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Joseph Donald Hada

DUI and DWI Attorney at Mayfield Heights,, OH

5.0   29 reviews

also known as Joseph Hada, Joe Hada


Licensed for 14 years

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Joseph Hada is a defense attorney representing clients across northeast Ohio. Mr. Hada dedicates his practice to the defense of charges relating to OVI/DUI, Criminal and Traffic offenses. He is deeply rooted in Northeast Ohio and built a reputation as a strong advocate for his clients. 

Mr. Hada graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Heidelberg University and went on to receive his J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He began his career as a public defender in Lake County, Ohio, representing juveniles and adult defendants accused of all type of criminal offenses, including high-level felony trials, until transitioning into his private practice in 2012.  

A member of many national and local professional associations that provide the best resources for DUI Defense, Mr. Hada has attended NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training as well as having completed training in the physiology, theory, and operation of infrared breath alcohol testing instruments.  

Mr. Hada frequently presents at legal education seminars across Ohio on topics including DUI defense, criminal defense, and the use of technology in the legal field. He continues to research and pursue innovative defense strategies for his clients.
 

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/07/2022

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Posted by Stephen | June 22, 2019
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The GOAT
I could not be happier with my case. My expectations have been exceeded and Joe has made the whole process seamless. Would recommend highly to everyone.
Posted by Sheron Maddox | January 4, 2018
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Grateful
Attorney Joseph Hada went above and beyond to defend me. He devoted countless hours & efforts to get the best outcome for me for a entire year. He never lost Faith nor did he tire. His efforts did in fact pay off & for that i will be forever grateful. Thanks Joe!
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2016
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Criminal Defense advice session
I gained a lot of confidence speaking with him concerning my situation. I would rate his advise higher than a 5 if I could. Thank uou. This advise service is very helpful. Highly recommend. I have used this service before and it was also helpful.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2016
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Criminal Defense advice session
I got a call back within minutes. The advisor was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. I would highly reccomend this service to those seeking advice.
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Excellent level of knowledge. Super helpful. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Joseph was very helpful! He was straight to the point and gave me a rundown of my options. He was also very compassionate and supportive, which was greatly appreciated!
Posted by David | May 3, 2016
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Excellent!
I was charged with OVI in Cleveland Heights. The cops also added driving in marked lines, swerving, and seatbelt. I refused to blow. I was given an Automatic License Suspension (ALS) as a result. Joe immediately saw issues with the ALS and got all the evidence needed. On the body cam, the officer even says "It's a close call" after my tests. Joe also saw a lot of issues with the administration of the tests. He was helpful and informative throughout the process & numerous delays from the Cleveland Heights court. When the day of reckoning finally came, Joe and his team went to work on my behalf talking to the prosecutor. The prosecutor offered reduced charges to Physical Control and Driving in Marked Lanes. I would have to do a weekend hotel alcohol course (couple hundred bucks), hope for no more driving suspension, and pay a license reinstatement fee ($500) and be on probation. Joe and his team didn't think this was a great deal. Obviously, better than an OVI, though! I was very nervous as the alternative to taking the deal was taking it to trial. Worse case scenario being potentially not being re-offered the deal, losing the case, and being charged with OVI and the other offenses. After Joe and his team carefully explained my options and how strong they felt my case was against the prosecution. This included a phone call to a big shot at the firm who stepped out a law conference he was heading to offer his personal advice to my case. Trusting their collective knowledge & expertise, I put my fate in their hands and said NO DEAL. Let's take it to trail! As we entered the courtroom to notify the Judge we would not be taking the plea deal, the prosecutor (visibly flustered) offered a Reckless Op (non alcohol related offense, 4pts) and a Swerving. WIN! And Joe had the ALS thrown out! No reinstatement fee and I was a valid driver within an hour due to his connections at the BMV. I had this enormous weight on my shoulder for months. The BIG DAY finally came and, with Joe's help, I left with the ability to drive freely and only had to pay the court $200 for the tickets. Of course, every situation is different. Joe & his team at Saia & Piatt will look into your case's specifics and maximize your results. He is my go-to attorney (that I will hopefully never need again)!
