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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Public Benefits for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio if someone receives a section 8 voucher then later is convicted of a felony gun charge will they be terminated?

F3 attempt- revised code 2923.161

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If you receive a Section 8 voucher in Ohio and later get convicted of a felony gun charge, such as an F3 attempt under Revised Code 2923.161, this may impact your housing assistance. Generally, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) has rules that allow for termination of assistance if a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Is is fraud to have wedding ceremony but not get legally married? Marriage could negatively impact debt liability + SSI.

Asking for friends. If a disabled person and a non-disabled person are dating, and want to get married for religious + social reasons, but discover marriage would put the disabled partner over the income limit for SSI, is a non-legal religious ceremony ok? Or is it fraud?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

Holding a wedding ceremony without completing the legal formalities to become officially married is not, in itself, fraud. Many couples choose to have a religious or ceremonial marriage without the legal recognition for various personal reasons, including financial or medical benefit... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: purchasing a firearm and obtaining a CCW in ohio with a criminal record

I do not have any felonies.

I do have a Domestic violence charge from 6 years ago that was dismissed in court. I looked up the court docket recently to make sure it was dismissed.

I also got a menacing charge that was dropped down to a disorderly conduct charge. i’ve tried... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

Given your situation, it's essential to understand that firearm laws can vary by state and can be complex, especially concerning individuals with prior criminal records. In Ohio, domestic violence convictions can result in restrictions on firearm ownership, even if the charge was dismissed or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: How does a forfeiture work after a federal case is dismissed
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answered on Feb 4, 2024

After a federal case is dismissed, the process for handling forfeiture depends on the specifics of the case and the nature of the forfeiture. If property was seized as part of the investigation or proceedings, its return typically hinges on whether the dismissal of the case removes the legal basis... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Health Care Law and Identity Theft for Ohio on
Q: Is filing a terrorist report for illegal use of frequencies normal to not be investigated? Jamming, harassment, etc

FCC website explained jamming, hacking, but didn't include mental and physical harm yet we've experienced that. As well as being denied to file a safety of life interference. Is that normal that our federal agencies do not investigate any of those forms of harassment and never investigate it?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

No, it is not normal for federal agencies to ignore or refuse to investigate credible complaints of illegal signal jamming, unauthorized frequency interference, and related harassment issues. There are a few recourses you can still pursue:

1. File an updated, professional complaint directly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: My friend is in jail for a pv. His attorney is asking for a revocation for community control supervision. What does this
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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In the context of your friend's situation, a "revocation for community control supervision" typically means that his attorney is requesting a review or hearing regarding the status of his community control or probation. This review is usually initiated when there are concerns about... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal to purchase, and not use, a fake naturalization certificate? It's only for a short film.

I have a short film in which an immigrant would display her naturalization certificate. I didn't think anything about it until I tried to find a means of attaining one and encountered a number of warnings about it.

I have no intention of using it beyond film and social media character... View More

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

Purchasing a fake naturalization certificate, even for use in a film or for social media purposes, is legally risky and not advisable. Federal law prohibits the production, sale, and possession of fraudulent government documents, including naturalization certificates. This applies regardless of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Does senate bill 288 make judicial sanctions sentences concurrent to felony sentence?
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answered on Dec 20, 2023

In Ohio, Senate Bill 288 does not automatically make judicial sanctions sentences concurrent to felony sentences. Senate Bill 288 allows judges to impose "judicial release" sanctions, allowing individuals serving felony sentences to be released early for certain offenses. However, the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Social Security for Ohio on
Q: How can a person be indicted for theft of government property from social security when overpayment has been repaid
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answered on Sep 21, 2023

If a person has repaid an overpayment to Social Security, they should maintain records of the repayment. In some cases, an indictment for theft of government property may be based on misunderstandings or errors in record-keeping. To address such a situation, it's advisable for the individual... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Employment Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: My husband’s employer is taxing the refund check for our medical insurance. Is this legal

My husband’s employer told us if we paid for our own insurance health insurance they would give us a refund check for the amount each month so we paid for two months in advance because the insurance company told us to the employer gave us a refund check, but they taxed it. We already paid taxes... View More

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

Taxation on insurance refunds can vary depending on the specific circumstances and applicable tax laws. It's advisable to consult with a tax professional or accountant to review the details of your situation and determine whether the taxation of the refund check is in compliance with relevant... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: My brother is in jail for assault & I was involved but I didn't hit the guy will I be charged too if I come forward?

