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  • I was charged with a felony 5 offense in Aug 2013. The charges were dismissed in Sept of 2014. Can I remove this off my record?

    I turned myself in in Aug of 2013 for the charges that were held against me for Richmond Hts. After seeing a judge via online conference I was transferred down to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Dept. My bond was set for $10,000. I bonded out and wa...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It sounds like you are eligible to have the record of your arrest and dismissed charge sealed. You will need to file an application to seal your record in that court. An attorney can certainly help you navigate that process.

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  • I am 18 My boyfriend is 17. We live in Ohio. If we have sex will I be arrested?

    Does the Romeo and Juliet Law apply, if yes to me being charged? We have been together since before I was 18 and are still together.

    Matthew’s Answer

    The age of consent in Ohio is 16. However, there are many other behaviors that could get one or both of you in trouble - for some examples, taking inappropriate pictures of each other, being out after curfew, or doing anything that your parents would consider "unruly".

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  • What are the chances of a 2nd OVI being reduced and to what?

    I have my first OVI back in 2013 and haven't gotten into trouble with the law since then until this past weekend.. I was charged with my second OVI, reasonable control and child endangerment.. I wasn't drinking so my BAC levels were .00 but I hit ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It is possible that a prosecutor may be willing to reduce your case. However, there is no way to know for sure without digging deeper into your case and then talking to the prosecutor. You should definitely contact an attorney. Blood tests must follow very specific procedures. If those procedures weren't followed, your attorney may be able to find grounds to have the test results thrown out.

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  • If I skip a 10 day jail sentence, will the police come looking for me or will there just be a warrant out for my arrest?

    I was ordered to turn myself into jail for a ten day sentence but I plan on moving out of state before the date I'm supposed to turn myself in. I know it's only 10 days but I absolutely hate jail. I have severe social anxiety so it is a nightmar...

    Matthew’s Answer

    They will very likely look for you. At best you'll spend the next several years wondering every time you go to the bank, the BMV, anywhere you need to show ID, or get a traffic ticket whether you'll be arrested and extradited. And once they catch up to you, you'll get even more time.

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  • Do we need to get an attorney?

    My sister stole $5800 that was hidden in a freezer from her grandmothers house that belonged to her aunt which she was visiting them from out of state. They are pointing the finger at her for taking the money and she's lost on what to do because t...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Get an attorney right away. Do not negotiate with the police, your negotiations will be used against you in court. Let your attorney do that.

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  • Will I be extradited to ohio from California? (See details)

    If i have a warrant for my arrest in Columbus ohio for burglary and a warrant in lancaster ohio for running from being on probation for attempting to convey an illegal substance to a state detention facility would they extradite me back to ohio to...

    Matthew’s Answer

    They very well might. Distance doesn't let you skip out on court. I have had at least one client extradited from California to Ohio for a far less serious offense than burglary.

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  • If I waive magistrate's decision?

    My ex and I signed a waiver of the Magistrate's decision, time limits, objections, preperations of transcripts, and asked that the court immediately adopt the ruling of the magistrate. Does that mean that our dissolution was final thae day of our ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The judge still needs to sign it, but by waiving the 14-day objection period the judge can sign it immediately.

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  • How long after an accident can an OVI be charged?m

    My boyfriend crashed his car into a telephone pole about a month ago. He was rushed to the emergency room. The police officer said it was a possible ovi. They did blood work and still we have yet to get any phone calls or letters in the mail. Coul...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It is unlikely he will actually be arrested at this point, but they prosecutor has two years to actually file charges.

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  • I have a felony 5 marijuana possession in Ohio...how long do they have to indict me

    I was passenger in vehicle and found under my seat but was not mine

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you were arrested then they will have to bring you to trial in 270 days. If you were not arrested, the Statute of Limitations is 6 years.

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  • I was charged with felonious assault 25 years ago and got 3 months in jail. I was there only 60 days on work release.

    I have not had so much as a traffic ticket since then and wanted to know how I can get this charge removed from my record? I was trying to buy a gun with my son a few days ago and was denied due to my background. I requested a reason and was sent...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You do have a couple possible options. While the felonious assault itself cannot be sealed or expunged, you can apply for what is known as "relief from firearms disability." This will allow you to own a firearm. In some cases, with very old convictions and an exemplary life since then, I have had judges and prosecutors willing to allow you to withdraw that old plea, enter a new plea to a reduced charge, and then seal that reduced charge.

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