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Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
Thomas Ogas

1300 Clay St. Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612
(510) 645-1529

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Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas


He prides himself in personal representation of every client, attention to detail, and excellent 'customer service'. Your case is your life, and it's important to you. He gets that. Your phone calls will be returned and you won't be abandoned after the case is concluded. You pay one flat fee, under terms you can live with, and you won't be charged for anything extra unless your case goes before a jury. Consultation is entirely free so there's no harm in finding out if he's the right lawyer for you.

Tom has been a criminal defense attorney for more than five years.  In that time he has personally handled thousands of cases, from misdemeanors to juvenile offenses to serious felony matters,  and taken nearly 40 cases to jury trial.  Tom wins his jury trials nearly 2/3rds of the time, which is an outstanding success rate in the field of criminal law, a field where District Attorneys boast of 90% and greater conviction rates.

 

Tom has a casual and straight-forward style that connects with jurors and fellow attorneys.  He prides himself in his reputation for being honest, sincere, professional, and true to his word.  As your attorney, he will reason with the opposition and judges to get you what you want, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll roll up his sleeves and get to work fighting on your behalf.  Tom is not afraid to go to trial.

 

Communication and trust are vital to any attorney-client relationship. Tom will put in the time and effort to keep you informed, and to earn your trust.

 

Tom is happy to consult with you for free about your case.  You will not be put under any pressure to hire him, nor will he charge you any fees until you are completely willing and able to hire him as your attorney.

 

Hire An Attorney You Can Trust

 

Tom Ogas practices in California in the Alameda County area, and the surrounding areas.   In some cases, he may be willing to travel to handle your case.  Discuss it with him.

 

You can contact Tom Ogas by phone at:   (510) 645-1LAW.  However, if Tom is not in the office please leave a message.  Tom checks his voice mail remotely and may return you call even before he returns to the office.

 

Please Call: (510) 645-1529

 

 

Please Call: (510) 645-1529

Who is Thomas J. Ogas?

Tom has been a criminal defense attorney for more than five years.  In that time he has personally handled thousands of cases, from misdemeanors to juvenile offenses to serious felony matters,  and taken nearly 40 cases to jury trial.  Tom wins his jury trials nearly 2/3rds of the time, which is an outstanding success rate in the field of criminal law, a field where District Attorneys boast of 90% and greater conviction rates.

 

Tom has a casual and straight-forward style that connects with jurors and fellow attorneys.  He prides himself in his reputation for being honest, sincere, professional, and true to his word.  As your attorney, he will reason with the opposition and judges to get you what you want, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll roll up his sleeves and get to work fighting on your behalf.  Tom is not afraid to go to trial.

 

Communication and trust are vital to any attorney-client relationship. Tom will put in the time and effort to keep you informed, and to earn your trust.

 

Tom is happy to consult with you for free about your case.  You will not be put under any pressure to hire him, nor will he charge you any fees until you are completely willing and able to hire him as your attorney.

 

Hire An Attorney You Can Trust

 

Tom Ogas practices in California in the Alameda County area, and the surrounding areas.   In some cases, he may be willing to travel to handle your case.  Discuss it with him.

 

You can contact Tom Ogas by phone at:   (510) 645-1LAW.  However, if Tom is not in the office please leave a message.  Tom checks his voice mail remotely and may return you call even before he returns to the office.

Why Hire Thomas J. Ogas

Why Hire Thomas J. Ogas?

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Experience from personally handling literally thousands of cases.

Unmatched personal attention, with a strong commitment to informing and empowering you.

Persuasive and Charismatic, a natural in front of juries.

On your side.  No matter the facts or the evidence, he remains loyal to you.

Telling it to you straight.  No lies.  No broken promises.  No exagerations.  No manipulation.

There is nothing to lose.  Why not consult with Tom and try him out?  Your first meeting with Thomas J. Ogas is free of charge.  You pay nothing unless you choose to have him be your Attorney, and you make that choice after meeting with him and discussing your case.  

Call right now.  If you cannot reach him immediately by phone, please leave a voice mail messageThe Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas is commited to returning your phone message.  If you are unsure of what to say on the phone,  send email.  You should get a response within a day or less.

What Does Your Lawyer Do For You

What Does Your Lawyer Do For You?

 

Other than being extremely knowledgeable in the law and legal process, lawyers actively represent you and your interests. Below are just a few things your lawyer will do for you in a criminal case:

 

1) Explain exactly what all those legal papers are saying

2) Tell you what all the consequences are of any legal decision you make.

3) Advise you so that you make the best decision possible.

4) Speak for you in court.

5) Research, write, and argue legal motions when your rights have been violated.

6) Negotiate with District Attorneys and Judges to try to settle your case.

7) Collect evidence to help prepare your defense.

8) Prepare and present your case to a jury in trial.

9) Argue your side of things to the judge.

