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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Can an officer pull into a private parking lot and then begin to tail you

I'm was sitting at a wendys in the town I live in in ohio which has a private parking lot chatting with an friend while chatting with her I notice a police cruiser a block down road on the opposite side of 5 laned road at stop sign he then pulled onto the road and into the wendys as she went I side... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Jun 28, 2019

He can follow you sure. Did you signal the turn into the gas station? If not, then he’s got you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: What kind of charges and or jail time and fees is he looking at?

My boyfriend/father of my child was pulled over earlier by a state trooper here in Ohio. He is on probation until August of this year for Domestic violence and unlawful restraint. He got a ticket for no seatbelt and driving under suspension. He also does not have car insurance which they will find... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Mar 2, 2019

Well, eventually they will put him in prison. After all what’s there really to expect?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: I'm trying to find help I have assult with intent to commit sexual abuse 33 year old female

Matthew Williams answered on Jan 4, 2019

You need to hire an attorney. You should not be discussing this in an online forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Can you be charged 2 times for the same citation once in Mayors Court and second in County Municipal Court in Ohio

Matthew Williams answered on Oct 11, 2018

Not exactly. If you plead not guilty in Mayor's Court, your case gets transferred to Municipal Court, which may seem like getting charged twice. You may owe court costs in both courts which is getting charged (money charged not traffic or criminally charged) twice.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Is a public school considered public property or private property?

My Father said that he doesn't have to stop at a stop sign in a school parking lot because it is private property, and so I wanted to see if he was correct.

Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 14, 2018

School is quasi-public in Ohio. School board is a quasi-governmental body, a bit public, a bit private. A cop could give a ticket, and then your dad could try fighting it in court. Maybe he wins. Or maybe the cop sees him roll on the school lot, and waits to stop him at the next stop sign on a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Communications Law, Juvenile Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: I was friends with a 21 year old girl and I'm 16, parents filed a no contact order for the girl, is there a way around?

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Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 30, 2018

No, you can't contact her. That would violate the order. If you do that, you could put her in trouble. Do you want to do that to her? Move on, and have no contact with her.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Hello my husband was involved and manslaughter degree 1 in his temper with evidence degree 3 in a gun

For 3 years his out date was December 7th and now since they are passing all these new laws in Ohio it change from September 26th 2020 when he was sent as he could get no good days so we're trying to figure out how did it change it would have continuous changing but he can't file until 2020 of... Read more »

Matthew Williams answered on Jan 3, 2018

New laws do not change already imposed prison terms, though they may change eligibility for release. A lawyer needs to look at all of it with specifics.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Im in Lima Ohio, I had eviction court today but didn't make it, will they be able to kick me out tonight? I have a baby

Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 2, 2017

The court typically gives tenant 7 to 10 days to vacate, but it can be quicker. So find a new place as soon as you can. Talk to your landlord to find out. If you need help, talk to local housing agencies or shelters.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on

Q: i received a civil summons in the mail monday then ttoday i got another one exactly the same as the first.

this civil summons is for a debt 7 years ago that they are trying to revivor judgement. i didnt receive papers from the first time. this is the first time ive heard of this debt. its from a perious marriage and i dont know what it is even for. how should i respond to this summons.

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Oct 10, 2017

You should consult an attorney. You should definitely not ignore. You may want to consult your divorce attorney. Your divorce decree may discuss who is responsible for the debt. The divorce decree will have no impact or effect upon the Plaintiff/ creditor, but if your wife was to be responsible... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on

Q: Can I sue in small claims then sue in municipal Court if damages exceed $6000.00

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Sep 28, 2017

No. This is example of claim splitting, and is not allowed.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for Ohio on

Q: Should I sure in small claims or municipal court

My neighbor decided to drill holes in my trees root system and inject round up poisoning my tree slowly dying off did same to other neighbors same problem we have police reports and neighbor caught him in act how should we proceed

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Sep 27, 2017

Destroying ornamental trees can result in treble damages. Depending on how large your tree is, the cost to replace the tree could be quite expensive. IN Ohio small claims monetary jurisdiction is $6,000.00.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on

Q: How to find a name

I got broken car window from Neighbor mowing his lawn Police filled out a non criminal incident report Neighbor refusing to pay & refused to tell me his or his wifes name how can I obtain his name so I can file in court Police advise civil court filing

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 13, 2017

If he owns the house, you could look up the land transfer records I suppose. But, you don't really need a name just info that will help the police find him, which you have plenty. Lots of police reports are filed without the name of the perpetrator. After all, most people don't know who robbed them.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: I'm 22 and got pulled over for doing 74 in a 55 which was also a construction zone. Am I in danger of losing my license?

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 13, 2017

No, it's a mandatory double fine though.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Is it illegal to have 6 people living in a two bedroom apartment...three of those people are children.

There are 3 children and 3 adults. Two boys who are about 3 and a 2 year old baby girl. Also their 2 parents and a grandmother. They also work for the landlords and I wanted to know if that's illegal as well. I'm pretty sure that they get special treatment.

Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 5, 2017

It might not be "illegal," but could violate local zoning codes. Check with your local building department.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: Rights&responsibilities to 2yr old grandson if his mom, victim in dv that was at my home, is manipulated by perp

My daughters bf who fathered 2yr old grandson,was arrested at my home and charged w/dv. He's a felon w/convictions in another county. He's in&out of jail,and I don't know much about what it entails, however, in the short time she's known him he's lived off of her and her family, stolen, etc. My... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on May 15, 2017

You can seek custody of your grandson. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney who can review all the facts of the situation and advise you about that process and what you would have to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: What recourse is available to a village who's fiscal officer does not complete required continuing education?

Matthew Williams answered on Mar 7, 2017

Maybe none. How are you effected by this failure?

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: can a local officer of a village or township be held accountable for perjury to said village/township's governing body

Council member has repeatedly stated she has met and discussed proposals ,plans with local resident ,when in fact no meeting has ever taken place

Matthew Williams answered on Feb 6, 2017

Perjury occurs when a person lies under oath during a court proceeding. Not just when someone lies. Most of the accountability for this sort of stuff is in potential removal from the position by the rest of the council, difficulty getting re-elected, and trouble working with others in the community... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: I'm being charged with felonious assault against my girlfriend...Will it be dismissed?

I was leaving her house and closed the door behind myself and her finger got smashed and broken in the door. I didn't know that she had her hand there. It was not intentional on my part. The EMS lady called a detective and a F2 warrant was placed for my arrest on me. I have no prior convictions.

Matthew Williams answered on Nov 13, 2016

Don't expect the prosecutor to just dismiss the case because you say it was an accident. You need to get a lawyer. This is a very serious charge.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: I Got into a wreck my fault but it wasn't bad at all but I got a ticket for not having insurance & had to go court &they

Said I had 2 weeks to pay the ticket which is due 200& something and it's due I forgot all about it what will happen because I didn't pay it? Oh & Its my first offense in ohio

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 15, 2016

If you go in and pay it immediately, probably nothing. Call the clerk of courts to be sure they haven't issued a warrant. If they have, call an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Ohio on

Q: If I am being sued by the city in municipal court and have filed an answer is it too late to hire a lawyer?

Matthew Williams answered on Jun 20, 2016

No, you can still hire an attorney.

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