One of the first questions most clients have is whether or not they should hire their own lawyer to defend them or if they should go with a court appointed attorney. This is understandable as the level of sophistication needed to properly defend a rape charge can be expensive.
There are several good attorneys that serve as public defenders or as court appointed attorneys, but it is a lottery. The court appointed lists are often random, and they often have a large number of very new attorneys who have just a few trials under their belts to qualify for defending rape cases.
When you hire your own attorney you get to vet their qualifications, you get to research their skills and abilities, and on top of that you have comfort in knowing that you have the best you can afford.
In a basic rape case in Ohio you face a minimum of 3 years up to 11. In others, based on the facts you could face life in prison. These cases are difficult, they are contentious, and they often result in a trial.
Call me at (330) 752-6711 and ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, regarding the facts of your matter. If I agree to take your case on I promise that my team and I will treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve.