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What Is The Penalty For Rape?

Being charged with rape is one of the most serious offenses you can be charged with.  Even if you win, you lose.

As a former prosecutor I can tell you that the mere allegation of rape is enough to ruin someone’s life if it is not properly defended.  Society looks at a rape allegation as almost being a scarlet letter that you did something horrible.

If you have been charged with rape you are facing a prison sentence of 3 to 11 years per charge if the alleged victim is over 13, if the alleged victim is under that you are looking at a mandatory life sentence with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

These cases are incredibly complex and require the use of not only a skilled and experienced defense attorney but you will probably need to hire a private investigator (which we can help with) to fight these charges.

Often when these cases are aggressively defended the result is favorable to the defendant but it is incredibly important that you do not wait to see what will happen, you need to immediately act as soon as you hear the allegation has been made.

Once the police get involved it is very hard to get the truth out.

Call us at (330) 752-6711.  The call is completely confidential and without any obligation.  Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, regarding your matter.  If I agree to take your matter on I promise that my team and I will treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

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What Are My Rights In A Felony Case?

It is always a shock to hear how little people, incredibly educated people, know about their rights when they are being investigated or charged with a felony.  Part of the problem is that many of our clients have never had any experience with the criminal justice system before – we understand.

Your three most important rights, in specific order, are (1) the right to hire an attorney, (2) the right to remain silent, and (3) the right to a jury trial.

The right to an attorney is your most important right.  If you are looking at this webpage you have probably already spoken with the police, or with someone about the subject matter of your investigation.  It is important from this point forward that you remain silent.

With an experienced attorney defending you your next substantial right that you need to plan on invoking is your right to a jury trial.  This is a powerful tool that can be used to vindicate yourself from these charges.

Recently we defended a 50 year old man from robbery charges, the prosecutor wanted him to go to prison for at least 2 years.  The jury returned a verdict, rightly, of not guilty to all charges.  (See State v. Kitko, Medina Common Pleas).

Call (330) 752-6711 and ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, about the specifics of your case.  I promise that the call is confidential and without any obligation.  If I do not agree to take your matter on for any reason I will make sure to refer you to a skilled attorney that will.

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Should I Hire A Criminal Lawyer On My Rape Case?

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.

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How Do You Defend Rape Charges In The Akron Area?

One of the more frequent question I receive from potential new clients before they hire us is “How will you defend me?”  This is a common question and understandably so.  These types of charges are so serious, just being accused of them can make an innocent person feel guilty.

The first thing to understand is that each and every case is unique – just as every client is unique.  We have to base your defense around your unique set of facts, circumstances, and life.

For instance, we recently successfully defended a man accused of raping a very young girl.  This girl, under the age of 6, allegedly made a disclosure that our client had raped her.  This sounds horrific on its face until we did our job.

It turns out that this man, a family friend of the alleged victim, was not in town when the young girl said it happened.  It turns out that the mother had been blaming someone else to her doctor for years.  It turns out that the police officer who conducted the “investigation” had been previously fired for lying.

On top of all of that the police never once went to where the act allegedly happened to collect any amount of evidence.  If it was not for an aggressive defense none of this would have ever been known.

Call (330) 752-6711.  Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, regarding the specifics of your case.  If I agree to take your matter on I promise that my team and I will treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

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Child Pornography Defenses

One of the most horrific types of cases to be charged with is a child pornography, also known as pandering obscenity involving a minor.

These cases are charged in both State and Federal courts.  In both types of court the penalties are immense.  In State court you are often charged with multiple charges each carrying two to eight years in prison.  In Federal court you often start at a minimum of 5, 10, or 15 years.

How are these cases defended?  They have to be defended aggressively and with experience.

To defend these cases an attorney needs to go in several different directions all at once.  We need to attack the method of discovery, the types of programs that were used, and we need to know more about our client.  We also need to work to minimize any possible prison sentence, or seek to have the charges dropped.

These are incredibly serious charges.  You need to seek counsel immediately to defend yourself.

Call (330) 752-6711 for a pressure free, no obligation consultation.  Ask to speak to me, Joe Patituce, regarding your matter.  If I agree to take your case on I promise that my team and I will do everything that we can to protect you from these charges.

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Do Children Lie In Rape Cases?

Before I became a defense attorney, I was a prosecutor.  As a prosecutor I always believed that children of a certain age, say 6 and below, could not lie.  It turns out that this belief was both wrong and misplaced.

