Summit County Criminal Defense Attorney

At Patituce & Associates, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights and interests of Ohio residents facing criminal charges. We know the challenges our clients are up against and we will tirelessly explore every available legal pathway for winning a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Our team has over 70 years of combined legal experience and includes three former Cuyahoga County prosecutors. Together, we have won thousands of cases and successfully navigated more than 200 criminal trials. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for achieving successful outcomes in their cases.

It’s important to understand the far-reaching consequences that a criminal record can have on your life. Even if you are found not guilty or have your case dismissed, the criminal charge may remain on your record permanently. It’s essential to do everything possible to fight a criminal charge.

If you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, we have highly experienced Summit County criminal defense attorneys who are ready to protect your rights and freedom. Contact us anytime at 440-471-7784 to set up a free initial consultation!

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Why Hire Patituce & Associates?

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. Instead, 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 Summit County criminal defense attorneys have 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 Summit County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Courts, and Court of Common Pleas

In Summit County, Ohio, the courts include the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, the Summit County Juvenile Court, the Akron Municipal Court, the Barberton Municipal Court, and the Stow 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 need supervision, care, or rehabilitation.

The Akron, Barberton, and Stow Municipal Courts deal with traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases in areas served by those courts. The courts can hold preliminary hearings in felony cases.

At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we put our clients first and are committed to aggressively defending their rights:


If you are concerned about a potential warrant with your name on it, dealing with criminal charges, or facing a traffic citation or ordinance violation, our knowledgeable legal team has extensive experience in the Summit County court system.

Our attorneys are well versed in the operation of the courts and have strong relationships with court staff, which allows them to provide top-notch legal representation for you. Additionally, if a child or someone close to you is facing any of these issues, we are prepared to help.

Summit County Overview and General Information

Summit County is a predominantly urban county located in northeastern Ohio. It covers an area of 412.8 square miles and is the fourth most populous county in the state, with a population of 540,428 at the time of the 2020 census. Akron is the county seat and largest city.

When the county was formed in 1840, it was named Summit County because the highest elevation on the Ohio and Erie Canal is located in the county. The northern part of Summit County is home to the largest section of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Although Summit County and Akron are attractive places to live, crime can be an issue, as indicated by crime rate statistics. Some examples include:

  • Summit County’s crime rate is close to the average, 47% of U.S. counties are safer and 53% of counties are more dangerous.
  • The violent crime rate per 1,000 people is 3.020 in a standard year.
  • The rate (per 1,000) of rapes is 0.4522, the robbery rate is 0.8413, assault is 1.696, and thefts is 18.45. All of these numbers are shown as the number of crimes in a standard year per 1,000 Summit County residents.
  • Summit County has more crime than other counties of the same size.


Crime occurs regularly in Summit County, and when criminal charges are brought, they’re heard in one of three courts.

  • When juveniles are charged as juveniles (and not as adults), their cases are heard in the Summit County Juvenile Court.
  • When defendants face charges for traffic violations, ordinance violations, or misdemeanor criminal offenses, their cases are heard in the Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, and Stow Municipal Court.
  • When defendants, including juveniles who are charged as adults, face felony charges, their cases are heard in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.


It is important to have a lawyer with expertise in the court and judges where your or your child’s case will be heard in Summit County. A skilled legal representative from Patituce & Associates, LLC with a track record of successfully representing clients in that specific courtroom will provide the best chances for a favorable outcome.

Common Criminal Charges in Summit County

Ohio has strict laws regarding traffic offenses, ordinance violations, and felonies, which can carry significant fines and penalties upon conviction. In Summit County and the cities within the county, there are also local rules and ordinances that must be followed. It is important to be aware of these laws and to seek legal representation if you are facing charges.

Juvenile Court

In Summit 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 can 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 Summit County Court of Common Pleas. It is crucial to work with a skilled and understanding juvenile crime lawyer in Summit 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 Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, or Stow 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

Traffic offenses are primarily handled by Municipal Courts. 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 Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, or Stow 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


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 common charges in Summit County, and a conviction can have severe consequences that can significantly impact your future. In addition to facing fines and potential license suspension, you may also be sentenced to jail time and probation.

