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  • What can I do about a neighbor taking photos of me without permission?

    I live in an apartment complex. Every time I or my roommate leave home our downstairs neighbor is taking pictures of us around her blinds. We have repeatedly asked her to stop, yet the action persists. She has also made fraudulent police reports a...

    Thomas’s Answer

    This is not likely a violation of civil rights, but could potentially be a tort such as invasion of privacy. However, taking photos of someone in public is not in itself a tortious act in Ohio. You should contact an attorney who may be able to advise you further.

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  • What is the maximum sentencing for domestic violence?

    If the accused just wants to avoid making the trial painful or embarrassing the accuser

    Thomas’s Answer

    Assuming the defendant has no prior convictions, the maximum jail time is 180 days and a maximum fine of $1,000. However, once convicted of domestic violence, the next allegation will be charged as a felony - a very serious offense. Additionally, a conviction for domestic violence will usually disqualify someone from owning firearms.

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  • My boyfriend is in county. We haven't been sentenced yet but we are co defendants. Would I be able to visit him

    I'm out on bond/house arrest and he's still locked up. So would I be able to go visit him? Or they wouldn't let me just because we are co-d's?

    Thomas’s Answer

    This wouldn't be advisable and may not be permitted. If either of you are sentenced to probation, you may be prohibited from spending time with each other while on probation. Also,you should always be aware that ja visitations are often recorded. So if you do visit, be careful what you say.

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  • How do you find an attorney to file suit against the city

    My home was broken into by the police as retaliation in regards to an accident involving a police chase that I reported the police then falsely reported a fire and had all my utilities disconnected

    Thomas’s Answer

    You will need to meet with an attorney to review the allegations which you have raised. The attorney will evaluate the evidence supporting your claims and the potential defenses the City might have. Litigating a civil rights case is often difficult so any attorney will want to make sure that your case is provable and that defenses of qualified immunity do not apply.

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  • If you file an appeal for a case you were already sentenced for is it a chance u could get more time than you were already given

    aggravated burglary, first time offender

    Thomas’s Answer

    Depending on the issues raised on appeal, it is possible that your case could be sent back to the trial court for resentencing. However, it is very rare that a trial judge would give you additional time at a resentencing. Having said that, a good appellate attorney would be sure to raise only those issues which would likely help you.

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  • Do I need a lawyer, after having a detectove come speak to me about bad check passing?

    I had a detective visit me today about "possible" bad checks on my credit card accounts. They were returned from my bank after Weeks had passed. He said he was hust trying to get a handle on it... And set to set up a mtg... But did mention possibl...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Yes, you absolutely should obtain an attorney before meeting with law enforcement. You may already have given more information than is for your good. After retaining an attorney, the attorney may decide that meeting with law enforcement is not in your best interest.

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  • When does someone exactly become a felon?

    Do they become a felon when they plea guilty to felonies? Or is it later at sentencing, or what?

    Thomas’s Answer

    A person is not officially convicted of a felony until sentenced. Though, it can be very difficult to withdraw a plea even before the sentencing hearing.

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  • OVI Driving under suspension can it be dissmissed or plead down?

    I got my first OVI back in September of 2014. I was granted an LDP but shortly after I went out of work. On January 5th we had our newborn daughter and my water heater at my primary residence went out. My girlfriend was unable to drive due to pres...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Yes, it is possible to avoid this offense (and the mandatory jail sentence) by pleading to a lesser offense. However, you will need an attorney to assist you in navigating that course.

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  • I got charged with a 2nd degree misdermeanor for carry concealed. It was a pocket knife. What am I facing?

    I have no criminal records.

    Thomas’s Answer

    The maximum sentence for a second degree misdemeanor is 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. These are maximums and I would not expect that for a first offense. However,CCW is an offense that has many potential defenses so you may be able to escape any conviction. You should contact a local attorney.

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  • Do you have the right to obtain a copy of a report filed against you?

    My cousin has a report filed against him at the police by another individual and we are wondering if we can get a copy of it? If so, how to convince the cops to give us a copy?

    Thomas’s Answer

    A police report should be a public record. Typically, you can obtain it if you go to the law enforcement agency that took the report. Good luck!

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