Cleveland Criminal Defense Attorney

Being convicted of any criminal charge in Ohio can have serious implications for your freedom, security and reputation. And with so much at stake, it’s truly sad that so many police officers do not take seriously their job of ferreting out the truth and finding the true guilty party. They often make arrest decisions after listening to only one side of a dispute (and we know there is always at least two side to every dispute), or they make hasty arrest decisions without considering all the evidence before them. The result is that innocent citizens are placed in jeopardy of having their freedom and good name wrongly taken away by their own Government. That is why strong, aggressive and smart criminal defense attorneys are needed.

Regardless of the charges you are facing, from the most serious to the lowest level traffic offense, you need smart and aggressive legal representation. I am Cleveland criminal defense lawyer Mark Gardner. For more than 18 years, I have provided exceptional criminal defense to clients from one end of Ohio to the other on charges ranging rape and kidnapping down to OVI, speeding and other traffic violations.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • DUI/OVI charges
  • Driving under suspension
  • Other driver’s license issues
  • Minor traffic offenses
  • Ohio traffic points chart
  • Domestic violence and other assaults
  • Sex offenses
  • Internet crimes
  • Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
  • Drug charges
  • Theft/forgery
  • Robbery/burglary
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Probation, judicial release, expungements and pardons

Who you choose to represent you as your criminal lawyer as you go up against your Government will be critical to the success of your case. You need an attorney with the experience, moxie and dedication to get results. Whether you face prison, or jail, or merely points on your license, you need an attorney who will ensure that your rights are protected and that you’re afforded the strongest and smartest defense possible. I will provide the dedication and aggressive defense you need when defending yourself against the Government. Call today at 216-857-3000 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Mark Gardner

Following nearly nine years of service in the United States Armed Forces, including service in the Air Force Intelligence Service and the Coast Guard as a weapons controller, Mark graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in December, 1992. Since graduation, he has distinguished himself as a public defender (4 years) and in private practice (9+ years). During that time, he has successfully conducted numerous DUI motion hearings and jury trials, including getting across-the-board "not guilty" verdicts in a case where his client was charged with DUI, fleeing and eluding, reckless operation, speeding (105mph in a 60mph zone), and failure to wear a seatbelt.

In December 1994, he received the student certification in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing" (SFST) course. In September 1997, after attending a four-day course, he received NHTSA's instructor certification status in SFST. He has testified as an expert witness on the proper administration and grading of SFSTs in DUI trials in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has also become a fixture as a lecturer at the yearly Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (OACDL) Advanced DUI seminars, as well as a speaker at DUI seminars in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and Arkansas. Mark was also the appointed inaugural chairman of the OACDL's DUI Defense Task Force.

Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

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