However, the consequences of a conviction go beyond these legal penalties, as your conviction can be accessed through public records and can have significant social consequences.

These may include:

  • Limited ability to rent a home or apartment
  • Limited ability to obtain federal student loans to further your education
  • Loss of professional licensure
  • Limited employment opportunities


An aggravated OVI charge can be classified as a felony and may be heard in the Summit 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 handled in the Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, and Stow Municipal Court. 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 below the legal age of 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 Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

The following are some common examples of felony charges.

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 and Gun 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 and Fraud 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. Examples of property crimes include burglary, vandalism, arson, and robbery.

Felony charges are very serious and require experienced legal representation. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we are proud of our in-depth knowledge of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and our successful track record of protecting our clients’ rights and advancing their interests in court.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Summit County

If you plead guilty with the guidance of an attorney or are found guilty by a jury, the judge in your case will decide on your sentence. However, sentencing is not uniform and your seasoned criminal defense lawyer will fight for a sentence with minimal negative consequences.

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 Summit County Court of Common Pleas and they will be subject to adult sentencing.

Diversion Programs in Summit County Courts

Diversion program staff evaluate cases from the Summit County Common Pleas and the Akron, Barberton, and Stow Municipal Courts 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 Summit 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.

Diversion programs are also available for juveniles between the ages of 11 and 17. To qualify for a juvenile diversion program, young defendants must meet certain requirements similar to those for adult programs. These programs often involve the participation of parents and may include individual therapy, substance abuse treatment, and other forms of support.

Summit County has two important categories of diversion:

  • Mental Health & Drug Courts for Adults – These courts are designed to help defendants with addiction and mental health issues get a second chance.
  • Juvenile Diversion Programs – There are many of these, including the Crossroads Program for youth with substance abuse problems/mental illness and the New Paths Program that helps families of children with developmental disabilities.


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.


An experienced criminal defense lawyer can review the charges and the specific circumstances of a case to determine if a diversion program may be a suitable option for you or your child.

Warrants in Summit County

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

If you believe that there may be a warrant with your name on it, ignoring the situation is not a good solution. Being arrested in front of loved ones or colleagues can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience, and having to arrange for bail can only make things more difficult.

Instead, it is best to speak with an experienced Summit County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your options and seek the best resolution to the situation. This may include having the warrant recalled, or, if that is not possible, turning yourself in through a controlled process that allows you to minimize the damage.

An experienced attorney can help you explore your legal options and pursue the least damaging course of action.

How a Summit County Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you have been charged with a crime, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help. In this situation, it is essential to work with a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who has experience navigating the Summit County court system.

You may be concerned about the cost of legal representation in addition to the fines you are facing, but an experienced lawyer can often be worth the investment and may even help you save money in the long run.

Even if you believe that you are guilty, a skilled defense attorney can significantly impact the outcome of your case and the sentence you receive, including any fines. Your attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to try to secure a plea agreement that is in your best interests, something that may be difficult to achieve without professional legal expertise.

The criminal justice system in Summit County can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially when you are facing charges with severe consequences. It is not advisable to try to navigate the system on your own or to build a defense without the help of an experienced lawyer. Without skilled legal representation, you may be more likely to receive a harsher sentence or even be wrongly convicted.

There are several advantages to working with a skilled Summit 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 you are arrested, you may feel the need to assert your innocence and provide your version of events. However, it is important to remember that the Miranda warning exists to protect your rights.

If law enforcement has informed you of your Miranda rights, it is best to invoke your right to remain silent and to speak with an attorney before answering any questions. Anything you say can potentially be used against you in court, but you cannot incriminate yourself by remaining silent. It is important to consult with a lawyer before making any statements to the police.

Summit County Criminal Defense Q&As

We’ve answered some of the common questions clients ask criminal defense attorneys.

Will My Case Be Tried in the Municipal Court or the Summit County Court of Common Pleas?

In Ohio, minor offenses, like traffic violations, misdemeanors, and ordinance violations, are handled by municipal courts.

However, if you are facing felony charges, your case will be heard at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Before the case goes to court, a grand jury must first determine that there is sufficient evidence to charge you in the Akron County Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, or Stow Municipal Court.

When Are Cases Tried in Juvenile Court?

