Questions Answered by Matthew Williams

Q: Is my employer legally allowed to force me to disclose details about my sealed record?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
You are not legally required to disclose any information pertaining to your sealed record. The dismissal depends on the law from another state. But, the rub for you, since they found it, is that they don't have to hire you. So, you can refuse to explain and they can simply take the job somewhere else.
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Q: Can i get rid of a room mate at the end of the lease

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
At the end of the lease, the landlord can sign a new lease with whomever he or she chooses. I suspect the landlord won't be interested in having your bf on the lease anymore and will simply sign with you, if that's what you request and the landlord is aware he isn't working.
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Q: What qualifies for auto dealer fraud?

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It sounds like you have a pretty good issue for a consumer protection lawsuit against the dealership.
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Q: My friend got early release from prison for a conviction. While he was out he plead guilty to two other burglaries.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
He can, but he probably won't. He really needs to work with a lawyer on this.
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Q: If someone is being charged with a f4 disrupting services and a f5 dv but the victim wasnt pregnant just thought she was

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It could wind up being dismissed, or the defendant could be found guilty. The F5 DV can be predicated on pregnancy but also on multiple DVs or seriousness of injury, and the disrupting charge doesn't require the offender to take the phone off the property at all. These are serious charges. The defendant should be working with a lawyer.
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Q: Is there any single law against crimes that casinos are doing for manipulating slot machines on a daily bases?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It is illegal for the casino to rig games in a way specific to some individual or jackpot, yes. But, the games are rigged the regular old legal way so any long time player is bound to be a loser. Look at the machines. They actually say on them things like "This slot pays out 97% of all wagers," which means it returns 97% of your money over time slowly eating you away until you have nothing.
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Q: May a judge instruct a jury to select a tech savvy juror to perform the duties of redacting audio from video evidence?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
I do not know the answer to this question off the top of my head, but it sounds seriously suspect. Great issue for appeal. I wouldn't be surprised to find out there is no law on this point yet since I have never heard of anyone even trying this.
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Q: In Ohio if someone has a restraining order against you can they come to your house and put an eviction notice?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
The restraining order restrains your friend, not the guy who went and got it
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Q: DO TRAFFIC TICKETS EXPIRE? I HAVE A BLOCK LISTED FROM 2006-2007 WHEN I ATTEMPTED TO GET A TEMP TAG FOR MY CAR

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
warrant blocks do not expire. Some of the court go through about every 10 years and clear out old ones they think won't ever lead to payment, but for the most part, its a good way to get people to pay up so they stay in place.
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Q: If a domestic violence victim doesn't show up for trial do they usually drop the case?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 13, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Not right away, or necessarily at all. An uncooperative victim is the eventual death of many DV prosecutions, but sometimes they have enough evidence without the victim and courts will generally give the prosecutor at least 2 shots at getting the victim to show up before considering dismissing the case.
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Q: is it criminal for a mechanic to steal parts off my car and sell them he sold the whole front clip and fenders and parts

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 12, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It sounds like theft. A bit surprising the police aren’t interested. Is there a reason they don’t believe you? It’s also a violation of Ohio consumer protection laws which require a mechanic to do the work he’s paid to do and to return old or unused parts, so you could file a civil suit.
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Q: My brother in law picked a fight with me, threatened me, then threatened me with a gun. Do I testify in court?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 12, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
If you’re subpoenaed then you are legally required to testify and there can be consequences for ignoring a subpoena. If you haven’t been subpoenaed, it’s really up to you.
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Q: My brother kicked his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. He felt bad immediately and plead guilty. Will he get out?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
A DV on a pregnant woman is a felony. He may we’ll see some jail time on this. He should be working with a lawyer even if it is his intention to plead.
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Q: Can minors be punished for viewing child pornography? If so, what are the punishments?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for New York on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
In theory yes, though cases with minors that do not involve spreading the stuff around are rare.
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Q: If the person testifying against u was offered there charges dropped for testifing is not stating the truth in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
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Q: If the person testifying against u was offered there charges dropped for testifing is not stating the truth in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 8, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Probably not. You get your chance to discredit their witness at trial through cross examination.
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Q: My boyfriend was charged with 5 felonies he was found not guilty on all charges oh apa are still holding on same charges

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 7, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
It’s possible to be found not guilty on a new offense at trial, but still found to be in violation of post release control, parole, or probation. This is because the standard of proof and fact fingers are different. A jury is asked to decide whether the government has proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The APA is held to a lesser standard known as preponderance of the evidence. The APA will almost certainly hold its own hearing and may find him to be in violation despite the NGs.
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Q: I hit the curb in a building and damaged some parts of it. The landlord is asking for a lot of money. What do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 6, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Notify your insurance company. They will fight the claim, if the amount requested is unreasonable. You should also consider hiring an attorney yourself.
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Q: Is jail certain for 1st offense DV. It is a misdemeanor and I have no record. She had no visible injury’s.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 3, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Jail is not certain. In fact, probation is far more likely in the case you describe. Still, you should get a lawyer to help push it that way.
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Q: How can someone be charged with possession if they had no knowledge of the drug or paraphernalia was in the vehicle

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 3, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
The police have no way of actually knowing who knew about drugs in a vehicle. But, they only need probable cause to charge someone, and that amounts to some reason to think you may have committed the crime. You are in the car, the drugs are in the car, perhaps the drugs are near you or in something like a backpack or purse that belongs to you. They often charge everyone in the car. Constructive possession means that though you do not have the item in your hands, you have control over it. The...
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