The Law Office of Russell S. Babcock

San Diego, California Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney, Espanol

The Law Office of Russell S. Babcock

1901 First Avenue
Suite 138

San Diego, California 92101

Phone(619) 531-0887

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Law Firm Overview

The Law Office of Russell S. Babcock is a full service, bilingual (Spanish) criminal defense firm located in San Diego, California.
Practice areas include border and immigration crimes, homicide, economic and white collar crimes, drug and narcotics offenses, assault and domestic violence, sexual offenses, and other state and federal charges, as well as post-conviction matters and appeals.

Russell S. Babcock has more than 30 years of experience, including as Deputy District Attorney for more than six years. He became a certified criminal specialists in San Diego County in 1995 and has tried more than 150 jury trials. Mr. Babcock is admitted to the California Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts of California.

The Law Office of Russell S. Babcock was formed with the goal of providing the highest quality of federal and state criminal defense services at reasonable prices. Mr. Babcock brings detailed knowledge to even the most complex cases and pursues clients’ rights and best interests with dedicated advocacy.

Year this Office was Established: 1988

Languages: Spanish, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Federal and State Conspiracy; Grand Jury and Criminal Investigations; Alien Smuggling; Bank Robbery; Border Crimes; Bulk Cash Smuggling; Structuring; Sexual Assault; State and Federal Criminal Appeals; Illegal Alien; Blind Mule; Drug Bust; Government Fraud; Human Trafficking; Sexual Registration; Smuggling of Undocumented Aliens; Unlawful Entry Into the United States; Passport and Document Fraud; Criminal Forfeiture; Bail; Defense of Medical Doctors and Health Care Providers; Indecent Exposure; Mortgage Fraud; Advice on Grand Jury Subpoenas; Gang Related Crimes; Sexual Registration.

Areas of Law Description

The law office specializes in the defense of complex criminal cases including large drug conspiracies including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin. The office handles federal extradition cases, border crime, homicide, white collar crime, money laundering and all narcotics offenses. The goal is the highest level of service at an affordable cost. Se habla espanol y ayudamos muchos clientes Hispanos en la oficina.


Russell Babcock Mr. Russell S. Babcock
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Drug Crime, Narcotics, White Collar Crime


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 Federal Safety Valve: To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

The federal “safety valve” provides, in most cases, the only alternative for an individual charged with a serious drug case to escape a mandatory penalty of five or ten years.

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 Changes in Federal Criminal Law Since Trump

Many of my clients ask me how the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has changed the outlook on their cases. As one would expect, the existing criminal laws are now being enforced much more harshly, resulting in unfair incarceration for many first offenders. Below are the three major areas that I have seen substantial changes in the last year

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 Drug Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Not Safe with Safety Valve

As any federal criminal law practitioner knows, there are a daunting set of mandatory minimum offenses in the federal law that trump any other sentencing provisions. The most common of the mandatory minimum offenses are for drug offenses.

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 Extradition of Foreign Nationals Under the MDLEA Subverts Justice

In 2001, I participated in the most intriguing criminal case of my career to date. More than a dozen Russians and Ukrainians, who were crew members on a boat that was seized by the United States Coast Guard off the coast of Mexico, were forcibly extradited to the United States.

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 Federal Minor Role is Major

Much of my practice deals with defending individuals who import methamphetamine into the United States. Anyone who has practiced federal criminal law knows that the penalties are daunting. In many case a defendant would receive less time for attempting to escape and running over and seriously injuring a custom’s agent than for the charge of importation of methamphetamine.

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 The Most Important Tool of Persuasion

I was fortunate enough to learn a lesson more than thirty years ago. It was my first year practicing law with a civil firm. They sent me to Arizona District Court to argue an important motion.

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 A Proposal for More Fair Federal Drug and Narcotics Law Sentencing

Every day at the San Diego (San Ysidro)-Tijuana border alone, dozens of people try to smuggle methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin into the United States.

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 Federal Criminal Defense: The Other Side of the “Safety Valve”

Today, I am going to speak out against one of those sacred cows for the federal defense lawyer, 18 U.S.C. § 3553 (f), the Federal Safety Valve.

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 The Federal Sentencing Battle

The overhaul of federal sentencing law with the enactment of the United States Sentencing Guidelines, (U.S.S.G.) , had a noble but flawed goal The basic idea was that sentencing uniformity and therefore fairness could be achieved by reducing the myriad acts of criminal behavior and offender characteristics to a number.

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 A Tip for a Successful Cross-Examination( Tip #1)

Effective cross-examination is a true art. Everyone is a unique communicator and has a different way of getting a point across in the courtroom.

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 Five Reasons to Never Waive Oral Argument in a Criminal Case

So that dreaded notice arrives inviting oral argument. Strangely, I have learned that many of my colleagues simply put the notice aside and let the time run out, or they send the notice back waiving oral argument. I believe it is generally a big mistake to waive and I am here to explain to you the five reasons why I feel that way:

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 Three Giant Steps Forward for Federal Criminal Law

While the country has been focused on ISIS and issues with domestic espionage, the current administration under United States Attorney General Eric Holder has made three major changes in federal sentencing law.

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 Federal Sentencing: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

When I think of a judge imposing a federal sentence, my mind often drifts to the Wizard Of Oz and that little masked man standing behind the curtain.

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 Reduction in Federal Drug Penalties: “Just Say No”

Attorney General Eric Holder “gets it.” He understands that the federal prisons are full of non-violent drug offenders. During his administration, there has been the biggest overhaul of federal sentencing in drug cases in more than twenty years.

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 Suspension and Deferral of Deportations: A Band-Aid Covering the Tumor

Congress and President Obama have both taken recent steps in passing two measures that move in the right direction to solve the immigration crisis in the United States.

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 Five Ways Not to Become a Blind Mule

Yes, it does happen. While the majority of those who are arrested at the international border with cars laden with narcotics know that of their illicit cargo, there are the occasional blind mules –those who were duped by strangers, business associates or even loved ones to carry the contraband.

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