Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In

Questions Answered by Matthew Williams

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on

Q: How do you read a oil and gas lease? Sign on bonus? Acreage?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 20, 2019

You should have a lawyer review such a document with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on

Q: My son is being charged with Grand Theft and receiving stolen property for the same items, is that allowed in Ohio

He is being charged in Morgan county for the grand theft. He was picked up in Summit county with the items and is being charged by them for the receiving stolen property. Can he be charged for both?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 20, 2019

Sure. He probably cannot be convicted of both though. A charge is a formal accusation. It doesn’t mean you committed the crime.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on

Q: See something say something in ohio mean law can enter your home without search warrant?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 16, 2019

Kinda depends on what they see. The government generally needs a warrant to enter a residence. But, for example, if they see someone stabbing someone to death through the bay windows of your dining room they’re coming in. Has nothing to do with see something say something. That’s a slogan used... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on

Q: So if it's your first time in your 16 in you stole from wal mart will u have to go to jail or do detail or do the judge

Have to choose what u should do

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 16, 2019

The judge will decide. Jail time is unlikely. Community service, probation, classes, fines--that's what you're looking at most likely.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on

Q: In Ohio, do OVI’s cross county lines when doing sentencing?

I have one OVI in Franklin County and just received my second in Delaware County. Will that count as 3? The first was in 2015, 2017, and now.

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 16, 2019

Yes, that’s going to be a third.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on

Q: In Ohio, if I pay for my ticket do I still have to go into court?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 15, 2019

It depends on the ticket. Some are waiverable (pay and don’t go to court) some aren’t

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on

Q: I have been charged with domestic violence. Is canceling the internet disruption of public services?

I have moved out of my house and have a no contact order

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 15, 2019

Do not cancel the internet or stop paying for anything (phones, cars, utilities, rent) you were paying for before you got charged. It will be a violation of the no contact, your bond, and potentially a new charge.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on

Q: Charged with Felony 4 domestic August 2019. He had one in 1992 and 1996. Can they charge him for a felony 4?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 11, 2019

Yes, they can. He ought to get an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on

Q: Can o stop a set out

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 9, 2019

You need to try again. You’re question is unintelligible.

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 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 DUI / DWI for Ohio on

Q: Do I need an attorney for an arraignment for a DUI?

1st DUI

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 6, 2019

It’s best to get an attorney as soon as possible. If you need some time, go to the arraignment, plead not guilty and ask the court for time to find a lawyer. Such requests are routinely granted.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on

Q: im about to be 15 & i think im pregnant. can my dad legally make me move out of state away from my kids father?

im about to be 15 & i think im pregnant. my dad doesnt know and he wants to move out of state. i dont want to go my kids father has every right to be in his kids life my dad cant take me away from my kids dad can he? i want my kid to have his/her father in their life and my dad is refusing to let... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2019

Your dad has every legal right to move, to take you with him, and to tell you that you cannot be in contact with the father. The father has no rights until he establishes paternity.

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Ohio on

Q: I help run an online business, and I need advice

over the past month I helped with collecting the payments and sending them to the vendor for the items. The vendor never shipped any items, she made fake tracking numbers, and etc. People are saying they are going to report me because I took their payment but I have proof from my bank account that... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 4, 2019

You should hire an attorney to go through the transactions, the customer complaints, and the rest of your business to help you prepare to defend allegations that you are part of the scam.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on

Q: My ex an i got into it, i was the main aggressor but he ended up fracturing my jaw. Can he be charged with felony 4

Aggravated assault?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 3, 2019

He could charged with a felonious assault, which is a felony 2. He needs to get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on

Q: ACDA ticket was marked 'no' appearance. Officer also repeatedly stated that I didn't have to appear. However, when I go

To court website, it says arraignment. ACDA with injury is an automatic appearance. Passenger of vehicle I hit sought treatment for 'neck pain' without any obvious signs of injury. This is most likely why officer put I didn't have to appear. May I fight this and sue. I'm really tired of government... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2019

You need to appear. Don’t take legal advice from police officers.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on

Q: I'm seeking to produce unlicensed NCAA logos with "terds"/"turds" illustrated over them, in the effort of fair use.

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2019

What are they for? Fair use exceptions allow news outlets, artists, comedians and such to use copyrighted material on a limit basis for their stories or acts. It does not allow for commercial mass production. So, if you are a comedian, and you want to have one such logo for a bit, it’s fine. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on

Q: My mom was murdered right outside of a Family Dollars. leaving a Family Dollars with her twin sister a man.

My mom was murdered right outside of a Family Dollars. leaving a Family Dollars with her twin sister a man who we believe she may have had a restraining order on shot her in the head and then proceeded to shoot her twin sister but the gun jammed then he turned the gun on himself. It's also believed... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2019

I am sorry to hear that. You have not, however, asked a question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on

Q: My daughter gave me her dog in January 2018 and in April 2019 asked to have him back. I said no because I had become

attached to him as well as my cat, Oscar so we were sharing him. She took him on July 28 and won't return him or let me bring him home--I babysit her daughter for free in her home. My husband and I have been paying his vet bills as well as his food and upkeep (i.e., grooming) for the past 18+... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2019

What was the understanding when she gave you the dog? If you were just supposed to look after the dog on a temporary basis, then it’s still hers even if that time was extended and you took on the dog’s expenses. If she gave the dog to you as a gift, then it’s yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on

Q: I got a traffic ticket from CLE. in the mail claiming a camera caught me speeding but its not my vehicle. What do i do?

my ticket came from cleveland ohio and i live over two hours from there and have not been there in years. Plus the vehicle in the picture is a silver van and i drive a white truck. I believe the confusion came from the license plate number being almost identical to mine. what should i do?

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 30, 2019

The mailing includes instructions for disputing the ticket. Unfortunately, it may not be worth it since those are usually a $100 fine and no points and you may be required to attend a hearing to dispute it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on

Q: If I drop the charges, would the prosecutor release my husband?

A few months ago, my husband and I had an altercation that got a little loud and some slaps were thrown. If this is his second charge, which the first one shouldn't even be on his record, it was a fight between himself and his mother which he didn't touch her in any way but she threw together some... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 30, 2019

You can talk to the prosecutor, but they are probably not going to drop their prosecution just because you want them to.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.