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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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    Visa, Mastercard. I also accept PayPal.
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
2144 Questions Answered

Q. Can the police take a pic of my son off his personal phone to show a victim to identify him and ? My 15 without an adult
A: How did the police acquire his phone? How did they acquire the picture? Was the phone locked? They can talk to him and even arrest him without parental consent, but getting into locked cellphones now requires a warrant under most circumstances. With kids, there are a few circumstances it may not such as if a teacher got the password from the child, opened the phone, and gave the picture to the police, or if the child consented to the search (though consent can get complicated with children and aggressive police).
Q. What's most likely sentence for being Charged with (F4) 2925.03(A)(C)(1A) TRAFFICING IN DRUGS, Huron Co. Common Plea
A: The most likely sentence depends heavily on the individual's history. The list of charges, trafficking, possession, tampering, and criminal tools, doesn't include any high level felonies so a first time offender has an excellent chance at probation. But a person with a bad history could wind up with a couple of years in prison.
Q. What are my rights?
A: You can file for a civil protection order for one, and probably should. While there will be an order in place during her criminal case, it will end. Civil orders can be granted for as long as 5 years, and can be renewed. Additionally, there may be some custody issues that need to be addressed depending on the situation with your fiance's children.
Q. How old do you have to be to legally move out of your mothers house if she doesn’t give permission?
A: 18
Q. What if the vehicle's lease doesn't provide that non-OEM parts will diminish the value of the vehicle?
A: If the contract requires OEM parts, it requires OEM parts. It doesn't need to day why, and, after all, isn't it obvious why?
Q. Can I prosacute a case that is over the Ohio Statute of Limitations
A: It is probably too late, but you can contact adult protective services to see if there is anything they can do:
Q. If i have a hearing by the board and their lawyer and still do not feel the assessment is fair do I have any recourse ?
A: You could always take them to court...since I'm guessing this a condo board (yes?) you may want to try to work it out with them first.
Q. How soon can a hearing be set after service of an amended pleading?
A: The court can hold hearings whenever it wants really. If there are outstanding pleadings, that can be addressed with the court at hearing. The Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure do set the time responding to an amended pleading: "Unless the court orders otherwise, any required response to an amended pleading must be made within the time remaining to respond to the original pleading or within fourteen days after service of the amended pleading, whichever is later." Ohio R. Civ. Pro 15(A).
Q. I am in need of an attorney that is willing to go against the Akron Ohio police department. I was hurt traumatized and
A: Have you been charged with a crime -- weapons under disability perhaps? If so, you need to hire an attorney to represent you in that matter before you worry about suing the police.
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21055 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH 44126
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