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Robert Benjamin Botnick

Criminal defense Attorney at Shaker Heights, OH

5.0   63 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Representing the criminally accused throughout Northeast Ohio in Federal, State, and Municipal Courts. These cases include felonies, misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and juvenile delinquencies.

    12 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Investigating and contesting the procedures used by law enforcement throughout Northeast Ohio when handling DUI/OVI. Focusing on that latest developments in the field in Ohio and how to obtain the best possible outcomes.

    12 years

  3. Domestic violence
    20%

    12 years

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    20%
    Fighting to limit the points that could end up on your driving record. Points on your license contribute toward higher insurance bills. Hiring a lawyer to contest your traffic ticket can actually cost less than your insurance premiums over a three-year period, which gives even more reason to fight it!

    12 years

  5. Expungement
    10%

    12 years

DUI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE YOU CAN RELY ON - CALL THIS FORMER PROSECUTOR NOW TO SEE HOW HE CAN HELP YOU

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Botnick is a fourth-generation Clevelander. He comes from a background in a small, family business so he understands the importance of providing quality service to his clients. Mr. Botnick ensures that each of his clients knows that their trust and confidence in him is extremely valuable and goes the extra mile in order to ensure their satisfaction with their representation. When Mr. Botnick isn't representing his clients throughout the courts of Northeast Ohio he can be found spending quality time with his wife and their two children and dog.

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Location

The Botnick Law Firm, LLC
20600 Chagrin Boulevard
Suite 495
Shaker Heights, OH, 44122

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No points from traffic ticket
Robert was amazing and efficient. He helped with one of my first ever tickets and i am so great full.
Posted by CL | September 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tough stuff!
I hired Robert to represent me for two major speeding cases, which were in two courts which were very hard to work with, mainly due to my driving record. He made sure I knew about the situations with the tough courts, and was aware of the possible outcomes, and provided very fastidious responses to any questions I had. But even despite the difficulty of coming to an agreement with prosecutors, he was still able to get my tickets dropped down to much lesser charges. It looks like his firm handles lots of cases, so make sure to schedule calls in advance to ensure you can speak to him directly. However, he's very responsive via text and email, and once again, provided plenty of helpful details in our discussions, which helped significantly with the handling of my cases.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best!
Handled my traffic citation with ease and got it down to a non-moving violation! Robert is such a down to earth person and very passionate about his work. He truly cares about who he represents and wants the absolute best outcome no matter what! His staff are also extremely pleasant to work with and are also willing to help out any way that they can.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Botnick is the lawyer you never knew you needed.
I'm not one to have a lot of experience with the law and legal proceedings, and with my job, finding the time to navigate this all was very overwhelming. Like many of you in my (inexperienced) shoes, I googled and called about 6 traffic lawyers in this areas. In the midst of free consultations and random phone calls about my story/ticket, I realized, despite talking to all the lawyers, I still didn't really understand what I needed in terms of representation. That was until I had the fortune of talking to Mr Botnick at 5:55 pm the day I called after a busy day in court (which seemed past the office hours). He clearly explained our goals and the typical traffic ticket trajectory. He detailed a streamlined process and included his easy electronic portal. He has been around in this area and knows it well. He was confident, kind, and thoughtful about his explanations. He was available at various times (before 9 am and even after 5pm!) Within days, my ticket was easily handled with an outcome that made us both happy. I would recommend him to anyone! (And totally have already).
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Satisfied
Contacted Mr. Botnick the day (Friday) of receiving a speeding ticket. He was very responsive and reached out to me on Saturday. He was able to get my moving violation changed to a non-moving violation with no points. Mr. Botnick was very clear and communicative throughout the process. I hope to never need a traffic lawyer again, but if I did, I would not hesitate to contact Mr. Botnick.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience!
Mr. Botnick is an amazing attorney! I inadvertently found myself in a pretty terrible moving violation situation after not realizing my payment for the ticket didn’t process (MONTHS after it was due to be paid). I had no idea a bench warrant was issued and my license was suspended until I switched employers and attempted to purchase car insurance. After going in total panic mode, I quickly researched and, consulted with Mr. Botnick. He has a plethora of experience, knowledge, and is highly regarded in a variety of jurisdictions within the greater Cleveland Metro area. Moreover, his fee was more than fair; Mr. Botnick negotiated it down to a no-point violation with half the price of the original ticket, my license was re-validated, and the warrant dropped. Although I don’t plan on having a repeat of this experience, I know exactly who to call should I need legal representation in the future!
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional, Ethical
I called to hire Mr. Botnick, and received the highest compassion and concern for my case during the consultation. He researched the case while discussing over the phone with me and gave me very good advice that led to my not needing his representation. He would not charge a fee or retainer until he was sure that I absolutely required his services, so I did not have to hire him or pay a bill because of how much he cares and helps people seeking his representation. I would hire this attorney in a heartbeat and recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by Chris | August 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Customer Service
I only had a question about a camera ticket I received. I was very happy to receive an immediate thorough response, even though it did not result in any business for the firm.
Posted by Dan | June 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Robert is a great professional to work with
I used Robert to help me fight a pretty steep speeding ticket. Robert was able to successfully get my ticket reduced to a 0 point violation and small fine. Additionally, Robert communicated with me about the process even while going through having a family member in the hospital. He understands his clients are stressed and values his client's business.
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Posted by Noah | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We won
I was referred to Robert by my divorce attorney and I’m very thankful I had him representing me in my criminal case. My case required a lot of extra attention and wasn’t very routine. I was very concerned that id be going to jail for something I didn’t do. Robert kept in constant communication during the case, and answered any questions I’d have, and made sure I was always updated with what was going on. We ended up having to go to trial and I was found not guilty, with Robert’s help and representation. Highly recommend !
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Posted by Nick | May 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Attorney You Are Looking For!!!
Robert was an amazing attorney and was helpful 10 fold. I am so glad I found him and was able to acquire his service. He had no doubt we would work through it and he would everything he could to get the case resolved. Im not from Ohio and got some trouble while on a trip through the state. I had looked into other attorneys and no one stood out like Robert. My only regret was not finding him sooner. Robert stayed in contact through the whole thing and was sure that I was in the loop. If any is on the fence about him, HIRE HIM!!! I have no idea what I would've done without his help. Best experience I have ever had with consult.
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing!
I had NEVER been in trouble before, so, as a first time offender I was scared out of my mind! I didn't know who to call or where to begin. I did some Google researching and called a bunch of offices. For each call I made I felt like just another client. I was embarrassed and felt defeated. Then I contacted The Botnick Law Firm. When speaking with Robert I cried and expressed ALL of my concerns and he immediately put me at ease. He promised me that he would walk WITH ME through everything and THAT he did! Not once was he judgemental, he was kind and compassionate and understood that even "good people sometimes make bad mistakes". If you should find yourself in a situation I HIGHLY recommend Robert as your attorney. He truly is on your side!
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Posted by Shane | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
We had an excellent experience with Mr. Botnick for a disorderly conduct charge. He instilled confidence in us for the case from day one and was very helpful every step of the way. He also provided us with all the information we needed. Ultimately, the case went way easier and smoother than we could even have expected and the charges were dismissed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strong representative
Mr. Botnick, did a great job achieving an ideal outcome to a moving violation. It required little effort on my part, and Mr. Botnick was able to answer all of my questions and guide me through the process. He was very quick to get the whole matter taken care of.
Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Moving violation
Mr. Botnik responded to my case immediately kept me informed with a positive resolution. Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bob really has your back!
I was involved in an OVI arrest. I took a breathalyzer test and was almost twice the limit. Bob kindly took me in and quickly made me more at ease by helping me understand how the court process goes. From the very beginning Bob promised he would do the best he could to help my case. He followed through with his promise and he was able to work out an exceptional deal with the prosecutor. I highly recommend contacting Bob Botnick, first thing, if you’re ever in a similar adverse situation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional and helpful!
Mr. Botnick helped me reduce my ticket to exactly what I was hoping for the outcome. I was really unsure and at unease with how fighting my ticket would end up and Mr. Botnick reliably took care of my case and was very helpful in achieving my outcome. I can't thank him enough for his professionalism and help.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
traffic ticket
I couldn't be happier with how my case was handled and turned out. Being a first time traffic violation that required a court appearance (failed to stop at a school bus), i was clueless of what I'm doing and scared of the outcome. Mr. Botnick was very informative and explained things very well, laid out several options and gave me great advice. He was able to get the charge changed to a non-moving violation and I did not have to appear in court, no points either on my records. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable
We highly recommended Mr. Botnick. Mr. Botnick was available with only 1 day notice as we were struggling to find someone we trusted and could afford. Given the fact that we had no experience with the court system, he was able to walk us through every single step of the way and lowered our level of anxiety tremendously. My husband and I could not be more pleased with the results of our case and the cost of Mr. Botnick's services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket reduced - highly recommend
Robert was great to work with. I'm from out of state and have a tight work schedule, so I reached out to Robert to help with my speeding ticket. He was very thorough and responsive. He even hopped on a call over a weekend to walk me through process and answer all my questions. My charge was reduced, and I am very pleased with the results. I'd recommend Robert to anyone looking for a traffic attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Botnick Law Firm, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Asst. Prosecutor
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2005 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Lawrence A. Turbow, LPA, Inc.
  • 2003 - 2005

