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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: The officer would not take my wife's statement of what she witnessed because she is my spouse. Is the officer correct?

I received a citation for simple assault in Ohio

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 14, 2021

Police don't have to take anyone's statement. That said, it seems like bad police work that could be exploited in your defense. Additionally, your attorney will want to talk to your wife and produce a statement for the prosecutor and potentially call her as a witness should the matter... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can person that confesses to a theft change their story and implement someone else was at fault 5 months later?

My daughter was with a person that confessed to theft but now the person is threatening to say she knew about the theft when she did not if my daughter does not pay for her class. This person told my daughter that if the $200 isn't paid this person will go to jail. Therefore my daughter needs... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 13, 2021

She can change her story. It's kind of unlikely anyone will believe it. It sounds like she's already been charged and convicted and is now on probation. I do not think the prosecutor is going to want this case back.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I was recently subpoenaed as an expert witness (Mental Health Professional) by a client's attorney. Who should pay me?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 13, 2021

Expert witnesses are hired, not subpoenaed. Witnesses who are subpoenaed into court are usually fact witnesses and their compensation is provided by the court and is exceedingly minimal. When you hire an expert to testify on your client's behalf your client generally pays for them and there is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: swat raided a house on the warrant was said address no name i wasnt at the address i was trying to move in but landlord

was acting funny .wouldnt never let me sign a lease and officially move my stuff in .they found stuff at the address and charged me with it ..

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2021

Perhaps you have a solid defense. You have not actually asked a question. But you need to hire a lawyer and discuss this matter with him or her privately.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a friend whos in prison for aggravated robbery with 20+ counts. He was 18, now he's 30 years.

My question is basically is there a chance for an early release because he has done roughly 11 years. I think he has paid his dues but yeah.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 6, 2021

A lawyer needs to review the case. This sort of question is highly fact and judge dependent. I've had judicial release motions granted for convicted rapists and denied for non-violent crimes. So much depends on the judge, what the individual has done with themselves in prison, and whether the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: A couple months ago I called the police and gave a statement that my boyfriend hit me(Pictures were taken)

But I am wanting the charges to be dropped, what are the chances of that happening and how can I go about it without getting myself into trouble?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

All you can really do at this point is tell the prosecutor you are not interested in pursuing charges. They may drop it. They may not. It may take a very long time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can you receive a charge for drug paraphernalia charge if you were not cited at the scene more than a week later?

I was a passenger in the car when a friend was pulled over. He allowed them to search his car and in the car was my purse which they found a rolled up $100 bill and a card with residue on it. I was not cited at the scene but told I have a charge "over my head" if I did not give them a... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

Sort of. They can certainly charge you later, and they have a lot of time. But not whenever they want. If the charge is a misdemeanor, the statute of limitations in two years. If the charge is a felony, the statute of limitations is six years. From your description it sounds likely the substance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: I had back surgery in December and the next day had nerve damage in leg my doctor did another surgery next day

The xray showed concerns for the screw being lateral which was causeing nerve damage to where I couldn’t walk and the screws he used one of them was broke and now I have permanent leg damage from it and no back doctor will help me after haveing 2 back to back surgeries Do I have any options

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

You should contact a personal injury / medical malpractice attorney immediately. The statute of limitations is quite short so it is important to get in to see a lawyer right away.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What gives a judge the ability to sentence someone over the max on a charge? No priors!!

County not federal court.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

Nothing gives the judge the ability to sentence someone over the maximum allowable prison term. But it is far more likely you misunderstand the maximum than that the judge did so. Review the matter privately with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I call 911 from outside a nursing home to pick up my dad
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

Anyone can call 911 for any reason. Whether they will remove your dad from the nursing home depends upon whether they discover a problem when they arrive.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Does anybody do child custody cases

How much would it cost

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

Lots of lawyers do custody cases. How much it costs depends on what type of case it is. You should contact some lawyers privately.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Is it my right to have a substances retested?

Long story short I know what I had an weight when I got arrested but saying i had something else an different weight.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 5, 2021

Through your lawyer, yes, you can have independent experts examine the suspect substance. The state labs will often retest upon request as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a receipt with a zero balance for a freezer bought from a store.

The store says they deleted the payment two hours later and I still owe them.

I have a different credit card now and can’t get the statements from that card.

Does my zero balance receipt work as payment in court

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 29, 2021

I'm sure the court will look at the receipt but the store may well have evidence that they reversed the transaction after the time of the receipt.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Is there a trusted website that I can use to review State of Arkansas criminal cases?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 28, 2021

If you want to get some help finding cases that may be pertinent to your own, the best thing to do--unless you want to pay for Westlaw or Lexis Nexus--is to visit the library at the nearest public law school.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband will be eligible for judicial release May 8, 2022. When should I contact a lawyer to prepare to apply?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 26, 2021

If you want the motion filed right away, you should hire an attorney at the beginning of April so they have time to write the motion and gather supporting documentation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If I was charged with trafficking, conveyance, agg trafficking and an inmate is charged with complicity how can the

How can the inmate argue standing in his motion to suppress

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2021

Facts are everything on a motion to suppress, but in a conveyance situation it's reasonably likely the inmate does not have standing. You and the other party involved need to be discussing this rather serious case privately with attorneys so you can go over all the facts and the law to find out.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Do police have to use their sirens to pull you over
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2021

If you mean are the lights enough without the noise, the answer is yes, they can use just the lights.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering what the current up to date age of consent is in the state of Ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 22, 2021

The age of consent in Ohio is 16. That said, an adult who engages in a sexual relationship with a child runs a lot of other, non-sex offense legal risks like contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with child custody. It's best to just stick to 18 and up.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: What’s going on with ovi case

Got charged with ovi on May 8th. On July 20th my I went to court and my lawyer asked that the case be moved from mayors court to county court. The prosecutor told me to expect a letter from county court in the mail in a week. It has now been over two months and nothing and the county court says... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 22, 2021

It's hard to say from your brief recitation of facts what is going on. But someone needs to look into it before you wind up with a warrant for missing a court date. OVI cases don't just get moved from one court to another. If it is a felony OVI it may start in a municipal court and be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I got accident on 4 way stop sign and the police give me ticket without my foult
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 14, 2021

You have not asked a question. But if you believe you were not at fault, you can contest the ticket in court.

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