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High-Quality Criminal Defense.

An attorney you can trust.

Law Office of Russell Brown ◆ Santa Barbara, California

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Custom-Designed Defense Strategy

Each criminal case is unique. Russell Brown creates personalized criminal defense strategies that are tailor-made to achieve his clients' goals.


Russell Brown is an experienced lawyer who has defended against all types of criminal charges, including DUI, domestic violence, battery, drug charges, and drunk in public.


Russell Brown fights to get the best possible result for his clients. His mission is to have the charges reduced or dismissed entirely.

Criminal Defense Lawyer • Russell Brown

  • Experienced criminal defense lawyer.
  • Friendly, dedicated and hard-working.
  • Custom-designed case strategy.
  • Confidentiality of your personal information.
  • Collaborative decision-making.
  • Russell Brown believes in his clients.

Customized Criminal Defense

Criminal defense is not "one-size-fits-all." Each defense should be customized to fit the client's goals and the facts of the case.

Our office is committed to providing high-quality criminal defense for all of our clients. We will design a criminal defense that is customized to your needs and has the best likelihood of having the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

Professional legal representation, for professionals.

We understand that even a minor criminal charge can dramatically disrupt you and your family. Our office will stand by your side in the courtroom and help navigate you through the criminal justice system.


Focus Areas

Russell is willing and able to take on any and all criminal charges. The most common types of cases he handles are:

Russell also frequently performs criminal record clean up for his clients, including expungement, reduction of charges, and withdraw of plea.

Selecting a Criminal Defense Attorney

Finding a hard-working, trustworthy criminal defense lawyer can be difficult. The best idea is to select an lawyer whose legal knowledge, effort, communication, and ability to work with others are the best fit for accomplishing your goals.

Defending Your Constitutional Rights

Russell Brown will defend your constitutional rights, including:

  • Your 4th Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure;
  • Your 5th Amendment rights to remain silent, to due process, and ban on double jeopardy;
  • Your 6th Amendment rights to a speedy public trial, to an impartial jury, to notice of the charges, to confront witnesses, and to be represented by an attorney.

Charges and Maximum Penalties

In general, the maximum punishment for a felony is 16 months, or two or three years in state prison. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor is six months in county jail and/or $1,000 fine.

Some charges have greater punishments. You can look up the punishment for your charge here.

Additional Punishments

DUI, domestic violence, and other charges have additional penalties, including classes, fees, and probation.

Court Orders

The judge can also issue personal conduct orders. For example, an order to stay away from certain people or places (restraining order). The judge can order that you abstain from alcohol, attend AA meetings, or get counseling for anger management.


Constitutional Rights

You are innocent until:

  • Proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; OR
  • Plead guilty or no contest.

1. You have the Right to a Court or Jury Trial that is speedy and public. You have the right to 12 impartial jurors chosen from the community.

2. You have the Right to an Attorney of your choice to represent you in misdemeanor and felony criminal proceedings. If you cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint an attorney to represent you at little or no cost.

3. You have the Right to Confront and Cross-examine Witnesses. The prosecution must bring witnesses to court to testify under oath.

4. You have the Right to Remain Silent and not testify in court. Your silence cannot be used as evidence against you.

5. You have the Right to Produce Evidence and Present a Defense. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to testify under oath.


Criminal Defense Strategies

Attack Validity of Charges

A technical defect can weaken the prosecutor's case and sometimes results in dismissal. Examples include illegal searches and interrogations, mis-calibrated equipment, police misconduct, and destruction of exculpatory evidence. In a felony case, you may contest the probable cause for the charges at a preliminary hearing.

Make a Plea Deal With the Prosecutor

After contesting any technical defects, you may be in a better position to negotiate with the prosecutor. Often the prosecutor will offer a plea deal to settle the case. The plea deal requires you to plead guilty to a charge and give up your right to fight the charges. In return, you will receive less than the maximum punishment. Accepting the plea deal may be the right choice even when you are innocent.

Request Court or Jury Trial

If you cannot make a deal with the district attorney to resolve your case, the next step is trial. Due to the costs and risks of trial, most cases end with a plea deal. You cannot be punished for deciding to go to trial because it is your constitutional right.

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924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1-T
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 635-7766