Henderson & Weatherly Co. L.P.A.
Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland Criminal Attorney

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Cleveland Criminal Attorney


Henderson & Weatherly, Co., LPA is a criminal defense law firm. We believe in the philosophy that when a lawyer's talents are focused on one area of law, and one alone, there is a much greater opportunity for success. Our offices do not take civil cases. We do not draft wills. We don't litigate divorces or settle matters of child custody. We represent people who have been accused of a criminal and/or traffic offense. We could operate in many various aspects of law, but we believe that it is better to excel at one specific area of law than to operate in mediocrity over several different areas. That is why we choose to practice only criminal defense.

Our attorneys have experience in handling cases at the municipal, state, and federal levels. We have successfully taken cases to trial at all levels, and use aggressive negotiating techniques to achieve favorable plea agreements for our clients as well. Whether you have a speeding ticket or an OVI in a court in Chardon, a Domestic Violence case in Cleveland, a murder case in Lorain, or a federal drug case, our attorneys have the experience to handle your case properly. We have practiced in every court in the greater Northeast Ohio area. We know every court, every judge, every prosecutor, every possible way to defend your case, and we are standing by right now waiting for the opportunity to help you.

At Henderson & Weatherly, Co., LPA, our goals are your goals, and we will not rest until we meet them. Our attorneys are part legal representative, part problem solver, and part counselor. We know that a traffic or criminal offense can affect a person's freedom. However, even when jail time is unlikely, such charges can still disrupt a person's entire life. For most of our clients, it is the first, and perhaps only time they will find themselves being prosecuted by the government. It can be a terrifying and overwhelming experience. Fortunately, the advice and service we provide to our clients is not strictly limited to the courtroom. If your license is suspended due to an OVI, we will help get you back on the road. If you know a key witness to your case but can't get him on the phone, we will track him down. We take statements, visit crime scenes, and ensure every piece of evidence is checked and double checked for mitigating material. We ensure that all of our client's constitutional rights are preserved. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Though no lawyer can guarantee results, there is always a best possible outcome to every case. That will always be our goal. Even if we can't win a case, we spend the time and make the effort to make sure all of our clients do and say all the rights things in and out of court, ensuring the greatest possible leniency with every judge.

Every client has a different goal. Some want to keep their driving record or criminal record clean. Others just want to stay out of jail. Whatever the goal, we will never cease to work to achieve it. We want our clients to live their lives as normally as possible while their cases are pending. We want them to sleep easy with the knowledge that when our office is working on their case, that everything that can be done, is being done. If this is the type of lawyer you want for your case, call us immediately. We offer free consultations, reasonable rates, and accept both credit cards and payment plans. Call now and speak to a real lawyer with real experience who can give you real advice right when you need it.

Serving clients in the greater Cleveland OH and surrounding areas including: Painesville OH, Chardon OH, Elyria OH.

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Traffic/OVI Cases
Drug Cases
Violent Offenses
Federal Cases
Appellate Cases

Finding the Best Cleveland Criminal Attorney

You’ve probably heard the phrase “A person that represents himself has a fool as a client”. Obviously there are many instances in life where you wouldn’t want to legally represent yourself but when it comes to finding a good Cleveland Criminal Attorney, most people don’t have a clue what they need to look for in a qualified Cleveland Criminal Attorney.
There are a number of reasons a person might need to hire a competent Cleveland Criminal Attorney including both state and federal trials. Any Cleveland Criminal Attorney you allow to handle a legal matter for you should represent you in a knowledgeable, conscientious and timely fashion.

So if you find yourself in need of a Cleveland Criminal Attorney, where do you begin? Most Criminal Attorneys specialize within a specific area of the law. Some Criminal Attorneys concentrate on federal cases while others may only work in state law. It’s important to keep in mind that you need to find a Cleveland Criminal Attorney that practices within the area of law in which you need help.

Where to Search for a Qualified Cleveland Criminal Attorney

Start by pinpointing your need and gathering a list of appropriate candidates. It’s ok to ask friends, relatives and colleagues for recommendations, but only consider the names they provide if the Cleveland Criminal Attorney handled a case for them that was similar to yours. Also ask other professionals you know. Government officials deal with Criminal Attorneys on regular bases and they may be able to give you a good recommendation for your specific need.