Education

  • Cleveland State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City of Parma vs. A_____________
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  • City of Parma vs. A_____________
  • Dismissed
  • State of Ohio vs. G_______
  • DISMISSED
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Chair, Small Firm/Solo Lawyer Section
  • 2017 - Present
  • Miami University Glee Club Alumni Advisory Board
  • Trustee
  • 2015 - Present
  • F.R.E.E. Mental Health Docket (South Euclid)
  • Advisory Committee Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice - Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Marcus Fellow
  • Edna and Nat Marcus Leadership Institute
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Small/Solo Expo
  • 2019 Updates to the Criminal Rules
  • 2019
  • OVI: Operating a Vehicle Impaired
  • OVI
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (13)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert has extensive trial experience as a former assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In working with Bob, I know him not only to be wholly familiar with the law, but attentive to his clients and respected by the court. I fully endorse him as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly skilled, always prepared and very professional. You can't go wrong with Mr. Botnik."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Highly recommended for any type of criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bobby for several years and worked with him at the County Prosecutor's Office. He is both a proficient legal mind and skilled trial attorney. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred clients to Robert in the past. He has a well-deserved reputation as an excellent DUI attorney. I recommend him highly."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bobby and I were classmates in law school, and I have watched his career evolve from a clerk for a criminal defense attorney, to an Assistant County Prosecutor, and now as an outstanding criminal defense lawyer in his own right. Bobby has his clients' best interests at heart, dispenses sound legal advice, and is never afraid to stand up for his clients' rights. Bobby has a deep knowledge of the criminal justice system, and his clients should be proud to call him their lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mr. Botnick for the majority of my life. He has always been extremely ethical, had a profound sense of justice, and been an exceptional advocate. I have no doubt that Mr. Botnick's character and skill come through in his representation of his clients."
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Shaker Heights Criminal defense Lawyer Robert Benjamin Botnick
Robert Benjamin Botnick
Criminal defense Attorney
Shaker Heights, OH
Licensed for 19 years
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