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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I have a domestic violence charge and I wanna drop it

I have been accused of a domestic violence charge for no reason and I need help

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 10, 2020

Can you provide a little more information about your situation?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My child father has been charged with felony 3 domestic violence charge and I was the victim

I don’t want to press charges anymore. What should I do to help?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 30, 2020

You can tell the prosecutor, but they’re likely to push forward with the case anyway. The best thing you can do is to help him find an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: If you get a warrant can another state see your warrant?
Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jun 29, 2020

Many states will share information like this. So, I hate to say it, but it depends. The real question is will the state where the warrant was issued want to pay to extradite? That will depend on the alleged crime committed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Does an arrest warrant have an expiration date if it was a case for domestic violence and assault?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 29, 2020

Arrest warrants do not expire.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I have never seen a case have 2 seperate docket entries where the lawyer filed 4 the discovery
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 27, 2020

What exactly is your question? We can’t tell you much with the information you’ve provided.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My fiance has been charged with a domestic violence felony 3 against me and also a probabtion violation. How can i help

I dont want to be a witness against him and he needs mental health treatment not jail so how can i help him get the charges dropped or dismissed?

Dimitrios Makridis
Dimitrios Makridis answered on Jun 25, 2020

Once you ring the bell it cannot be unrung, so whatever you told law enforcement cannot be taken back. If you recant you are opening yourself up to potential perjury / falsification charges. You need to hire a lawyer to represent you. He or she will be able to speak with the prosecutor on your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16yr old niece runs away because of abuse. No one helps. Can i get emergency temp custody?

I'm her only other living blood kin. Hey fathers sister. She lives with mothers sister, has since she was 8, an both parents passed within 3 months of each other. She's claiming other aunt is abusive and continues to run away. Cops told me ill be arrested for helping her. What can i do?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 25, 2020

Contact local children's services, which can investigate the situation, and determine what to do about custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: What are possible consequences for a teen with their first charge and it be a domestic violence charge?

No one was really injured other than I was bit and she got a scratch.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 20, 2020

A standard DV is an M1, up to 180 days, a record, cannot be sealed. If there was serious injury or a pregnancy, the level and penalties are enhanced. It’s a serious charge. The defendant should get a lawyer ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Is there a way I can legally get emancipated at 16 or 17 due to my situation?

Hello, my grandma is my legal guardian and she is becoming emotionally and physically abusive. I am 16 and have a job and my license also a car and have good grades.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 11, 2020

Ohio does not have emancipation for your situation. See this link:

https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources/commonly-asked-law-questions-results/family-relations/circumstances-say-whether-minors-are-emancipated/

Talk to another family member, teacher, school counselor, or other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: can i gain guardianship of my sister who lost her memory from a coma induced by her abusive husband? i have evidence.

my sister ended up in the hospital 1/31/2020 at the hand of her abusive husband. she was in a coma and on a ventilator for over two weeks. she woke up, does not remember the past 20 yrs. She's been married 20 years. husband has been emotionally, psychologically, and financially abusive for... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 5, 2020

The probate court determines whether a person requires a guardian based on all the facts, medical condition, mental competence, etc. A person can have a guardian to make personal and health decisions, and a guardian to make financial decisions. That can be the same person, or two different... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: im 12 and my brother is 16 i have video evidence of him hitting me he just started choking me could i send him to jail
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 23, 2020

No, you can't send him to jail. Talk to your parents.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: How long can a person with a long criminal record with some violent charges get for domestic violence?

Question is victim viewpoint in ohio. There is photo and recording evidence of ongoing abuse as well as an undocumented miscarriage caused by the abuser. Abuse has been oning for 12 years. Police were involved over 10 years ago with two cases but were dropped because he stopped the victim from... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 11, 2020

It really depends on the nature of the charge(s) that can be brought. A standard DV is an M1 carrying up to 6 months. But it’s an escalating offense which means multiple offenses can raise the level. Also, if serious injury is caused, or the woman is pregnant, the level goes up.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I "counteract", as quickly as possible, to an ex parte that was granted based entirely on false statements?

There's proof that all statements made against me, which the other party signed, notarized & filed through the courts, are entirely false. Not 1 sentence stated has any truth. They were deliberate lies told by my son's paternal grandmother & my son's father, (who legally has... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 6, 2020

Well you start by documenting everything. You need people on your side who saw the things you saw. But you also have to be realistic. You need a lawyer on your side and that’s going to cost. Think of the situation you’re in now and what you want to interrupt your peaceful life and get involved.... Read more »

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 Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband break into my phone and take messages and personal photos off of it without me knowing
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Apr 1, 2020

Yes he can. While you are married, the majority of the property either of you own is considered "marital property" meaning both of you have a right to it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: My DV conviction was in 2015. In what year was the law changed to forever seein a DV conviction and does this affect me?

I actually had 2 F4 convictions but i got ILC for one.

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

It is unclear what you are asking here. Your DV convictions will appear on a background check. If you are asking about getting them off your record, or sealing your record. Ohio does not allow sealing of records that pertain to violence, so you would not qualify to seal your record.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: What if the family of the defendant is intimidating the victim and the defendant doesn’t even know they are doing it?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 5, 2020

They could be charged with intimidating a witness. It’s likely the defendant would get charged as well. Police and prosecutors will assume he is orchestrating this. Visits and calls should be documented to show that isn’t the case if it isn’t.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I have a warrant for DV misdemeanor 1 & misdemeanor 2 damaging/endangering. What should I do?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Feb 16, 2020

You should hire a lawyer and prepare yourself for a long schlog

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: I have a domestic violence case pending against someone and they have hired a lawyer as the accused ,does it get dropped
Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano answered on Feb 13, 2020

The short answer is no.

If by "case" you mean there are criminal charges pending against the accused, then it is not uncommon at all to hire a defense lawyer. Hiring a defense lawyer does not meant the charges will be dropped. The court likely has a victim advocate too that will...
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