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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend is being accused of assault even though she was defending herself from a man who was trying to rape her.

The mans wife lied to a prosecutor and now my girlfriend faces up to 5 years in prison.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

Your girlfriend needs to get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I was denied a public defender due to income and now being forced to appear pro se what can I do?

I’ve been unable to afford a private attorney and am now being forced to appear pro se what are my options?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

1. Try the case pro se. If you lose, you could appeal the judge’s ruling that you don’t qualify.

2. Appeal to the judge with evidence of your finances and efforts to hire counsel. Maybe he or she will change his or her mind.

3. Borrow money to hire a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How can I get a guest removed from my apartment if he/ she is not on the lease and doesn't help contribute to anything
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

If they haven’t been there long, they are just a guest. You tell them to leave. If they don’t go, you call the police and they’re trespassing. If they’ve lived there a while, you may have to evict them even if they don’t pay for anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If police come in find nothing on warrant can I be charged with anything not on it

I am on probation

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

If the police serve a warrant looking for evidence of crime A and find evidence of crime B, yes, you can be charged with crime B. So, for example, if they come through the door look to seize financial papers and computers because they believe you’re involved in a scam and there’s a bunch of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Im being charged for my daughter protecting herself against children coming to my house to assualt her. What should i do

I was put on probation ans assigned to classes. I have nothing to do with the case

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 9, 2019

It kinda sounds like it’s already over. So you should probably just do the classes and stay out of trouble until your probation ends.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I got charged aggravated menacing, no evidence at all. Will I be found guilty if she says she was in fear? All hearsay?

The new girlfriend hung up on me and kept me from talking to my daughter. I drove to my exes house to discuss it. Was asked to leave and I left. The sheriff based on her statement that I spoke to family members has hanged me with aggravated menacing. Will that fly in court? It’s completely false.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 9, 2019

Well, you said you drove to her house and talked to her and then that you never had contact with her. So that’s not a great start. It’s possible that you mean a different “her.” Keeping this sort of stuff straight for the jury is exactly why it’s important to have a lawyer. You also... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: It it’s her word against mine. No text, no encounter. What are the odds of justice when that happens.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 9, 2019

The question of credibility is left to the trier of fact either a judge or the jury depending upon the defendant’s choice. The judge or the jury is permitted to believe or disbelieve testimony. The testimony of a single person, if believed, is sufficient to convict. So it really matters what... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Who would have legal custody of a dog after the owner gave it to me and is saying he wants it back at some point?

My ex purchased a puppy which I helped raise/pay for. We split and he kept the dog in his custody for 5 months. He then left for college and could no longer care for it. He passed it off to his friend for 2 months, then asked if I would take the dog back because it would be in the best care. The... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 8, 2019

If this were to turn into a court battle, which would be silly, the question would be what was your agreement when you took the dog. If I’m going to study abroad for a year and I give my friend my dog to take care of with the understanding that it’s still my dog. Then it’s still my dog no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: how do I find my dog that my wife gave to someone

Dog as I know is somewhere on the farm

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 8, 2019

That’s not a legal question.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Ohio on
Q: My boyfriend was arrested for a DUI. They have him on ICE hold, yet all his visa info is valid. What are our options?

This is the first time hes ever been in trouble here and I have his bail. His court date was set but I cant bail him out until the hold is lifted. Since his visa is valid, how can they still legally have a hold on him? What else can I do to get him out?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 3, 2019

You really ought to hire an attorney to help you with this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: my ticket docket online says I have an “internal Warrant do not arrest”. What does this mean?

I had received a speeding ticket. It said personal appearance to court was not required so I didn’t go. Now when I look at my online ticket docket it says to apprehend defending and that a warrant was issued and post card was sent to defendants address but also says “Internal Warrant do not... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 2, 2019

It likely means you didn’t pay the ticket on time and the court has issued a summons—a letter to you saying you have to come to court—and made a note that you technically have a warrant but that you’re being given the opportunity to simply come or pay and it will be recalled.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Are there laws against a man having a vasectomy without his wife's knowledge?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 1, 2019

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Pressing kidnapping charges?

My boyfriends daughter has lived with us for 4 years her mom has abandoned her several times and wanted to visit her this weekend so we let her but now she refuses to bring her home, can we get her on kidnapping charges even though she has custody

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 1, 2019

No, she can’t kidnap her own child when she has custody. If paternity has been established, your boyfriend has visitation rights that could be enforced. If it hasn’t, then that will need to be done first.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Ohio on
Q: Can I sue my doctor who was just arrested in opioid sting
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 26, 2019

Potentially. If he prescribed you opioids in a medically unsound manner, and you were harmed as a result, you could have a viable lawsuit. You ought to consult privately with an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend friend said i hit my girlfriend a week ago my girlfriend refused to talk to them will i be charged
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

Probably. They charge just about everyone these days when they’ve got a report of domestic violence whether or not the witness remains “cooperative.”

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: So I want to stay the night at my boyfriends house when I turn 18 very soon but his mom says it's illegal. He's 19.

I'll be 18 in December he will be 20 in May

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

It’s not illegal to stay the night at anyone’s house. Five year olds have sleep overs. Since I know you know this, I also know there is more to this situation. Bottom line: before you turn 18, your mom has the right to make common sense rules like not sleeping with men. After you turn 18, she... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: WRONGFUL EVICTION

Prior to 3 day notice to leave residence landlord grabbed me violently pulled me from sitting position and said to get the F out of there.

This would qualify as a wrongful eviction correct?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

That’s not an eviction at all. It does sound like an assault though...

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: I was planning on purchasing a dog and they are charging me but I backed out and never received the dog, is that legal?

I was going to purchase a puppy, I agreed to pay a down payment to hold the puppy, they opened credit and charged me immediately. I called them 3 days from initial contact, had not picked up the puppy and they refuse to refund me, and it's $3,000! I never met them in person and never paid them... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

Well, you say you paid but didn’t pay a down payment, so which is it? Was $3000 the entire purchase price? What was the agreed upon down payment? You can probably sue these people, and it sound like there are others who may want to do the same.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: I have ten days to pay a 150 dollar fine but I don’t get paid for another 12 days. what can I do?

My dog got loose today and our neighbor said he had killed one of his chickens. the warden then says I have ten days to pay the 150 dollar fine, he didn’t say what could happen after that, but I don’t get paid for another 12 days. what can i do? who can I contact?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

Call the court BEFORE your fine is due and ask them what you can do to get an extension. If you’re polite to court staff, you’ll generally find they are helpful.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Military Law for Ohio on
Q: Do the statue of limitations apply for wrongful demotion E4 to E1 while on bedrest for pregnancy and dr’s notes proof?

I was in the National Guard 2008-2011, during 2010 I was pregnant with my first child, and put on bedrest, first sgt was real difficult about it and would harass me. 2011 I unexpectedly got pregnant again and was on bed rest. I sent in my doctors notes and received nothing after, until after her... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

If the statute of limitations has passed, your chances are poor to none. You should sit down with a lawyer and go through it. But the SOLs are pretty serious and there are few ways around them.

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