Questions Answered by Matthew Williams

Q: I filed charges on my ex for domestic violence. Him and his grandma went under oath and lied to the jury.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 15, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Pursuing a perjury investigation on your own is not likely to yield a good result. Your best bet at this point is probably to pursue a civil protection order for yourself and your children. Any violation of that order could be prosecuted as a separate crime.

Q: My son is being held in jail on bond with no indictment and no charges for 3 months now.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
He should hire an attorney. 3 months is pretty unreasonable

Q: I write off more then I make so in the governments eyes I make nothing, is it legal to receive food stamps and Medicare

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Tax Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Have you talked to a tax attorney? It’s probably illegal to write off more than you make.

Q: Would posting a website about a girl who cheated and made death threats be considered Telecommunications harassment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Depending on the context it could be. Why don’t you do yourself a favor and forget about her?

Q: I was caught going to Florida to get pain meds i got 3 months worth.I had two prior fusions in Columbus Ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
You haven’t asked a question, but it’s clear you should be in the process of hiring an attorney.

Q: In the state of Ohio Was is the likely sentencing for aggravated robbery with a prior charge of aggravated robbery?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 11, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
That depends heavily on two things: (1) are there gun specifications? And (2) who the judge is. It will likely be several years in prison and anyone facing that should be working with an attorney.

Q: How do you go about getting medical records sealed?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 8, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Medical records are not public and therefore cannot be sealed. There are HIPAA protections in place to avoid unauthorized disclosures. Also, it sounds like they are accurate: he was there because he expressed a suicidal thought. He may not have been serious, and it may not be the most suicidal thought possible, but he said he felt like dying and the friend apparently didn’t believe it was casual.

Q: If a person commits suicide, Can that person claiming they caused it go to jail

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Some prosecutors have begun experimenting with bringing charges against people accused of bullying a person into committing suicide.

Q: My ex and I conceived our daughter when she was 17 and I was 20. If she wanted to, could she claim statutory rape?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
The age of consent in Ohio is 16, so no you’re not guilty of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. But there are plenty of ways she could make you’re life miserable.

Q: can trafficking in drugs .ie. cocaine be a felony of the fourth degree in the state of Ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Yes, it can be. Any person charged with trafficking should hire an attorney ASAP.

Q: I am pregnant, I’m 15 and my baby daddy is 18. Can we get married with court consent? Everything I read said you can.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 5, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
I would be very cautious about approaching a court with this. After all, it sounds like he broke the law. The age of consent is 16. If he was 18 when you had sex and you were 15, he committed a crime called unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Q: Is an F5 felony drug possession 1st time punishable for more than 1 year in ohio?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 1, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
No, it’s punishable by up to a year.

Q: Whats the laws on Forgery and what could happen

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 1, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
It depends on the amount of the loss, but forgery is a felony punishable by prison time. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2913.31

Q: Can I get relief from weapons disability after I had my felony expunged

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 31, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
These are two separate processes you’re talking about here: record sealing and an application for relief from weapons disability. There are also two types of disability: state and federal, and they are triggered by different things. Depending upon the offense, sealing the record may not relieve the disabilities, in particular the federal disability triggered by conviction for any offense punishable by more than 1 year.

Q: First OVI, no criminal record, no history with alcohol or drugs, any way to plead to lesser charge?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
It’s possible a deal could be struck in your situatio, yes. You should work with a lawyer on this.

Q: Why would someone that has served there full sentence be placed on parole

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
It’s almost certainly post-release control, not parole. Parole, which is becoming less and less common in Ohio now that most crimes have definite not indefinite sentences, is early release from an indefinite sentence, a sentence that’s not specific but has a range like 5-25. Post release control is supervision following release on a definite sentence, one that is specific like 5 years. Post release control is a part of many felony sentences in Ohio. It is imposed at the time of sentencing,...

Q: Is it legal to track someone if you’re are married but living apart? Does being married make a restraining order hard?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Divorce for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
You are describing illegal stalking behavior. Many married people are subject to restraining orders since they generally stem from domestic situations.

Q: My son will be 18 & 1/2 when he graduates. Are my divorce orders in effect until he graduates?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 27, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
Your child is now an adult. Whatever the custody arrangement is/was he can make his own choices now.

Q: Posted bond on the 9th had holder from surrounding county proper teletype wasn’t sent until 24th wrongful imprisionment?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 27, 2019
Matthew Williams' answer
They can hold you for up to 30 days, longer with permission from a judge. So, no. It’s not wrongful imprisonment.

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