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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get a job in law enforcement with a felony

I was charged with a non violent third degree felony and was told I could get it expunged but looked now. It doesn’t look like I can anymore and so I was looking into jobs in the criminal justice field and I know it would be very hard but I wanted to know if I would need to have the charge... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 30, 2020

Most F3 offenses can be sealed. What were you convicted of?

As for law enforcement jobs, it could be tough. First, they can see a sealed record during their hiring process so it would still be an issue. Second, depending on the offense, and other factors, you may not be able to restore...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Okay I need a little help I am not understanding my husbands appeal case state vs Foti 439 11district Ohio .

What dose it mean dose he still have 6 yr sentance or not ?? Please put this in simplified terms for me thank you Tanya foti

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 26, 2020

They sent it back for resentencing on the one case but upheld the rest. So right now, he has three years plus whatever he gets at resentencing. The end result will almost certainly be exactly the same. But the trial court has to impose individual sentences for each offense.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: I live in Ohio. I'm a manager at a local newspaper. Is it illegal to have our carriers go left of center to deliver news
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 25, 2020

Yes. Your drivers have to obey all traffic laws just like everyone else.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I received eviction noticed and have upcoming court date. The landlord is texting me demanding rent money in meantime?

She (landlord) keeps texting me a lot, saying someone will be moving in on april 1st 2020 even though we are set to go to court to have a judge hear the case which is set for after april 1st. Then says she wants rent money if Im going to stay and wait on the court date to take place. Can she... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 25, 2020

She can still demand payment, but if she accepts it, the court is unlikely to evict you unless there are other issues aside from non-payment. Accepting payment after filing for the eviction is basically settling the case. Someone else cannot move in before you go to court. Indeed, even if you lose... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Q: IS THERE ANY ATTORNEYS AT THE OHIO SUPREME COURT THAT CAN ASSIST ME ON MY APPEAL? IF SO, WHAT IS THE PROCESS ON ASKING?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 23, 2020

Any private attorney could assist you. The attorney who work for the court will not as that is not their job. Depending on the nature of the appeal legal aid or the public defender may be willing to help.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: Could you please tell me how I'm supposed to prove my employer violated safety and rules and workers comp vssr hearing

The owner is deceased business is closed they're at their investigation couldn't find anybody who had any from information on the violation even the place that we worked at

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 22, 2020

Well, it sounds like there won’t be anyone to contest the testimony of you and your coworkers if possible. If that’s all the evidence there is...

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: We have had 3 yr old grand daughter for 18 mos. Mom has severe mental illnesses, drug addict, dates inmates and felons

Every once in awhile she contacts me. "How's my kid"? She occassionally threatens to come get her. I need to file emergency custody but she refuses to tell me where she lives. I told her I would have her served at work. She said dhe doesn't work there anymore (got fired) and said good luck... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 22, 2020

You can use her last known, or a process called service by publication where they take out classified adds for a few days when a person is impossible to find.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP OF AN APPEAL IF I DISAGREE WITH THE DECISION FROM THE 8TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 18, 2020

You have to file a memorandum of jurisdiction with the Ohio Supreme Court asking them to take the case. Supreme Court Cases are very different because you first have to convince the court to take the case, then win it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Do you take pro bono criminal cases?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2020

Almost all attorneys take some pro bono cases. But most do so under only certain circumstances such as a case referred by a friend or colleague asking for a favor, a particularly interesting case, or one that will result in significant press coverage and thus free advertising.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I was sentenced to prison in Ohio. nothing aggravated. and different counties. One court sentenced me to 9 months,

the other to 8 months Consecutively. Ohio gun laws state that someone cant own a gun in ohio it they served over a year in prison. Can I still own a gun considering my sentences where ran consecutively and not concurrent?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2020

Ohio law says you cannot possess a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony offense of violence or a felony drug offense. Federal law says you cannot possess a firearm if you have been convicted of an offense punishable (punishable, not actually punished) with more than 1 year in prison or a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can good time be given on a mandatory sentence of a sex crime?

Fiancé was sentenced to 11 years mandatory on a sex crime (he did not do) , in his case file with Cuyahoga County, it says that he can accrue good days through programs he completes but he has been told by facilitators of programs he has completed that he cannot. Would you please clarify this for... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2020

While we would have to look at the exact code section of conviction to be sure, the institution is almost certainly correct. Mandatory terms for sex offenses generally cannot be reduced under the “good time” provisions of the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: my son first charge ever while he was extremely drunk are f1 felonious assault f2 robbery and misdeamor assault.

what should we do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2020

He needs to get a lawyer immediately. These are very serious prison worthy charges even on a first offense. Voluntary intoxication is not a defense.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: n Ohio friends house was raided my name was on the search warrant but I don't live there is that warrant still vaild
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 6, 2020

You and your friend should both speak privately with an attorney. The validity of the warrant may be an issue, but it’s not likely to be. Someone needs to review the warrant and accompanying affidavit and all the facts before we will know.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: What if the family of the defendant is intimidating the victim and the defendant doesn’t even know they are doing it?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2020

They could be charged with intimidating a witness. It’s likely the defendant would get charged as well. Police and prosecutors will assume he is orchestrating this. Visits and calls should be documented to show that isn’t the case if it isn’t.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If someone has a prior weapons under disability but no other violent crime can they be charged with an RVO for new case

The new case is Felonious assault with gun spec

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 27, 2020

The RVO spec should not be predicated in the WUD charge, but is likely predicated in whatever offense triggered the disability. The accused needs to hire an attorney. Even without the spec, this is a prison offense.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: Is not paying taxes a crime?

Local income tax return was filled a year ago. I have tried to get in touch with the local tax office but then referred to another tax agency. I sent a letter stating I would agree to payment arrangements.

No response.

Got certified letter stating criminal charges for not paying.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 27, 2020

Federal non-payment is civil but municipalities are free to define their own laws. It’s likely the city you’re dealing with has defined non-payment as a crime.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I have a warrant for DV misdemeanor 1 & misdemeanor 2 damaging/endangering. What should I do?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 16, 2020

You should hire a lawyer and prepare yourself for a long schlog

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I currently have a public defender and I have a change of plea hearing in a few days.

Can I ask the judge for a continuance to obtain private counsel?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 11, 2020

You can certainly ask. You’d better hurry up and do it, if that’s you want to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Ohio inmate filed judicial release on 9/30 & submitted a supplement per request 12/31 will they hear 180 days from 9/30?

I have read that there is a mandatory ruling due 180 days after filing for judicial release is that always the case? Does the requested supplement add additional time for ruling? If they do not hear in 180 days does that mean the request was denied?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 11, 2020

The law states that the court, if it holds a hearing on the motion, is to hold the hearing not less than 30 days after the motion is filed and not more 60 days after the motion is filed, provided, however, that the court can delay an additional 180 days. The court is required to enter a ruling... Read more »

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.

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