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Timothy Alan Hess

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.9   27 reviews

also known as Tim Hess

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Defending the accused in all courts, federal, state and local. DUI's and traffic through murder and major felonies.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%

  3. Civil rights
    5%
    Civil rights practice focuses primarily on violations perpetrated by law enforcement officers and agencies against average citizens.

    25 years

  4. Personal injury
    5%
    Representing persons injured in motorcycle, car, and boating accidents. Also practice in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home neglect.

    23 years

CHARGED WITH A CRIME? ASSAULTED BY AN OFFICER? DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS?SPEAK WITH SOMEONE WHO DOES.

I grew up in Cleveland and attended public school, graduating from Midpark High School. Having wrestled and placed in the Ohio State finals taught me a great deal about discipline and hard work. This has followed me throughout my life causing me to put everything in to whatever tasks I face.

As an attorney, I feel it is very important to listen to my clients and understand that while interaction with the courts and law enforcement is an every day event for me, it is NOT for my clients. I believe in a clients right to have their day in court and while I may give them my professional opinion on a matter, it is ultimately up to them to decide how they wish to proceed.

In true instances where a state official is seen clearly violating the rights of a private citizen, I feel it is important for people to have someone to protect their rights and make certain that persons are held accountable.  That is why I have directed more of my professional efforts toward representing citizens who have had their civil rights violated by overzealous officers.

I am proud to be a Clevelander, living in downtown Cleveland and enjoying all of the wonderful things the city has to offer. I enjoy the outdoors and taking long trips with my wife on my Harley Davidson.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2018,2017
Client's Choice
2023 2018 2017