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2016
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Outstanding attorney
Joe has worked with/in the Cleveland Municipal Courts for a while and knows the ins and outs. He also has working relationships with judges and court personnel which helps him tremendously with his cases and clients. He was recommended to me and was at my court appearance that I had scheduled for the next day. He quickly reviewed the paperwork provided by OSP and immediately found some issues with it. Ultimately, he got the OVI dropped. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2016
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The best possible DUI lawyer in the State of Ohio
I had a situation when I was operating a car way over allowed drinking level. My BAC level was over Tier 3. Basically I was looking into some jail time plus probation. Joe did such a wonderful job. He returned partial driving privileges withing one week, and I had full privileges withing a month. My case was over within 6 months. I got reckless operation and no alcohol involvement. That was the greatest outcome for me and my family, since I got a privilege to apply for my US citizenship without waiting 5 more years. Joe remained professional throughout entire time, he proved that police officers did not do their job according to their rules. I would definitely recommend Joseph Donald Hada to any of my friends since his perfect skills left me absolutely speechless and put my life back together. Thank you, Joseph.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2015
Recommend Joe Hada
Joe Hada assisted my attorney Ken Bossin in the preparation of my case including by not limited to research, investigating and accumulating facts in order to represent me. Though most of my interaction was with Ken Bossin, Joe Hada was available to update me on my case when Ken Bossin was not available. Joe was easy to work with, extremely enthusiastic, well informed and kept current on my case at all times. He was very informative and walked me through the processes of the case and updated me on what to expect. I would highly recommend Joe Hada to defend anyone who may need his expertise.
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Posted by Bret | December 5, 2014
Look no further you've found your guy!
I didn't know what to do. I was looking at a possible 2nd OVI charge. I just so happened upon Joseph's profile here on Avvo. With so many good reviews I decided to give him a try. I am so glad I did. Joseph was very accommodating to my situation. He even drove out to meet me and even offered me rides. He explained everything to me about the case and provided me with a good amount of information on what to expect. He really worked my case. Interviewed the officers, checked the videos, etc. Long story short, and I'm not saying this can happen to you. He got my charged dropped down to a lesser offense! He pretty much saved me years if not a lifetime of headaches. Thank you Joe! I appreciate everything you did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2014
Thorough and attentive expertise
I was very impressed by how responsive and effective Joe was. He took the time to thoroughly discuss all options and possibilities, and worked hard to ensure my life was minimally disrupted while the case was going on. Both Ken and Joe were clearly very knowledgeable of the courts and laws, and my case was brought to a satisfactory close.
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Posted by DUI client - Cleveland | August 23, 2014
Dismissed
Was arrested last August for OVI. Was silly enough to consent to a breathalyzer; blew nearly double the limit. From day one Joe and Ken were upfront and honest with his opinion on possible outcomes. Honesty on both sides is important in this type of relationship. Joe and Ken were very detailed oriented and developed a specific plan given the circumstances of my case. Even though the case was drawn on for a little over a year, the outcome was better than anticipated. I had accepted early on in the process that best case, I'd receive a lesser charge. However, in the end, due to the experience and expertise held by Joe and Ken, my case was dismissed. I have definitely learned from my mistake, however, if I ever have another situation, I know who I will call. Reputation and results speak volumes. If you are in need of a lawyer to handle your OVI case, choose Joe Hada and Ken Bossin
