Portage County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Charges aren't convictions. Erb Legal goes to war for your rights & record.

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Wesley Buchanan
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Wesley is regarded as one of the fiercest defense attorneys in Northeast Ohio.

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The Ravenna Lawyers at Erb Legal

No one expects to need a Portage County criminal lawyer. But it's best to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer no matter what you're accused of. This lets you assess the situation, avoid missteps, and fight against a possible conviction. Wesley C. Buchanan and the team at Erb Legal have the record, skill, and passion you want on your side.

We know you’re scared and don’t know what to expect, but we’ve been helping people across Northeast Ohio with criminal matters for years. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how to get you through the local criminal justice system.

We’re Available & Always Working

We’re not the lawyers you’re used to. Our Ravenna criminal defense attorneys keep you informed and relentlessly pursue the best possible outcome when you’re charged with a crime. We answer your calls, provide direction, and never drag our feet when your future is on the line.

Expect a Custom Defense Plan

No criminal case is hopeless, including yours. Our attorneys will review your situation and use our decades of experience to build a defense strategy that considers your best interests and what you need to achieve, whether that’s a dismissal, reduction, or proving your innocence.

Attack the Case & Challenge Evidence

The defense lawyers at Erb Legal are passionate about your rights. Our clients don’t get pushed around by prosecutors or pressured into unfair pleas. Let us find the weaknesses in the government’s case against you, point out the flaws, and present your case.

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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Our Criminal Defense Areas of Focus

The Right Lawyer to Protect Yourself

Erb Legal provides full legal services to those in Portage County, Ohio facing criminal charges. Don't panic if you or a loved one need help with the following. Instead, hire an attorney who is 100% committed to you.

Drug Crimes

Sex Offenses


Assault & Battery

Probation Violations


Juvenile Offenses

Misdemeanor Crimes

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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.

Twice Named to the Top 100

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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We’re Different from Other Ravenna Defense Lawyers

Impressive in Court, But Always Fierce.

As an experienced and successful criminal attorney, Wesley Buchanan knows what’s on the line for his clients and how hard it can be to face off the government when they say you committed a crime. But whether it’s an OVI in Aurora, an assault in Streetsboro, or fraud accusations in Ravenna, Erb Legal is there to even the odds.

When you can beat the charges, we’ll explain how. And if you need to take the case to trial, we’ll be by your side, but you don’t have to resign yourself to a conviction and life-changing penalties that may include time behind bars. Let us review the evidence, negotiate, and pursue the best possible outcome.

At Erb Legal, we are our client’s voice during difficult times. When we get involved early and speak for you, it may be the difference in getting your charges reduced, dismissed, or proving your innocence.

We'll Evaluate Your Case

Erb Legal Offers Clear Guidance

We Don't Push You, But We Do Fight Back

We Go After the Best Possible Result

Portage County Criminal Defense Resources & Help Center

Local Criminal Courts

Preparing for Court & Your Options

Portage County Bail Bonds

Former Client
5 stars

Absolutely pleased beyond words...

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

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Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

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Erb Legal is the complete package for high-caliber criminal defense in the Ravenna, Kent, Aurora, Streetsboro, and Portage County.