Hamilton County Criminal Defense Attorney

At Patituce & Associates, we are committed to ensuring that every person facing criminal charges has their perspective effectively presented to the legal system. Our Cincinnati criminal defense firm is made up of three ex-prosecutors from Cuyahoga County who are dedicated to safeguarding the rights and interests of the accused.

Together, we have a wealth of experience, having won numerous cases and successfully navigating over 200 criminal trials. Our Hamilton County criminal defense attorneys understand the difficulties clients face and work tirelessly to explore all possible options to achieve a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

It’s important to understand that a criminal record can have far-reaching negative effects on your life. Even if you are found not guilty or have your case dismissed, the criminal charge may remain on your record permanently. For this reason, it is essential to take all necessary steps to defend yourself against the charges.

Our team of highly skilled Hamilton County criminal defense lawyers are prepared to defend your rights and liberty. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for achieving successful outcomes in their cases. Call us today at 513-657-2440 for a free initial consultation!

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What Makes Us the Best Hamilton County Criminal Defense Lawyers?

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. On the contrary, 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 Hamilton County criminal defense lawyers 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 513-657-2440.

Aggressively Representing Clients in Hamilton County’s Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, and Court of Common Pleas

In Hamilton County, Ohio, the courts include the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, and the Hamilton County 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 handles cases involving minors under the age of 18 who are accused of committing crimes or who need supervision, care, or rehabilitation. The Hamilton County Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal cases and traffic violations.

At Patituce & Associates, LLC, our clients come first and we are dedicated to vigorously protecting their rights in:


If you have concerns about a warrant bearing your name, are facing criminal charges, or have received a traffic citation or ordinance violation, the legal team at Patituce & Associates, LLC has the experience and expertise to navigate the Hamilton County court system.

Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of how the courts operate and have established positive working relationships with court staff, providing you with the highest quality of legal representation. We are also here to support and help children or loved ones in the same situation.

Hamilton County Overview and General Information

Hamilton County covers an area of 413 square miles and is located in the southwestern corner of Ohio. The region’s geography is characterized by valleys and gentle hills formed by the Ohio River and its tributaries. The county is named for the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton County has the third-largest population of any Ohio county, with over 830,000 residents at the time of the 2020 census. Cincinnati is the largest city and county seat. Some of the notable landmarks in Cincinnati include the Carew Tower, Great American Tower, Fountain Square, Washington Park, and Great American Ballpark.

Although Hamilton County is an attractive place to live, crime can be an issue, as indicated by crime rate statistics.

  • Hamilton County is more dangerous than 87% of counties when compared to the national average.
  • The violent crime rate per 1,000 people is 3.101 in a standard year.
  • The crime rate (per 1,000) of rape was 0.4579, robbery was 1.173, assault was 1.429, and theft was 38.88. All of these numbers are shown as the number of crimes in a standard year per 1,000 Hamilton County residents.
  • Based on a raw count regardless of population, the northwest parts of Hamilton County, OH tends to have more crime incidents, bout 10,498 per year, while the southern part of the county reports fewer crimes, around 1,186 per year.


In Hamilton County, criminal offenses happen frequently, and when individuals are charged, their cases are heard in one of three courts.

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


When facing a legal matter in Hamilton County, it is crucial to have a lawyer who is well-versed in the court and the judges where your case or your child’s case will be heard. Our seasoned attorneys at Patituce & Associates have a proven track record of successfully representing clients and will give you the best chances for a favorable outcome.

Common Criminal Charges in Hamilton County

Ohio has stringent laws in place for traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies that may result in substantial fines and penalties upon conviction. Additionally, each county, including Hamilton County and its cities, has specific regulations that must be adhered to.

To safeguard your rights, it is important to familiarize yourself with these laws and to seek the assistance of legal representation if you are facing charges.

Juvenile Court

In Hamilton 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 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 Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. A conviction can have significant and long-lasting consequences for a child. It is crucial to work with a skilled and understanding juvenile crime attorney in Hamilton County, regardless of the specific charges.

Municipal Court

If you are charged with an ordinance violation, traffic offense, or misdemeanor, your case will be heard in the Hamilton County 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

The Hamilton County Municipal Court deals with traffic offenses. 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-related offenses can be classified as misdemeanors and may be heard at the Hamilton County 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 frequent charges in Hamilton County and a conviction can carry severe penalties that can have a significant impact on your future. In addition to fines, possible license suspension, and even jail time, a conviction can be accessed through public records.