Check out your local telephone directory and call your city or state's Bar Association. Almost every bar association has a Cleveland Criminal Attorney referral service. They can provide you with a few names of qualified Criminal Attorneys whose area of expertise fits your needs. Just be aware that the names you get won’t guarantee you the best Cleveland Criminal Attorney since anyone can ask to be on the list. You’ll still need to do some follow up research on each one.

Look for online resources. The internet is a great way to search for anything you need including a good Cleveland Criminal Attorney. There are also a number of legal directories that can assist you in finding good local Criminal Attorney to suit your needs. You can narrow your search by city and type of practice. The nice part about using the internet is that you can do some research on a specific Cleveland Criminal Attorney before you even contact them.
If you are over 65 or meet specific income guidelines, you may qualify for legal aid or free (pro bono) legal services from a qualified Cleveland Criminal Attorney. Legal aid provides free or very low cost consultations and legal services. However, be advised that legal aid tends to deal mostly in dispute resolution issues so if you are looking to have legal contracts drawn up they may not be your best option. Still they may be a reliable source of information and can possibly provide a recommendation for a reliable Cleveland Criminal Attorney. Check with your local legal aid office, social services department or office for the aging to find out if you are eligible.

Setting up a Consultation with the Cleveland Criminal Attorney

Once you have your list of potential candidates in hand, it’s time to get down to the business of making contact with each Cleveland Criminal Attorney. If you’ve used an online directory or referral service you may have already made some initial contacts by email. This can greatly enhance your comfort level and give you a good idea of which Criminal Attorneys you’d like to set up an appointment with for an in person consultation.

Most Cleveland Criminal Attorneys will provide a free consultation to discuss your case with you and help you both decide if he is the best Criminal Attorney for what you need. Consider this first consultation as a time to get to know each Cleveland Criminal Attorney you meet with. You need to feel some degree of comfort and trust with any Criminal Attorney that is going to represent you. The consultation is also an ideal time to learn about an Criminal Attorney’s experience and successes with cases similar to yours.

Don’t forget to ask about fees as well as possible payment options. Problems can arise when a Cleveland Criminal Attorney and client fail to discuss the various fees at the start. You can avoid turning a good relationship bad by asking the Cleveland Criminal Attorney for detailed information in writing, outlining his fees and any other expenses that might be involved. Ask for this before you agree to any representation and you can save yourself from a lot of surprises later on.

Choosing a Cleveland Criminal Attorney You can Trust

Make certain you get references from any potential Cleveland Criminal Attorney. It may seem a bit audacious to suggest to an Criminal Attorney that you aren’t willing to accept just his word as to his qualifications but a qualified Cleveland Criminal Attorney with an upstanding reputation will understand your reasoning and will glad If an Criminal Attorney seems offended, angry that you would question his ability, or in any way tries to intimidate you out of asking for references, he is obviously a Cleveland Criminal Attorney you do not want to hire.

Finding a Cleveland Criminal Attorney is not difficult. Finding a good Cleveland Criminal Attorney may take a little work. Finding a good Cleveland Criminal Attorney that is familiar and experienced with your type of case and is someone you trust implicitly may be no easy feat. Remember that Criminal Attorneys are often literally entrusted with the lives of their clients. Hopefully you will never find yourself in this situation, but no matter your reason for needing a Cleveland Criminal Attorney, keep in mind that dedication and trust should be paramount in your decision.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. Please feel free to get in touch with us and we will gladly welcome your emails, letters and calls. This does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please, until we have established an attorney-client relationship, do not pass along any confidential information to us.
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I was struggling financially and I needed help from Attorney Weatherly. He did an outstanding job on my case, and allowed me to pay him over time. It took me a while, but he deserved to be paid for the job he did.
Martha - Chardon
The attorneys did a great job for me and my son. I would recommend them to anyone.
Charles - Cleveland
The attorney did everything he promised and more. He did such a good job that when I left the courtroom, three other people chased me down asking for his card.
Dana - Westlake
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