Case Results

Obtaining Real Results for Real People

Significant Reduction, Probation

Aggravated Burglary: State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County

State v. Boscarello, Cuyahoga County

Client accused of high level felonies of violence. Client plead to a reduced felony and avoided jail time.

Plea and Record

Aggravated Theft: State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga

State v. Bailey, Cuyahoga

Client was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of property. We negotiated a plea to a misdemeanor. One year later the matter was completely expunged.

Not Guilty at Trial

Attempted Murder/Felonious Assault: State v. Brandon Betliskey

State v. Brandon Betliskey

Client was accused with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing an individual with a knife during a fight.

At trial we demonstrated that the prosecution’s witnesses were unreliable, that they had motives, and that some of the witnesses had even assisted in the assault on Mr. Betliskey. The client faced over a decade in prison, and the prosecution had offered a plea of three to five years in prison.

Case Dismissed

Child Pornography: State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown

State v. J.S. (A juvenile) Youngstown

Retained to replace local counsel. Local counsel pushed for a plea to one of the sex related charges. Our firm fully investigated the matter, brought important pieces of evidence to prosecutor, result was a complete and total dismissal.

Not Guilty at Trial

Domestic Violence: Rocky River v. D.F.

Rocky River v. D.F.

Client was charged with domestic violence against his wife. The prosecution offered to allow client to enter a plea to a count of assault, which is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Client would have faced up to 6 months in jail, lost his job, and lost his ability to support his family. At trial we prevailed.

Charges Dismissed

Drug Trafficking: State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County

State v. Beckwith, Cuyahoga County

Student charged with the manufacturing of ecstasy. No prior record. We aggressively represented client throughout the proceedings. Entered into treatment program geared towards complete dismissal of charges.

Charges Dismissed

Drug Trafficking: State v. Bittner, Lorain County

State v. Bittner, Lorain County

Client caught selling drugs. Client was able to enter into a first offender program as a result of our efforts.

Evidence Suppressed, State Lost the Appeal

DUI / OVI: City of Cleveland v. Oles

City of Cleveland v. Oles

Client was stopped for what a trooper described as being an illegal lane change. The trooper, in our opinion, employed improper investigative techniques that we argued violated our client’s rights. Trial court agreed.

Case Dismissed

DUI / OVI: Cleveland v. Al-Nazer (2012 TRC 040781)

Cleveland v. Al-Nazer

2012 TRC 040781

Our client was accused of driving while under the influence of drugs, or alcohol. He was later (see below) accused of wrongfully handling a firearm. We filed a motion to suppress on our client’s behalf arguing that the trooper engaged in improper conduct, that the trooper failed to administer field sobriety tests, and that other violations required the case be dismissed. The trial court agreed with us and threw out the entire case.

Case Dismissed

DUI/OVI w. a weapon: State v. Al-Nazer (Cuyahoga Case No. 13-575491)

State v. Al-Nazer

Cuyahoga Case No. 13-575491

The trooper in this case went to every possible step to obtain a conviction against our client but we fought for him. After knowing that he, the trooper, lost the case at the city level (see misdemeanor DUI results above) he took this matter secretly to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. He neglected to tell the prosecutors that he had already lost at the city level, and obtained an Indictment against our client. After a series of filings on our client’s behalf the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor dismissed the case on his own.

Case Dismissed

DUI/OVI: Bay Village v. Crider

Bay Village v. Crider

Client was accused of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. We identified several problems with the prosecutor’s case. We asked that a magistrate suppress evidence but that request was refused, we then appealed the matter to the presiding judge who did agree with us and ultimately suppressed all relevant evidence.

OVI Charges Dismissed

DUI/OVI: City of Oberlin v. Barber

City of Oberlin v. Barber

Client, a young adult, was pulled over for speeding. The police officer unexpectedly requested that he perform field sobriety testing, and a breath test. We defended our client at the trial court level and the trial court eventually agreed that everything except the speeding charge should be suppressed.

Charges Avoided

Federal Analogue Drug Charges: Unindicted

Unindicted

Client was owner of a head shop. Allegedly sold controlled substance analogues.

Avoided Being Charged in the Federal Indictment

Federal Analogue Drug Charges: Unindicted

Unindicted

Client was a manager at a smoke shop in Cleveland, he traveled across country purchasing synthetic drugs for owner.

Client Received House Arrest and Probation

Federal Bankruptcy Fraud: U.S. v. Brehun
Client charged with bankruptcy fraud. Faced a lengthy federal prison sentence.

Client Received a One Year Sentence

Federal Bribery Charges: U.S. v. Mukundkumar

U.S. v. Mukundkumar

Client charged with bribing a city official and faced a significant prison sentence.

Client Only Received a Five Year Sentence

Federal Child Pornography Charges: U.S. v. Poling

U.S. v. Poling

Client charged with child pornography charges, originally faced a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

Sentenced Under the Mandatory Minimum Sentence

Federal Drug Charges: United States v. Williams

United States v. Williams

Client faced a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison with a federal sentencing guideline range of nearly 20 years. Following our efforts he was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Government Agreed to Massively Reduced Sentence

Federal Drug Trafficking/Money Laundering: U.S. v. Love

U.S. v. Love

Client charged with assisting boyfriend in the operation of a multistate drug operation. Faced in excess of ten years in prison.

