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Firm Overview

I am focused almost exclusively on criminal defense of misdemeanor and felony cases, including drug, theft, DUI, fraud, and sex crimes for the past 13 years. My firm started in Santa Monica, California and then relocated to Santa Barbara, California, where we continue to serve the community.

Example cases

1. Possession for Sale of Cocaine - Client facing 9 years in state prison; after hung jury, felony charges dismissed
2. Driving Under the Influence - Acquittal by jury

Main Office

Main
1933 Cliff Drive
Suite 2
Santa Barbara  CA  93109

Phone
  • (805) 680-4171
Fax
  • (805) 435-1525

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, the initial consultation is free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

It depends on the types of criminal offense charged. Misdemeanor cases have a fixed fee before trial and for trial; felony cases have a fixed fee through the preliminary hearing and for trial.

Hourly Rates

$300.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The office number is (805) 963-2592.

Office Manager

None

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

French

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

I decided on my primary specialty to protect people from unfair treatment by law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

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

I make an effort to educate my clients about the legal issues that relate to their case so they can meaningfully assist in their defense. The self-help philosophy I encourage my clients to adopt is to understand how they have contributed to being in the situation that has resulted in charges against them (i.e., to be aware of any personal problems (involving money, career, family).

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It is an essential part of effectively representing clients charged with crimes.

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

I am happy to assist clients who want to represent themselves, but encourage them not to do so. The decision to coach a client who wants to represent him/her self depends on the type of crime they are charged with.

Neil D. Levinson

Former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County from 1988-1992 - prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes; Law Clerk for United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California - Summer 1986; Professional Pianist at Bars and Restaurants - 1983-1985; Professional Tennis Player - Summer 1983

The work experience and education that helps me be a better lawyer is trying difficult and challenging cases, practicing trial methods, and talking to other criminal lawyers about case examples and strategies.

My unique strength and expertise is negotiating case settlements for clients and defending cases honestly and fairly.

My style is non-adversarial, honest, realistic and real. I do not like to try to fool clients, prosecutors, police, judges or juries.

Personal interests:

My personal interests include music, sports, art, and reading.

License
  • Bar Number: 134733
    California , 1988
Education
  • San Fernando Valley College of Law
    J.D. , 1987
    Los Angeles, CA
  • University of California at Berkeley
    B.S. , 1982
    Berkeley, CA
    Major: History

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