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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: What rights in ohio do I have if I caught my 11 year old son molesting my 1 yr old son. I called police they wont arrest
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 7, 2021

You could always contact the local prosecutor directly. They may have the same misgivings as the police though.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Education Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Could you give me a definition on the Ohio law revised code 2967.01 3/22/19 the definition of convict paragraph?

It's in the definition says unless the convict has served the president's sentence or prison terms or is pardoned or completed the community sanction program? So if I'm understanding that correctly the unless means that once you are finished so all privileges should be restored... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 19, 2021

The definition of convict in R.C. 2967 is any person convicted of an Ohio felony whether or not they went to prison but not including people who were pardoned or have finished serving their sentence. In other words, convict means any person either in prison for a felony, in jail for a felony, or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is this an unlawful arrest? There was a search warrant for an address and description of the property no people named

The cops pulled over a vehicle that had no ties to us or the address on search warrant, detained us, then brought us to the address and had us cuffed in back of police cruisers while they ran into search the house of the address then charged us with possession and trafficking from substances found... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

You leaving out some key information. Like, for example, who the house belongs to? Was there any reason to stop the vehicle in question? At the end of the day, you need to get an attorney to look at the situation. It sounds fishy, but there's information missing.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Can YouTube turn off comments on the white house YouTube page? I believe that it violates our first amendment rights.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 22, 2021

Yes. The First Amendment bars the government, not private companies, from infringing on speech rights. It has no application.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a private company mandate the new covid vaccine without full FDA approval?

company is threatening to fire employees if they do not get the new covid vaccinations

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 20, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. Employers can require their employees to received COVID-19 vaccinations. However, if you have a medical condition that renders you unable to receive the vaccine, or you have a religious objection to receiving the vaccine, you may be entitled to an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Im renting in ohio. An i allowed to deny a house showing if the realtor doesn't give me a 24 hr notice?

I'm technically in Lorain County. My landlord is cool but the realtor is now getting angry with my bf and I cause we were out of town for a showing that he failed to give a 24hr notice for. He's done it multiple times now and we have pets. What drew the line for him is when we refuse to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 18, 2020

The realtor has no legal rights and cannot require you to do anything. You don't even have to talk to him if you don't want to. You certainly don't have to leave the key in the box. Ohio law requires a landlord to give reasonable (24 hour) notice of having someone come in for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: If the landlord allowed me to put 15,000$ of work into his house and Now he trying to evict me, can I sue for that mone

I been living in this home for 16 years and i finally decided to ask him can I put some work into the home and it costs me 15,000 and it made the value of the home go up, he can now charge $800 instead of 200$ in rent, So he wants to evict me out of the house, can I sue for that money out of that... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Sep 5, 2020

You may have a case for unjust enrichment, contact an attorney to discuss how to file the claim and what you need to allergies

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Does a person a right to conceal their face in public?

Masks have become very popular recently. Many states require their use in all public buildings. Many have questioned whether requiring a person to wear a mask is Constitutional. I think that is asking the question precisely BACKWARDS. I think "Does a person have a right to conceal their... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 11, 2020

That's a good question. Before the pandemic, concealment was a greater concern than public safety. But priorities have shifted, where the concern is more about the protecting the health of the public than of the risk of a robber concealing their identity. Constitutionally, laws can be subject... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal to go topless for a woman in Ohio?

I want to go topless.

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 9, 2020

It is a crime to do this in public per Ohio Revise Code Section 2907.09 Public indecency.

(A) No person shall recklessly do any of the following, under circumstances in which the person's conduct is likely to be viewed by and affront others who are in the person's physical...
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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, where wearing a mask for COVID-19 purposes is required, can a legal CCW holder still carry a firearm?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 7, 2020

Yes, mask requirements have nothing to do with concealed carry.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Trying to see if there are any Probono lawyers available to take on a case against FCGSB for my disabled daughter.