He's going through trial & the state took over will I get charged if I come forward to tell my side of the story

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answered on Mar 19, 2023

If you were involved in the incident that led to your brother's arrest, there is a possibility that you could be charged as well, depending on the circumstances of the case and the evidence available to the prosecution.

However, if you did not actually commit the assault and did not...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: I'm on pretrial diversion in KY. I don't have any drug charges can I smoke marijuana?
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answered on Mar 19, 2023

If you are on pretrial diversion in Kentucky, it is important to abide by the terms of your agreement with the court or probation officer.

Depending on the terms of your pretrial diversion agreement, using marijuana, even for medicinal purposes or in a state where it is legal, may be a...
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Q: I'm on pretrial diversion in KY. I don't have any drug charges can I smoke marijuana?
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answered on Mar 19, 2023

Although I practice in Ohio typically the terms and conditions of pretrial supervision and probation any jurisdiction expressly prohibit the use of drugs and alcohol. You are also many times required to submit to random urine screens while you are under pretrial supervision. A violation of these... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Ohio on
Q: While driving on a public road, THROUGH a school zone, is is illegal to have a loaded firearm on your person in Ohio?

With the passing of Ohio's Constitutional Carry law, as of July 13, 2022 Ohio citizens without a CCW permit can legally carry a loaded firearm on their person while in their vehicle, but not in a school zone. If you live near or drive through a school zone on a public road (where you must slow... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2023

Ohio law prohibits carrying a firearm in a school safety zone, which includes the area within 1,000 feet of the school grounds. This applies to both open and concealed carry, regardless of whether you have a CCW permit or not.

Therefore, if you are driving through a school safety zone, you...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Can one co-defendant be released but not the others?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 1, 2023

Yes. This happens all the time. Sometimes one person can afford bail and the other cannot. Sometimes the bail amounts are different because on person has a bad record and the other doesnt, etc.

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Q: Can one co-defendant be released but not the others?
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answered on Jan 1, 2023

Yes. Anyone charged with a crime that posts bail will be released regardless of co-defendants ability to post bail.

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Q: If gps is placed in a package where police do a controlled delivery, do they need to get a warrant to use that tracker
Matthew Williams
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answered on Nov 17, 2022

Warrants are usually obtained in these situations, yes. But whether they are legally required is a fact specific inquiry because only certain people can assert a legitimate privacy interest in a parcel. If you have been charged with an offense, you should hire an attorney to investigate all the... View More

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Q: Is it legal for a parole officer to go e you an open cup for a urine test in ohio

My family member is on parole and had a drug screen and was told he failed. He said they gave him an open cup with no lid. Then when he "failed" he asked that they send it off to be tested but they claimed they dumped it. Is this legal?

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answered on Jul 14, 2023

When conducting drug tests, law enforcement and parole officers are expected to follow proper procedures to ensure accuracy and maintain the integrity of the testing process.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: Does a trailer park have to fix a broken mailbox? Right now all of our mail is being held at the post office.

The mail boxes old and the lock system is now broken so the mail carriers can not open it to deliver our mail. It has been 3 weeks! Does the owners of the park have to fix this and how long do they have?

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Jun 3, 2023

This would depend entirely on your agreement with trailer park. Trailer parks so not fall under the landlord tenant act unless you are renting the trailer rather than just the lot.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio on
Q: How can i find out that im under investigation from gov. Being that being followed everywhere i go for weeks now
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 28, 2023

Depending upon the situation, a quite inquiry from an attorney may yield an answer but the government is under no obligation to inform you that you are under investigation.

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