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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Education Law for Ohio on
Q: it Is legal for a public university to randomly require students to test for Covid and deny access to their class if not

Students will be randomly selected throughout the semester, 100 at a time. Students with no symptoms, no contact tracing, perfectly random. If they choose not to be tested they will be made to “ quarantine “until they comply. They will not be allowed to attend their classes. This is only for... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 5, 2020

That’s a rather strange scheme. There’s little precedent on a lot of these issues. General, common sense health precautions are likely to be upheld in court. But this does seem wrongheaded. For one thing, with limited testing resources, it makes sense to focus on those with symptoms or probable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to allow inspectors into my apartment during COVID19 if they are from a highly infested area?

I am a disabled 65-yr old with multiple health issues that make my chance of surviving COVID highly unlikely, living in a county with 135 cases of COVID. Inspectors from Columbus, which has the highest number of cases and deaths in Ohio, are planning to walk through my apartment. Am I required by... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 15, 2020

Landlord is allowed by law to inspect after giving reasonable notice. But if you refuse entry, there is not much landlord can do about it. Landlord could call the police, but are unlikely to force you to let landlord enter. If landlord tries to force his way in, call the police. If you refuse... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal to go topless for a woman in Ohio?

I want to go topless.

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 9, 2020

It is a crime to do this in public per Ohio Revise Code Section 2907.09 Public indecency.

(A) No person shall recklessly do any of the following, under circumstances in which the person's conduct is likely to be viewed by and affront others who are in the person's physical...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Can I own a gun with a sealed record

I was convicted of a felony 5 complicity to breaking and entering 20 years ago I have had my record sealed do you know if I can own a gun

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 9, 2020

I may have answered your question before, suggesting that you seal your record. I would simply call a criminal attorney near you and ask. They will know the requirements.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Can I own a gun

I was convicted of a felony 5 breaking and entering 20 years ago I recently had it sealed do you know if I can own a gun I live in Ohio

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 8, 2020

You should look to get your record sealed. Technically expunging a record does not exist in Ohio, but you could likely seal it. The problem you have is the crime is inherently violent, and you likely will not qualify for a firearms purchase until the record is sealed. You can speak with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it true you can legally “run away” or leave your house at 17?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 6, 2020

No, it is not true. You could end up at juvenile detention. If there are problems at home, talk to your parents, a teacher, or other trusted adult.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: My manager fired me for retaliation. What should I do now?

I worked in a restaurant kitchen. My manager wanted to fire me for a while because I once point out that she did not follow the rules announced on the very morning. She cut off my working time while added my working load. Then she ganged with other employee to harass me –to test my temperature... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 1, 2020

Hi, more facts are needed here to fully evaluate your claim, but it doesn't appear your termination was unlawful based on what you stated here. Your termination could have been unlawful if it was based on your race, color, gender, religion, amongst other things. I would reach out to an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: u get caught with a gun and gt out on bail , bt get caught months later w/ a gun get 3yr state can the feds pick it up

Do we have to wait till he’s done with the 3 1/2 years .. non violent offender covidt is taking over and killing them in there in Belmont corrections needed help and understanding i was told that u would help consult me and look into it to retain a lawyer

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 1, 2020

The Justia forum allows you to post questions that lawyers like me can then offer answers to. If you want to contact a lawyer directly, you can do so with the information located on their profile or in the directory. As far as I know, Justia does not actively consult.

The feds could pick...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I'm 18 and have adhd but employed can I legally move out of my parents house
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 1, 2020

At 18, you are an adult and can live where you want. But you also will have to get job, a place to live, provide your own car insurance, health insurance, etc. if your parents remove you from their policies.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: A seller's agent contacted my loan officer without permission even though he was provided a preapproval letter
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 15, 2020

Agents tend to follow up on timing and progress of the loan process, especially now, with so much disruption because of the virus lockdown. If the loan officer gave your personal info, switch to a different lender.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Trying to see if there are any Probono lawyers available to take on a case against FCGSB for my disabled daughter.

