Brook Park, Ohio Criminal Lawyers

Dale Naticchia
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Ohio Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience

I entered the legal field as a law clerk in 1983 and was admitted into practice in 1986. I began the practice of law with a law firm that represented corporate clients. If any of the corporate client's owners or... Read More »
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Brian Smith Esq
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Rocky River, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(800) 641-1970 20545 Center Ridge Rd, Ste. 215
Rocky River, OH 44116
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Employment and Traffic Tickets
University of Akron School of Law
Brian Smith provides aggressive, experienced, and effective legal representation to every person served, so they feel confident that their rights are protected, their interests are served, and their results are maximized.

Mr. Smith uses his trial and negotiation skills in a general practice where he has developed expertise in representing men and women in criminal matters, DUI/OVI matters, unemployment appeals and labor matters. He resides in Huron, Ohio, helping Smith Law Offices to easily reach its resources along the northern coast of Ohio, from Cleveland to Toledo.
John Sivinski Esq
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(800) 641-1970 20545 Center Ridge Rd, Ste. 215
Rocky River, OH 44116
Free ConsultationRocky River, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
With more than twenty years experience as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs who have been injured by the misconduct or negligence of another, or who suffered a workplace injury, Mr. Sivinski concentrates his practice in personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, products liability, asbestos-related injuries and labor law and has tried in excess of 50 cases to verdict, including five multi-million dollar verdicts. Mr. Sivinski's reputation as a skilled and sophisticated litigator has enabled him to negotiate settlements in excess of $100 Million Dollars for injured clients. Mr. Sivinski has also achieved national recognition for his widespread work on...
Richard Joseph Stahl III
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Middleburg Heights, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(440) 891-8388 18051 Jefferson Park
Suite #102
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Criminal, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Ohio Northern University
Rick is an attorney in Middleburg Heights, Ohio who works mainly in Family Law (Divorce, Support, Custody, etc.). In additional to representing litigants in divorce, custody, and support matters, he also acts as a Guardian ad Litem and represents the rights of children. His practice also includes work in Probate (Wills, Trusts, Estates, etc.), Criminal, and Appellate Advocacy, and provides services throughout Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Medina counties. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with his Bachelors of Science Degree in 2003 and went on to receive his law degree from Ohio Northern University in 2006. ...
John Brandt Shepherd Jr
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Rocky River, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(440) 899-9990 2645 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Criminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University
John maintains the preeminent Martindale Hubble AV rating and practices in all Courts serving Bay Village, Rocky River, Lakewood, Berea, Brookpark, Parma, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Linndale, Valley View, North Ridgeview Valley, Lorain, Elyria and all other Courts in the Cleveland area. He has many years of experience in successfully handling Business, Traffic Tickets, DUI, OVI, and Speeding Tickets. His practice also includes Probate, Real Estate, and Personal Injury/Car Accidents.
Christina Marie Turovskiy
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(216) 970-7102 The Caxton Building
812 Huron Road, Suite 290
Cleveland, OH 44115
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Immigration
Cleveland State University
Matthew Williams
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(216) 785-0093 21055 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH 44126
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Cleveland State University
As an Ohio attorney, I know the legal system is large, complex, and intimidating. I understand that interaction with government agencies is disorienting and the rules are unclear. If you, a family member, or a friend have been arrested, charged with a crime, are the subject of an investigation, or involved in a dispute with the government, it is in the accused person's best interest to obtain legal representation. As an attorney, my job is to defend your interests, freedom, dignity and reputation and to make sure you understand your rights, the process, and the consequences of your...
Mr. George N. Wukovich Esq
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North Olmsted, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(440) 734-4417 24130 Salzburg Circle
North Olmsted, OH 44070-1585
Free ConsultationCriminal, Administrative, Business and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Miami University of Ohio
