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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My son has a learning disability & is on a school iep. My landlord is using my sons disability as a bargaining chip

My son is on an IEP at school & before signing a lease, I asked the landlord, if we were good tenants, would there be any problems when It came time to renew, as I didn't want to have to uproot my child from this program. He assured me everything would be fine. My 3 year lease was about to end in 6... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 12, 2019

That is a difficult situation, made worse by the landlord taking advantage of you, but landlord has no legal obligation to renew a lease. And if there are no local rent control ordinances, landlord can raise rent on a new lease. If you are now on a month to month, either you or landlord can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Invol man corrupt another w/drugs and trafficking how? The guy told family where to find him, wrote his own obituary?

My sister is being charged with this. Also so is another person. Solely off of a text message. Sat 6 month already in the county jail with a court apt lawyer who didnt even know she had court today. Guy bought from my sister then went and bought from someone else bcuz he said hers was junk. Brother... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 25, 2019

They’re really serious these days about finding those who sell deadly drugs and holding them accountable despite the actions of their buyers. She really needs to work with an attorney she trusts.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I turn 18 in 30 days. I cant stand being at my house anymore. Is it illegal if i was to leave right now and move out?

My friend has an apartment. Me and him both have jobs. I would still be going to school and getting my education.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 30, 2019

It could cause problems for you and for him if you leave before 18. Hang on for 30 more days. But consider that if you leave now or when 18, you might no longer have any health insurance, car insurance, or other support from your family. If your friend later kicks you out, then that could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Military Law for Ohio on
Q: Do the statue of limitations apply for wrongful demotion E4 to E1 while on bedrest for pregnancy and dr’s notes proof?

I was in the National Guard 2008-2011, during 2010 I was pregnant with my first child, and put on bedrest, first sgt was real difficult about it and would harass me. 2011 I unexpectedly got pregnant again and was on bed rest. I sent in my doctors notes and received nothing after, until after her... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

If the statute of limitations has passed, your chances are poor to none. You should sit down with a lawyer and go through it. But the SOLs are pretty serious and there are few ways around them.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Intellectual Property, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I was rented home by a scammer real owner showed up with police saying I had to leave by Monday that property is vacant

I have a lease from scammer I’ve paid 1000 deposit and 850 first months rent what are my rights can they really make me leave like that

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 30, 2019

If the police don't force you out, the owner could file criminal trespass charges against you, and also file an eviction against you. Try to work it out so that an eviction and charges are not filed against you, since those are permanent public records, and can make it difficult for you to rent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: My friend owns a trailer in a rented park. The new owners are now doing background checks . She was charged yrs ago.

With a felony but not convicted . Can they still try to kick her out?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 26, 2019

It depends on what her lease says. Landlord can choose not to terminate her lease when it expires.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: If I was charged with D.U.I for a positive drug screen and plead guilty and was already sentenced wouldn't it be double

Jeopardy to later be charged with F-5 internal possession as a whole new case filed against me for that same urine screen which was used as evidence to charge me with D.U.I? I feel that is being tried for the same case twice.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 6, 2019

This would be an interesting one to argue. The standard for double jeopardy is whether each offense requires proof of an element which the other does not. For the DUI that’s easy. DUI requires proof that you operated a motor vehicle. Drug possession certainly does not. Similarly, normal drug... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I file discrimination on management for not addressing an issue with a co-worker who is Black and they are as well

I have had issues for a couple of years with my co-worker and we have new people in and she has personally attacked me and my character and I took it to my supervisor saying I’ve had enough and want to be moved, but I also told her that I really don’t want to leave. I have 29 years in and can... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 28, 2019

Playing the racecard without any evidence and mere conjecture

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Was arrested for ovi and poss but have med issues and conditions that will affect a test

For me due to meds an seizures what are my laws

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 10, 2019

You need to hire an attorney. A DUI is not a DIY situation. Work with your lawyer to present a case in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Do owners of a house have to tell you the pervious renters had bed bugs in Ohio
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 5, 2019

If owners knew about it and failed to disclose it, that would be a basis to sue the owners. But it depends on all the facts. Contact the local board of health and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Judge had me turn guns in to police department and now won’t return them 2 years later

About 2 years ago during my divorce my ex wife filed a protection order on me and a bs criminal case. I was told in court by the judge during the criminal case to turn in my guns to the police department by end of the day. I did as I was told and turned them in to the police. The charges were a... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 26, 2019

Unless you are on probation (in which case you cannot possess a firearm), I suspect they’re jerking you around on procedure. Have a lawyer draft a replevin motion.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: individual with disability. employer wants me to sign away my rights. How much is reasonable?