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Posted by Dan | August 6, 2014
Joe is the MAN!
I was arrested for Driving Under the Influence back in October. First time offender/college student who just turned 23 years old. I was scared s***less because i didn't know how it was going to affect my future. Joe was great, kept me informed with everything and always a step ahead. His confidence made me confident that I was in good hands. Joe did everything he could to get my driving privileges back, and accomplished that within 3 weeks. He went back and forth between the BMV and the courts fighting for me. When the conviction came, it was reduced to a physical control, 0 points, 1 year probation, and NO LICENSE SUSPENSION. I was truly grateful to have Joe on my side. Would DEFINITELY recommend Joe to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!
Extremely knowledgeable and a straight shooter. I was in a situation where it was very difficult for me to not be able to drive or to do any kind of jail time or program because of my circumstances. They were able to work out a deal where I did electronic house arrest (basically just be connected via my cell phone and could still take care of my responsibilities) and was given driving privileges that allowed me to do everything I needed to do. I blew over a .02. No plates, No breathalyser, No jail time. No program. Worth every penny. But as painless as they made it, it was still painful enough to NEVER WANT TO DRINK AND DRIVE AGAIN!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2014
High quality service isn't expensive, it's priceless
I worked with Joe towards the end of 2013 on an OVI case in Cuyahoga County. He was not only very informative and knowledgeable in regards to law, but also when it comes to the specific courts and judges. It is very apparent that he has quite a bit of experience, and he is extremely reliable and responsive. On the rare occasions that he was not able to answer one of my calls, I knew it was not going to be long before I received a return call.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014
If you have a DUI, call Joe
Worked with Joe and his partner Ken on a OVI case the Cleveland area. I live out of state, and didn't have to come back to town once for court. Beyond that, the case was settled in a timely manner without any license suspension, or OVI on my record. Would recommend Joe to anyone looking at being convicted of an OVI.
Posted by L | February 10, 2014
Honest and helpful
I was arrested for what looked to be a second dui, and definitely needed all the help I could get. After looking up different lawyers on this site, I really liked what I read about Mr. Hada and called to set up an appointment. I had little recollection of that night (sad, I know), and felt I was screwed as I wasn't very helpful to Joseph. He never judged me for my bad decision, and was honest about what could happen, and things to possibly expect. He advised me on what to do in the meantime. He worked very hard, and went above and beyond what many lawyers might do. In the end, my dui was dropped to a reckless op, but there were still consequences, as there should be. I highly recommend Mr. Hada to those seeking counsel.
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Posted by James | January 10, 2014
Dedicated and knowledgeable. Fights for clients' rights
Joseph Hada represented me in an OVI case in Berea. I initially met Mr. Hada as an associate of attorney Kenneth Bossin. Throughout my case, Mr. Hada was top-notch at keeping me informed and worked tirelessly to have my charges reduced. His efforts were successful and the outcome of my case was exactly what we set out to accomplish! I would recommend his counsel to anyone.
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Posted by Mark | November 20, 2013
This is the team of attorneys you want!!
Competent, aggressive, informed, intelligent and just plain good at what they do doesn't even begin to describe these attorneys. They will be upfront and honest with you about your scenario and then work their hardest to try and get the best outcome they possibly can for you! If you choose another attorney.......you made a mistake!
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joseph Hada
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Quinn Legal Associates
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices Of Saia & Piatt, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Law Clerk/Mediator
  • Cleveland Municipal Court
  • 2005 - 2007
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Education

