My name is Debra B. Russell, and I am a criminal defense and family law  attorney in the Columbia / Lexington area of South Carolina. I worked as a prosecutor in Lexington County for eight years, and I also served on a violent crimes task force in Richland County. My experience as a prosecutor has given me unique insight into what it takes to build a strong case for my clients and provide them the legal assistance they deserve.

Family Law

Criminal Defense

When you are facing serious criminal charges, you want an attorney who can see the whole picture and knows the system – inside and out.

Many attorneys can point to the experience they possess, but I bring a unique set of abilities and qualifications to the table. I worked for the Prosecution for 20 years, including more than a decade as a paralegal at the Richland County Solicitor’s Office. After obtaining my law degree, I worked eight years as a Prosecuting attorney in both Richland and Lexington counties. During that time, not only did I develop trial skills in of criminal cases, but I cultivated relationships and earned the respect of prosecutors statewide.

My wealth of courtroom knowledge and experience make me an excellent choice as your defense attorney for such charges as:

  • DUI/DWI charges, including challenging traffic stops and test results:
  • Drug charges, including possession and distribution-related offenses
  • Minors in possession of alcohol
  • Sex offenses, including sexual assault
  • Violent crimes, such as assault and battery
  • Domestic violence

Regardless of the actual charges that you might face, being arrested, booked and scheduled to appear in court can be overwhelming. As a former prosecutor, I know how tough it can be for defendants — which is why I encourage you to schedule a consultation with my office as soon as possible.



Debra Russell is a family law and criminal defense attorney located in Lexington, SC.


The office of Debra Russell Law, LLC is located at 225-B Columbia Avenue in Lexington, South Carolina.