George N. Wukovich is an attorney licensed to practice before all Federal and State courts and agencies exercising jurisdiction within the State of Ohio. Since 1985, Attorney Wukovich has been in private practice as a small firm litigation associate (1985-1997) and as a sole practitioner (1997-present). He successfully represents the interests of individuals, families and small businesses. Attorney Wukovich is also presently active in several professional or legal organizations and other unique special interest groups.
Phillip John Henry Esq
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Middleburg Heights, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(440) 243-2800 7530 Lucerne Dr., Ste. 200
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
I am experienced in the following types of litigation: consumer protection, foreclosure, commercial litigation, collections, corporate disputes, criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, appellate advocacy and also practices in the area of corporate law. I am a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Bar Association. I am an active member of St. Adalbert’s Church in Berea, and was a member of the St. Adalbert’s Parish Council from 2009-2015. I am a member of the Lawyers Guild of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 107, a member of the Middleburg Heights...
Jay Milano Esq
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Rocky River, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
2639 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Criminal and White Collar Crime
Jay Milano is recognized to be among the best Criminal, Injury and Malpractice, and Professional Respresentation Lawyers in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Founding President of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Past President of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association.
John Zalic Esq
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(216) 218-2015 7515 Pearl Rd. Ste. 206
Cleveland, OH 44130
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
Over 25 years experience practicing law. My practice consist in large part of divorce, dissolution, custody, modifications and appeals in domestic relations and Juvenile courts in Northern Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Lake Counties.
Michael Astrab Esq
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Berea, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(216) 577-0013 PO Box 127
Berea, OH 44017
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Traffic Tickets
John T. Forristal Esq
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Rocky River, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(216) 592-8573 19525 Hilliard Blvd #16832
Rocky River, OH 44116
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and DUI
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Megan Marie Patituce
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North Olmsted, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(440) 471-7784 26777 Lorain Road, Suite 708
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
I am a former prosecutor with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office that now is a partner with the Criminal & DUI Defense Law Firm, Patituce & Associates.
Ms. Jennifer Yobe Scott Esq.
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North Olmsted, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(440) 471-7784 26777 Lorain Road
Suite 708
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Criminal and DUI
Jennifer Scott is a former Prosecutor that assists clients throughout the state of Ohio that have charged with Federal Crimes.
Jason D. Wallace
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Rocky River, OH Criminal Law Attorney
(440) 941-5140 19525 Hilliard Blvd #16248
Rocky River, OH 44116
Criminal
Denise Rini Esq
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(440) 668-9209 600 Detroit
Cleveland, OH 44145
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University
I was elected in November 2012 and was seated on January 1, 2013. A lifelong resident of the Cuyahoga County area, growing up in Maple Heights until the age of 12, and moving to Lyndhurst where I reside today. I attended public school, graduating from Brush High School in 1975.
I have a daughter, Michelle, and understands how difficult raising a child can be as a single parent.
After Michelle graduated from college, I pursued a degree at Baldwin Wallace University and earned a degree in Human Services while working as a private investigator and a freelance designer in advertising.
I worked as...
Kristina W. Supler
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(216) 696-1422 101 W. Prospect Ave. Suite 1800
Cleveland, OH 44115
Free ConsultationCriminal
Cleveland State University
Ms. Supler has served as both primary and co-counsel during trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States. She is highly regarded for her organized and comprehensive trial strategies and is well-versed in all criminal areas. Ms. Supler’s particular expertise is federal litigation and sentencing matters. She has lectured on issues affecting sentencing and has authored articles on sentencing and technology topics in national publications.
Robert G. Stiefvater
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Brecksville, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(440) 457-8272 8748 Brecksville Road
Suite 225
Brecksville, OH 44141
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Probate
Cleveland State University
Limited Clients. Proven Results.

