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Q: Pulled over friends car, found drugs in it not mine they took my phone can they do that

Found drugs in middle console not mine. They seized my phone because I didn't admit to the drugs being mine

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 14, 2021

When they find drugs they’re going to take the phones as evidence to look and see who texted who about buying drugs. If you were charged with a crime, you should get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Ohio on
Q: can you be prosecuted for trying an illegal substance once (one mushroom) in the past even without physical evidence

i did it a long time ago and only now has anyone heard of it so now i am being threatened with prosecution without physical evidence.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 9, 2021

Doing drugs is technically not a crime. Possession of the drug is a crime. That being said, if you were on some type of probation etc. that prohibited the use of any drugs then that could stand. Whether or not the prosecutor can prove that you had possession of a controlled substance or if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Banking and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Am I in a legal obligation to give the money back

The other day I went and made a withdrawal from Checksmart and the woman who did my transaction gave me $675 and then gave me a receipt with my transaction my old amount my transaction amount and my new balance. After that she gave me the $675 in cash and when I got home she called me and told me... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Aug 31, 2021

Yes, you have an obligation to return the money.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Divorce for Ohio on
Q: Today I saw a text between my soon to be ex husband and his friend stating they were going to make copies of my keys

They are planning to steal my car. What should I do

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 30, 2021

Call the police

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: If a (client) friend fails to pay you (contractor) for a job they hired you to do and they refused to pay after it was

Done and you took a razor blade and undid some of your work could I be charged with a property damage charge and how do I go about getting paid.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Aug 30, 2021

Yes, you can be charged with property damage. In order to get paid you would need to file a lawsuit against the friend. Breach of contract would be the cause of action.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I need to know aboit a plea deal

A friend was offered 36 months then uped to three yrs for two other xharges but then them charges were dropped but didn't take the extra time back away

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 24, 2021

36 months and three years are exactly the same thing...

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to drink and do drugs in front of kids

I have a friend who was arrested for drinking and doing drugs in her house in her house

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 23, 2021

It is illegal to do drugs in front of kids or not. If there are kids present when you do drugs you are likely to be charged with child endangering on top of the drug charges. It is generally legal to drink and the presence of children does not change that. But, if you are so drunk that it presents... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Would I have an Illegal Search & Seizure case?

While sitting at a private property in vehicle the police pulls up with lights on, guns out & aggressive stating the car was reported stolen & proceeded with a search. They find a gun. Takes the property and let me go. (Car was never reported stolen) (gun was not mine either)

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 13, 2021

If the car was not reported stolen, yes, you likely have a good Fourth Amendment issue. Assuming you were charged with something out of all this, you should work with a lawyer to bring that to light.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: my son is beening held in jail currently because his weed dealer called and reported him too the police for not paying

The dealer is a well known drugdealing tho he is white and my son is black. he admitted that he was not paid for the drugs he was delivering in court is this even legal

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 13, 2021

While the dealer certainly exposes himself to possible charges his testimony that he delivered drugs to your son could of course wind your son up in trouble as well. Your son should be working with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: in a civil forfeiture they took 800k, I am innocent. It's been 94 days and I still have not received notice of forfeit

I cannot find where this civil place is to file a claim and no one will tell me where to go to get my funds and I cannot find it on line anywhere? They are supposed to send me a notice of forfeiture within 60 days and it is much longer now. How can I find this civil place that is holding my money?... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 3, 2021

You need to sit down privately with an attorney. It sounds like someone, its unclear who, affected a civil forfeiture and took your money and, if that wasn't bad enough, you under criminal investigation. That's a lot going on to try to deal with by yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: why am i receiving a letter from office of the clerk united states district court southern district of ohio?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

The letter should tell you. If you're unclear, bring it to an attorney for review. All I can say is, don't bury your head in the sand. Official correspondence from a Court should not be avoided or ignored. Failing to act usually only makes matters worse.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: I got arrested in Puerto Rico on vacation and I don’t remember anything awls I know is I woke up in the hospital bed

I Was never told I was being charged with anything or in trouble

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

No question is asked here. If you have a general legal question feel free to post. For a definitive answer about your particular situation and advise on options available to you, a full consultation with an attorney would be needed.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I am looking at 70 to 80 month for weapons other disability well I get a lot less time if I take a plea
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 20, 2021

You need to speak with a lawyer familiar with your case about that. If you plead and the guideline range is 70-80 months after acceptance of responsibility, you will almost certainly get a sentence within that range. If that is the range before accounting for acceptance of responsibility you may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Weapons under disability I did not receive my preliminary hearing was in the 21 days

It went from city court then all the sudden the feds picked it up even though I already bailed out and had an ankle monitor on

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 20, 2021

Federal charges are an entirely separate, a much more serious, issue in these cases as you face a lot more time from the federal government than you would from the state. You need to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello Justia. Can I become a naturalized US citizen in the future despite having a misdeamenor for domestic battery.

I was charged with domestic battery in July 2020 which I pleaded guilty to. I was given a 1 year probation. What are my chances of becoming a US citizen in the Future. Thanks

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 18, 2021

Without professional help, very little. You need to talk to a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My boyfriend got arrested and this is one of his charges unlawful trans. 672.09-1 what does that mean

He has drug charges and falsification

William Lehner
William Lehner answered on Jul 5, 2021

Unlawful transaction in weapons.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a suspension of drivers license be given on a misdemeanor drug instrument case that is over 3 years old.

The person involved was followed into a public restroom and the police officer ordered him out of the stall and proceeded to find a syringe on the floor behind the toilet between the stalls. The party that was arrested had been clean of drugs. The case is over 3 years old and a warrent had been... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 2, 2021

The judge has the option. We can't tell you what he or she will do, but he or she usually does suspensions, I would expect that to continue.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: is it illegal for law enforcment to show a dead body to a criminal claiming its there sister when it wasn't?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 30, 2021

The circumstances here are perplexing. Certainly law enforcement does show dead bodies to people all the time in order to identify those bodies, and sometimes they're bound to have it wrong. If they had some reason to believe your sister was the body they could call you down for an ID and you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Our bearded dragon was taken from my ex fiance at the hospital and the shelter gave him to me do I have to give him back

She was taken to the hospital the police and hospital took the dragon and placed him in a shelter a few days later they released the bearded dragon to me and I have him registered as my esa can they take him from me or press charges

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 29, 2021

If the pet belongs to her, then you need to return it. She paid for it I presume? If you keep property that does not belong to you it is criminal theft and you can serve time in jail. Additionally, she can sue you civilly for monetary damages she incurs because of your actions.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Looking for a book that will give, in detail, how to write your own court motions without spending $1000 on it.

The court appointed criminal attorney IS NOT a criminal attorney and she refuses to file motions, deliver discovery, visit her client or even talk to her client so now he's trying to file his own motions in his matter.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 29, 2021

Generally speaking, you can purchase a criminal practice and procedure book online. Some of the used books are cheaper, but they may be out of date. You will want to read through the current rules of criminal procedure to ensure everything you are doing is in compliance with the current law.... Read more »

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