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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: I’m looking for a public defender to represent me in a civil court traffic case which I have jury trial in October

I feel I’m being wrongfully sued for 25,000. Trail is in Butler County Ohio. I am nervous and don’t know where to start. if someone could point me in the right direction, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 27, 2022

The Public Defender's Office represents indigent folks in criminal cases, not civil. Your local Legal Aid society is the place to contact for civil matters, if you are unable to afford representation in a civil matter. I am not sure if they will traffic matter but its worth reaching out to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: If you win an appeal in the supreme court,can you sue for civil rights violations??
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Mar 9, 2022

Perhaps, it depends on the reason for the win.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Can I take my baby mom to court so that I could claim my kids on taxes every other year?

They live with her but I am a very present father. I do more for them than I do for myself. Anything they need I always buy.

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Feb 3, 2022

If you pay child support, you may be able to make an argument to claim one or more of the children, but it will be a fact-determination by the court.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Would a disorderly conduct prevent me from owning a firearm in Ohio?

If it does is there anything I can do to get that removed?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Feb 2, 2022

A disorderly conduct conviction will not keep you from owning a firearm. It might be a problem with the sheriff, if you want a CCW license. But you can always have the record sealed later and that generally alleviates the sheriff's concerns on minor offenses.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How can I get someone to move out as quickly as possible?

They don't pay rent, they have no bills in their name. They do have msik that goes to that address in their name

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 14, 2022

You must evict them. Check your local court for the process, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Is there anything I can do if I find a broken crack pipe in the used shoes I purchased?

Yesterday, I went to the mall and bought a pair of used Jordan’s. I was only able to try on the shoe that was on display. When I got home and put my feet in my shoes I felt something at the tip of my feet. When I pulled it out it was a broken used glass pipe.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 12, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The answer to your question could depend on the extent of injury. I hope you were not hurt. The best way to answer your question could be to reach out to Ohio law firms. If you have medical records, such as hospital... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello I'm 15 now and I read about a emancipation I was wondering how I could do that because my parents are to strict

My mom uses my diabetes as a excuse for me not to walk places even though I have a phone if something bad happens then she said if I get a job and buy my own car and get a license she is going to call the police if i go somewhere by car or walk but I would be 16 when I do all this and what would... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jan 4, 2022

Every teen thinks their parents are too strict. But Ohio does not allow a minor to seek emancipation. Emancipation cannot be accomplished by an act of the child alone. Emancipation is generally through the act of the child's parents regarding terminating child support for that child. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi I need major help I live here in Ohio my fiance sister has custody of my daughter she won't see or talk to her on

On Christmas and she begs my sister N law to let her talk to us she cry's every night and she is very emotional deserved child all she wants to do is come home we lost custody due to not having a job and all the other accusations against us was false and we'll I guess my question is do I... Read more »

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano
answered on Jan 3, 2022

What rights you have will have been determined in the legal process in which you lost custody. If you were granted visitation, then you have a right to that visitation. If you were not granted visitation, then you will have to file for visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal for an arranged marriage in ohio
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Dec 31, 2021

There is no designation for an arranged marriage, but if you are being coerced into marriage then it can potentially be annulled as a result of the coercion. If you are a minor and your parents are forcing you into marriage then you should call 1-855-642-4453 and report this to Ohio's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Booked a caterer for my wedding. After tasting that took place in July was supposed to be provided a update proposal.

I have reached out to the vendor by calling and sending emails never got a response I had to go onto their website to do an inquiry to even get a response and when I did they told me that they will get back to me by sending out a proposal in a week or so it’s going on November now and I have yet... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 19, 2021

Do you have a signed contract with them? If so, what does it say about dates to complete the planning? Does it have any deadlines that caterer has missed? Does it have a termination provision? Make contact with them whatever way you can, and try to work it out. Or sue them for breach of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What does this mean, and what do I do? Summons on Complaint. Required to serve upon the plaintiffs attorney. An answer?

