Lorain County Court of Common Pleas

If you are looking for the best criminal defense lawyers in Lorain County, you have come to the right place. 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.

Experienced Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Attorneys

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.

About the Common Pleas Court

The court of common pleas, the only trial court created by the Ohio Constitution, is established by Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, and its duties are outlined in Article IV, Section 4.

There is a court of common pleas in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. Specific courts of common pleas may be divided into separate divisions by the General Assembly, including general, domestic relations, juvenile and probate divisions. Common pleas judges are elected to six-year terms on a nonpartisan ballot. A person must be an attorney with at least six years of experience in the practice of law to be elected or appointed to the court.

General Division

Unlike the other divisions, judges on the General Division have what is called “general jurisdiction” to hear civil and criminal cases. Under Ohio law Municipal courts have jurisdiction to hear civil cases with a value of up to $15,000.00; Common Pleas civil jurisdiction has no upper limit. Criminal jurisdiction includes all crimes defined by statute as felonies, as well as certain other criminal offenses.

Clerk's Office

The Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for various administrative and ministerial duties in conjunction with the Court of Common Pleas. These duties include record creation, record maintenance, record reporting and record retention of the activities of the court and the issuance of process. The Clerk is responsible for the receipt and disbursement of all money paid into the court system.

In addition to his ministerial duties and responsibilities with the court, the clerk is also charged with the duty of preparing and maintaining records of Certificate of Title for all vehicles and watercraft owned by all residents of Lorain County.

Adult Probation Department

The Lorain County Adult Probation Department is a part of the General Division of the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas. The department works under the direction of the Common Pleas Judges and the Court Administrator’s office. Supervision services are also provided as needed to the Municipal Courts of Lorain County.

The Adult Probation Department is responsible for providing Intensive Supervised Probation services to offenders in the community. The goal of the Adult Probation Department is to facilitate rehabilitative efforts for offenders, resulting in a safer environment for the residents of Lorain County. Supervising offenders includes conducting home visits, scheduled office visits, random urinalysis and making the appropriate referrals to community and/or treatment agencies.

The Lorain County Adult Probation Department is dedicated to promoting safety within the community and victim reparation by providing strict Court order monitoring and cognitive behavioral programming for offenders.

Address & Information

Physical Address

225 Court Street
Elyria, OH 44035


M-F 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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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 Lorain County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Courts, and 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.