Other negative social consequences can include but are not limited to:

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


An aggravated OVI charge can be classified as a felony and may be heard in the Hamilton 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

Cases involving misdemeanor offenses are heard in the Hamilton County 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 under 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 Hamilton 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 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 trafficking or manufacture 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, trademark counterfeiting, and bribery.

Property Crimes

Property crimes involve alleged offenses that target another person’s property. Examples of property crimes include burglary, vandalism, arson, and robbery.

Felony charges are extremely serious and require the expertise of a skilled legal professional. Patituce & Associates, LLC boasts an in-depth understanding of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and a history of success in protecting the rights of our clients and advocating for their interests in court. We are committed to providing the best defense for our clients.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Hamilton County

If you choose to plead guilty with the guidance of an attorney or are found guilty by a jury, the judge in your case will determine your sentence. Sentencing, however, is not one-size-fits-all and your experienced criminal defense attorney will work to secure a sentence that has the least detrimental impact on your life.

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

Diversion Programs in Hamilton County Courts

The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office may accept first-time non-violent offenders into diversion programs if they meet eligibility requirements according to Ohio Revised Code §2935.36. Participants are placed under the supervision of the 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.

The following are generally required to qualify for diversion:

  • It is a first-time offense.
  • It is a nonviolent crime that is not sexually based.
  • The accused is willing to plead guilty.


Hamilton County has three special court dockets where adult defendants may qualify for diversion or receive reduced penalties.

Hamilton County Drug Recovery and Treatment Court

The Hamilton County Drug Recovery and Treatment Court provides specialized supervision and treatment for defendants whose dependence on substance use has led to criminal penalties. The court handles felony 4 and 5 level offenses.

Hamilton County Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court

The Hamilton County Felony Veterans’ Treatment Court is a court-supervised treatment program that addresses the issues that led to a veteran’s contact with the criminal justice system. The Hamilton County Probation Department, the Veterans Administration (VA), and other community agencies collaborate to offer treatment.

Mental Health Court

Mental Health Court is a program that enables qualified individuals to be treated in a court-monitored, community-based mental health program instead of incarceration. There is a Municipal Mental Health Court for misdemeanors and a Felony Mental Health Court.

An accomplished criminal defense lawyer can assess your charges and the unique circumstances of your case to determine if a diversion program may be an appropriate option for you.

Juvenile Court Diversion

Juvenile defendants can also qualify for diversion. Young people under the age of eighteen with a first-time minor offense in Hamilton County Juvenile Court are eligible for a hearing in Unofficial Court. This is a one-time opportunity for first-time offenders to avoid a permanent juvenile record.

Warrants in Hamilton County

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

Arrest Warrants

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 Warrants

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.

Ignoring the possibility of a warrant in your name is not an advisable approach. Being apprehended in front of loved ones or colleagues can be a traumatic and humiliating experience, and the process of arranging bail can add to the difficulty.

It’s best to consult an experienced Hamilton County criminal defense lawyer to discuss your options and find the best resolution to the situation. This may involve having the warrant withdrawn or surrendering oneself in a managed manner that minimizes the harm if that is not possible.

Our expert attorneys can guide you through your legal options and pursue the path that causes the least amount of harm.

Hiring a Hamilton County Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a crime, it can be overwhelming and confusing, leaving you unsure of where to turn for help. In this scenario, it’s imperative to work with a specialized criminal defense lawyer who has experience navigating the Hamilton County court system.

The cost of legal representation may be an added concern on top of the fines you’re facing, but an experienced lawyer can often be a worthwhile investment and may even save you money in the long run.

Even if you admit guilt, a qualified defense attorney can significantly affect the outcome of your case and the sentence you receive, which include fines. Your attorney can also negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea agreement that’s in your best interest, which can be challenging to achieve without professional legal expertise.

Navigating the criminal justice system in Hamilton County can be challenging and difficult, especially when dealing with charges that carry severe consequences. Attempting to go through the system without professional guidance or building a defense without the help of an experienced lawyer can be detrimental.

Without the representation of a skilled legal professional, the risks of receiving a harsher sentence or being wrongly convicted increase. It’s imperative to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the complex system and provide the best possible defense for you.

