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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What would be the procedural posture of this case?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 15, 2021

You haven't listed or described a case. But generally, procedural posture is about describing where in the process of a case we are so it might say something like Defendant was indicted for such and such offense on such and such a date. The case was tried on such and such a date. Defendant... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Q: 3 people charged with possession after someone in my car got caught with drugswhy am I on house arrest and they got bond
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 12, 2021

You haven't actually asked a question, but I am assuming you want to know why the court granted them bond but kept you under house arrest. The answer to that question is hard to give from so little information. It may be as simple as you have a record and they do not. It may be that they have... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: Can I expunge, seal, or non-disclosure a felony dui i was charged with years ago?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 12, 2021

If you were convicted of an OVI offense, you cannot seal it. If were either not convicted of anything, or convicted of something else, you can or may be able to seal it, respectively.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: If I have legally adopted my dog and gave it my last name can I claim my dog on my taxes as a dependent

Tax purposes

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 23, 2020

No

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What does it mean if a appeals has taken seven months and counting to rule on
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 17, 2020

Nothing. That’s within the normal time frame.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can you do anything once appeal judges are reviewing your brief in ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 17, 2020

Under some circumstances you can supplement briefing but mostly you just have to await their decision.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Say a house is raided for drugs, and some evidence was found, but nobody was charged, how long does Ohio have to indict
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 17, 2020

It depends upon the amount and type of drugs. If it’s a felony (any hard drugs), the statute of limitations is 6 years. If it’s a misdemeanor 2 years. Minor misdemeanor 6 months. It’s not uncommon for the government to wait for lab results which can take weeks or months to come back.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: will my fiance be put on probation at sentencing after doing 82 days in jail?

my fiance has been in jail for 82 days for a f3 and he is about to get sentenced will he get out on probation?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 14, 2020

There's not enough information here to answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal for an inmate to give you ideas over the phone on what to post on social media to advocate them

Advocating them to get life in prison instead of Death row

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 14, 2020

Generally no, but if those are ideas involve threatening or coercing witnesses/victims, then yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense for Ohio on
Q: Ohio is requiring me to carry an sr-22 bond for 5 years couldn’t prove insurance coverage back in 2003. 17 years ago

Is there statute of limitations no other case required me to carry a sr-22 there hasn’t been any other offenses since 2010 no felony cases

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Dec 14, 2020

Statutes of limitations are time limits on the government bringing a case against you. They have nothing to do with the consequences once that occurs.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: How can i get my case off public records
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 28, 2020

If it’s an eligible conviction, you can apply to seal the record. Speak privately with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Ohio on
Q: I was charged with an M-4 for a marijuana pipe in 2006.

The charge is now preventing me from getting my ccw in Ohio and I feel like it’s ridiculous to not be able to do so based on a charge from 14 years ago when I was a stupid kid.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 18, 2020

Many sheriffs will not issue a CCW permit until you seal minor convictions like this. You can apply to the court to have the record sealed and the it likely won’t be an issue anymore.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I have license forfeitures from failing to appear. I took care of them both w court, still blocked at BMV! What gives?

In 2016, I was ticketed with a “failure to yield; left turn” ticket for an accident I believed I was innocent of. I couldn’t afford to fight it, so decided to wait it out. 2018, I got rear ended and charged w driving under suspension from failure to pay. 2020, personal circumstances strong... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

You need to go to the clerk's offices at the court(s) involved and get the release to give to the BMV.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Ohio cop wrote down my SS# on his pad, he served me traffic citation. Ticket only has “last 4”.

I refused at first, but he demanded my whole number. Is this legal?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

You mean can he ask you for your complete social security number? Sure he can ask.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can a cop call your probation officer if he or she has stopped you for a traffic violation

I was stop cop asked if I was on probation and who my probation officer was and called her and told her that what had happen on the spot

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

Yes, the police can tell your probation officer that they stopped you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I had words with my daughter's boyfriend call him a few names. He than decides to put his hands around my neck n chokes

Up against the wall. I had a light cig in my hand that feel on his chest. I finally got away from there. I did not call the cops I thought it was a family matter. This was Sunday the 25th. On Friday he calls n makes a report n on Monday I got a certified letter from court saying I have a asult... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

You should hire an attorney. The story the police have is almost certainly that you put out a cigarette on his chest with no provocation whatsoever, which would be assault.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Products Liability for Ohio on
Q: Can a person who sold me a car with a title that was not in his name get in trouble after taking my money

Paid $600 for car I have title and keys. Also paid $300 for a trailer no title. Now the trailer is impounded and the person on the title doesn't want to sell it to me but her boyfriend already took my money

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

Yes, you can get into trouble for selling things that do not belong to you. That's both fraud and theft.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a person get probation for they first time being charged with anything

My mom file charges on my boyfriend and his brother saying they shot at the car this the first time my boyfriend been in trouble . My mom want to give him probation now she want to basically drop it but it’s to late they both in jail for something that never happened

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 5, 2020

They should be working with an attorney. They certainly could get probation, but they could easily go jail or prison especially if there was someone in the car.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If I was sent to prison for a felony am I still required to pay fines?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 5, 2020

If fines were imposed, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a county court deny you time to pay on court fines?

They have sent me what they claim is a second notice (I never received the first) threatening wage garnishment, warrant, license suspension, etc. and only gave me 15 days to pay an over 1000 dollar bill. I called to ask for a payment plan and she said I have to ask my judge for time to pay.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 5, 2020

Yes, the court can deny you time to pay. Most have payment plans, but there's not law requiring it.

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