Questions Answered by Matthew Williams

Q: After your account from a rental property is sent to an attorney what then happens ? Collection agency takes it ?

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Small Claims and Contracts for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

The attorney may turn it over to collections or file a lawsuit against you. You should call the attorney. If you are willing to work out a payment plan there is no reason for you to be sued or to have the debt wind up in collections.
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Q: Got pulled over in Ohio in someone else car expired tags they said they can charge me with it even tho its not my car

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

The charge is valid. "No person who is the owner or operator of a motor vehicle..." You were the operator.
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Q: In loss prevention. Can the employee chase a suspect off the property? Can they chase them several blocks away?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

They can, but most will not.
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Q: Can a court use or subpoena a bar bill

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017
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Q: Is there ANY law ,in Ohio, against a dog chasing a cat? The dog was on a leash at the time. The person must appear .

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

There are lots of laws in Ohio concerning the behavior of dogs. Just about every city has one, or more than one. They vary, sometimes dramatically. But, in general, they require the owner to control the dog's behavior in a manner that ensures the dog does not harm or frighten any person or property including other pets.
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Q: Husband facing DV Felony charge. HOW can I keep him from going to prison

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

That isn't up to the jury. The jury will decide whether he is guilty or not guilty. The judge will determine sentence, if he is convicted, at a later hearing. The best you can do is work with his attorney to present the facts that support a need for treatment rather than punishment to the judge at sentencing, if he is convicted.
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Q: Can they take someone back to court after a case dismissed because the officer did not turn in the paper work?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

It is probably legal. But, if they waited too long, the statute of limitations may have run out on them.
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Q: I'm 17 and was t-boned at an intersection. They argued that my light was red and my fault. What might be court results?

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

The court could determine you were not at fault, or it could determine you were at fault. If it determines you were at fault, you face a likely license suspension, fines, and driving school.
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Q: How to sue storage facility

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

File a complaint in court with instructions for service on the storage company.
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Q: My cousin is in the detention center for assult and will be turning 18. Will he be released since he wont be a minor

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

Not necessarily. The juvenile court continues to have jurisdiction over persons whose offenses occurred when they were juveniles even after their 18th birthday. It isn't until a person turns 21 that he or she cannot be subject to juvenile jurisdiction.
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Q: I have a 14 year old son who was violent with his teacher. Police called-they didn’t tell us he was arrested and charged

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

This sort of stuff frustrates parents to no end. For the most part, the police are not required to inform you whether or not they will pursue a charge. Most departments do make some effort to get in touch with the parents about the incident itself though. Did they not even tell you this happened? Did the school not even tell you? In any event, your son should have an attorney. I encourage you to hire one.
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Q: How can my dog be put into another county up for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

Call the humane society, of course. When a dog is lost, the shelters are required to hold the dog for a short period of time and make some effort to locate the owner. But, they are allowed to list them for adoption pretty quickly.
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Q: Can two 13 year olds have sex in Ohio? I’ve looked it up and it’s between 13 and 18 but I’m extremely confused.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

Rape occurs when (1) a person forces another by actual physical force or the threat of force to engage in sexual acts, or (2) drugs another and then engages him or her in sexual acts, or (3) when one of the involved persons is under the age of 13 no matter what the other circumstances excepting that both are under the age of 13, in which case it would only be rape if it involved force or the threat of force.

Unlawful sexual conduct occurs when a person over the age 18 engages in sexual...
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Q: If I had a domestic violence charged lowered to a menacing charge, would I still be allowed to own a firearm in Ohio?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

You are legally allowed to purchase a firearm with a menacing conviction, provided none of the other bars to possession apply. The sheriff may, however, deny an application for concealed carry. BUT, there are other considerations here. First and foremost, if you are the subject of a protection order, which is common in such cases, you cannot possess a firearm during the period of the order. If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, if you have been adjudge mentally incompetent, if you have been...
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Q: can a judge take a phone from a juvenile without parental permission

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 7, 2017

That really depends on the circumstances. If the judge walks up to your kid on the street and grabs his phone, it is a theft. If the kid is sitting in court and his phone rings disturbing the proceedings, the judge can, and likely will, take it away and may or may not give it back.
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Q: Dv 6 months ago, that involved a gun. But no proof, should I still file.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017

Your testimony that he hit you and the testimony of another witness that you were beat up is certainly enough to charge him, and probably enough to convict him. At the very least, you should get out of this relationship.
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Q: Do I have report a ticket for title 75 section 3111 to my employer

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017

I know of no Ohio law requiring you to report it. But, and its a big BUT, your contract of employment may, and likely does, require you to report any tickets since the company probably insures the vehicle and you getting dinged could impact the insurance rates.
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Q: I'm 18 I live with my fiance can I drop out of school in ohio then go get my GED

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017

Yes. It's a bad idea, but entirely within your rights.
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Q: Is it legal to make someone else pay a relative's bill

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017

More facts are necessary to answer this question. Who is doing the making? How are you being "made" to pay the bill? Did you agree to pay the bill? Are you the legal guardian of the relative? Did you do something which caused the bill to be abnormally high, which you had no right to do?
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Q: What does it mean when a person is indicted for theft and there is no discovery or nothing in the discovery?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Dec 4, 2017

That's a lot to unpack. What happened?

First, Miranda warning are required only if the police intend to use the answers to questions they ask during a custodial interrogation. If they didn't question you, don't need your answers, or you were not in custody when you were questioned, they don't need Miranda. Second, the punishment, so to speak, for the state for violating Miranda is not dismissal of the case but exclusion of the answers given during interrogation and potentially other...
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