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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I am looking at 70 to 80 month for weapons other disability well I get a lot less time if I take a plea
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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 20, 2021

You need to speak with a lawyer familiar with your case about that. If you plead and the guideline range is 70-80 months after acceptance of responsibility, you will almost certainly get a sentence within that range. If that is the range before accounting for acceptance of responsibility you may... Read more »

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Q: Weapons under disability I did not receive my preliminary hearing was in the 21 days

It went from city court then all the sudden the feds picked it up even though I already bailed out and had an ankle monitor on

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 20, 2021

Federal charges are an entirely separate, a much more serious, issue in these cases as you face a lot more time from the federal government than you would from the state. You need to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello Justia. Can I become a naturalized US citizen in the future despite having a misdeamenor for domestic battery.

I was charged with domestic battery in July 2020 which I pleaded guilty to. I was given a 1 year probation. What are my chances of becoming a US citizen in the Future. Thanks

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 18, 2021

Without professional help, very little. You need to talk to a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can cop from city a pull me over in city b

No

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 15, 2021

Many police departments have memoranda of understanding extending police powers from neighboring cities. So if they did, it is very likely that they can though it may be an issue worth exploring.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I got caught driving with suspended license it is my first time what will they do
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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 12, 2021

They will make you get a valid license and insurance and pay a fine unless its an OVI suspension, in which case it could be include some jail days. You should consult with an attorney in person or over the phone.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Do you get double fine for speeding during a holiday
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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 5, 2021

Generally that's construction sites, but a city or state certainly could pass a law increasing fines on holidays.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a suspension of drivers license be given on a misdemeanor drug instrument case that is over 3 years old.

The person involved was followed into a public restroom and the police officer ordered him out of the stall and proceeded to find a syringe on the floor behind the toilet between the stalls. The party that was arrested had been clean of drugs. The case is over 3 years old and a warrent had been... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 2, 2021

The judge has the option. We can't tell you what he or she will do, but he or she usually does suspensions, I would expect that to continue.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Am I able to just leave with my children legally?

I'm 22 i have 2 children with my fiance, 26 whos abusive. I cant go anywhere else in the house or he'd get so upset.

He said i can leave him any time i want but my 2 boys have to stay with him. He doesn't do anything i have to tend to his every need while tending to my... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 2, 2021

If you were unmarried when the children were born, and paternity has not been established and there is no court order, then you have custody, not him.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: is it illegal for law enforcment to show a dead body to a criminal claiming its there sister when it wasn't?
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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 30, 2021

The circumstances here are perplexing. Certainly law enforcement does show dead bodies to people all the time in order to identify those bodies, and sometimes they're bound to have it wrong. If they had some reason to believe your sister was the body they could call you down for an ID and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: How do I get a restraining order/order of protections?

Harassment complaint filed with Oxford PD in March while at college. Ex boyfriend continues to harass via phone, text, email and social media despite being blocked (using other phones and making fake accounts to do so) Currently living in another state but will return to Oxford, OH for college in... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 30, 2021

Several things you can do. First, you can report it to the police. Telecommunications harassment is a criminal offense in Ohio. Second, you file for civil stalking protection order with the county court. Most of them have forms.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Looking for a book that will give, in detail, how to write your own court motions without spending $1000 on it.

The court appointed criminal attorney IS NOT a criminal attorney and she refuses to file motions, deliver discovery, visit her client or even talk to her client so now he's trying to file his own motions in his matter.

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 30, 2021

The nearest public law school will have practice guides in their library that you could use for free and they generally have very helpful librarians.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Hello, have you heard of "federal grants" being applied for on facebook?

Facebook? Require a delivery fee of 2000.00 deposit via bitcoin atm and will give me a grant check, how do I check the validity

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 26, 2021

That’s a scam.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Does a conviction under 21 U.S.C. §§ 843(a)(3) and 846 disqualify one from gun ownership?

In Case No. 1:12-CR-043(5) in the Southern District of Ohio, a plea agreement was accepted that in exchange for a guilty plea to the above charge, the Government would take no position on sentencing. An initial sentence of 6 months incarceration was vacated by the Sixth Circuit when the Government... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 24, 2021

That is a disabling conviction, yes. And under the current state of things, a pardon would be it. There is a law providing for application to the ATF for relief, but congress has never funded processing of such applications.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: They convicted my uncle Laquan of gun possession but they had no evidence he ever touched the gun they didn’t run no dna

And the gun was in fact found in his ex girlfriend bedroom and the gun was registered in her name ! They can’t just say it gun possession if they did not find it on him or in his possession.They had no search warrant when they searched his ex girlfriend house and he was not staying at that... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 24, 2021

While you haven't asked a question, it is important to understand that he needs to file an appeal and the time to do so is limited. So work with your family to find him a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My son is trying to get custody of his 6 year old daughter. She has never been in school. She is with us mostly.
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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 24, 2021

And what is your question? He needs to file a private custody action, and he needs to establish paternity unless he and the child's mother were married when the child was born.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: I opened a vendor’s license in Ohio, but have not started and have zero sales. I received a sales tax bill?

I have no sales at all, and the bill is for over $3k, unsure what they’re billing for.

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 23, 2021

As the holder of a vendor's license, you are required by law to file returns even if no sales occur and no taxes are owed. If you have failed to do so, it's likely you are looking at fines, not taxes. You should review the document you received with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Need advice on what legal recourse I have when it comes to my unruly son?

I'm at my wits end. He won't listen to me or his dad. He has been truant from school most of the past school year. He has run away and continues to threaten to run away even after the cops found and brought him home. What do I do?

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

This is not a legal question. I would suggest you get family counseling. These sorts of behavioral issues are better addressed by psychologists and psychiatrists than by lawyers.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: If you're indicted on a felony 4 ovi, and you don't have enough ovis to have that indictment. What happens to your case?

Its actually 2 in ten years and 3 in 20 years is what the person has. The court is trying to drop it to an unclassified misdemeanor 1 and I don't see how that is even possible considering the indictment was signed by a grand jury for the Felony 4 ovi. You can't just change something... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

They can and do amend charges all the time. It seems like an odd mistake to make owing to how simple it is to count years and convictions, but the mistake was made and so it has to be corrected. There's no violation of civil rights. The defendant gets a huge benefit here, why would he not want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12 year old doesn’t want to see her dad why can I do
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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 18, 2021

I really depends why she doesn't want to see if. If he is abusive, you can file a private custody action seeking to keep her away from him. If she's just 12 and being difficult, you may have to tell her the visitation schedule in the visitation schedule and it isn't optional anymore... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi, escambia county criminal question

Long story short, sentenced to e yrs probation for 2 counts of cocaine possession. this August will be two years from time of conviction. Really done well in probation, stayed clean, working, etc. Interstate compact to ohio, if that matters. It's looking like here in ohio I might he able to... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jun 17, 2021

An Ohio court can only expunge the records of a crime committed in Ohio. Our courts have no authority to order records of a Florida court sealed. As for reductions and dismissals, unless you’re currently in a diversion program, you already pleaded guilty and were sentenced, so it’s too late for... Read more »

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