 

Lawyers, especially Criminal Lawyers, are often very busy, as criminal law requires many court appearances and a great deal of time is spent out of the office. Your attorney has other clients, with other court dates. If you call and he is not in, please leave a message. It’s impossible to know when court will be finished and when your attorney will return to the office. Let him call you back when he gets back. Just make sure to leave a number where he can reach you.


What Your Lawyer Cannot Do

 

Your lawyer is forbidden by law to lie to the court or any other judicial officer, which includes other lawyers.

Your lawyer cannot make up evidence or defenses, or make up fake laws.

Your lawyer cannot file legal motions that are not supported by the law.

Your lawyer cannot hide or destroy evidence.

Your lawyer cannot participate in any illegal activities, or help you do anything illegal.

Your lawyer must tell the police if he knows that someone is going to be hurt or killed.


What Your Lawyer Most Certainly CAN Do

 

Argue to the judge, district attorney, and jury anything that is reasonable from the evidence (unless he knows that it is absolutely not true).

Defend a person he knows to be guilty.

Keep your secrets confidential, ensuring that the police and district attorney cannot use them against you.

Misdemeanor Cases

Misdemeanors are any crimes that are punished by up to one year in the county jail.   Misdemeanor crimes do not send someone to prison.  They are generally simple or petty crimes.  Some examples of misdemeanor crimes are:  Driving on a Suspended License, Petty Theft, Battery (hitting someone), Vandalism, and Tresspassing. Many times the punishment for a misdemeanor is light enough that jail time can be avoided entirely.  But not always.  Some serious facts, or cases with many misdemeanor charges can add up to substantial jail time.

 

First, you are “Arraigned” on the “Complaint” that the District Attorney's Office filed against you.  That means, you personally show up in court and a judge reads you the charges against you and asks you if you want to admit them (plead guilty) or deny them (plead not-guilty).

 

If you plead guilty, you are sentenced right then and there by the judge.  You have to do what the judge says, even if he says you have to go to jail.  You’ll have to pay some fines and you’ll be on informal probation for several years.  However, your case will be over at this point.

 

If you plead not-guilty, the judge will give you or your attorney a copy of the complaint and all the papers that support it.   You will then be given a court date to come back to court and see another judge about your case.

 

Before the next date, your attorney will review all of the papers and the charges against you.  You will meet with your attorney to discuss the case.  Sometimes this is done by telephone.

 

At the next court date, your attorney will talk to the Deputy District Attorney and possibly the judge to try to negotiate or settle your case.  If a deal cannot be reached, then the case is usually set for trial.

 

In Misdemeanor cases, you have a right to have a Jury Trial, just like in Felony cases.

 

Felony Cases

What Happens in Felony Cases

oakland theatreFirst, you are “Arraigned” on the “Complaint” that is filed against you, just like with misdemeanors.   You  must personally appear in court and the judge will tell you what your charges are and ask you if you want to admit (plead guilty) or deny them (plead not-guilty).  In most cases, you will plead "not-guilty", as Felony cases involve  possibly being sent to  State Prison.  You absolutely must to talk to an attorney if you are charged with any Felony.

The issue of Bail will come up.  When you are arraigned, the judge will set Bail (the amount of money the court will hold to make sure you come back to court) based on what the charges are.  If you cannot pay it, you (or your family) will have to find a Bail Bondsman who will pay it for you ... but for a large, non-refundable fee.  If you cannot pay him, then you may be stuck in jail until your case is over.  In some cases, the judge may let you out without bail.  Your attorney can sometimes convince him to do that.

 

After you plea of  not-guilty, you or your attorney will be given the complaint and all attached documents to review.  A court date will be scheduled.  Your attorney will review the evidence and meet with you to discuss the case.  Sometimes this can be done by telephone.

 

At the next court date, your attorney will talk to the Deputy District Attorney and possibly the judge to try to negotiate or settle your case, even if you're not sure you want to.  This is done because of the serious nature of Felonies, and to give you options.  If a deal cannot be reached, or you reject it, then the case will be scheduled for a "Preliminary Hearing".

 

A Preliminary Hearing means that the Deputy District Attorney must show the judge that they have enough to prove a minimum case against you.  They will call a witness or two and show the judge some of their case, enough to prove each of the charges against you (just with a lower burden of proof.)  At that hearing, your attorney can ask questions of these witnesses as well to try to show that there isn’t enough evidence, or just to flesh out the information for later use.  When the hearing is over, the judge will either dismiss the charges or “Hold You To Answer” them.  If you are “Held to Answer,” you must come back to court again and be officially charged with the Felony crimes the judge found to be proven at the hearing.  At that point, your case will be set for trial.

 

You have an absolute right to a Jury Trial in all Felony cases.  You can also choose not to have a jury hear your case, but you should talk to your attorney first about what that means, and why it is usually harder to win before a judge than a jury.


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