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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.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • 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
Ohio State University - Columbus
B.A. (2007) | History
Professional Associations
State Bar of Ohio # 0090709
West Shore Bar Association
- Current
Ohio Bar Association
- Current
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Legal Answers
2201 Questions Answered

Q. how do I read appeals
A: In terms of actually reading them, you just read them. I’m not sure how else to put that. In terms of finding them, there are a number of online resources. The better ones, Westlaw and Lexis, you have to pay for. But sites like this one, and google scholar will give anyone some access. You can also go to your nearest public law library for assistance. In terms of understanding them, 3 years or law school would be best. But the most important thing to remember is that they only decide the issues directly before them based on the facts of the case before them. They say a lot of stuff that’s really background, and it can be difficult for lay people in particular to determine if the particular case they’re reading addresses their issue and remains good law. Appeals get reversed too, so you should be suspicious of anything old. It’s up to the person arguing a new appeal to explain how their case is the same and/or different than the cases on which prior decisions are based.
Q. What is the statue of limitations on underage drinking in Ohio? For an adult.
A: If there’s a warrant. There probably isn’t an issue with the SOL. That’s the time they have to charge you, not to catch you or try you. But plead not guilty and challenge the state to prove its case. I doubt they can turn up the witnesses or other evidence after so many years.
Q. Criminal defense question
A: The defense can’t require any testimony from the state. But the law requires the state to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Which means the state must prove the defendant knowingly caused serious physical injury to the victim. So they’re going to put on some testimony. None of those elements necessarily require an expert or forensic tech the way say DNA matching does. If seven people from a party testify the defendant, drunk, attacked the victim stabbing him in the face with a knife because the victim was hitting on his girlfriend and the victim testified he was stabbed in the eye leaving him blind in one eye, the jury is going to convict in about 2 minutes. No expert or forensics needed. The most common defense are (1) acting in self defense, (2) injury not “serious” (that term has a legal definition), and (3) not done knowingly (man having seizure kicks some in the face breaking their nose and jaw, for example). The defense could put on its own expert testimony concerning seriousness of injures, or other factors.
Q. Is it possible that we could be together and have a good relationship? He is 18 going on 19 and we are 3yrs 4mths apart.
A: This isn’t really a legal question. Know that anything sexual before you turn 16 can get him into really bad trouble. And between 16-18 he would still be at some risk of being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, though that risk is not nearly as serious as being labeled a sex offender as he could be before you turn 16. Ultimately, it’s up to you two decide if you’re going to be together.
Q. What kind of motion would i file to get a no contact order dropped
A: You can file a motion to modify the order, but under the circumstances, I would not expect the court to be very receptive to your request.
Q. I got a ticket for letting an unlicensed driver drive my car while I had a suspended liense and my mom wont take me
A: If you got a ticket for it...most likely for an offense called "wrongful entrustment," then you are already in trouble.
Q. What can one expect on a shoplifting misdemeanor theft charge, theft happened over a period of time so amount is high
A: The punishments folks face on misdemeanor charges depend very heavily on the individual's history and the personality of the judge. A first time theft offender almost always gets probation, but there are some judges who do give jail time even on a first offense. If the charge is a misdemeanor in Ohio, the amount cannot be more than $1,000. Otherwise, you get into felony territory. Still, probation remains the most likely punishment for first time offenders or those with limited history. You should work with a lawyer in any event.
Q. Can I go to jail if I don't go to small claims court
A: No. But the court will issue judgment in favor of the other side of if you don't show up. And they will then have the legal means to seek to collect from you by force.
Q. What's the most successful DUI defense? My son needs an attorney.
A: There is no one most successful defense. It all depends on the situation. If the police had no reason to pull the car over, then that will be the most successful defense. If they screwed up administering field sobriety defenses, then that will. Etc.
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