  • Cleveland State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Heidelberg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State v. W
  • Reduced to Reckless Operation
  • State v. PM
  • Case Reduced to Reckless Operation and Client only paid fine and costs
  • State v. MM
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Driving Under the Influence Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Seminar Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Pick of the Week - Featured Article
  • Litigation World
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2012

Publications

  • Ohio Tavern News
  • High Court Upholds Right to a Defense in OVI Cases
  • 2014
  • LCCDLA Weekly Internet Column
  • Eleventh District Court of Appeals Update
  • 2013
  • OnTap Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 2
  • Breath Test Results from the Intoxilyzer 8000 Inadmissible
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • OVI Update
  • ALS Appeals and Preserving a CDL
  • 2017
  • OVI Update
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Update
  • 2017
  • OVI Fundamentals: Defend Your Clients the Right Way
  • Fighting Bad Breath: Datamaster vs. Intoxilyzer Cases
  • 2017
  • Must Know Changes for Representing OVI Clients
  • Current Developments in Intoxilyzer 8000 Litigation
  • 2017
  • Hot Topics in Municipal Law
  • Protecting You Client’s Information and Your Data: Cybersecurity Advice for Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Basic of OVI
  • The Ethics of OVI Defense
  • 2017
  • Strategies in Prosecuting and Defending OVI Offenses
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 and the Quest for Discovery
  • 2016
  • Mayor's Court Training
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Discovery Issues
  • 2016
  • Annual OVI Seminar
  • Using Facebook and Other Social Media in OVI Cases
  • 2016
  • Advanced OVI Seminar
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Update
  • 2016
  • Traffic Law Update
  • Investigating the Breath Machine
  • 2015
  • OVI Defense Update
  • Using 21st Century Technology - Making Your Work Easier
  • 2015
  • Mayor's Court Training
  • Collateral Consequences in Criminal and Traffic Offenses
  • 2015
  • Lake County Common Pleas Judge's Seminar
  • OVI Defense: Arrest to Trial
  • 2015
  • Premier DUI Defense Seminar
  • Trial Skills Academy - Instructor
  • 2014
  • OVI Defense Update - 2013
  • Reviewing BAC Logs 101
  • 2013
  • What You Need to Know to Defend Your Client
  • The Intoxilyzer 8000 Is Coming to a Court Near You
  • 2012
  • Trial Advocacy Seminar
  • OVI Cross-examination
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (23)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is incredibly talented and experienced in all areas of criminal law - especially impressive is his knowledge and training in the field of OVI/DUI defense. I have had the opportunity to see Joe speak at multiple legal trainings and seminars, and his enthusiasm for OVI/DUI defense is inspiring and compliments his talent. I highly recommend Joe."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I STRONGLY endorse this lawyer. When we were in Chicago at a forensic science laboratory seminar, learning about how drugs in urine and blood are analyzed, he was STILL working on client cases (multi-tasking to hell and back). Finally got him to put down the computer on Friday night (after 6 PM) for a social dinner. Joe is an incredibly hard working attorney who not only understands the law, but the science behind the law, and technology in the courtroom. Based on a seminar topic that Mr. Hada gave (I've been utilizing his suggestions) I got a dismissal of an OVI, the judge was very impressed and is considering using the same technique as part of the courtroom infrastructure... IF I was accused of an OVI offense i would hire him.... Period..."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe knows criminal defense in Cleveland. I would recommend any of my family, friends, or loved ones to contact him if they were in trouble."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is always well versed in the law and puts his clients' best interest first and foremost!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hada is a smart attorney, with great knowledge and understanding of the law. I have no doubt that he would do a great job representing his clients, and would glady recommend his services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very aggressive top notch lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is quickly earning a reputation as a top-tier defense attorney in Northeast Ohio, and I strongly endorse him. I had the pleasure of getting to know Joe over the span of a 3 day advanced defense seminar, and his passion and knowledge for criminal defense was quickly obvious. He is a man who can be trusted, and you would be well served to retain his services for any OVI or criminal defense matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is always ahead of the curve on OVI/DUI issues and is an excellent resource, not only to his clients, but other attorneys who handle these matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joe Hada, a fellow young, energetic criminal defense attorney in Northeast Ohio."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is an up and coming attorney in OVI defense. He couples success in challenging the new breath testing machine employed by the state with the mentorship of one of the absolute best OVI attorneys in the State. Joe will work hard for you and give you an excellent opportunity for a favorable outcome in your OVI matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is a great attorney, and it has been a pleasure working with him. If you have a need for a driminal attorney in the Cleveland area, he is your go-to guy."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Joe is an excellent attorney that has quickly risen to the top in his fields of practice, Criminal Defense and OVI/DUI/DWI. He has gained a vast amount of experience in a very short time and is already a well seasoned veteran of the courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have observed this lawyer in the courtroom and have worked with him on cases. He is talented and sharp. Does an excellent job in trial and is very well respected by his clients. Is very good at what he does in the traffic, criminal and DUI areas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a highly skilled attorney and a leader in the DUI defense legal community."
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