I have a 19 year old daughter, Arianna, that has 15 co-morbid diagnoses. Franklin County Guardianship Service Board was appointed in 3rd Party Guardian Dec 2019. Due to Arianna's father (Drew) and I not being able to navigate Co-Guardianship. He refuses to acknowledge 14 of her diagnoses and... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2020

You could see if the Ohio State Bar Association lists any resources, or you could try to contact them (it could be difficult at the current time with the health crisis) if they could direct you to any entities that could be helpful. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is the police chief legally able to do this ?

Chief's Message, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2

311.02 SPECIAL EVENTS; PARADES AND ASSEMBLAGES.

(a) Any person, persons, corporation or association desiring to use a public park, street or other public property of the City of Port Clinton to hold an activity or event shall first... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

Yes, permitting for public events is common throughout the country. As long as it’s done for safety and scheduling’s sake and not used to discriminate, the courts allow it.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: How is this portion of the Ohio revised code not unconstitutional?

Ohio revised code 505.07 seems purpose written to allow Township Trustees and Developers to effectively negate the results of any zoning referendum and deny citizens voting rights. Consider the following scenario, Trustees have been ignoring recommendations from zoning board and residents to not... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 19, 2019

Local governments can mostly do what they want unless subjected to a legal challenge. Concerned residents can join together and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles administrative law, land use, and zoning issues, to advise them about filing a lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Invol man corrupt another w/drugs and trafficking how? The guy told family where to find him, wrote his own obituary?

My sister is being charged with this. Also so is another person. Solely off of a text message. Sat 6 month already in the county jail with a court apt lawyer who didnt even know she had court today. Guy bought from my sister then went and bought from someone else bcuz he said hers was junk. Brother... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 25, 2019

They’re really serious these days about finding those who sell deadly drugs and holding them accountable despite the actions of their buyers. She really needs to work with an attorney she trusts.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I turn 18 in 30 days. I cant stand being at my house anymore. Is it illegal if i was to leave right now and move out?

My friend has an apartment. Me and him both have jobs. I would still be going to school and getting my education.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 30, 2019

It could cause problems for you and for him if you leave before 18. Hang on for 30 more days. But consider that if you leave now or when 18, you might no longer have any health insurance, car insurance, or other support from your family. If your friend later kicks you out, then that could be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal for cops to slam me out of my car while i was sleep at the gas pump & search my vehicle without any probable
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 13, 2019

Without knowing all of the facts including their assertions, a proper answer cannot be given

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: If I was charged with D.U.I for a positive drug screen and plead guilty and was already sentenced wouldn't it be double

Jeopardy to later be charged with F-5 internal possession as a whole new case filed against me for that same urine screen which was used as evidence to charge me with D.U.I? I feel that is being tried for the same case twice.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 6, 2019

This would be an interesting one to argue. The standard for double jeopardy is whether each offense requires proof of an element which the other does not. For the DUI that’s easy. DUI requires proof that you operated a motor vehicle. Drug possession certainly does not. Similarly, normal drug... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the concept of overwhelming circumstantial evidence? Can it be enough for a conviction?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 23, 2019

Circumstantial evidence's value is every bit the same as the value of direct evidence. "It's only circumstantial" is a nonsense TV thing. Circumstantial evidence is often extremely powerful. Here is the example that is often given in court. You go to sleep at night and there is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: My search watrant was photo copies no seal or stamp no warrant number nothing.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 24, 2019

There are a wide range of acceptable search warrants. The most critical factor is whether or not it’s been approved (signed) by a judge. If you’re being charged with a crime, you should hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: A friend asked me and my brother to give him a ride to his mothers house. We did. He didn’t tell us until 5 minutes away

That the reason he needed a ride is because he was involved in a hit and run and the police were looking for him. Got a visit from his uncle who is also my neighbor. And he said my brother and I could get aiding and abetting charges. I’ve never been in trouble with the law all my life. Will I be... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 29, 2018

If you did not know, and did not have reason to suspect he was fleeing, you shouldn't be. But, if approached by authorities, you should be very careful about what you say. Speak to a lawyer first.

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