The Law Offices of Deborah L . Levy

Firm Overview

After being a JAG officer in the United States Navy, and a Solano County Public Defender, I went out to open my own defense practice in 1990.

I have a lot of experience with serious, violent felony cases. I do criminal defense work exclusively.

Example cases

I am proud to have saved the life of a young man named Demarcus Ralls. He was the first young man to be tried of the Nut Case Gang. Despite the multiple murder charges, and the multiple robberies, etc., the jury voted for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, instead of death. Because of this verdict, the D.A. then dropped their request for death on two of the other defendants.

Main Office
360 Grand Ave. #197
Oakland  CA  94610
  • (510) 251-1850
  • (510) 568-8176


Free Initial Consultation?
Mention Nolo and you will receive a 30-minute free consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
The fees depend upon the case. In general, for a misdemeanor case, the retainer is $2,000 to $3,500. For felony cases, the retainer can range from $5,000 to $50,000.
Hourly Rates
I do not charge hourly rates.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please call for after hours assistance.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
I speak Spanish, and a little Arabic.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

You had to take criminal law as a first year law student. I knew those charged with crimes were the people who needed a lawyer's help the most.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It concerns me because the context and the history of a particular legal issue can alter what appears to be a simple answer.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review any documents my client prepares.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

This depends upon the seriousness of the matter. The more serious, the more an attorney is needed.

Deborah L. Levy

As stated above, I was a government lawyer for my first years as an attorney. Although the military claims that they train their lawyers in all areas of military practice, I did defense work almost exclusively during my time as a Navy JAG Officer. I did my first trials in uniform. I did 27 misdemeanor trials my first year as a Public Defender. The office gave me the "Go to Trial," award. When the county fired my boss, I quit in protest. Since then, I have tried many cases to verdict. I have handled quite a few high publicity cases.

I have had extensive trial experience. I have a good reputation with the Office of District Attorney of Alameda County. I am known as a fighter. My involvement with civil rights and women's rights has made me a strong advocate.

I am a good public speaker. My style is to be sincere and believe what I say. I think jurors distrust defense attorneys, in general. If I want to persuade them, they have to believe what I say to them.

Personal interests:

I like spending time at home with my boyfriend and our crazy dog. I love old movies.

  • Bar Number: 110995
    California , 1983
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1980
    Tallahassee, FL
  • Kansas University
    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a special major in Women's Studies , 1977
    Lawrence, KS

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