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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal for a dog warden to take an animal out of the owners fence
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Matthew Williams answered on Apr 15, 2021

Under certain circumstances, yes. More information is needed to know if they could take your dog.

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 »

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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 Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: im 14 from america, someone who is 57 from italy has asked for sexual favors. is this legal? could i contact police?
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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

That is illegal. You could contact the authorities. I'm not sure how much they can do if the offender is physically in Italy.

2 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits for Ohio on
Q: How much time can I get for penal code 2923.03 in the state of ohio
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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

That's the complicity statute. The potential penalty depends upon the level of offense in which your are allegedly complicit. Basically, what is says is this, if you are complicit in an offense, you are to be treated the same as if you committed the offense yourself. So, if you help someone... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: Can you get a DUI without going to jail or receiving a ticket?

Have a friend that got pulled over. The cop just followed him home. He ran his license but there was no ticket given and he wasn't arrested. He told the cop he had a few beers when he got pulled over.

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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

In theory, yes, they could come back and ticket you or send you a summons. In practice, they usually arrest immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My brother is in prison set to get released this year and i am a little confused because he got 15 yrs + 5 rvo.
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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

We really need some more information to even know what it is you are asking.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a business video and audio surveillance record without letting any customers know he is doing this?

He can access the recordings online!

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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

Businesses are free to employ surveillance in most parts of the business. They cannot do so in changing and bathroom areas, or showers at places like gyms.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: What are my rights as a tenants if landlord takes its time to do repairs. Escor account ?

Toledo,Ohio location

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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 24, 2021

You need to be a bit more specific. All repairs take some time. All repairs are not the same. If you have no running water, you can certainly escrow your rent until the issue is resolved. If you have a broken light switch cover, you cannot. Similarly, if it's been months, escrow is certainly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: If I sign a quick claim deed, does it admit that I own that land?

My mother passed away 26 years ago with a will and a trust fund, so we did not have to go through probate. Apparently there was a plot of land in her name that was not included in her will. Now I am being asked to sign a quick claim deed, signing over to my nephew. If I sign this, does that mean I... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 24, 2021

A quit claim deed simply gives away any interest in the property an individual may have. It doesn't involve offering any guarantee as to the condition or title or the amount, or even existence, of an interest in property. So, no, it would not operate as an admission of having an ownership interest.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If indicted on a felony case is it possible to be offered a deal where they drop it to a misdemeanor on a f5
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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 22, 2021

It's certainly possible. Will it happen in your case is the more important question and the answer there depends on the facts and the prosecutor and judge involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: will a Mis assault amended to m4 dis ord conduct prevent gun ownership in Ohio

I was in a fight in 2012 and we both were ticketed with assault. In court we were both "amended" to m4 dis orderly conduct. Will this prevent me from passing a background check to buy a gun? Can I get it expunged if so?

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Matthew Williams answered on Mar 22, 2021

It will not prevent you from getting a gun, but is likely to be an issue for a ccw. You can and should get it sealed.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If I pay the early termination fee of 2 months rent as the lease states how much notice do I have to give the landlord?

And would I still be responsible for the remainder of the lease?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 22, 2021

The answer to your question depends upon the terms in the lease. In general, an early termination allows someone to get out of the lease, but we can't see what your lease says. It also likely says in there how much notice is required for an early termination.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: is it legal for a landlord to evict a tenant verbally with how many ever days he chooses .
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 19, 2021

Ohio law requires written 3 day notice prior to filing a residential eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to remove the doors of a bathroom stall? Thank you.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 18, 2021

In what context? With someone in there, yeah. To install a toilet, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: I received an email from a payday loan company stating that I will be arrested for not paying loan.They state fed. char

They advise charges include, Theft by Deception, Violation of Federal Banking Regulations and Collateral check Fraud. This loan is probally 5 or 6 years old. They advise if I don't respond within 24 hours, I will be arrested. It came in my Spam mailbox. Can they do this?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 12, 2021

That's a scam. The law specifically prohibits threatening to arrest debtors in connection with debt collection attempts. If you did commit some kind of fraud on a payday lender, they would need to report the matter to the police, who would contact you regarding any potential criminal penalties.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How many times can my landlord raise my rent with in my years lease agreementt in ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 12, 2021

If you have a 1 year lease agreement, your landlord cannot raise your rent until the end of the agreement. That's kind of the whole point of the agreement: to establish how much rent is going to be paid each month.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Arkansas on
Q: can i use a private lane to access my property
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 10, 2021

Do mean can I drive through someone else's property without permission? No.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: I keep getting emails from debt collection agency saying I'm blacklisted and will get arrested today for a payday loan.

They want me to pay only by one vanilla prepaid card and I don't have this debt and I even checked my credit report and my bank too

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 10, 2021

That's a scam. First, you cannot be arrested by a collection agency. Second, legitimate debtors don't want to be paid with prepaid cards. Third, it is illegal to threaten to arrest someone in connection with a debt collection effort.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Education Law and Securities Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I ask my school for building blueprints?

Using for a project but they denied my request because they said it violates security protocols.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 10, 2021

Sure, you're allowed to ask, and they are allowed to say no.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the max penalty for 2925.141c in ohio Marijuana paraphernalia possession
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 9, 2021

It's a minor misdemeanor, $150 fine and court costs, but the court also can suspend your driver's license.

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