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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: In ohio the age of consent law is 16yd, if a 21+yd did anything sexual with the 16yd would it still be legal?

So I'm 23 matched with a girl on a dating app at first she said she was 23 we get off the app talked for a few days over the phone once said she was 16 then other time said she was 17 and 2 sexual was shared well a few hours ago "her father" called on the number we was texting on... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 17, 2022

This is most likely a scam aimed at trying to scare you into giving them money. That said, while the age of consent in Ohio is 16, an adult who engages in a sexual relationship with a minor is taking big legal risks. First, any pornographic images of the minor are highly illegal child pornography.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: A couple of mnths ago my bf was pulled over for "window tint" but then we're told we were talking to a known dealer

I was an addict and had drugs on me which was found due to them being able to search bc of window tint being too dark.. the cop is pushing to charge me with trafficking. I have never been in trouble and they're saying maybe drug court.. but I was told I would have to plead guilty I am lost... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 17, 2022

You need to hire an attorney to defend you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: With a minor misdemeanor conviction under Ohio RC 2925.11, how do you answer question 7(A) on the CCL Application?

Section 3 of the Ohio Application for License to Carry a Concealed Handgun states:

FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS 6, 7A, 7B, DO NOT INCLUDE ANY CONVICTION FOR WHICH A COURT HAS ORDERED SEALED OR EXPUNGED OR RELATIVE TO WHICH A COURT HAS GRANTED RELIEF FROM DISABILITY PURSUANT TO ORC 2923.14,... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 17, 2022

If it was a minor misdemeanor--a weed ticket--then just as the instructions say, "Do not include any conviction...for a minor misdemeanor."

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If gps is placed in a package where police do a controlled delivery, do they need to get a warrant to use that tracker
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 17, 2022

Warrants are usually obtained in these situations, yes. But whether they are legally required is a fact specific inquiry because only certain people can assert a legitimate privacy interest in a parcel. If you have been charged with an offense, you should hire an attorney to investigate all the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: what can be dismissed in the appeals 11th.district ohio permanent custody from my case

from the date of filing of permanent custody to evidentiary hearing was 314 days. Magistrate was wrong on more than four reasons she used to determine her decision for permanent custody to agency. The judge would take over a year and status hearing to address case and grant CPS permanent custody.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 11, 2022

The court of appeals could reverse the lower court. In order for that to happen you need to promptly file a notice of appeal and then a brief. It would be a good idea for you to hire an attorney to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My att. Is retired & "hopes everyone agrees so we don't have to go to trial"CCS did things so illegally actually. Being

Manipulated by my exs family.I had seizures was totally confused for months and the caseworker without knowing the facts jumped the gun and removed my children saying that i overdosed when neurologist saw the seizures as well as a cyst on my brain.how can I get an attorney who will fight for me or... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

The best way to get an attorney is to hire your own.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Federal Crimes and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: My son had a case which ended up getting dismissed. Now, 2yrs later they have indicted him for it. (F4 handling firearm)

They issued a warrant but told him over the phone he just needs to come to the court to receive the indictment and set a court date and he won't be arrested at that time, is this true or a trick? Also, what should he do concerning going forward with the charge/indictment? The case was closed,... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

Your son should hire a local defense attorney and follow his or her advice. The statute of limitations on a felony charge is 6 years so while 2 seems like a long time, it is far from being precluded.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: If I don't prosecute my offender can I ask for compensation for my mental and emotional distress?

I live in Cleveland Ohio, I teach at a Middle School, one of my students threatened me (he wrote a hit list with my name and several other students' names with the intent of physically harming us) I filed a police report. Now the detective is asking me if I want to prosecute or not? I will... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

You could file a civil lawsuit against him instead of pursuing a criminal case. But if you choose to do so, expect the defense to note that you did not pursue criminal charges and argue that shows it wasn't a big deal.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I was falsely accused of DV by my ex, she said I had threatened her. Can I file for false accusations while on probation

She said I had threatened her so I was charged with 4th degree misdemeanor and given probation, fine, and therapy and AA. I wasn't able to complete the therapy due to work, couldn't keep missing work for random drug test and therapy or I would have lost my job. The worst of it all is, I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 10, 2022

It sounds like you plead guilty or no contest, which makes it awfully difficult to turn around and say the allegations were false. Meet with a local attorney to discuss your options for avoiding more consequences as a result failing to complete therapy and take drug tests.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Is 4510.11 jailable?

I got a ticket for suspened license non-compliance

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 4, 2022

Yes. It's an M1 which carries a maximum sentence of 180 days jail. That said, very few people go to jail over DUS charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Neighbor brandished handgun & threatened to kill our dog. Seven days later, they shot our dog.

Our dog is hyper, overly playful and everyone loves our dog. Just about 7 days ago, our dog wandered just 3 houses over. The guy came out with a handgun, directly aimed at the dog… in front of my kid and her friend - a few yards away.

My kid coaxed our dog away from them - traumatized... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 4, 2022

First, you should report the incident to the police. It's not clear where your dog was vis-a-vis this nut's property at the time he was shot. But unless the dog was attacking or about to attack a person, you can't just shoot them.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: I need a lawyer for criminal cases and expungement of felony.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 4, 2022

You should contact an attorney privately to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: When a victim is given a no contact order in a simple assault case, how long does that last
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 31, 2022

Criminal no contact orders last at least until the case is resolved either through plea, trial, or dismissal, and may continue during any period of probation.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can police use whiteout on traffic tickets?

My son have accidents and he is 17 years but the cop put my name by mistake and use whiteout on the ticket.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Yes, police can correct tickets.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Does my employer have to pay me 3 days off for bereavement

I work at a bw3 and work about 25 hours a week. Have done my own research and section 124.387 says they have to but boss said no they dont

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

The code section you refer to covers state government employees. Private businesses rarely offer any sort of bereavement leave to their employees and are not required to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord terminate a month to month lease immediately after receiving backrent from the Ohio cares act?

Cares act covered ally paid rent until October. I was just notified of this and I'm being kicked out now. Unethical?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Either party can terminate a month-to-month lease for any reason (except for racial/religious discrimination) upon giving proper notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I be charged with driving with out consent even though I was arrested and let go because mom didn't want to press?

My parents file a sheriffs report in Perry County that I had their car to long. I was pulled over and arrested the next day in Franklin County and upon arrest I was released because my parents ultimately just wanted there car back and didn't want to press charges. Well 4 days later a Perry... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Police are not required to charge you immediately following a situation. There are limitations periods by statute: 6 months to charge a minor misdemeanor, 2 years for a misdemeanor, 6 months for a general felony, etc. As with the situation you described, there are often questions as to whether or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Is a warrant needed to put gps in controlled delivery package to watch where the package goes?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 24, 2022

These cases are fact specific because only certain people can claim a legitimate privacy interest in a package, but anticipatory search warrants are often obtained to place GPS devices into packages that are sent out for controlled delivery.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I legally stop my daughter from moving out?

I live in ohio and My 16 year old daughter wants to move out and live with her 33 year old boyfriend, can I legally stop Her?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Yes, you have the right to decide where your children live until they turn 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can a landlord who's a lawyer represent themself in court against their tenant
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Anyone can represent themself in court. Where landlords get in trouble is that it is unlawful for a person who is not a lawyer to represent anyone else including a corporate entity. So, if a non-lawyer landlord has created an LLC to manage the property, he or she cannot represent the LLC because... Read more »

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