Responsiveness is the key to good client attorneyrelationships. In order to fully represent the client communication is imperative. Phone callsare returned promptly. The client must be informed and knowledgeable every step of the way.Providing information and advising the client is of utmost importance to us.
Patricia J. Smith has been a criminal defense attorneysince 1992. She was a public Defender for 7 years, handling all juvenile, felony and appellatecases.
Cuyahoga CountyPublic Defenders
November 1989 - November 1996 - Defense of indigentcriminal cases at all levels,juvenile, felony trial and appeals.
Patricia J. Smith,Attorney at Law
November 1992 - Present. Defense attorney practicing inCuyahoga, Portage, Geauga, Summit and other Northeast Ohio counties. Criminal trial experiencein DUI/OVI, felony, misdemeanors, traffic, and juvenile cases. Appellate experience with felonyand misdemeanor cases in the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh and Twelfth District Court ofAppeals.
- Admitted to Ohio Bar in 1992.
- Admitted Federal District Court in 1997 - Northern District of Ohio
- Portage County Juvenile Court
Temporary, Part-time Magistrate
- Portage County Municipal Courts, Acting Judge
Kent and Ravenna
- Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law JD, Law 1989 - 1992
- State University of New York at Buffalo BA, Political Science 1983 - 1987
- Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority
Ohio Supreme Court requires attorneys to completetwenty-four hours of continuing legal education bi-annually. However, I attend over 50 hours peryear of continuing legal education specifically related to criminal defense issues and DUI/OVIpractice.
In order to maintain membership in NCDD, I attend onethree-day DUI/OVI seminar per year. These seminars relate specifically to the defense of DUI/OVIand the current legal issues involved in the defense of these cases.
- National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
Summer Session Trial Academy at Harvard Law School– 2013, 2014, 2016,2018
- Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL)
Advanced DUI seminar –2011-2018
Trial Academy Instructor- 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
- NHTSA - DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing – 2014
- NHSTA Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Course (ARIDE) – 2014
- DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA)
Summer Seminar – 2015
- NCDD | National College for DUI Defense, Inc.
- DUIDLA | DUI Defense Lawyers Association
- OACDL | Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- NACDL | National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Portage County Bar Association
Casey Ceretta:Criminal Defense Attorney
Attorney Smith is a strong advocate for herclients. She is passionate about the practice of law, which is evident every time she steps footin a courtroom. I endorse this lawyer.
Donald Huey: DUI& DWI Attorney
Patty is the rare combination of highly competentlawyer who cares deeply for her clients. I feel so strongly about her competence and motivationthat I recommended her for Ohio Delegate to the National College for DUI Defense – www.NCDD.org– a position she now holds.
Jamison Offineer:General Practice Attorney
Patty represents the highest level of experienceand professionalism. I endorse this lawyer.
Victor Carmody:DUI & DWI Attorney
Patty’s considerable legal background providedher with the foundation to both absorb the large volume of material, and to perform at a levelonly enjoyed by lawyers who have an interest and love for their profession. Patty Smith is anasset to her bar and will fight diligently for her clients.
Kenneth Bossin:DUI & DWI Attorney
I have known and worked with Patty for over 8years and have found her to be extremely competent and very caring about the clients that sherepresents. I endorse this lawyer.
Matthew Bangerter:Criminal Defense Lawyer
Patricia is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney.I would recommend her to any of my clients in her area. I endorse this lawyer.
Thomas Hudson: DUI& DWI Attorney
I first met Patty at Harvard Law School for theSummer Session of the National College for DUI Defense. She is smart and well-spoke, and hercommitment to the field of DUI defense is shown by her attendance there. She is among the bestin the country. I endorse this lawyer.
Willard Hall: DUI& DWI Attorney
Patricia J. Smith has the knowledge necessary to aid thosewho face hard legal issues in the drunk driving field. If you or someone you know or love facesa DUI/DWI charge in the greater Cleveland area, you should contact Patricia J. Smith withoutdelay because time on these matters if often so crucial. I endorse this lawyer.