The Summit County juvenile court is for cases involving juveniles who are not charged as adults. While juveniles have the same rights as adults, the court process for juveniles may differ. The main goal in juvenile court is to rehabilitate the youth rather than punishing them through detention.

It is important for juveniles to have legal representation, as the consequences can be significant. Juveniles have the right to legal counsel and they should exercise this right.

Can My Child Be Sentenced to Jail?

The juvenile court system generally prioritizes rehabilitation rather than detention for juveniles. However, some juveniles may be sentenced to a Department of Youth Services Facility or a juvenile detention center. If your child is facing adult charges, they will be subject to the same sentencing guidelines as an adult. It is in your child’s best interest to have an experienced lawyer, regardless of the charges they are facing.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Child?

If your child is facing charges in the Summit County court system, it is advisable to hire an attorney to represent them. The potential consequences of a conviction can be severe, so it is important to take all necessary steps to prevent it from appearing on their record.

How Can I Find Someone After They Have Been Arrested?

If someone you know has been arrested in Summit County, you can often find information about their location and the charges they are facing on the Summit County Sheriff’s Office website. To ensure that your loved one has the best legal representation, it is advisable to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Is It a Good Idea for Me to Post My Loved One’s Bail?

Bailing someone out of jail can allow them to be released while they await the court date or resolution of their case. While it is understandable that you want your loved one to be released as soon as possible, it may be beneficial to first consult with a competent Summit County criminal defense lawyer.

If the bail amount is too high, the lawyer you have hired may be able to argue for a reduction or waive the requirement for bail at the bail hearing.

How Do I Find Information About My Criminal Case?

If your case will be heard in a Municipal Court, you can search for information using these tools:


You can search records about cases in the Court of Common Pleas on the website for the Summit County Clerk of Courts. The Clerk of Courts for a particular court can also help you find information about your case.

What Should I Do if There’s a Warrant Out for My Arrest?

If you have an arrest warrant or bench warrant issued against you, you may be arrested unexpectedly. In this situation, it is advisable to consult with an experienced Summit County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your legal options and determine the best course of action.

Can I Clear My Warrant?

An experienced Summit County criminal defense lawyer can help you deal with an arrest warrant by negotiating to have it cleared and the associated arrest canceled. If this is not possible, your lawyer can help you explore your options and minimize any negative consequences. The specifics of your arrest warrant will depend on your circumstances.

Should I Plead Guilty to the Charges I Face?

It is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney before pleading guilty, as the decision involves many intricate factors. The prosecutor may try to convince you to plead guilty, but it is essential to have a strong defense strategy in place before making such a crucial decision.

A competent defense lawyer can assist you in understanding your options and negotiating a plea bargain that is in your best interest. Pleading guilty without proper legal counsel can be risky, as the consequences can be severe.

Summit County Law Enforcement and Other Agencies

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

Summit County’s Sheriff’s Office
Kandy Fatheree, Sheriff
General: 330-643-2154
Emergency: 911

City of Akron Police Department
Stephen L. Mylett, Chief
Phone: 330-375-2552
Emergency: 911

City of Barberton Police Department
Vince Morber, Chief
Phone: 330-745-2181
Emergency: 911

City of Stow Police Department
Jeff Film, Chief
Non-Emergencies: 330-689-5700
Emergency: 911

City of Cuyahoga Falls Police Department
Jack Davis, Chief
Phone: 330-928-2181
Emergency: 911

Richfield Police Department (Village & Township)
Michael Swanson, Chief
Phone: 330-659-9500
Emergency: 911

Summit County Resources

Summit County has resources available for criminal defendants and their families. Utilizing these resources is essential to your ability to protect yourself from further charges and to effect the most positive overall resolution in your situation. Resources can include community-based services, mental health services, and family services (as applicable).

