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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Can a 10 year old be subpoenaed to testify in custody case?
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 9, 2020

Yes, children can be subpoenaed though it’s quite rare.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Is there a way to beat a felony failure to appear during ohios stay at home order?

I had sentencing on april 21st of 2020 in fulton county ohio common pleas court however I missed it but turned myself in as soon as the order was lifted and was sentenced may 8th but then was indicted on may 22nd for failure to appear

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

Your probably best served by negotiating with the prosecutor explaining you were only trying to help prevent the spread of covid-19 and/or protect yourself and others who are at high risk.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and White Collar Crime for Ohio on
Q: Do city police have to wear masks and observe the 6 feet rule! I have witnesses
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

There are no laws requiring police to observe social distancing guidelines.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to go to court to evict my husband if the house is in my name only
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

If your husband was living in the home (which seems likely), then yes, you would need to get an eviction to kick him out.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Eviction notice

Not residing at location

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

And what is your question?

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: What do i need to do to ensure upon my grandfather's passing that I can transfer a car title into my name/ownership ?

I just want to make sure that when the time comes i dont run into any problems or delays. Both he and I want to make sure we have any paperwork needed in place to avoid issues.

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

You and he can do an affidavit to transfer title upon his death, then it will be automatic.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My grand daughter is in my care in Ohio. The State of Kentucky has custody of her. I've had my grand daughter in my

care for 4 months and I haven't asked for a penny. But the State of KY is still receiving $ every month and my husband and I are the ones who are providing for her. We will have permanent custody in 2 months which means I would have her for 6 months. Is it illegal for the County to keep... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

It’s up to the court to rule on motions to continue hearings. The county can only ask. As long as the court keeps granting them, it’s legal. You could start to object and perhaps the court will see fit to put a stop to the delays.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Was there an order to halt in person appearances in ohio courts during the stay at home order?
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

Not state wide but some courts shut themselves down completely for a while.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: My mother was in an automobile that was hit from the behind, the insurance agency that represent the person offer 1000
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

The first offer from an insurance company is virtually guaranteed to be low ball

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my employer track me on my personal phone while I'm using a time card app
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2020

Possibly. This is more of a tech inquiry than a legal one, but many apps collect real time location information from your phone.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: it Is legal for a public university to randomly require students to test for Covid and deny access to their class if not

Students will be randomly selected throughout the semester, 100 at a time. Students with no symptoms, no contact tracing, perfectly random. If they choose not to be tested they will be made to “ quarantine “until they comply. They will not be allowed to attend their classes. This is only for... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2020

That’s a rather strange scheme. There’s little precedent on a lot of these issues. General, common sense health precautions are likely to be upheld in court. But this does seem wrongheaded. For one thing, with limited testing resources, it makes sense to focus on those with symptoms or probable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What’s the punishment for 3 counts of aggravated menacing?
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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 3, 2020

Every crime carries a range of potential punishments. The sentence imposed will be up to a judge based on the crime(s) of conviction, the facts and circumstances, and the history of the defendant. Agg. Menacing is a first degree misdemeanor carrying up to 180 days in jail. You should work with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: i have a question about ILC

what are the steps that are taken to start and complete the ILC?

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Matthew Williams answered on Aug 1, 2020

Each court's ILC program is a bit different. But generally, it involves filing a motion requesting ILC, going to a meeting with the probation department to determine eligibility, entering a guilty plea (though the court will hold that in abeyance, meaning you will not convicted at the time you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Ohio on
Q: Hello what can I do when someone is blackmailing me with a nude photo and threatening to send it to people.

What should I do after I send the money?

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 24, 2020

You can contact the police. Disseminating nude photos of a person without their consent is a crime.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: How should I handle fighting this charge from a fake domestic violence claim?

My ex girlfriend was supposed to drop my son off. She called when she parked on my street and I told her I'd be out to get him. She came inside while I got pants and shoes. My son was asleep. I tried to put him in bed, but he woke up. I got him food and let him eat in my room. While I did... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 24, 2020

If you've been charged with a crime out of this, you need to hire an attorney. Unfortunately, unfounded allegations like this can cause you a ton of trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello, I moved in with a friend 6 months ago and shes been telling me shes gonna have me put on lease, we have been

Paying rent and half the utilities even though our nams isnt on anything. I have multiple people who can say we have been living there. Well we recently found out that they arnt adding us and they are breaking there lease and moving. I was wondering if by law if they are just allowed to kick us... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 24, 2020

They would need to evict you.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: My dog was attacked by a dog whose owners are a rescue in indiana, the dog was in ohio n they refused to take it back.

Who is liable for the vet Bill's of my dog and my child who was bit, the rescue has refused to come get the dog several times after aggressive behavior from the person she stuck with the dog, the dog passed away in the attack. The dog was still owned by the indiana rescue, they abandoned the... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 24, 2020

It sounds like the dog has a new owner, not the rescue. That person would be liable unless the dog was still in the rescue's custody when the attack occurred.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Middlefield Ohio been living here 90 days owner went to jail sons just came giving me 1 HR to be out is this legal? Help
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 19, 2020

No, they will need to evict you if they want you gone, and they may or may not have the authority to do so.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Can someone else besides the victim file domestic violence charges against me
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 17, 2020

The notion that a citizen “files” charges is inaccurate. Citizens report what they want to the police. Police investigate. Prosecutor decides whether or not to file charges. Anyone’s report could lead to a prosecution. Many domestic violence cases are reported by friends, family, or neighbors.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I missed a court date and now I have a capias and a $10,000 bond and EMU hanging over my head. How can I avoid the EMU?

In April I was charged with violating a CPO after having to vacate my house.( wife and I are divorcing). I went to court date in May and the case was continued due to Covid19. The new court date was sent to my house which I dont have access to and I failed to appear at the arraignment. I looked for... Read more »

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Matthew Williams answered on Jul 11, 2020

There’s no guarantee. You’ll just have to ask your lawyer and request the court drop the monitoring requirement and tell the judge why that would be a good idea. Some judges are flexible, others are not.

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