I limit the number of clients that I represent because I understand that when you need a lawyer you need someone who is available and can dedicate their time to your legal issue.

I represent individuals and fight to defend their rights and reputation. Call for a free consultation. Even if I am not currently accepting new clients I will make sure that you understand the process in which you are involved.
Attorney R. Paul Cushion II
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(216) 630-1052 75 Public Square, Suite 914
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Civil Rights and DUI
Cleveland Marshall College of Law
The Hallmark of the R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. Law Firm is their thorough preparation at each phase of the legal process. Their trademark preparation is surpassed only by the passion they hold for their client's legal rights. This passion may, itself, be surpassed by the aggressive legal style of representation this Law Firm displays at each phase of the legal process. These fundamental traits for successful legal defense flow from its founder and CEO, Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. The legal career of Attorney R. Paul Cushion, II, Esq. is...
Brandon James Henderson
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(216) 220-6776 3238 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Case Western Reserve University
As a founding partner at Henderson, Mokhtari & Weatherly, Cleveland lawyer Brandon Henderson provides offers legal counsel to people who have been charged with a crime. With more than a decade of legal experience under his belt, he has handled a wide range of criminal cases. Before the formation of his firm, he handled civil and criminal cases at the firm Zukerman, Daiker, & Lear Co., L.P.A. Mr. Henderson is a proud graduate of a Case Western Reserve University, and during his time in law school, he participated in numerous community outreach and honors programs. Attorney Henderson is a...
Jason F. Barr
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Independence, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(216) 586-5437 6100 Oak Tree Blvd
Ste 200
Independence, OH 44131
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Capital University Law School
Bankruptcy, Divorce, and Criminal Defense Attorney with the law firm of Barr, Jones & Associates LLP providing legal services in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, Ohio. We built a better law firm because our clients matter most.
Dale Naticchia
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Seven Hills, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(888) 384-3253 4141 Rockside Rd
#230
Seven Hills, OH 44131
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University
I entered the legal field as a law clerk in 1983 and was admitted into practice in 1986. I began the practice of law with a law firm that represented corporate clients. If any of the corporate client's owners or employees got into trouble with the law, I was assigned the task of representing them. I found I really preferred representing people as opposed to corporations and started my own practice in 1989. I truly enjoy what I do and keep myself immersed in the law and representing my clients in court. Bad things happen to good people and...
Amanda Ackerman Condon
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(216) 861-4211 1468 West 9th St.
Suite 135
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Personal Injury and Criminal Law is the focus of Amanda Condon. Prior to joining Dworken & Bernstein in 2014, she worked at a small boutique firm specializing in personal injury. Amanda also previously served as a Magistrate in Lyndhurst Municipal Court, and from 2005 to 2012, as a prosecutor in Ashtabula County Eastern and Western County Courts. Amanda Condon is currently an Acting Judge in Painesville Municipal Court. Amanda brings a unique perspective to criminal matters, having served on all sides of a case. She is also very committed to the community and has done several...
James Lee Lindon
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Avon, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(440) 333-0011 35104 Saddle Crk
Avon, OH 44011
Criminal, Business, DUI and IP
We are located in Avon, Ohio - just 10 minutes west of Cleveland. Se habla espanol.
Jennifer M. Atzberger
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Bay Village, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(440) 263-5720 P.O. Box 40543
(440) 263-5720
Bay Village, OH 44140
Free ConsultationCriminal, Education and Juvenile
Cleveland State University
With over eighteen years of experience in her combined areas of practice, Ms. Atzberger brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the unique needs of your case. Having worked in both the public sector and in private practice, she has provided expert legal advice and representation to a diverse community of clients in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Geauga County.

Ms. Atzberger has experience in education law, representing clients in suspension and expulsion cases, helping to obtain 504 Plans and IEPs, and defending students against civil rights violations and bullying. She also represents clients in juvenile delinquency proceedings, and previously worked as...
Patrick DiChiro
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Independence, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(216) 642-0424 6300 Rockside Rd., Suite 302
Independence, OH 44131
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland Marshal College of Law
After being admitted to the bar in 1989, Patrick DiChiro began his practice primarily in the areas of Criminal Defense, Domestic Relations, Civil Litigation, and Probate Law where he has obtained favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Over the years, Patrick DiChiro has expanded services to his private practice, and is recognized as a reputable Trial Lawyer.

As a Trial Lawyer, Patrick DiChiro has used his extensive experience to establish favorable outcomes within the Trial Court and throughout various Appellate Courts, on behalf of clients and other attorneys in need of assistance with their complex cases.

Patrick...
Viktoriya Dyrda
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Ravenna, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
Ravenna, OH 44266
Criminal and DUI
Cleveland State University
Attorney Viktoriya Dyrda is a talented criminal defense litigator with an intense passion for justice, which serves her clients well. Her dedication and willingness to step into the courtroom set her apart from other criminal defense lawyers. Viktoriya’s thorough and carefully crafted approach to criminal charges provides clients with the guidance to make well-informed and strategic decisions in their cases. Ms. Dyrda is a vigorous advocate, and offers clients unfiltered and forthright advice on the best course of action for their criminal charges. She is compassionate in defending her client’s rights.

Attorney Dyrda provides representation to people accused of felonies,...
Matt Mishak
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North Ridgeville, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(440) 941-1669 35888 Center Ridge Road
Suite 3
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Criminal, DUI, Family and White Collar Crime
Cleveland State University
Andrew Douglas Jones
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Independence, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(844) 227-7566 6100 Oak Tree Blvd., Ste. 200
Independence, OH 44131
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
Jacqueline Greene
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(216) 241-1430 55 Public Square, Suite 1055
Cleveland, OH 44113-1901
Criminal and Civil Rights
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Jacqueline Greene joined Friedman & Gilbert in February 2014. Jacqueline’s civil rights practice focuses primarily on police and prison/jail misconduct, wrongful convictions and wrongful imprisonment, and other government misconduct.

