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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?

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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 »

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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 »

Matthew Williams
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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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: Need help with my case ovi and speeding

Speeding 81 in a 60 and ovi number 2

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Matthew Williams answered on Nov 11, 2019

You should hire an a local attorney to assist you. You can use this or other online directories to fine attorneys, or ask friends and family for a reference.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: a company I use to work for used my name to commit medical fraud can i sue them?.. there is proof and a investigation

I worked for a home health care agency that is under investigation for forgery. Documents with my name and a fake signature was used to commit medicaid fraud when i was on a medical leave. this is only the beginning of the many things that this company did to me. would i have a case and what can... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

Sure, you can sue. Is there anyone available to pay damages? One of the problems with fly by night companies is they tend to up and vanish. A court order for you to be paid is far from you actually getting paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a 20 year old boy get in trouble for getting a 16 yr old girl pregnant In the State of Ohio?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

Yes, though it’s not really likely. In Ohio 16 is the age of consent, but the law concerning contributing to the delinquency of a minor is quite vague. He’s certainly on the hook for child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What are medical marijuana patient's rights to medicate, if placed on county probation?

In terms of complying with random drug testing.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

None. Marijuana remains a schedule 1 substance under federal law. Probation can require that you abide by all laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Last friday I was charged with breaaking and entering. I was released that day. Charges were dismissed to refile

They wont release my car or phone

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

They’re going to charge you with a felony. That’s why it was dismissed in Muni court. Your stuff is likely evidence. You won’t see it soon. You should hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Ohio on
Q: I have a question, I had 8,865.24 put into my account by a company and spent some of it, I need help on this.

I signed a contract and the guy called me after I signed the contract about paying him back, I need help with this. Thank you.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

We need a lot more detail to assist you. What was the payment for? What work have you done? Supplies purchased? Etc.

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to pay a restitution fee to a General Contractor who was dropped after a month of negotiating his bid?

Over the past month, I have been in the process of purchasing a house using a Loan company that insisted on using a General Contractor. After negotiating his bids (several rewrites), I finally got him down to somewhat reasonable pricing for the jobs that needed to be done (required by loan... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 1, 2019

The term “restitution” makes me wonder if he has filed some criminal charge. If not, and if you had no contract, then no you don’t have to pay him. If the criminal court is involved, you should seek counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Invol man corrupt another w/drugs and trafficking how? The guy told family where to find him, wrote his own obituary?

My sister is being charged with this. Also so is another person. Solely off of a text message. Sat 6 month already in the county jail with a court apt lawyer who didnt even know she had court today. Guy bought from my sister then went and bought from someone else bcuz he said hers was junk. Brother... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 25, 2019

They’re really serious these days about finding those who sell deadly drugs and holding them accountable despite the actions of their buyers. She really needs to work with an attorney she trusts.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: What can be done if the written statement is that of the witness’s girlfriend instead of the witness?

The officer took a statement from my ex-husband, when I received the discovery I noticed the statement is filled out by what looks to be a female’s handwriting, but I know for a fact that it’s not my ex husbands hand writing. His name is at the beginning of the statement and he signed and dated... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 22, 2019

It’s probably the officer’s handwriting. It’s pretty common for them to write it up, have the person read it, and sign it if they agree that it’s accurate.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can you be arrested for a misdemeanor from a closed case years later if you were originally arrested?

They were released on bail and the bond was forfeited. There is a warrant block on their licenses which we paid the fees to. They called ams have to schedule a court date and were worried they will go to jail even if the case has closed. There are fees on the information provided online, it was a... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 22, 2019

The case is only closed because there’s a warrant. It will be reopened once he is arrested. An attorney may be able to help you get a court date scheduled without an arrest or at least time things right so it’s a one morning thing.

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