I got into an accident, my steering locked up on my vehicle and I went into another vehicle pulling out of a gas station. Damaged were done and I didn't realize my insurance that I paid for 6 months in advanced had expired a few weeks prior. The other party has State Farm insurance and they... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 3, 2021

Only an Ohio attorney can advise here, but your post remains open for two weeks. You should consider reaching out to an Ohio attorney without further delay. I'm sorry, but from what you describe, it appears that you are being sued by the other motorist. Writing an informal note as you describe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Wtf does this mean

So I quit claim deed was given to me 7 years ago and I've been going through a divorce for almost that amount of time and it was just finalized a week ago Thursday and I went to file and paid the convenience fees and the recording fees but something wasn't on the deed a number I... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Oct 4, 2021

You need to sit down with an attorney in your area so he or she can take a detailed look at your situation. This issue is going to be to involved for an answer on this forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: My daughter is 19 years old ran away in the middle of the night how can I get her back?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Oct 4, 2021

Unless she is under a Guardianship/mental disability, you can't. When a person turns 18 the parent has no legal right to require their return. I suggest reaching out and trying to improve the relationship if you want to see her again.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Trespassing vs fourth amendment

Private club. Former member refusing to leave our property.

He has mobile home on property and refusing to remove it.

Informed that we have to give him access to and from his trailer.

Is he allowed to roam the 30 acre property or can we prevent that?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Oct 1, 2021

File an eviction action and after he is evicted, if he returns, call the local police for any trespassing. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to file the eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to build a snowman using snow from someone else's property?

They don't have a fenced in yard or any signs that say private property.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 23, 2021

It sounds like you may be trespassing on their property. For a definitive answer you need to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Why don’t HOA’s allow essential critical infrastructure workers, emergency plumber, park their vehicles at their homes?

When renting the home I was not told or given any information about the HOA, nothing in the lease. I am trying to work w HOA, even tho legally they should be dealing with home owners, but they are just condescending, rude, and bullying throwing their attorneys around. I have been nothing but... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 21, 2021

HOAs are governed by a set of rules specified in a declaration that has been recorded in the county records and is binding on all the home owners and any others staying in any of the homes. The HOA rules provide fines or legal action for violations. They typically prohibit outside parking of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Can the police pose you and take your picture in handcuffs for their own personal entertainment during an arrest?

I was arrested after leaving a program for someone else in my car getting out when offered drugs at a gas station. Since I transported them to that location to get gas and that happened, I was charged with permitting drug abuse. They handcuffed me and were laughing that I just got out of the... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 2, 2021

While not illegal, that is likely a violation of departmental policies which could get them into hot water at work.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Is it wrong to ask my landlord questions?

All i asked him was if he cleaned the restroom before moving in and i wasnt rude about it and he said if i wasnt happy he will give the security deposit back and he has 20 other people wanting in.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 2, 2021

Nothing wrong to ask. But landlord doesn't need a reason not to rent to you. If landlord is discriminating on the basis of race, sex, age, etc. then you might have a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I kick out my child once they turn 18 or do I have to legally evict from my home?

Said child is a troubled youth to put nicely with a list of juvenile offenses and a domestic violence. He has a drug addiction and has stolen from myself as well as his brothers and causes much turmoil in the home. Some say I have to evict since he receives mail other's say no. I am trying to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 23, 2021

If you don't follow the proper eviction process, then he could sue you for unlawful eviction, and the court might order you to pay him monetary damages. But the eviction process takes a few weeks, and the situation could become uncomfortable at home during that time. If he makes threats of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Education Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Can my private university mandate me to get vaccinated after I’ve been accepted, paid money, and told me that I don’t?

They told us we did NOT have to get vaccinated then an hour later told us that we DO need to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I was accepted for a month and a half with a down payment before I was informed that I needed to get the COVID vaccine, so now it’s crunch time and I either get the shot... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
answered on Jul 26, 2021

I have not personally looked up the resources, but it is my understanding that the vaccine has not received final approval from the FDA.

The emergency use of an unapproved medicine is covered by 21 U.S. Code § 360bbb–3 - Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies. A...
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