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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Does birth mom need permission from father?

I have a friend wanting to sign her baby over to my wife and I. Father doesn’t want to be involved with the baby and he has another child with her that he’s not involved with either. They aren’t together currently and have never been married. She’s scared of him because he has damaged her... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

The analysis is too complex for this forum. You need to sit down with a family law attorney in your area to discuss the entirety of the situation in detail.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: no ticket was issued, we told the cops the truth about there being some roaches in the car, should I tell my po?

The cops pulled me over for my headlights not being on one night. We told them about weed in the car.. After the cops took the weed they didnt issue was any tickets, should I tell my po that we got pulled over by the cops and tell him the truth?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

Tough to say without the full picture. It's common for police to seize the contraband but wait until the lab results come back to formally file charges. Keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old male grandson refuses to go back to live with his single mother. The boyfriend is threatening
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

Your question seems to have been cut off. If he is a minor and there are delinquency issues, then contact law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What is considered contempt in a custody case?

Court order states no party shall block the other. The plaintiff put my messages to ignore on FB messenger so my messages were not getting delivered and if I tried to call it would automatically hang up. Would that be considered going against orders?

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Sep 26, 2021

Based on what you report of the order, yes. However, I would prefer to see the entire section before stating if you would be successful on a contempt motion.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My daughter's father has tested positive for covid. Our daughter and myself have both tested negative.

She was/is with him for his time according to our shared parenting plan. He is refusing to allow me to pick up our daughter. Can I take her against his wishes and can I refuse visitation with him due to his positive covid result (

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Sep 26, 2021

Generally, the Courts are not requiring parents to relinquish parenting time due to a positive COVID test. Has your daughter been vaccinated or is she too young? Does she have any health conditions? Is he wearing a mask, having her do so, and keeping distance?

You might see if her...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband will be eligible for judicial release May 8, 2022. When should I contact a lawyer to prepare to apply?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 26, 2021

If you want the motion filed right away, you should hire an attorney at the beginning of April so they have time to write the motion and gather supporting documentation.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I get fired for failing a drug test even though I have my medical card and they hired me back at another location

I’m legally disabled since a young age and they’ve been telling me I might be able to get hired back for days now and they updated there policy but I’m left hanging not knowing what’s going on. I’ve missed 7days of work so far. And I have to start work at another location. They said I... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Sep 25, 2021

Ohio employers are allowed to terminate or discipline employees for the lawful use of medical marijuana. It is entirely at the employer's discretion.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My father died in April. I was never notified by his new wife. I am the only son. What should I do.

Father remarried after my mother passed. Items of mine and family members of my mother that she requested to be returned to her side of the family were never returned. I only learned of this death from a call of a debt collector trying to collect on something in my fathers name. Wife has never... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2021

It could be difficult or impossible for you find anything belonging to your father. His will might have left everything to his spouse. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review all the facts and advise you of your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: If I was charged with trafficking, conveyance, agg trafficking and an inmate is charged with complicity how can the

How can the inmate argue standing in his motion to suppress

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 24, 2021

Facts are everything on a motion to suppress, but in a conveyance situation it's reasonably likely the inmate does not have standing. You and the other party involved need to be discussing this rather serious case privately with attorneys so you can go over all the facts and the law to find out.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: a school bus stops with its flashing lights on at an intersection on my right , can i turn left away from the bus?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 24, 2021

The answer depends on additional details. Section 4511.75 of the Ohio Revised Code spells out your obligations. (link below)

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4511.75

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hi I was just wondering/want to ask and find out for sure for sure for someone I know.

I wanted to ask and double check and make sure for sure because his landlord is starting to throw him out because he's a little behind on his rent for this month and everything but I was wondering and wanted to make sure if because he's old and he's disabled he's like 60... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2021

It is good that you are willing to help. A landlord can evict any tenant who is behind on rent, even if only a little behind. Talk to the landlord, and then talk to local senior services agencies or rental agencies that might be able to help the tenant pay rent or find him a new place if he is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I scratched an illegally parked car, what happens now if we were both illegally parked?

The car was parked extremely close to mine, the parking lot was also not legally a parking lot (cars had just pulled to park) I’m aware we are both a fault (because it’s not actually a lot nor a parking spot) I also stayed and exchanged information with the driver.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 24, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, the fact that a car is illegally parked doesn't usually result in negating its owner's property damage rights. An attorney could need additional details here, but it's possible both... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Neighbors dog keeps coming on my property pooping and tearing out our trash it has came at my wife and daughter and dog

What are my rights if this dog continues to come here and do this, we’ve called the warden already and spoke to the neighbor she refuses to tie up dog when it’s let out of her house and is requesting us to call her to clean up the mess and I am not okay with this I don’t want to do with it at... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

I would keep after law enforcement, or if all else fails hire a lawyer. I show the Mansfield Ordinance 505.03 (Link below) lays out criminal charges for failing to control a dangerous dog. The owner could also face civil penalties if the dog does harm someone. Hopefully it never gets to that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Case law where denying police from taking evidence photos via access by an easement of specific driveway purpose only?

Claiming to visit neighbor who has easement for driveway purposes, they went down my driveway behind house and photographed unlicensed vehicles on my property only visible from the easement. Can it be used as evidence? Thank you

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

A more detailed analysis of the situation is necessary to answer your question. There are a few sites you can visit to do some of your own case law research for free. (Links Below) Alternatively, you can visit your local law library to conduct research. Best of luck.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to build a snowman using snow from someone else's property?

They don't have a fenced in yard or any signs that say private property.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

It sounds like you may be trespassing on their property. For a definitive answer you need to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Do police have to use their sirens to pull you over
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

Your question is somewhat vague. The audio siren is not a per se requirement of a traffic stop.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can my mother in law kick her boyfriend out of her apartment?

Mother in law and her boyfriend moved into an over 55 community in Ohio. He is not on the lease and doesn't pay any of the lease payments. He does give her money once a month to help pay for things. She discovered he's been making unauthorized charges on a credit card that he got in... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 23, 2021

If he asserted a legal right to stay, then the manager could file an eviction. Talk to the manager about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: I was wondering what the current up to date age of consent is in the state of Ohio
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 22, 2021

The age of consent in Ohio is 16. That said, an adult who engages in a sexual relationship with a child runs a lot of other, non-sex offense legal risks like contributing to the delinquency of a minor and interference with child custody. It's best to just stick to 18 and up.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: What’s going on with ovi case

Got charged with ovi on May 8th. On July 20th my I went to court and my lawyer asked that the case be moved from mayors court to county court. The prosecutor told me to expect a letter from county court in the mail in a week. It has now been over two months and nothing and the county court says... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Sep 22, 2021

It's hard to say from your brief recitation of facts what is going on. But someone needs to look into it before you wind up with a warrant for missing a court date. OVI cases don't just get moved from one court to another. If it is a felony OVI it may start in a municipal court and be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: Why don’t HOA’s allow essential critical infrastructure workers, emergency plumber, park their vehicles at their homes?

When renting the home I was not told or given any information about the HOA, nothing in the lease. I am trying to work w HOA, even tho legally they should be dealing with home owners, but they are just condescending, rude, and bullying throwing their attorneys around. I have been nothing but... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 21, 2021

HOAs are governed by a set of rules specified in a declaration that has been recorded in the county records and is binding on all the home owners and any others staying in any of the homes. The HOA rules provide fines or legal action for violations. They typically prohibit outside parking of... Read more »

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