Our Criminal Defense Record is Next Level

We’ve represented individuals fighting criminal charges throughout Northeast Ohio for years. In 2020, Martindale Hubbell awarded Erb Legal its highest Preeminent rating. Prosecutors know we’re elite trial attorneys and capable of beating criminal charges.

We’re Efficient & Always Available

The last thing you want is a criminal defense lawyer who wastes your time. At Erb Legal, we believe in taking action. We answer your questions but aren’t all talk. We’ll always be in touch about the status of your case, and we’ll move things along as quickly as possible.

We Tell the Truth & Empower You

You decide what happens in your case and how we move forward. It’s our job to lay out your options and give our recommendations. But ultimately, whether you accept a plea or fight it out at trial is up to you.

Your Needs & Best Interests Come First

Every criminal case is unique. One DUI or drug possession charge is not like another. We get to know you and the specific facts surrounding your case. We’ll craft a defense customized for you and your goals.

former Client

5 stars

Mr. Buchanan is a top-shelf attorney!

Easy-going attitude, fantastic legal mind, and his in-depth legal knowledge is second to none!"

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Cases We Handle

Stay Firm & Get Results

Are you facing a difficult criminal matter in Akron, Ohio? It’s important to remain level-headed and seek advice from a capable attorney who is 100% committed to you.

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assault & battery


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Our Awards

Martindale-Hubbell – Preeminent The AV Preeminent® (their highest standard) is given to attorneys ranked at the utmost level of professional excellence for their expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.

American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – 10 Best A prestigious honor from The American Institute of Legal Counsel recognizing unparalleled success in the practice of family law for the benefit of their clients.

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Nation’s Premier NAFLA’s highest award, acknowledges the best family law attorneys in each state. Bases on their extraordinary knowledge, skill, experience, expertise, and success.

Avvo’s highest possible designation, attorney Tom Erb Jr provides a snapshot of his skill and insight into his extensive legal background.

As an Elite Lawyer, Thomas Erb Jr has demonstrated a high degree of skill and success in his divorce and family law career, and is active in the community.

The Ohio State Bar Association recognizes an attorney's extraordinary achievements and contribution to the Ohio legal community.

Membership in CACJ includes attorneys and professionals in California and other states with the shared mission of defending people’s rights.

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is invitation-only, made up of the premier trial lawyers from each state.

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the premier professional association for Ohio defense attorneys.

Avvo is the largest and most popular online legal directory online and prides itself on providing detailed information on lawyers and legal issues.

Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients.

Each year, less than 2.5% of lawyers in each state make the Rising Stars list, recognizing lawyers under the age of 40 who stand out in professional achievement and peer recognition.

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What Makes Us Different From Other Criminal Defense Firms

We don’t like bullies & never back down from a fight – Ever.

Attorney Wesley C. Buchanan takes your rights and future seriously. He knows what it feels like to face the crushing weight of the government and understands the circumstances that land people in criminal court. A mistake shouldn’t limit the rest of your life. Wesley is ready to defend you against juvenile, misdemeanor, or felony charges, and with his impressive trial experience, you’re in excellent hands.

At Erb Legal, we offer candid advice and aggressive representation at every stage.

We Learn the Details of Your Case

Preparation is vital in any criminal case, which is why Wesley gets to know you and the circumstances that led you here. Meanwhile, he’ll investigate the charges and work to gather evidence that supports your defense.

We Explain Every Option

There are usually a few ways to resolve your case. We’ll explain all of them, including negotiating to have charges dropped or reduced. We might file a motion to dismiss, find a diversion option that keeps a conviction off your record or fiercely defend you at trial.

We Fight for the Best Result

Whatever course of action we decide on, you can bet Wesley will put his whole heart into it. He doesn’t do anything by half. You can be confident a tenacious Akron criminal defense attorney is fighting for the absolute best possible outcome in your case.

Wesley treats every case with the gravity it deserves. He understands that even the lowest misdemeanor offense can have serious repercussions. While it isn’t possible to beat every charge, Wesley won’t rest until he’s fought for the case to be dropped or dismissed. He isn’t afraid to push for an acquittal at trial, either.

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The court process your case moves through depends on the charge. Ohio municipal and county courts handle misdemeanors and conduct preliminary hearings in felony cases. The Ohio Court of Common Pleas General Division hears all felony criminal cases.


Ohio uses a cash bail system, and whether you can get out of jail depends on if you can afford the payment.

Local jurisdictions set the bail amount for misdemeanor charges; you can immediately find out how much bail you, a relative, or a friend must pay. For a felony, you’ll have to wait for a judge to decide the amount and other bail conditions. It’s a good idea to hire an Akron criminal defense lawyer right away. Wesley can fight for you to get out of jail for a minimal amount.


Being a criminal defendant is stressful. When you must go to court, avoid casual clothing, such as jeans and t-shirts. You don’t need a full suit, but dress pants, a button-up shirt, or a skirt and blouse work just fine.

Don’t expect to do much, if any, talking. Even at your arraignment, you won’t say much other than to enter your plea. If you don’t have a lawyer yet, plead not guilty. This gives you time to hire a lawyer and learn more about your case.

During any court appearance, don’t interrupt others or speak out of turn. Being disruptive can get you into more trouble. You can prepare more by looking over the Akron Municipal Court’s Local Rules.

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5 stars

Absolutely pleased beyond words...

...at the level of professionalism and outcome of Erb Legal."

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Your Criminal Defense Questions Answered


Yes, you have the constitutional right to a defense attorney. If you can’t afford one, you must ask the court to appoint a lawyer for you. However, there are drawbacks to working with public defenders. They have immense caseloads and less time to devote to each client. You won’t receive the same level of attention as you will with Erb Legal. A public defense will push to resolve your case quickly, even if it’s not the best possible outcome for you.


You hire an Akron criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not talk to the police or an alleged victim. You can’t work out a misunderstanding or prove your innocence by talking to the cops, and everything you say to them can be used against you in court.


You say: “I am invoking my right to remain silent, and I want a lawyer.” That’s it. Don’t answer questions or try to explain yourself. You must tell the officers you are going to remain silent. You can’t simply not speak. You also must make it clear you want a lawyer.


The constitution protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures. If officers searched your person, vehicle, home, or office, we’d scrutinize whether they had the right to do so, including whether they had a warrant or a valid exception to a warrant. If we find they performed an illegal search and seizure, we’ll fight to suppress any evidence they found.


You may face time in jail or prison based on the level of the charge against you. Ohio has five levels of misdemeanors and five levels of felonies, most of which allow for incarceration if you’re convicted. However, with the help of an Akron criminal defense lawyer, it’s possible to avoid or minimize jail time.


Erb Legal offers reasonable fees for criminal defense cases and does everything possible to keep the costs down. We know how much of a financial strain attorneys’ fees can be. Don’t hesitate to talk with us about our fees and financial options during your free consultation.

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Erb Legal is the complete package for high-caliber representation in the Akron, Barberton, Stow, and Summit County region.