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Joseph B. Suhre

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Suhre & Associates, LLC
600 Vine Street, Suite 1004
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-257-0917
Fax: 513-333-0032
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

When people in Cincinnati face criminal accusations, they turn to Joseph B. Suhre and his experienced legal team at Suhre & Associates, LLC. As the managing partner, he created the firm with the intention of helping people in Ohio secure a second chance and preserve their freedom. He primarily handles DUI and DWI cases but also takes on general criminal defense cases.

In 1996, Mr. Suhre completed his undergraduate studies in criminal justice. He then immediately joined the Blue Ash police force. During this time, he also decided to pursue a degree in law. He did so while continuing to work as a police officer. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1999 and started his independent law practice that same year.

He is licensed to practice in the state of Kentucky; the state of Ohio; and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Since establishing his law firm, he has racked up quite a few awards and notable recognitions. One that Mr. Suhre is especially proud of is that he has one of the longest consecutive runs for Leading Lawyers in the field of DUI/OVI Defense. The Cincy Business magazine has awarded him this title every year since 2006.

Mr. Suhre has also obtained membership in several legal organizations over the years. Some of these include the Ohio State Bar Association, the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence


7 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014

Articles about Joseph B. Suhre appearing in Super Lawyers

About Joseph B. Suhre

First Admitted: 1999, Ohio

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  • Named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine in the field of DUI Defense in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, & 2013.
  • “10.0 Superb” rating from Avvo, which is only given to attorneys with a demonstrated track record of success and high levels of expertise in their fields
  • Super Lawyer in Cincinnati in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Rising Star Super Lawyer in DUI/OVI defense in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Founded on the premise that the Tristate's strength as a thriving business center is built on the growth and success of its businesses, the Tristate Success Awards will honor the most successful and consistent public, private and emerging companies in the Tristate. Our firm was a recipient of the award in 2011 because of our dedication to smart growth and prioritization of customer service., Tri-State Success Award, Cincy Magazine, 2011


  • Client was the passenger in a car when her brother was arrested for DUI. Client was under 21 and had been drinking. The police took client home. Several hours later, she drove to the police department to pick her brother up after he was processed for DUI. Client was pulled over by the same officer who had arrested her brother. She took a breath test and because she was under 21, her breath test result was over 6 times the legal limit. After a motion to suppress hearing, the court dismissed all charges. The State of Ohio appealed the case. I also represented the client on appeal. The decision of the trial court was affirmed - all charges were dismissed, including the DUI
  • Client involved in a single car auto accident into a tree. The car sustained severe damage. Client was uncooperative with the police and was verbally abusive towards them. Client was also verbally abusive towards the life squad personnel. Client had an alleged blood alcohol level of .224. Medical records from the hospital were highly unfavorable to the defense. After a motion to suppress evidence and a trial, the client was acquitted of the DUI charge
  • Client was at a Halloween party at a bar. He left the bar parking lot at an excessive rate of speed trying to catch up to another vehicle. A police officer saw him and began to pursue him. The client crashed his vehicle knocked over a street sign and dislodged the wheel from his car on the curb. The client submitted to field sobriety tests at the scene. The police officer arrested the client for DUI and took him to another agencies police station for a breath test. There was a factual dispute as to which officer administered the breath test and the surveillance video that depicted client at the police station was not preserved. I filed a motion to dismiss which, after several evidentiary hearings, the trial judge granted. The State of Ohio appealed. I represented the client in the Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court upheld the trial court’s decision by unanimously holding that the failure to preserve the surveillance video violated the client's rights and all charges were dismissed, including the DUI. Multiple defense attorneys have contacted me to review their cases and to provide them advice on how to handle them in light of the decision by the Court of Appeals
  • Client involved in a single car accident where he lost control and rolled his car down a hill. He fought with the police at the scene of the crash. He was transported by life squad to the hospital where a blood test revealed he was three time the legal limit. He fought with the hospital staff and the police had to be called back to the hospital. After fully investigating the case, we discovered several weaknesses and errors that would not have been found if the case was not thoroughly investigated. After a motion to suppress and trial, the client was acquitted of the DUI charge
  • Client was stopped by the police after being involved in a hit and run accident. Client was arrested for driving under suspension, hit and run, failing to maintain assured clear distance ahead, and Felony DUI. The case was investigated and it was determined that evidence that had been requested was not properly preserved. I filed a motion to dismiss the felony DUI charge. The court granted the motion and dismissed the felony DUI. The State of Ohio appealed the decision. After the state's appellate attorney reviewed the transcripts of the hearings, he called to inform me that the State of Ohio would be voluntarily dismissing the appeal and agreeing to the dismissal

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Kentucky
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member, 1999 - Present
  • State of Ohio
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1999 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2006 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Implementing a pro-bono program at the firm of Suhre & Associates, LLC
  • Active in fund raising for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Educational Background

  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, B.S. Criminal Justice, 1996

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • NHTSA Certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing., 2011
  • Certified Arson Investigator - I, Ohio Fire Marshall's Office
  • Certified Ohio Police Officer - OPOTA Certification

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented a portion of a day-long CLE on DUI issues. I covered immigration consequences as they relate to DUI cases., Speaker, DUI and Immigration, 2014
  • I presented a day long Advanced DUI Seminar for the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Topics covered included jury selection, opening statements, field sobriety tests, breath test defenses, and closing statements - among other things., Presenter, Advanced DUI Seminar, KACDL, 2016
  • Expert Testimony/Evaluation Provided in Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas related to the operability of firearms
  • Competitive Pistol Shooter
  • International Defensive Pistol Association, Oxford, OH - classification of Expert
  • United States Practical Pistol Shooting Association, Oxford & Milford, OH
  • Steel Match Competitor, New Baltimore, OH
  • Boy Scouts of America, rank of Eagle Scout
  • Police Explorer Scout
  • Deep Park and Blue Ash Police Departments
  • Participated in police ride-a-longs with officers, assist in records, crime analysis, communications, and other areas of the department including firearm familiarization training
  • Ohio ALS,, 2009
  • Ohio Breath Tests,, 2009
  • Legal Issues in Pre-hospital Care, D. Russel Lee Paramedic School, 2005
  • Taught an in-service training seminar for active duty police officers on DUI detection. I, along with another defense lawyer, provided the defense perspective in the training. Taught along side a Judge and Prosecutor as well., Instructor, DUI Investigation - Butler Tech Police Academy, 2011
  • Presented a lecture as part of a panel for the Cincinnati Bar Association's New Lawyer Training on Professionalism., Speaker, Professionalism Panel, Cincinnati Bar Association, 2012
  • I presented a 1-hour lecture on the HGN and its use by the prosecution. I gave strategies on dealing with it at trial as well as how to exclude it from evidence. I also presented a case review from an important ongoing case in Carroll County KY where I am the lead counsel in excluding the HGN from use in DUI cases., Speaker, Advanced DUI Seminar - HGN, KACDL, 2016
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Office Location for Joseph B. Suhre

600 Vine Street
Suite 1004
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-257-0917

Fax: 513-333-0032

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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