of the community resources available in Lorain County include, but not limited to:

Lorain County News

Some of the latest crime-related news in Lorain County:

  • Elyria teenager charged with multiple robberies after arrest for parole violation – 3 WKYC
  • Wife charged with helping husband rob and murder man in Lorain in May – The Chronicle
  • Lorain Police nab man wanted on discharging missiles charge – The Morning Journal

Lorain County Court Locations and Contact Information

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

Lorain County Court of Common Pleas
225 Court St
Elyria, OH 44035

Phone: 419-213-4484
Administrative Office: 440-28-2266

  • Judge Melissa C. Kobasher
  • Judge D. Chris Cook
  • Judge Raymond J. Ewers
  • Judge James L. Miraldi
  • Judge Chris R. Rothgery
  • Judge John R. Miraldi


Lorain County Domestic Relations & Juvenile Court
225 Court St
Elyria, OH 44035

Domestic Relations Phone: 440-329-5277
Juvenile Phone: 440-329-5187

  • Judge Sherry Glass
  • Judge Frank Janik
  • Judge Lisa Swenski


Avon Lake Municipal Court
32855 Walker Rd
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Phone: 440-930-4103

  • Judge Darrel A. Bilancini
  • Kathleen A. Novotny – Clerk


Elyria Municipal Court
601 Broad St
Elyria, OH 44035

Phone: 440-326-1800

  • Judge Gary C. Bennett
  • Judge Robert C. White
  • Magistrate Richard K. Schwartz
  • Magistrate Allison L. Manning
  • Eric J. Rothgery – Clerk


Lorain Municipal Court
200 W Erie Ave
Lorain, OH 44052

Phone: 440-204-2140

  • Judge Thomas J. Elwell Jr.
  • Judge Mark J. Mihok
  • Christy L. Cole – Magistrate / Court Administrator


Oberlin Municipal Court
85 S Main St
Oberlin, OH 44074

Phone: 440-775-1751

  • Judge Thomas A. Januzzi


Vermilion Municipal Court
687 Decatur St
Vermilion, OH 44089

Phone: 440-204-2430
Clerk’s Office: 440-204-2430
Violations Bureau/Traffic/Criminal: 440-204-2436
Civil/Small Claims/Garnishments: 440-204-2437
Probation Department: 440-204-2468
Prosecutor’s Office: 440-204-2462

  • Judge W. Zack Dolyk


Lorain County Law Enforcement

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office
They serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Lorain County by providing a safe environment, enforcing laws and preserving the peace. They are dedicated to providing professional law enforcement, detention, court security services, and holding themselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

9896 Murray Ridge Rd
Elyria, OH 44035

Lorain County Incorporated Communities

Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Eaton Estates, Elyria, Grafton, Kipton, Lagrange, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Pheasant Run, Rochester, Sheffield Lake, Sheffield, South Amherst, Vermillion, Wellington

Unincorporated Areas in Lorain County

Belden, Brentwood Lake, Brighton, Columbia Hills Corners, Columbia Station, Henrietta, North Eaton, Pittsfield, Whiskyville

Contact an Experienced Lorain County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Patituce & Associates, LLC Today

At Patituce & Associates, LLC, protecting your rights and seeking the best possible outcome in your criminal case is our top priority. Whether you are charged with a traffic violation, misdemeanor, or felony, we can help.

our dedicated criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of success in Lorain County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, and Court of Common Pleas. If you are in need of legal representation, please do not hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 440-471-7784 for more information.

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