Not Guilty at Trial

Felonious Assault / Attempted Murder: State v. Brandon Betliskey

State v. Brandon Betliskey

Client was accused with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing an individual with a knife during a fight. At trial we demonstrated that the prosecution’s witnesses were unreliable, that they had motives, and that some of the witnesses had even assisted in the assault on Mr. Betliskey. The client faced over a decade in prison, and the prosecution had offered a plea of three to five years in prison.

Not Guilty at Trial, Finding of Self-Defense

Felonious Assault: State v. Michael Zeiner

State v. Michael Zeiner

Cuyahoga County Case # 597751

Michael Zeiner was initially charged with felonious assault, a felony of the second degree under Ohio law. This means that if convicted he would have faced between two and eight years in prison. Beyond this a conviction would have resulted in the loss of his job, the loss of his ability to provide for his wife and child, and the loss of reputation. We took this case to trial on his behalf and at the end the jury not only acquitted Mr. Zeiner but they found that he acted in self-defense.

Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor

Fraud: State v. Bailey

State v. Bailey

Client faced over five years in prison relating to fraud coming from purchases on certain credit cards. The FBI had been involved in investigating a credit card fraud ring, we demonstrated that our client who had no prior record was not involved in this. The charges were all reduced to a misdemeanor.

Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor

Mortage Fraud: State v. Bankston (Case 554763)

State v. Bankston

Case 554763

Client charged in a massive mortgage fraud operation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office. As a result of our efforts the client went from the possibility of both spending a significant time in prison and not being able to maintain his employment to being able to enter a plea to a misdemeanor and putting it behind him.

Evidence Suppressed

OVI-Appeal: City of Cleveland v. Oles

City of Cleveland v. Oles

After our victory in the trial court the City of Cleveland appealed this case to the 8th District Court of Appeals. After extensive briefing of the case and a formal oral argument in front of a panel of three judges, the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court correctly suppressed the evidence we had requested.

Prosecutor Dismissed the OVI Charges

OVI: Bay Village v. Keller

Bay Village v. Keller

Client charged with driving while impaired. Breath test of over .11. Test was conducted on Intoxilyzer 8000.

Plead to Reduced Charges and Avoided Prison

OVI: State v. Mitchell, Akron

State v. Mitchell, Akron

Client charged with a felony OVI and faced up to 8 years in prison.

Reduction in Charges and Client Avoided Mandator

OVI: State v. Shaver, Elyria

State v. Shaver, Elyria

Client charged with multiple offenses. OVI and Child Endangering.

No Charges

Rape: State v. Banks, Port Clinton

State v. Banks, Port Clinton

Client accused of rape and sexual misconduct. Through our efforts client avoided being charged. Client was able to put matter behind him.

All Sex Counts Dismissed. Probation.

Rape: State v. Buxo, Cuyahoga County

State v. Buxo, Cuyahoga County

Client charged with the rape of his step daughter.

Not Guilty on All Felony Sex Offenses

Rape: State v. Callaway, Zainesville

State v. Callaway, Zainesville

Client charged with sex crimes against a fellow college student. Matter taken to trial.

Rape Allegation Dismissed

Rape: State v. J. Smith, Cuyahoga County

State v. J. Smith, Cuyahoga County

95 year old client charged with rape. We aggressively fought these allegations. Felonies dismissed.

Felonies Dismissed

RAPE: State v. King

State v. King

Client was involved in a situation with another person his age. The young woman was highly intoxicated, as was he. Client faced over a decade in prison AND being forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. We persuaded the prosecution to reduce the charges from high level felonies to misdemeanors.

Charges Dismissed – Reduced to Misdemeanor

Rape: State v. King, Cuyahoga County

State v. King, Cuyahoga County

Client drank too much with a female companion at a party – both were under 21. Female companion claimed rape. We fully investigated the matter, met with prosecutor, all felony sex allegations were dismissed prior to trial.

Case Dismissed

Rape: State v. McClintick, Portage County

State v. McClintick, Portage County

Hired to replace local counsel. Client was indicted on charges of rape and faced over a decade in prison. Client maintained his innocence and did not want to plea as prior attorney suggested. Our firm was able to aggressively fight the allegations resulting in the prosecutor agreeing to dismiss the charges.

Dismissed

State v. Levanduski

OVI

ALL charges dismissed after Patituce discovered Trooper (who has now been indicted on another issue) was caught doing some unethical stuff in this case.

Sentence Reduced to 55 Months

United States v. Pugh, 1:16-cr-00291-BYP.

United States v. Pugh

1:16-cr-00291-BYP

Client faced possession with intent to distribute LSD 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)

Mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, with potential for life in prison.

Result: 55 month sentence, entry into drug program recommendation, recommendation of camp incarceration.

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