Here are some of the many benefits of working with a skilled Hamilton County criminal defense lawyer.

  • 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 arrested, the tendency is to want to assert your innocence and provide your account of the events. But it’s vital to remember that the Miranda warning is in place to safeguard your rights. If you have been advised of your Miranda rights, it is prudent to exercise your right to remain silent and speak with an attorney before responding to any questions.

Any statement you make can be used as evidence against you in court, but you cannot incriminate yourself by remaining silent. It’s imperative to seek the advice of a lawyer before making any statements to the police.

Hamilton 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 Hamilton County Municipal Court or the Court of Common Pleas?

In Ohio, minor offenses, such as traffic violations, misdemeanors, and ordinance violations, are handled by municipal courts. However, if you are facing felony charges, your case will be handled by the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Before the case goes to trial, a grand jury must first evaluate whether there is enough evidence to charge you in the Hamilton Municipal Court.

When Are Cases Tried in Juvenile Court?

The Hamilton County Juvenile Court is responsible for cases involving minors who are not charged as adults. Although juveniles have the same rights as adults, the court proceedings for juveniles may vary. The primary objective of the juvenile court is to reform the youth instead of punishing them through detention.

It’s crucial for juveniles to have legal representation as the consequences can be significant. Juveniles have the right to legal counsel and it’s recommended that they exercise this right.

Can My Child be Sentenced to Jail?

Generally, the juvenile court system places emphasis on rehabilitation over detention for minors. However, some may still be sentenced to a Department of Youth Services Facility or a juvenile detention center. If your child is facing charges as an adult, they will be subject to the same penalties as an adult.

Regardless of the charges they are facing, it’s in your child’s best interest to be represented by an experienced lawyer.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Child?

If your child is facing charges in the Hamilton County court system, it is wise to seek the representation of an attorney. The potential consequences of a conviction can be significant, so it is important to take all necessary actions to avoid it appearing on their record. Hiring an attorney can help to mitigate the impact on your child’s life and provide the best possible outcome.

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

Bailing someone out of jail allows them to be released while they await their court hearing or case resolution. While it is natural to want your loved one to be freed as soon as possible, it can be advantageous to consult with an experienced Hamilton County criminal defense lawyer first.

If the bail amount is too high, the attorney you have hired may be able to argue for a reduction or even waive the bail requirement during the bail hearing. Working with a lawyer can help you make informed decisions and guide you on how to handle the bail and release process.

How Do I Find Information About My Criminal Case?

You can search for information about your case in the Municipal Court or Court of Common Pleas using the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Records Search tool. The Clerk of Courts can also assist you in finding information about your case.

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

If an arrest warrant or bench warrant has been issued against you, you may be taken into custody unexpectedly. In this scenario, it is recommended to consult with a seasoned Hamilton County criminal defense lawyer to talk about your legal options and identify the best course of action.

This can help you understand the implications and risks of your situation and avoid making any mistakes or missteps that could potentially harm your case. The lawyer can work to recall or quash the warrant and explore other ways to resolve the situation in your favor.

Can I Clear My Warrant?

An experienced Hamilton County criminal defense lawyer can assist you in handling an arrest warrant by negotiating to have it withdrawn and the related arrest canceled. If that is not a possibility, your attorney can guide you in looking at your options and minimize any negative effects.

The specifics of your arrest warrant will depend on your unique situation, and a lawyer can help you navigate the complex process and advocate for your rights and interests. Having professional legal representation can make a significant impact on the outcome of your case and help to reduce the charges or penalty.

Should I Plead Guilty to the Charges I Face?

It is vital to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer before pleading guilty, as the decision involves multiple complex factors. The prosecution may urge you to plead guilty, but it is imperative to have a robust defense strategy in place before making such a crucial choice.

A proficient defense attorney can help you in understanding your options and negotiate a plea bargain that is favorable to you. Pleading guilty without adequate legal advice can be dangerous, as the consequences can be severe. With the help of the lawyer, you will make a more informed decision and increase your chances of obtaining a better outcome.

