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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Are landlords allowed to tell ur business to other people without ur knowledge

The landlord tell maintenance personal info about me and the maintenance staff tells other people

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

Your landlord doesn’t owe you any privacy duty like a doctor or lawyer does. They can talk. If they say things that are untrue and hurt your reputation you could sue them.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is the police chief legally able to do this ?

Chief's Message, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2

311.02 SPECIAL EVENTS; PARADES AND ASSEMBLAGES.

(a) Any person, persons, corporation or association desiring to use a public park, street or other public property of the City of Port Clinton to hold an activity or event shall first obtain... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

Yes, permitting for public events is common throughout the country. As long as it’s done for safety and scheduling’s sake and not used to discriminate, the courts allow it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering if I can be expelled from school for something not mentioned in the handbook.

I was accused of something with no proof, given 30 seconds to gather all of my things, expelled for something not mentioned in the handbook and off of school property.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

You can certainly be expelled for something that isn’t in the handbook. They can’t possibly be expected to cover every possible action and most contain some catchall kind of phrase like “other conduct unbecoming of a student.” What are you accused of doing?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I was recently pulled over by a state trooper on my way to work. When she pulled me over she asked if I knew why she was

pulling me over and I said No. She said You aren't wearing your seatbelt. I had forgotten to put it on before leaving my house, busy morning. She then asked me in passing if I knew if there was a license plate under the front bra of the car I was driving and I said I was pretty sure. I'm currently... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

An increasing number of local jurisdictions are making seatbelt infractions a primary offense (one for which you can be pulled over). You can check the local ordinances but chances it’s a primary offense where you were. The cost of the tickets varies from place to place.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Pled down misdemeanor 1 (RSP) to misdemeanor 4 ( UUP) and received Community Control Probation for 180 days. How?

Along with fines which include his PD fees of almost $600 and online class amd 40 hours community service. Check in every 4th tuesday by phone. Got an extension, but was not told that it was only for paying the fine. Now my husband is in Delaware County for PV. He is on suicide watch and still not... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

It’s unclear what your question is. The probation and conditions sound pretty standard. He will have to wait to see the judge on the alleged violation at which time they’ll probably let him out.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: How can u get a warrant for endanger child M1 off of u that is from 9 years ago.

My baby dad found out he has a warrant from 9 years ago M1 child endanger but he lives 2hrs away from the city that he has a warrant in. He has been stopped by our local police and they told him he had a warrant but didnt take him to jail bc it's on a misdemeanor. How can u go about getting it... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

Each court treats these situations a little bit differently. Some will allow a motion to recall the warrant and simply set a court date. Most will want the individual to turn himself in to be processed and give a bond. Done correctly this can usually be taken care of in a morning. Some have already... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My boyfriend got charges with domestic violence and assault. The state picked it up. Will he got to jail? What can I do?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 23, 2020

You can help him find a lawyer. That’s what he needs. Your question doesn’t indicate whether you are the alleged victim, but it seems likely. If you are the alleged victim discuss the matter with his lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: What can I do to fight a class 5 felony in Ohio? Police found less than a gram of meth amphetamine in my trunk.

I am from PA but was driving through Ohio. I stopped at a gas station and while pumping gas I found a strange package. I was unsure of what it was but my curiosity took over and i grabbed it, throwing it in the trunk of my car.

I was already driving with marijuana and marijuana... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jan 17, 2020

You should hire an attorney. There are several problems with your defense. First, ownership is not the issue. Possession is. Second, just because you're clean also doesn't mean your not guilty of the possession charge. It is illegal to possess these drugs whether you use them or not. Fortunately,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Is there any way to keep my LL from being financially/legally resp for a friend living with me if it doesn't work out?

I am in a lease agreement and a friend is temporarily going to stay with me. Is there any "binding" document that I can get signed that will state my landlord will not be held legally or financially responsible? I am willing to take on full responsibility for any damages etc.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 9, 2020

You are free to contract with your landlord for you to take all responsibilities, sure. A contract is really nothing more than an agreement and you generally have a right to agree with another to anything that is not illegal. But an agreement takes two. If they don't want to contract with you along... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I live in my uncles house he passed away with no will and it is in forclosure can my cousin come in and throw me out
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 9, 2020

If you've been residing there anyone wanting to kick you out would have to evict you. But the new owner of the home could certainly do so. I don't know if that's your cousin at this point. It sounds like it may be the bank soon.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Can cops pick me up for a warrant I have as I walk out of mental heath facility after being released?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 20, 2019

If you have a warrant, the police can arrest you any time any place they find you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old daughter made out with a 21 year old AND lied and stayed at the 21 year olds apartment twice.

Are there grounds for filing a case against the 21 year old. The 21 year old also exposed her to the Pagen religion and we believe alcohol. She met this individual at work, are their any consequences to the employer?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 20, 2019

(1) It is not illegal for a 21 year old and a 16 year old to make out. (2) It is not illegal to introduce people to different religions. (3) It is illegal to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. (4) The employer has nothing to do with it. So, if there's evidence he is supply drugs or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Can i get a New charge on a case i already served time for?

I plead no contest to a f4 attempt to commit an offense. I served 6 months for it 3 years probation. Now theyre trying to charge me with an f2 felonious assault. Is this possible?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 20, 2019

We would need a bit more information to analyze whether or not there is a double jeopardy issue here but generally you can be charged with more than one offense out of a situation if each offense has a separate element or part.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Can you get out of a speeding ticket because of errors on the ticket?

My 16 year old son got a speeding ticket. The cop never told him how fast he was going but I saw after the fact it was 36mph over the limit. We got an attorney for court obviously, but I just noticed the time of the incident is wrong. It happened at 10:10pm. The ticket says 2:58pm. Does that error... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 15, 2019

Not really. If you were planning to try the case it might be part of a defense arguing the officer didn’t know what was going on, but it’s probably better to resolve with negotiation.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: My house and garage were broken in my car and belongs stolen. The criminals got hold of the title and by fraudulent mean

My house and garage were broken in my car and belongs stolen. The criminals got hold of the title and by means of fraud and forgery (they falsified my signature) were able to switch over the title to somebody else. Not only was my signatures falsified but the title itself was not up to BMV... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

No, you’re not going to have a good case against the BMV. It’s a government agency which means it has qualified immunity. That basically boils down to you cannot sue then over mistakes only affirmative conduct. So unless they were in on the scam, you’re going to have to go after the thieves... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the average penalty for a telecommunication charge in Ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

Probation is the most likely outcome. But the facts of each case and the history of the defendant are certain to be taken into account.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: So this is my kids dad first time having a DV charge and he didn't leave any marks or nothing on me can he get out
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

He will get out eventually sure. But he needs to get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: If you are on juvenile probation can your probation officer stop you from quitting school if you are 18
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

Not exactly. They can’t actually stop you from dropping out of school. But they can violate your probation if you do.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I got a supervised release violation for being accused of committing crimes I never was arrested for
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

The standard of proof for violations is much lower than the standard for separate criminal offenses. Thus, it is possible to be found in violation even when there was no new criminal charge.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: How can I seal my record? How can a dismissed charge show up on a background check?

I received an underage in October of 2017 and a possession of marijuana charge. I had court in Jan 2018 and the drug charge was dropped and I plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. I just got a background check done from Checkr for a delivery application and I noticed that in the report... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

The records are maintained despite the dismissal. To seal them, you must file an application with the court. You should discuss it with a local attorney.

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