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Q: My girlfriend is being accused of assault even though she was defending herself from a man who was trying to rape her.

The mans wife lied to a prosecutor and now my girlfriend faces up to 5 years in prison.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

Your girlfriend needs to get a lawyer.

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Q: I was denied a public defender due to income and now being forced to appear pro se what can I do?

I’ve been unable to afford a private attorney and am now being forced to appear pro se what are my options?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

1. Try the case pro se. If you lose, you could appeal the judge’s ruling that you don’t qualify.

2. Appeal to the judge with evidence of your finances and efforts to hire counsel. Maybe he or she will change his or her mind.

3. Borrow money to hire a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If police come in find nothing on warrant can I be charged with anything not on it

I am on probation

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 12, 2019

If the police serve a warrant looking for evidence of crime A and find evidence of crime B, yes, you can be charged with crime B. So, for example, if they come through the door look to seize financial papers and computers because they believe you’re involved in a scam and there’s a bunch of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I have never been in trouble I have a clean record but now I'm being charge with 2921.31. What kind of sentence is it
Brian Smith Esq
Brian Smith Esq answered on Oct 10, 2019

Revised Code 2921.31 refers to "Obstructing Official Business.". This is typically a second degree misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 90 days on jail and up to a $750.00 fine.

If the violation created a risk of physical harm to another person, it can be charged instead as a fifth...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Im being charged for my daughter protecting herself against children coming to my house to assualt her. What should i do

I was put on probation ans assigned to classes. I have nothing to do with the case

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 9, 2019

It kinda sounds like it’s already over. So you should probably just do the classes and stay out of trouble until your probation ends.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I got charged aggravated menacing, no evidence at all. Will I be found guilty if she says she was in fear? All hearsay?

The new girlfriend hung up on me and kept me from talking to my daughter. I drove to my exes house to discuss it. Was asked to leave and I left. The sheriff based on her statement that I spoke to family members has hanged me with aggravated menacing. Will that fly in court? It’s completely false.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 9, 2019

Well, you said you drove to her house and talked to her and then that you never had contact with her. So that’s not a great start. It’s possible that you mean a different “her.” Keeping this sort of stuff straight for the jury is exactly why it’s important to have a lawyer. You also... Read more »

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Q: It it’s her word against mine. No text, no encounter. What are the odds of justice when that happens.
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 9, 2019

That is still not hearsay.

It will depend on who the jury believes

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I got charged aggravated menacing, no evidence at all. Will I be found guilty if she says she was in fear? All hearsay?

The new girlfriend hung up on me and kept me from talking to my daughter. I drove to my exes house to discuss it. Was asked to leave and I left. The sheriff based on her statement that I spoke to family members has hanged me with aggravated menacing. Will that fly in court? It’s completely false.... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 9, 2019

Eyewitness testimony is not hearsay. It is known as direct testimony

Direct testimony is enough to convict

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: my boyfriend was arrested on drug charges, they took his car for evidence. in the plea agreement he asked for his car

back and they agreed. when he tried to get it back after a couple weeks of trying they told him his car is gone and had been gone since 90 days after his arrest. Is there anything he can do about this since it was agreed upon in the plea agreement?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 2, 2019

He should call his lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Are there laws against a man having a vasectomy without his wife's knowledge?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 1, 2019

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Pressing kidnapping charges?

My boyfriends daughter has lived with us for 4 years her mom has abandoned her several times and wanted to visit her this weekend so we let her but now she refuses to bring her home, can we get her on kidnapping charges even though she has custody

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Oct 1, 2019

No, she can’t kidnap her own child when she has custody. If paternity has been established, your boyfriend has visitation rights that could be enforced. If it hasn’t, then that will need to be done first.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: What if the defendant enters written bond into the case before the plaintiff can is that a dishonor?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 30, 2019

Based on the limited facts, any admiralty/maritime issues involved were not clear.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My girlfriend friend said i hit my girlfriend a week ago my girlfriend refused to talk to them will i be charged
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2019

Probably. They charge just about everyone these days when they’ve got a report of domestic violence whether or not the witness remains “cooperative.”

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If my girlfriend s friend said i hit my girlfriend a week ago and my girlfriend refused to speak with them can i be char

Charged with domestic violence

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 20, 2019

Your question is cut off

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal for cops to slam me out of my car while i was sleep at the gas pump & search my vehicle without any probable
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 13, 2019

Without knowing all of the facts including their assertions, a proper answer cannot be given

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Q: I was convicted of a crime did three years in prison an just a couple weeks ago the courts reversed the descion

What do I do

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing. No question

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Ohio on
Q: How many days can a person report dv charges after it happens two weeks ago
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 11, 2019

A standard misdemeanor has a statute of limitations of 2 years. So yep.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What is a do not arrest warrant ?

So I looked at my case documents and it says "INTERNAL WARRANT ISSUED - DO NOT ARREST - FAILURE TO APPEAR FOR FINE AND COSTS. " I'm just wondering what this means

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 9, 2019

There are many reasons why people fail to appear for court: honestly forgot or mistake with the date; but sometimes there are internal errors, such as the court forgot to enter the date or entered the wrong date. The Courts in Ohio seem to understand that mistakes happen and sometimes the mistakes... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: What can I do to help me I have no criminal history never convicted of anything

Nothing

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 8, 2019

This is the second time you asked the same questions.

Stop making statements on a public forum

This can cost you the rest of your life,

Retain an attorney NOW

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I agreed to a plea deal and now realize I need to fight the charges in trial. Can I still do this?

I am being wrongly charged and convicted of a rape case and agreed to a plea deal on August 27th. I will be sentenced on October 2nd. I was not informed of a plea deal until minutes before I had to tell the judge my answer. I have the only public defender in my area and cannot afford a lawyer. I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 4, 2019

If you want to withdraw your plea, hurry up and do so. Once you’re sentenced it gets a lot more difficult to do. This is a charge with life changing consequences, is there really no way you can hire a lawyer you trust?

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