ER decided to "end our employment relationship". Currently negotiating separation package. My disability experience with the ER has not been positive & they want me to sign away my rights to talk about them. I don't think that's fair and I think it should have substantial value if I do but I don't... Read more »

James J. Hux
James J. Hux answered on Mar 18, 2019

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your disability, you would probably benefit from speaking with an employment law attorney before accepting any severance agreement. Some attorneys will offer a free initial consultation.

Attorney James J. Hux

Hux Law...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering what type of lawyer I would talk to about inappropriate behavior between a teacher and my daughter.

Not sexual in nature. Just inappropriate conversations about my daughters mental health during and outside of school. They are woman teachers.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 10, 2019

You should talk to the teacher and the school. That doesn’t sounds legally actionable, at least not yet.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Adult autistic son is being targeted by police . He has prior incidents before and known. Had incident last week so they

Someone filed abuse claim . So harassment has started. I have docs report saying no abuse by me its a self injury behavior

Patrick DiChiro
Patrick DiChiro answered on Jan 16, 2019

Without knowing facts of abuse claim, I would be careful in presenting any evidence to the police. Particularly, I would not offer a verbal or written statement. If you have documents that exonerate you, you may want to obtain counsel in order to negotiate with the police. I would not do it... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Police questioning me after OBN investigator questioned me

A false allegation was made against me by my former employer. Board of nursing investigator interviewed me a few months after, now the local police are questioning me. What is this all about and what should I do?

Dimitrios Makridis
Dimitrios Makridis answered on Dec 17, 2018

It is very difficult to answer your questions without knowing the specifics. You should retain a criminal defense and have a private discussion as soon as possible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: the police took my phone with a warrent. should i get a lawyer?

they are investigating a matter that occured in my home. We spoke to them twice. Once being voluntary. Then they came back with a warrent and took our phones. Im not sure what they are looking for since the warrent doesnt state it. Im not sure what to do next

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 2, 2018

You should hire an attorney. It's never good when they start taking your stuff.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Are colleges allowed to view you through cameras while you are at home taking an exam? If not, how can this stop?

My wife is going to Kent state to find out she has no other choice but to take her exam online. Her personal computer screen is monitored and also she is being viewed through a camera as well. With this she has to take periodic brakes to show her surroundings through the camera. Is this a breach of... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 16, 2018

She can elect to not be enrolled

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for Ohio on
Q: Can I sue my wife for id theft?

She has been making credit card and student loans applications in my name and SSI number.

Are there any charges, I can charge her with?

Can I file a lawsuit against her?

We have been separated for 5 yrs.!

Is there anything that can be used in a divorce case?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Oct 8, 2018

Talk to the police and file a report. The prosecutor would determine whether to bring criminal charges. If you file for divorce, the court can order her to stop using your identity and to be responsible to pay back all the debt she incurred in your name. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Can the police take a pic of my son off his personal phone to show a victim to identify him and ? My 15 without an adult

Then tell my son he fit the description of the suspect without consent from an adult and file charges of trespass

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 21, 2018

How did the police acquire his phone? How did they acquire the picture? Was the phone locked? They can talk to him and even arrest him without parental consent, but getting into locked cellphones now requires a warrant under most circumstances. With kids, there are a few circumstances it may not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Dective told me they need me to come to their office. Refused to tell me why. What do I do?

Detective from the Sheriff's Office showed up at my door confirmed my name and told me they need me to come to the station to talk. When I asked them why they said they could not tell me it was a sensitive matter. I told them I couldn't I was expecting my kids off the bus in 15 minutes and I had no... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 10, 2018

You hire a lawyer before you do anything else. You do not speak to officer. You let lawyer do that

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