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Why an attorney for a federal sentencing reduction?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Why an attorney for a federal sentencing reduction? Several individuals have asked me why the need for an attorney to reduce federal drug sentences. If the law is going to change, why do I need to hire a criminal defense lawyer? In the first place, the reduction in sentence is not automatic. The ...

What is plea bargaining?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is plea bargaining? When many people hear the term “plea bargaining” they conjure up images of criminals escaping long jail sentences and making a deal to avoid criminal liability. This good not be further from the truth. Plea bargaining is simply the process of the accused and the governmen...

What is a certified criminal specialist?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is a certified criminal specialist? There are many attorneys that call themselves ”criminal law specialists” but few of them really are. In order for an attorney in California to become certified as a criminal law specialist, the attorney must take and pass an intensive written examination d...

What if I miss a court date?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

What if I miss a court date? If you miss a court date, the court will probably issue a warrant for your arrest. In San Diego, if your case is a misdemeanor, it can probably be placed on the calendar by your attorney without your having to appear in court. If the case is more serious, such as a fe...

What is a criminal conspiracy?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿Qué es una Conspiración Penal? What is a criminal conspiracy? As a San Diego criminal lawyer, I am asked to explain to my clients what a conspiracy is. A conspiracy is nothing more than a group of individuas who set out to accomplish an illegal purpose. A conspiracy has been called “the darl...

What Is A State Readiness Conference?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿Qué Es Un “Readiness Conference”? What Is A State Readiness Conference? As a San Diego criminal lawyer, I am often asked what is a readiness conference. Many years ago, after being a prosecutor in Alaska, I attended my first readiness conference. There was something that felt wrong about partic...

What is a federal criminal case?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿Qué es un Caso Criminal Federal? What is a federal criminal case? The power of the federal government As a San Diego federal criminal defense lawyer, I am often asked, “when is a criminal case a federal case?” Many criminal clients assume that a federal case is more serious than a state one....

What is money laundering?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿Qué es el Lavado de Dinero? What is money laundering? San Diego criminal lawyers frequently encounter money laundering cases. Illegal narcotics generally move North from South America and Mexico to the United States. Money obtainined from the sale of the methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin eve...

Why should a person sometimes wait to post bail?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿Porqué una persona debería esperar a veces para pagar una fianza? Why should a person sometimes wait to post bail? As a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego, I often see clients who have thrown away thousands of dollars of bail money. Depending on the case, there may actually be good reasons to...

What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?

Posted by Russell Babcock | Mar 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

¿ Cuál es la diferencia entre asesinato y homicidio voluntario/involuntario? What is the difference between murder and manslaughter? Both murder and manslaughter involve the unlawful killing of a human being. Murder, Penal Code Section 187, requires that the killing for murder involve “malice afo...

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