I have a 19 year old daughter, Arianna, that has 15 co-morbid diagnoses. Franklin County Guardianship Service Board was appointed in 3rd Party Guardian Dec 2019. Due to Arianna's father (Drew) and I not being able to navigate Co-Guardianship. He refuses to acknowledge 14 of her diagnoses and... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2020

You could see if the Ohio State Bar Association lists any resources, or you could try to contact them (it could be difficult at the current time with the health crisis) if they could direct you to any entities that could be helpful. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, can someone arrested for domestic violence but convicted of disorderly conduct 4 misdemeanor own a gun?

I was arrested for domestic violence but convicted of disorderly conduct 4 misdemeanor with a violating temporary protection order in 2012. Are my firearm rights gone?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 16, 2020

You can own a firearm. You may have difficulty obtains a concealed carry license.

2 Answers | Asked in Banking and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I feel as though my bank is discriminating against me, what are my options available?

I opened an account with a bank, and hardly used it for almost a year. During that time period, the amount of funds never went past $500, or negative. My intent was to switch banks once I felt more comfortable with the establishment. Well, my first major transaction was flagged, and without... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 13, 2020

I think your bank suspects you fraud. It’s not discrimination. What you’ve done is highly suspicious. It may be legitimate but they are going to investigate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: someone bought my place on a sheriff action when they showed up out no where with no papers stating he bought it

said we had 5 days to move out so I stayed because he never gave me legal papers to show me that he really bought my landed an show up again an put a paper on my door stating ton move again that wasn't a real court paper

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 5, 2020

You might want to call the sheriff or courts and find out if he’s legitimate

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: What are my legal rights as tenant in Cincinnati Ohio if I can't afford my rent any more due to loss of job due covid19

Most recently laid off due to covid19 pandemic. Girlfriend hours reduced 50%(roommate). We can no longer afford the rent and asked the landlord if we can pro rate our rent until this pandemic passes. They said no by law they are not required to. We even suggested that they can apply rent we... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Apr 5, 2020

Any federally subsidized housing through HUD has restrictions on evictions through April. Otherwise it's business as usual and the landlord has discretion as to whether they will evict.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I am a teacher and a coach in Ohio. I have a student, also one of my players who lives in a very bad home situation.

Her mother is addicted and verbally abusive when drinking. Social services has been called several times over the last couple of years but they always leave the young lady and along with her younger her sister in the home after the interview. She reports that things are always worse when they... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 2, 2020

Her sister can contact children's services and ask for temporary custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Expungement. 2009 felony of th 5th receing stolen property.

Also have a MM for marinuana possesion in 2010

Breezy M Warner
Breezy M Warner answered on Mar 25, 2020

In Ohio expungement of a record is limited to specific crimes, generally only available for victims of sex trafficking. However, Ohio does allow for sealing records of a non violent nature, that do not involve minors. You must wait 3 years from final disposition of the felony, and 1 year for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I’ll be 17 1/2 in May. If I have a place to go and a job, will I be able to voluntarily leave my family’s home?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 22, 2020

Not until you are 18. And eve then you should be sure to have health insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: What can I do to have disciplinary action taken against a cruel and uninformed psychiatric nurse practitioner?

Refusal to prescribe or even hear me out. Putting my baby at risk of preterm delivery.

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Mar 19, 2020

More facts would need to be known to give complete advice on this matter.

The standard for malpractice against a healthcare provider is very high. Nothing in your question posed leads me to believe you have a malpractice claim.

You always have the option to complain to the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: After the disillusion papers are signed and notarized can my ex-partner come after my house or my money?

We've only been married for 8 months and we have no children together. He was never on the deed to my house.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 11, 2020

The separation agreement specifies the terms of division of property, including your house. Since you have questions about the dissolution process to terminate your marriage, and questions about the agreement, you should use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney to review the... Read more »

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