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Timothy Alan Hess

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  27 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OVI that got knocked down
It was my first offense with an OVI, complete stupid mistake on my part. Tim could tell that this was just a mistake, so he was very flexible with his payments and worked very hard to get it knocked down so it wouldn’t be on my record forever. He was very diligent in all his work and research on the case. After putting pressure on the prosecutor for four hearings and them struggling to get the cop to show up to the hearings. They proposed a deal of physical control, which is zero points on my license, $250 fine, the 3 day alcohol class and the biggest part is it can be expunged off my record which I would say is a win to what it could have been. Thanks again Tim.
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Response from Timothy Hess April 11, 2019
To be clear, physical control, like any driving infraction can NOT be expunged. But, it is not an enhanceable offense which means that if charged with an OVI in the future, the physical control does not enhance the penalties of that new OVI. With a BAC of .159, this was definitely a good outcome.
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Five Stars Isn't Enough
Tim Hess went above and beyond what he was paid to do. Throughout the entire experience, I felt like a person to him and not just a client. He fought for more than anyone else would have, or thought possible, because he knew it was the deserved outcome. I highly recommend Tim and his drive to fight for justice.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful for Tim!
There were a few times throughout my OVI case where I felt hopeless. The prosecutor did not want to budge or hear me out in any way. I hired Tim and he was determined to get me a better outcome. Today I walked away with no ovi, no points on my license, no suspension, and the fines were drastically cut. I would 100% recommend him.
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Posted by Janis | December 20, 2023
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Janis
Mr Hess did an outstanding service for me. It was clear that he spent time on my case outside of the courtroom and the results were better than I expected. I hope to never require his services again, but if ever I do need legal counsel, I will call Tim Hess.
Posted by Amy | July 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best OVI lawyer in the greater Cleveland area! Highly Recommend!
5 stars doesn't begin to cover how highly I recommend Tim! I hired Tim for two separate OVI charges that occurred roughly 1 year apart from each other. He was able to get both of them knocked down to lesser charges, have my fines greatly reduced, and my full driving privileges back in under 6 months of each case. He fought harder for me and went above and beyond every single step of the way. Throughout the entire process he treated me like a person, not just a client. I was conversed with and talked to genuinely and he provided me with all of the information on what my maximum sentance could be and how he was going to do his best to reduce it. I appreciated having all of the information to know what to expect if things did not go as favorably as we would like; however, he absolutely was incredible. In both cases (different court systems) he was able to get me better outcomes than I anticipated! Tim is phenomenal at communication, he kept me updated every single step of the way - so I was never left feeling insecure about his dedication to my case and bringing about the best results possible. He genuinely cares about the clients he represents and understands the negative impact the charges could have on their life, family, and overall well-being. Both knowledgeable and dedicated, Tim is the only attorney for OVI cases that I would ever use or recommend to anyone. Thanks to Tim Hess, I have my life and freedom back again.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2023
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Handled business perfectly!
He’s excellent and will work hard for you to get results. Very reasonably priced. I definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
OVI
Tim was very professional and attentive from day one. Any time I contacted him I was replied to almost immediately. It was like talking to a friend. He was able to get me the best case scenario outcome from my OVI. While I hope to never need his services again, I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. Highly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2020
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DUI
I have had a few run in with an certain officer, and after a very frustrating morning taking my daughter to school I received a phone call and a ticket shortly after that from this same officer who was not even on the seen at the time. I felt that i was being harassed and the charges and the things he wrote on the ticket was outrageous!! i knew at the moment i had to get a lawyer, i was referred to Mr. Hess by a close friend and he took on my case. I must say i was very satisfied with the outcome and just knew i could of not done it without him. He was very professional
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Posted by Brian | March 5, 2020
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Best Attorney in CLE
In 47 years of life, I never stepped foot inside a courtroom. I had no clue what I needed to do or how to get it done. Tim expertly took care of it all and made the process understandable and manageable. The outcome was the best that could be hope for. If ever I need legal counsel again, I will not hesitate to call Tim. I know he can take care of it.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2020
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He was there when I needed him
After fighting an uphill battle of being improperly convicted of a crime, poor representation from my first attorney and almost losing hope, Tim was there for me. When I lost confidence and pursued more information to build my case, I was referred to Tim from a friend and I could not be more grateful that they did. Tim understood the struggle I was going through and jumped right in to help. Immediately he gathered information and made necessary motions and plays to fight for a proper trial. In the end of the whole debacle, we came out on top and the reassurance of justice was returned with peace of mind. I would recommend Tim to anyone for any legal issue they ever encounter. He helped me in my time of need and would do the same for you. Thanks again Tim.
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Posted by Michael | November 18, 2019
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ccw, improper handling of a firearm and use of a firearm while intoxicated
I was charged with ccw,impoper handling of a firearm and use of a firearm while intoxicated,And i was referred to timothy by a co-worker, Although i was worried about these somewhat bogus charges he told worry he got me. Come to find out the police basically performed an illegal search and found the weapon in the locked glove compartment, I was really worried about having a felony on my clean record. He's a very great attorney i have no felony, two charges were tossed out and the improper handling was dropped to attempted to carry conceal no record no fines no court costs. I highly recommend him to anybody who needs legal help. And he's very fair with his rates give him a call he'll get you the results your'e looking for.
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Posted by Joshua | June 21, 2019
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Great Lawyer
Timothy was and excellent lawyer all the way through our lengthy pretrial. He kept a level head and helped with everything that was needed even with some difficulties due to the prosecution. He was also very quick with his responses to both phone calls and txt msgs. I would definitely recommend his services, and would call him again when in need
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Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2018
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OVI dropped
I recently contacted Tim Hess about an OVI I was charged with after blowing a .118. It was my first offense and he was able to help me get the charges lowered wit’s only 2pts on my license and no suspension. I got the OVI at the beginning of May and I had my license back by the end of July. Mr. Hess was also very accommodating with his price and payment plan. I would highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in any DUI type situation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2018
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Dui
Tim got me out of a DUI where I probably should've been locked up, I went down the wrong road and totaled my car and he got it reduced to reckless op. I highly recommend hiring him if you're ever in a situation like this, not to mention he saved me thousands of dollars. Blew a .186 super dui
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Handled a difficult situation
My son was pulled over for a "no left turn" violation. The officer told my son that he drove up over the curb and was close to hitting pedestrians. My son was going 15-20 MPH and he did not do anything but make an illegal left turn. The officer insisted on a field sobriety test which my son passed. The officer then insisted on a breathalyzer which my son refused. My son was then arrested and spent a night in jail. We hired Tim and he uncovered the fact that the officer had erased his dash-cam footage because the officer had ran into the curb on the return to the station house, exactly what he claimed my son had done. The officer failed to appear and after many lengthy postponements: Tim was able to convince the judge, based upon the field sobriety test which Nick passed; that the DUI was thrown out and my son was charged only with the traffic violation. I can't thank Tim enough for his skillful handling of the case, which could have gone from bad to worse.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2018
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Great lawyer
Was referred to him for misdemeanor , he did everything he said he would and was more than reasonable with a affordable rate.
Posted by Micheal | August 7, 2017
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
I recently had the pleasure of being represented by Attorney Hess, and I am certainly glad I did. He kept me well informed throughout my case, followed through with his word, made me feel very comfortable during appearances, prepared me on what to expect , and got the results I not only hoped for but deserved. Extremely friendly and easy to talk to, answered any questions or concerns I had in a very precise manner, and ultimately was able to get a felony 2 , reduced to a simple misdemeanor no jail no fines and non reporting probation for a few months instead of potentially looking at 3-8 yrs mandatory. I was blessed to have been appointed Mr. Hess, he was all I could have wanted and more with my life essentially in his hands. I will absolutely use him if ever I get wrapped up in an unfortunate situtation ever again down the road, and will refer anyone else I know who developes legal woes of their own. Thank you again Tim. I'm forever grateful!
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Posted by Rod | August 3, 2017
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My career was in jeopardy and Tim got me off!
I received 4 speeding tickets within a one year period. I applied for my dream job and some of the points on my license needed to go ASAP. After consulting with Tim, he found multiple ways we could attack these faulty speeding ticket claims. Long story short, Tim fought hard for me and we won and I got my dream job.
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer there is
I had been charged with a felony and hired Tim Hess. He got it dropped down to a misdemeanor. He knows the law very well and meets my expectations on what a lawyer should do and how they should fight for you. He gives great advice regarding choices to make and how the law works. He comes highly recommend.
Posted by Phil | August 2, 2017
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Brunswick
Mr.Hess appeared in court on my behalf,explained everything to me,he know what to do,very helpful,would never go to anyone else,the court sided with me because of Mr.Hess.Wonderful person also. Phillip Ardiri
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 35%-40%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • T. Hess & Associates, LLC
  • 2005 - 2023

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Kent State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City of Cleveland v. Minnie Cooper-Hill http://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/8/2004/2004-Ohio-6920.pdf
  • Affirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Man saved from life in prison
  • Client agrees to 25 year sentence

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States Concealed Carry Association
  • Critical Response Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2005 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 BEST ATTORNEYS IN OHIO
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Concealed Carry Law
  • State and Local Regulations & Lianbility Concerns
  • 2017
  • Concealed Carry Law
  • Gun Laws and Rights
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Timothy
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly skilled lawyer with a great reputation. Very diligent and always prepared. He also rides a Harley, what more can I say!!!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is a highly skilled, detail-oriented lawyer who is always looking to improve his craft. We belong to a couple of the same bar associations and I am continually impressed by the results he gets for his clients and his tenacity in the court room. He definitely fights for his clients and their interests!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Tim has a subtle, but firm and aggressive approach to making sure his clients' rights are fully protected. He brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the forefront for the clients who are fortunate enough to retain him."
Criminal defense