Welcome to the Ochs-Tontz Law Firm, PLLC
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Common Questions
Everyone has questions about the legal endeavors or situations that they are facing. The hard part is that even the most skilled and proficient attorney cannot look into the future and give you a definite outcome.  Most often, a list of probabilities will be given to the client about the alternate possibilities or outcomes that may arise, depending on each cases specific facts, the law pertaining to those facts, and many other variables. Even though many answers begin with, "It depends," I will try to answer the most commonly asked questions in as straight-forward a manner as possible.

WHAT TYPES OF LAW DO YOU PRACTICE?

  • I practice criminal defense.  This includes, but is not limited to, charges related to drugs, alcohol, motor vehicles, physical violence, protective orders, white collar crimes (such as embezzlement and forgery) and many others.  
  • I also practice Adoption law for families adopting through the Oklahoma DHS.  
  • I handle Family Law. This includes, but is not limited to, divorce, paternity, child custody, adoption, etc.
  • I handle Juvenile Law.
  • Wills & Estates

WHAT TYPES OF LAW DO YOU NOT PRACTICE?

  • First and foremost, I will travel to surrounding counties: Noble, Oklahoma, Payne. Cases involving other counties are taken on a case by case basis and will involve additional fees for driving.  Also, part of what makes me an effective advocate is knowing the nuances of the District Attorneys and Judges, in my County.  This is my home, I know it well.
  • If you are needing an attorney in an area of Law not mentioned, please come in for a consultation; please feel free to contact the firm.  If we cannot handle the case, we can give you a referral to competent attorneys who are better able to assist you.  

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
It depends.  This firm charges most criminal cases with a flat fee.  This flat fee covers normal costs and legal fees, in most cases.  The firm reserves the right to set an individual fee for each case when quoted, depending upon specific facts/issues in the case.  These fees typically break down along the following lines:

  • Misdemeanor (non-DUI):  $1,000 and up.  
  • Misdemeanor DUI:  $1,250 and up.  DUI fees typically cover two cases, both the criminal case and the Department of Public Safety case that affects your driver's license.  
  • Felonies:  $2,500 and up.  These rates can go up based on certain factors including, but not limited to:  a Search/Arrest Warrant, large quantities of drugs, great bodily injury, the novelty of the case, crimes involving children and prior criminal history.  
  • Expungements: $1000.00 and up.  
  • Applications to Accelerate/Revoke a Felony Deferred/Suspended Sentence:  $1,500 and up.

Again, these are only guidelines, and your rates may be higher or lower that the examples given here, but these should give you a fairly good idea of what you can expect to pay.  

FAMILY LAW: Your case will be quoted based upon the initial consultation; However, a 1500.00$retainer is typically quoted for a basic divorce, then 150.00$an hour after.

OTHERS: Cases will be quoted at consultation.

WHY DO YOU HAVE "FLAT" FEES? (CRIMINAL CASES)
Attorneys have three basic fee structures:  Flat, Hourly and Contingent.  Flat fees are preferred by this firm because it takes money out of the equation when making legal decisions and when communicating with the client.  I want to be free to take whatever steps that we both deem necessary to defend you, and I do not want "rising costs" to get in the way.  Your case might not be over soon, but you will know that your attorney is not "dragging it out" to run up legal fees.  

WHAT DOES YOUR FLAT FEE NOT COVER?

  • Trials:  If a case is going to go to trial, then additional monies will be due, at that time.  It is especially difficult to quote a trial fee early on because I am unable to know how long the trial will take, how many witnesses will be needed to testify and if there will be expert witness fees, an independent lab analysis, etc.  
  • Costs:  Sometimes certain costs are necessary that are not contemplated in the initial fee.  These costs can include independent lab fees, drug screening fees, polygraph fees, etc.

AM I GOING TO JAIL?  
It depends.  There is no way for any honest attorney to answer this question without considering your personal story, the charges against you and your potential legal defenses.  Any other answer would be dishonest and misleading.

WILL I WIN MY CASE?
It is quite likely, but “winning” can mean a lot of different things.  It depends on what your definition of “win” is.  Winning can, and often does, mean having your day in court and having a judge or a jury dismiss the charges.  Winning can also mean that the charges are reduced.  Winning can mean negotiating and completing a plea agreement that protects what you value, like your criminal record or staying out of jail.  

I HAVE AN OLD CASE, CAN I GET IT EXPUNGED?
Possibly.  You need to call the office for a free consultation.  Jill Tontz can review your case and advise whether or not an expungement is in your future.   Many cases can be expunged, many cannot.  You won’t know unless you call.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
Maybe you should, and maybe you should not.  I am not the right attorney for every person.  The relationship between attorney and client is a very important one, and both the attorney and the client should feel that it is a good match.  I can tell you why you should contact me for a free consultation.  I believe strongly in what I do, I am good at it, and I enjoy it.  I also treat my clients with respect.  I return phone calls and keep appointments. All attorneys are not created equal and often, you get what you pay for. Jill Tontz knows the courtroom well and will fight vigorously for you as a client.

Contact Information

Feel Free to contact us today to set up an appointment for an Initial Consultation with the Och-Tontz Law Firm, Or email us at jill@ochs-tontzlaw.com.

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