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Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Valore & Gordillo, LLP
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence...
  • Ohio
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As an Ohio attorney, I know the legal system is large, complex, and intimidating. I understand that interaction with government agencies is disorienting and the rules are unclear. If you, a family member, or a friend have been arrested, charged with a crime, are the subject of an investigation, or involved in a dispute with the government, it is in the accused person's best interest to obtain legal representation. As an attorney, my job is to defend your interests, freedom, dignity and reputation and to make sure you understand your rights, the process, and the consequences of your decisions. Do not let the system intimidate you. I am here to help. Don't face it alone. I practice law with a two part philosophy, which I am ready to put to work for you. First, the client is a person. As my client, I will treat you as a person, not as a number, a case, or a wallet. I will give you courtesy and respect and treat your problems with diligent attention. I will work with you to find the most cost effective solution to your problems. Second, the lawyer is an advocate, a guide, and an adviser. I will be your advocate. I will make sure you are not pushed into decisions you do not understand. I will investigate the evidence and claims against you. I will present the evidence and claims in your favor. I will ensure that your rights respected. I will guide you. I will explain the workings of the legal system so you will know what to expect and when to expect it. I will keep you informed of the status and progress of your case. I will advise you. Each step of the way you will face choices about your representation. I will explain each choice, the possible outcomes and potential consequences. It is unethical for an attorney to promise results, but I will tell you which choice I believe is best for your particular circumstances and explain why I believe it is best. Ultimately, you will make the key decisions regarding the direction of your case and I will work hard to achieve

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • White Collar Crime
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Free Consultation
    I am happy to meet with a prospective client in person or over the phone for a consultation. At the end of the consultation, I provide the client with my take on the situation and what can be done to help and address the issue of cost.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard. I also accept PayPal.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Of Counsel
Valore & Gordillo, LLP
- Current
Solo Practioner
Matt Williams LLC
- Current
Judicial Attorney
Ohio Court of Appeals Eleventh Appellate Distric
Cleveland State University
J.D. (2013) | Law
Honors: Graduated cum laude.
Activities: Executive Submissions Editor, The Global Business Law Review St. Petersburg Summer Law Institute Internships at the US Attorney's Office, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender, and the Supreme Court of the Seychelles
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Ohio State University - Columbus
B.A. (2007) | History
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Ohio # 0090709
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West Shore Bar Association
- Current
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Ohio Bar Association
- Current
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Legal Answers
2446 Questions Answered

Q. My girlfriend is being accused of assault even though she was defending herself from a man who was trying to rape her.
A: Your girlfriend needs to get a lawyer.
Q. I was denied a public defender due to income and now being forced to appear pro se what can I do?
A: 1. Try the case pro se. If you lose, you could appeal the judge’s ruling that you don’t qualify. 2. Appeal to the judge with evidence of your finances and efforts to hire counsel. Maybe he or she will change his or her mind. 3. Borrow money to hire a lawyer.
Q. How can I get a guest removed from my apartment if he/ she is not on the lease and doesn't help contribute to anything
A: If they haven’t been there long, they are just a guest. You tell them to leave. If they don’t go, you call the police and they’re trespassing. If they’ve lived there a while, you may have to evict them even if they don’t pay for anything.
Q. If police come in find nothing on warrant can I be charged with anything not on it
A: If the police serve a warrant looking for evidence of crime A and find evidence of crime B, yes, you can be charged with crime B. So, for example, if they come through the door look to seize financial papers and computers because they believe you’re involved in a scam and there’s a bunch of marijuana plants in the closet, then yes, of course, they can charge you with marijuana grow.
Q. Im being charged for my daughter protecting herself against children coming to my house to assualt her. What should i do
A: It kinda sounds like it’s already over. So you should probably just do the classes and stay out of trouble until your probation ends.
Q. I got charged aggravated menacing, no evidence at all. Will I be found guilty if she says she was in fear? All hearsay?
A: Well, you said you drove to her house and talked to her and then that you never had contact with her. So that’s not a great start. It’s possible that you mean a different “her.” Keeping this sort of stuff straight for the jury is exactly why it’s important to have a lawyer. You also can’t really be made to plead. You have an absolute right to go to trial. Perhaps it’s time to use it.
Q. It it’s her word against mine. No text, no encounter. What are the odds of justice when that happens.
A: The question of credibility is left to the trier of fact either a judge or the jury depending upon the defendant’s choice. The judge or the jury is permitted to believe or disbelieve testimony. The testimony of a single person, if believed, is sufficient to convict. So it really matters what everyone says and who the judge or jury believes. A true he said she said case is tough for a jury.
Q. Who would have legal custody of a dog after the owner gave it to me and is saying he wants it back at some point?
A: If this were to turn into a court battle, which would be silly, the question would be what was your agreement when you took the dog. If I’m going to study abroad for a year and I give my friend my dog to take care of with the understanding that it’s still my dog. Then it’s still my dog no matter how much money he spends in it. He could probably sue me for the money if it needed expensive emergency care but if he didn’t ask and I didn’t pay for food and regular check ups, that’s just him being generous. He agreed to take care of the dog. So, when he gave you the dog did he give it to? Or were you watching it? If it’s registered in your name, that will probably help. But the bottom line is what was the agreement? Something doesn’t belong to you just because you bought it. You can give anything you want away, and then it belongs to the person to whom you gave it. Something doesn’t belong to you just because you take care of it for someone else temporarily. I can ask you to watch a dog for a day, a year, and indefinite time, and you can agree to do so. That’s still my dog as long as it’s expected to be temporary.
Q. how do I find my dog that my wife gave to someone
A: That’s not a legal question.
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