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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a 19 year old date a 16 year old who’s turning 17. Me and my boyfriend are 2 years and 4 months apart.

Can they also engage in sexual activity

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 12, 2020

Engaging in that activity would be a criminal offense, and the older person could be classified as a sex offender.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Im renting in ohio. An i allowed to deny a house showing if the realtor doesn't give me a 24 hr notice?

I'm technically in Lorain County. My landlord is cool but the realtor is now getting angry with my bf and I cause we were out of town for a showing that he failed to give a 24hr notice for. He's done it multiple times now and we have pets. What drew the line for him is when we refuse to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 18, 2020

The realtor has no legal rights and cannot require you to do anything. You don't even have to talk to him if you don't want to. You certainly don't have to leave the key in the box. Ohio law requires a landlord to give reasonable (24 hour) notice of having someone come in for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Securities Law for Ohio on
Q: Apartment manager decided to do a “wellness check” without telling us.. there is a lot more.

Manager entered our apartment with any form on contact before doing so while my wife was asleep naked and daughter was sleeping. Got to the bedroom door before announcing himself and my wife freaked out and tried to cover up as quickly as possible, he proceeded to stand there and stare at her while... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 16, 2020

You can file a police report, but they are unlikely to do anything. You could sue the apartment owner for trespass. Talk to the owner about the manager's unauthorized entry. Put an interior lock on the door.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Legal or not, a minor child is killed mom not permited 2 identify her.
Warner Mendenhall
Warner Mendenhall answered on Sep 14, 2020

More detail on this is needed to answer. Where was the minor child living? Did the mother have custody? Were the mother's parental rights taken in a dependency, abuse, neglect case? etc...

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: If the landlord allowed me to put 15,000$ of work into his house and Now he trying to evict me, can I sue for that mone

I been living in this home for 16 years and i finally decided to ask him can I put some work into the home and it costs me 15,000 and it made the value of the home go up, he can now charge $800 instead of 200$ in rent, So he wants to evict me out of the house, can I sue for that money out of that... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Sep 5, 2020

You may have a case for unjust enrichment, contact an attorney to discuss how to file the claim and what you need to allergies

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Do I have to go to court to evict my husband if the house is in my name only
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 8, 2020

If your husband was living in the home (which seems likely), then yes, you would need to get an eviction to kick him out.

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

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