Patricia smith

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Responsiveness is the key to good client attorney relationships. In order to fully represent the client communication is imperative. Phone calls are 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 attorney since 1992. She was a public Defender for 7 years, handling all juvenile, felony and appellate cases. She has been in private practice since leaving the Public Defenders office.
In addition to her private practice, Ms. Smith currently sits as a part-time Magistrate in the Portage County Juvenile Court and as an Acting Judge in the Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna and Kent.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Cuyahoga County Public Defenders
Nov. 1989 - Nov. 1996

Defense of indigent criminal cases at all levels, juvenile, felony trial and appeals.

Patricia Smith, Attorney at Law
Nov. 1992 - Present

Defense attorney practicing in Cuyahoga, Portage, Geauga, Summit and other Northeast Ohio counties. Criminal trial experience in DUI/OVI, felony, misdemeanors, traffic, and juvenile cases. Appellate experience with felony and misdemeanor cases in the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh and Twelfth District Court of Appeals.

Continuing Education

Ohio Supreme Court requires attorneys to complete twenty-four hours of continuing legal education bi-annually. However, I attend over 50 hours per year of continuing legal education.

In order to maintain membership in NCDD, I attend one three-day DUI/OVI seminar per year. These seminars relate specifically to the defense of DUI/OVI and the current legal issues involved in the defense of these cases.

Most Recent Seminars
Professional Associations
  • NCDD | National College for DUI Defense, Inc.
  • DUIDLA | DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • NHTSA - DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing – 2014
  • OACDL | Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Portage County Bar Association, Executive Board Member