Some of the community resources available in Summit County include:

Summit County News

Some of the latest crime-related news in Summit County include:

  • Medina teacher charged with distributing child porn, enticing a minor – Akron Beacon Journal
  • Marshals arrest man for fatal shooting of 38-year-old Akron mother – News 5 Cleveland
  • Mercedes-Benz dealer becomes 2nd luxury car dealership in Northeast Ohio to be hit by thieves in 2 days – Cleveland 19 News

Summit County Court Locations and Contact Information

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

Summit County Court of Common Pleas
209 S. High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-643-2162
Clerk of Courts Civil Filing: 330-643-2219
Clerk of Courts Criminal Filing: 330-643-2282
Adult Probation: 330-643-7966

  • Judge Alison M. Breaux
  • Judge Christine Croce
  • Judge Alison McCarty
  • Judge Kelly L. McLaughlin
  • Judge Kathryn Michael
  • Judge Tammy O’Brien
  • Judge Joy Malek Oldfield
  • Judge Susan Baker Ross
  • Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands
  • Judge Jennifer Towell


Summit County Juvenile Court
650 Dan Street
Akron, OH 44310
Phone: 330-643-2900
Administration: 330-643-7569
Clerk’s Office: 330-643-7563
Detention: 330-643-2960
Juvenile Probation: 330-643-7581

  • Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio
  • Chief Magistrate Robert McCarty
  • Magistrate Amber Crowe
  • Magistrate Daniel Cody
  • Magistrate Thomas Freeman
  • Magistrate Laura G. Lynd-Robinson
  • Magistrate Mary Ann Mendlik
  • Magistrate Rita Rochford
  • Magistrate Douglas McDougal
  • Magistrate Lee Ann Schaffer
  • Magistrate Milton Rankins
  • Magistrate David Fish
  • Magistrate Angela Walls-Alexander


Akron Municipal Court
Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center
217 S High Street
Akron, OH 44308
Administration: 330-375-2120
Probation Department: 330-375-2760
Clerk of Court (Civil): 330-375-2920
Clerk of Court (Criminal): 330-375-2570
Clerk of Court (Traffic): 330-375-2572

  • Administrative/Presiding Judge David Hamilton
  • Judge Ron Cable
  • Judge Jerry Larson
  • Judge Jon Oldham
  • Judge Nicole Walker
  • Judge Annalisa S. Williams
  • Magistrate Tamara Todd
  • Magistrate Angela Hardway
  • Magistrate Thomas D. Bown
  • Magistrate Brett Hammond


Barberton Municipal Court
576 West Park Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203
Clerk of Courts: 330-753-2261
Judge Todd M. McKenney: 330-861-7215
Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger: 330-861-7217

  • Presiding Administrative Judge Todd M. McKenney
  • Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger


Stow Municipal Court
4400 Courthouse Boulevard
Stow, Ohio 44224
Phone: 330-564-4200
Clerk of Courts: 330-564-4110
Criminal/Traffic Department: 330-564-4149
Civil Department: 330-564-4148
Court Administrator: 330-564-4174
Probation Department: 330-564-4199

  • Judge Kim R. Hoover
  • Judge Lisa Coates
  • Magistrate John W. Clark


Summit County Law Enforcement

Summit County’s Sheriff’s Office

The mission of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is to provide the safest environment possible for every citizen of Summit County. The Sheriff’s Office consists of over 300 deputies and nearly 80 civilian staff, making it the largest government office in Summit County.

53 University Avenue
Akron, Ohio 44308
General: 330-643-2154

Summit County Incorporated Communities
Akron, Barberton, Boston Heights, Clinton, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Fairlawn, Green, Hudson, Lakemore, Macedonia, Mogadore, Munroe Falls, New Franklin, Northfield, Northfield Center, Norton (partly in Wayne County), Peninsula, Reminderville, Richfield, Sagamore Hills, Silver Lake, Springfield, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg,

Unincorporated Areas in Summit County
Bath, Boston, OH, Brandywine, Comet, Copley, Everett, Ghent, Greensburg, Montrose, Myersville, Sawyerwood, Western Star

Reach Out to an Experienced Summit County Criminal Defense Lawyer at Patituce & Associates, LLC Today

Whether you have been charged with a traffic violation, misdemeanor, or felony, it is difficult to protect your rights without the help of a dedicated criminal defense attorney. At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our top priority is advocating for you and seeking the best possible outcome in every case we handle.

We have a proven track record of success in Summit County’s Juvenile Court and Court of Common Pleas and in the municipal courts of Akron, Barberton, and Stow. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 440-471-7784 for more information. We are available 24/7 and offer free initial consultations.

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