Jacqueline also provides criminal defense representation in federal, state, and municipal criminal cases.

In addition, Jacqueline serves as Co-Coordinator for the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. In this capacity, Jacqueline recruits and organizes pro bono criminal defense attorneys for political criminal cases in the Greater Cleveland area, defends protesters herself, and represents the NLG in civil litigation. Jacqueline also trains and organizes NLG Legal Observers (who observe law enforcement conduct at...
Thomas Inglesby Perotti Esq
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(216) 881-1200 600 Superior Avenue
Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Our law office understands that when people hire an attorney, they need immediate help. We take the time to listen to all their concerns and to get all the facts about their case. We provide thorough research into the legal matter to make sure there are no surprises that can affect the outcome. Don’t let your legal situation get worse, call or email us today for a consultation.
Kevin Wayne Rumes Esq
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Brunswick, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(330) 241-7110 Grafton Road
Brunswick, OH 44212
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University and Baldwin-Wallace College
Charged with a crime? You want to retain a lawyer who has experience in both Litigation and Criminal Defense. Choosing the right Criminal Defense Attorney to vigorously defend you is the most important decision you will make. With Attorney Kevin Wayne Rumes, your case will be treated with the seriousness it deserves! Attorney Rumes has handled thousands of cases as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, and has earned many outstanding legal victories, along with an excellent reputation as a premier Defense Attorney in the Cleveland area. Now practicing in all counties and courts in Ohio.
William J Balena Esq
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Westlakle, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
30400 Detroit Road
Suite 106
Westlakle, OH 44145
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Cleveland State University and Pennsylvania State University - University Park
William Balena is an experienced bankruptcy and traffic trial attorney. Bill is an active member of NACBA. He attends annual workshops and continuing education in the area of advanced consumer bankruptcy issues. He represents consumers in chapter 7 and chapter 13. Bill is also a former city prosecutor and is well versed in traffic defense including Ohio drunk driving (OVI, DWI, DUI) and speeding tickets.
Daniel Williams
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(216) 861-4211 1468 W. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal
Criminal Law is the focus of Daniel Williams. He represents clients throughout NE Ohio including Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. After working tirelessly for the past three years advocating for the rights of indigent criminal defendants throughout Lake County, Dan joined Dworken & Bernstein. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Dan moved to Chicago where he worked as an Account Executive for a nationwide mortgage lending company. But his pride in his hometown never wavered, and he returned to Cleveland where he graduated from law school at Cleveland-Marshall and married his wife Gina. Dan practices...
Edwin J. Vargas Esq
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer
(216) 539-1236 The Gehring Building
1956 W. 25th Street, Suite 302
Cleveland, OH 44113
Criminal, Business and DUI
Jerome Milton Emoff
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(216) 861-4211 1468 West 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal
Cleveland State University
Jerome Emoff received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1970, and his Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1974. Mr. Emoff is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, and all other courts in the state of Ohio. Mr. Emoff concentrates his practice exclusively in all aspects of criminal litigation including federal and state cases at both the trial level and...
Michael O'Shea Esq
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Rockey River, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(800) 529-1966 19300 Detroit Rd.
Suite 202
Rockey River, OH 44116
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Jonathan Aaron Bartell Esq
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(216) 771-1900 820 West Superior Ave
Suite 800
Cleveland, OH 44113
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and White Collar Crime
Case Western Reserve University
I believe that every person should have strong legal support as well as an attorney that genuinly cares about the outcome. I have handled cases all over the United States and put myself 110% to each and every case as if it were the only case I am handling.
Justin Michael Weatherly
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Cleveland, OH Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(216) 220-6776 3238 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationCriminal
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Justin Weatherly is a criminal defense attorney in Cleveland and a partner at Henderson & Weatherly, Co. LPA. Since 2004, Mr. Weatherly has practiced law in Ohio. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in both civil and criminal litigation including numerous trials. As a result of his record of legal diligence, The National Trial Lawyers Association recognized him as one of their Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014. Attorney Weatherly is a graduate of University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve School of Law. His firm is happy to provide free case evaluations—contact them today to get one.
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Brook Park Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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Cleveland, OH


Case Western Reserve University School of Law Kramer Law Clinic
(216) 368-2766
Cleveland, OH

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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.