The simple truth is that children both lie, and are capable of being convinced of things that never happened.  What does that mean???  There are several, if not hundreds, of studies out there that show that a child can basically be programmed to believe that something that never happened did.

For instance studies show us that you can tell a five year old that they went to the Grand Canyon and saw hippos, and they will first take that as fact and then repeat it as if it were true.  If an adult did this we would easily conclude that this is a lie, however, the child is not telling a lie – the child believes it to be fact.

This is what is so dangerous about child sex cases.  People want to believe that a child could never lie, and many times they are not – you have to look at the facts behind the case.  Is there a custody dispute going on?  Is child support being fought over? Was someone caught cheating?

Call (330) 752-6711.  Ask to speak to me, Joe Patituce, about your case.  The call is completely confidential, without any obligation.  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.

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In the vast majority of cases you will go to prison for an extended period of time if you are convicted of a child pornography charge, or charges.  Both the state and federal government aggressively prosecute these cases and most judges are under a tremendous amount of pressure to sentence the most they can.

In state court a child pornography charge carries with it a typical prison sentence of two to eight years per charge.  So if you are charged with 100 videos, each being its own charge, you face the possibility of spending your life in prison.

In federal court the sentencing guidelines determine your possible prison sentence.  You face a mandatory minimum sentence of 5, 10, or 15 years depending on your case with the maximum being life.

These cases are defensible though, and you need to speak with an attorney that has experience defending them.

Call (330) 752-6711 and ask how we can help.  Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, regarding your case.  If I agree to take your matter on I assure you that my team and I will treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

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What Is Pandering Obscenity Involving A Minor?

One of the most serious charges a person can face are from the series of crimes called pandering obscenity.  Pandering obscenity involving a minor is most often known by lay people as child pornography.

Both the State of Ohio and the Federal Government prosecute these cases and the penalties surrounding a conviction are steep.  In the state level each count carries with it the possibility of two to eight years in prison.  In the federal system you face decades.

Most individuals come onto the government’s radar by using file sharing programs.  When certain electronic files are shared the government will actually try to download the file from your computer.  When they find the file they are looking for they often obtain a search warrant and then search your home.

It is important that if you have been charged with this type of crime that you use an experienced defense attorney that knows how to defend against the use of Limewire, E-Mule, and other such programs.

Call us at (330) 752-6711 for a pressure free, no obligation, consultation.  Ask to speak to me, Joe Patituce, about your case.  If I agree to take your matter on I promise that you will be treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

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Domestic Violence is typically a misdemeanor of the first degree, however, if you have been convicted of this crime in the past it can be elevated to a felony.

In general people who are convicted of misdemeanors of the first degree face the possibility of being incarcerated for 180 days and a fine of 1000 dollars.  If you are being charged with a felony the penalties are far greater and involve prison.

A domestic violence conviction goes beyond penalties normally associated with misdemeanors.  It has both social and practical legal consequences for people who are charged with the crime.  Socially, employers and colleagues do not like to associate with people who have been convicted of domestic violence.

For our clients who are in the military or police forces they need to consider that a domestic violence conviction will almost certainly end your career.  Under federal law you are not permitted to possess, or carry, a firearm if you have been convicted of this specific crime.

On top of that, domestic violence, is also a crime that can be enhanced on subsequent incidents.  This means that if you are convicted once the police can charge you with felonies on subsequent arrests.

Call (330) 752-6711 and ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, I am an Akron Criminal Lawyer who represents people charged with misdemeanor and felony domestic violence.  The phone call is confidential and without any obligation.  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.

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Most of our clients are people that have something to lose by being convicted of a domestic violence charge.  They are professionals, doctors, lawyers, police officers, nurses, and others.

A domestic violence conviction not only sticks with you for life, it has negative connotations that go beyond most other crimes.  For instance, since it cannot be expunged it will always be on your record.  Some professional licenses require counseling upon a conviction, and if you are in the military or the police you cannot carry a firearm.

It is important that if you are charged with a domestic violence that you immediately consult with an attorney – do not talk to the police.  If they are talking to you they have probably already made up their mind – they are going to arrest you

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you give us a call at (330) 752-6711.  The call is confidential.  Ask to speak to me, Joseph Patituce, an Akron Criminal Lawyer who promises that if he agrees to take on your case that you will be treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve.

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