Hamilton County Law Enforcement and Other Agencies

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

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
Charmaine McGuffey, Sheriff
Main Office: 513-946-6400
Jail Services: 513-946-6600
Inmate Information: 513-946-6300
Emergency: 911

City of Cincinnati Police Department
Teresa A. Theetge, Police Chief
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergencies: 513-765-1212
Central Business District: 513-352-5420
District 1: 513-352-3505
District 2: 513-979-4400
District 3: 513-263-8300
District 4: 513-569-8600
District 5: 513-569-8500

Hamilton County Resources

Hamilton County provides several resources to criminal defendants and their families. These resources are essential to maintaining your rights and seeking the most favorable outcome in your case. These resources can include community-based services, mental health services, and family services (as applicable).

Some of the community resources available in Hamilton County include:

Hamilton County News

Take a look at some of the latest crime-related news in Hamilton County.

  • Cincinnati police searching for man wanted for College Hill homicide – WCPO Cincinnati
  • Former insurance agent pleads guilty to defrauding victims in Dayton, Cincinnati area – Dayton Daily News
  • Police arrest 11 people, confiscate 815 grams of fentanyl in December drug bust – Fox 19

Hamilton County Court Locations and Contact Information

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

Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
1000 Main St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-946-5800
Clerk of Courts: 513-946-5699

  • Judge Christopher A. Wagner (Presiding and Administrative Judge)
  • Judge Lisa Allen
  • Judge Jennifer L. Branch
  • Judge Wende C. Cross
  • Judge Patrick T. Dinkelacker
  • Judge Leslie Ghiz
  • Judge Robert A. Goering
  • Judge Alison Hatheway
  • Judge Tom Heekin
  • Judge Christian A. Jenkins
  • Judge Jody M. Luebbers
  • Judge Melba D. Marsh
  • Judge Terry Nestor
  • Judge Nicole L. Sanders
  • Judge Megan E. Shanahan
  • Judge Alan C. Triggs


Hamilton County Municipal Court
1000 Main St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-946-5200
Clerk of Courts: 513-946-5699

  • Judge Curt Kissinger (Presiding & Administrative Judge)
  • Judge Gwen Bender
  • Judge Josh Berkowitz
  • Judge Ted N. Berry
  • Judge Bernie Bouchard
  • Judge Jackie Ginocchio
  • Judge Brad Greenberg
  • Judge Donte Johnson
  • Judge Dwane Mallory
  • Judge William Mallory
  • Judge Michael Peck
  • Judge Janaya Trotter Bratton
  • Judge Heather Russell
  • Judge Tyrone Yates


Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Courtrooms & Administrative Offices
800 Broadway
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-946-9200

  • Judge Kari L. Bloom (Administrative Judge)
  • Judge Stacey DeGraffenreid


Youth Center & Work Detail
2020 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: 513-946-2600

Assessment Center
264 William Howard Taft Road
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: 513-946-7653

Hamilton County Law Enforcement

Here is a brief overview of law enforcement in Hamilton County, as well as useful contact information.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office can give you the information you need on inmates, policies, concealed carry permits, property auctions, reporting a crime, and more. The Sheriff’s Office employs over 900 officers and staff.

Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is a 33-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Sheriff’s Office. She held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major prior to being elected Sheriff in November 2020.

1000 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main Office: 513-946-6400
Jail Services: 513-946-6600
Inmate Information: 513-946-6300
Emergency: 911

Hamilton County Incorporated Communities

  • Addyston
  • Anderson
  • Amberley
  • Arlington Heights
  • Blue Ash
  • Cheviot
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleves
  • Colerain
  • Columbia
  • Crosby
  • Deer Park
  • Delhi
  • Elmwood Place
  • Evendale
  • Fairfax
  • Fairfield (small part)
  • Forest Park
  • Glendale
  • Golf Manor
  • Green
  • Greenhills
  • Harrison
  • Indian Hills
  • Lincoln Heights
  • Lockland
  • Loveland (part)
  • Madeira
  • Mariemont
  • Miami
  • Milford (part)
  • Mount Healthy
  • Newtown
  • North Bend
  • North College Hill
  • Norwood
  • Reading
  • Sharonville (mostly)
  • Silverton
  • Springdale
  • Springfield
  • St. Bernard
  • Sycamore
  • Symmes
  • Terrace Park
  • Whitewater
  • Woodlawn
  • Wyoming


Unincorporated Areas in Hamilton County

  • Colerain Heights
  • Mount Saint Joseph


Reach Out to an Experienced Hamilton 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 Hamilton County 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 the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Court, and Municipal Court. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 513-657-2440 for more information. We are available 24/7 and offer free initial consultations.

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