Criminal, Cyber & White Collar

Criminal Defense Overview

The criminal defense attorneys at McCarthy Lebit represent individuals and businesses in connection with all criminal matters at the municipal, state, and federal levels.  We handle matters from the investigative phase through trial and, if necessary, in appellate courts.  We strive to provide our clients with comprehensive representation while remaining accessible.  Recognizing the sensitive nature of criminal investigations and prosecutions, we work to establish client relationships based on trust and open communication.

Every criminal case has the potential to change lives permanently. For this reason, a client is best served by seeking counsel as early as possible.  At McCarthy Lebit, we represent people facing criminal investigations conducted by the DOJ, FBI, IRS, DEA, SEC, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.  We have successfully represented a variety of clients involved in grand jury proceedings and have helped individuals navigate Fifth Amendment issues.  Our goal is to aggressively represent our clients’ interests and avoid prosecution.

Our team of criminal defense attorneys has the skills and experience to handle all criminal matters ranging from misdemeanor offenses to complex felony criminal cases.  We are able to protect our clients more fully by utilizing the knowledge and experience of other practice groups within our firm such as domestic relations, employment, and education.  When handling white collar cases, our representation is strengthened by our firm’s experience in taxation, banking and finance, business operations, and corporate, commercial and civil litigation.  We are able to draw on extensive resources to counter the power of the government when prosecuting criminal cases.

In every case, we work as a team to develop a unique and effective defense.  The foundation of every defense rests upon complete understanding of the law.  With that starting point in mind, we closely examine evidence and work to identify weaknesses in the government’s case.  Pretrial motion practice often provides a critical part of our strategy, as well as working closely with outside experts.  Before resolving a criminal case, we explore all available options to achieve the best result for our client.

People in need of criminal representation often find themselves in some of the most challenging periods of their lives.  Our commitment to our clients is to treat every case like it is our own and to assist our clients and their loved ones with navigating the criminal justice system.

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News & Publications Three men charged in explosives indictment

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Events

Events February 25, 2016 Cleveland Jewish News’ Women in Leadership

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Blogs

Blogs Mental Health: How to Navigate School and Beyond

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Blogs Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations: Procedural Quicksand for Students

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Experience

Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement

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Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement

Obtained settlement for client who was wrongfully imprisoned for arson.

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Appellate Work

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Appellate Work

Drafted winning appellate brief on behalf of a defendant who sought to withdraw his previously entered guilty plea in a state court criminal matter.  Argued that the trial court violated the defendant’s rights by not allowing for a full hearing on the motion seeking to withdraw his plea.

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  • Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement

    Obtained settlement for client who was wrongfully imprisoned for arson.

Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

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Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

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  • Juvenile Computer Crime

    Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Unauthorized Use of Property

    Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

Federal Elections Fraud

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Federal Elections Fraud

United States v. Suarez Corporation – Defended the Suarez Corporation against allegations of Federal Elections Fraud in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. After a four week trial, the Company was acquitted of all charges.  As a result of that acquittal, one of the largest employers in Stark County, Ohio was able to continue in business.

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Juvenile Computer Crime

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Juvenile Computer Crime

Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

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  • Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

    Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

  • Unauthorized Use of Property

    Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

State Fraud Case Involving Local Business

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State Fraud Case Involving Local Business

Represented business owner charged with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (RICO), a felony of the first degree, Conspiracy, a felony of the second degree, and Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree, and various additional counts related to Receipt of Stolen Property.  Client’s business was raided by the FBI, IRS, and Secret Service.  Successfully secured a resolution that allowed the client to receive a sentence of probation with payment of a fine.

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Unauthorized Use of Property

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Unauthorized Use of Property

Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

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  • Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

    Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

  • Juvenile Computer Crime

    Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

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