Questions Answered by Matthew Williams

Q: If test results for a substance that led to a search and arrest came back inconclusive is the case still solid?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Not necessarily. While this may provide some useful ammunition for your defense, the questions when police conduct a search are more complicated than simply whether or they can prove the dog hit on something real. You should be working with an attorney.
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Q: Will i have a difficult case to make against a bully suing me for defamation if I mentioned what he did to me in a book?

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

It would be difficult for him to make out a case for defamation, but he could sue you and make your life miserable for a while. Have you considered telling the story and just changing his name?
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Q: Hello my fiance just got a felony 5 for having his gun in the front seat of his car

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

He should get an attorney.
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Q: Drunk woman hurts self, files dv on Ex, he has no violent priors, she left the state. No witnesses.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

He should turn himself in and get an attorney, and then push for a trial at which the state will have to admit it has no evidence to proceed on.
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Q: Think Finance is currently being sued by the CFPB for violations of Ohio usury laws. Should I file my own?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Did you take out a loan with outrageous and possibly unlawful terms?
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Q: DOES THE BRIEF, AND /OR MOTION NEED TO BE SIGNED, AND/OR NOTORIZED IN THE 8TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

It needs to be signed. Any affidavits included with it would need to be notarized. But, the brief itself does not.
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Q: My Husband and I got into an arguement that resulted in me yelling back in front of my son. He is being charged with DV

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

At his arraignment, the court will set a bond and may lower the current one if it is really high. It will also impose a pre-trial protection order, which means he won't be allowed to contact you and will have to stay somewhere else while the case is pending. Then they will set a pre-trial date, which is a meeting at which the lawyers will try to work the case out. You aren't going to get into trouble unless you lie a lot. You likely will be subpoenaed at some point and required to show up.
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Q: If my friend came over and layed their gun on a bed or couch that i sleep in is it possible my dna could be on the gun ?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Possible, yes. Likely, no.
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Q: Can I get suspended from school for lying to principal?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

This is a matter of school policy, not law. It is very likely that you can be suspended for lying to the principal.
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Q: Nolle prosequi defendant charged federally Does this mean, state dropped case, but it’s being moved to federal court?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

It certainly could mean that. Is it the same incident or subject matter in the federal case as was originally being pursued by the state? The state and the feds can actually pursue the same case under something called dual sovereignty. But, they typically do not. If the feds want a case, the state will usually give it to them and dismiss the state case. The defendant should hire an attorney.
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Q: getting charged with felony charges for violating protection order can it get dropped if person who file dropped order

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018

Probably not. First, courts rarely just allow people to drop protection orders. Second, the order was in place when it happened so it really doesn't matter what happened after that. He needs to get a lawyer.
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Q: How to get a tpo dropped? And how long does the court have to indict you on a charge that’s been bound to grand jury?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 14, 2018

Realistically, the court isn't going to drop the TPO on a felony DV case until it's settled. The government has 6 years after the incident to indict a felony so they've got plenty of time. In general, indictments come back a lot faster than that. If it's been presented to the grand jury, the indictment is probably on its way.
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Q: Is a picture of a arm bite mark enough to convict someone in trial for f4 domestic V even if the victim is a no show?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 14, 2018

What other evidence is there? A picture alone only proves there was an injury. It doesn't prove who caused the injury. But, there are other ways to do that aside from the victim's testimony. What other witnesses are there?
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Q: is reconsideration of appeal dismissal routine? affidavit was not filed due to the case unavailability on line.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018

I wouldn't call it routine. It's hard to give you much advice based on what you've posted here. But, you really ought to be working with an attorney. Appeals are very technical and appellate courts don't have a lot of patience with litigants who don't follow the rules and procedures to the letter.
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Q: My husband was sentenced 2 yrs and 2 months, what is the new law for judicial release as of January 1, 2018?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018

County jail time will not count for purposes of Judicial Release. With a sentence between 2-5 and assuming no mandatory time he can apply 180 days after being delivered to a state correctional facility.
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Q: Does the victim of DV have to show up in court for the defendant to be found guilty?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018

Not necessarily. When the trial date, not a pretrial, rolls around, the government has to prove its case. Often, in DV cases, that requires the victim's testimony. But, if others saw what happened or there is other evidence like a videotape, the government can prove the case with or without the victim.
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Q: My Step daughter has made up rape allegations against my son and came back and said she lied. How do we get her help

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018

You need to take her to a psychiatrist not a lawyer.
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Q: Eviction dismissed, what's next?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018

The landlord can refile, provided he stops accepting late rents and gives you notice that rent will due immediately. He can't refile on the basis of the January rent. But, if he took those steps during January and refused to accept late rent in February, he can now refile based upon February's rent.
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Q: Can 1 court enforce a child support order that is in direct opposition to what another court ordered in divorce decree?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018

What was actually agreed to? If the two of you agreed to "work together" to get this child off the order, and you two filed a joint motion, or a motion and concurrence, you did work together. That the court denied that motion is out of your control. Did you two object to the magistrates decision? There's a very short window for that, and it would cause a judge to review it.
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Q: How long will it take me to get my back child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018

It could take forever...does the person who owes this money have a job? Any assets?
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