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Kelly Lynn Katherine Babineau

Criminal defense Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.6   19 reviews

About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I handle all types of criminal cases, including homicide, gang, sexual assault and child molest.

  2. Federal crime

  3. Licensing
    I represent clients whose professional license is in jeopardy.

When a person is charged in a criminal case or is threatened with losing their professional license, it is one of the scariest moment's in their life.  I understand the need to have a professional, aggressive attorney that is going to fight to preserve the client's rights and win their case.  I have a team of professional staff, investigators and experts that help ensure my clients are provided the best defense possible.

After years of public service as a public defender, I opened my own law firm so that I could provide my clients with the very best legal representation without the limitations endemic of a case load that is too high. If you are looking for an attorney who can handle a tough case, give me a call. I love the challenge of trial and the joy of helping clients win their cases



Licensed for 25 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 08/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kelly

The Law Office of Kelly Babineau, APC
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 801
Sacramento, CA, 95814


4.6 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer
Kelly is a very efficient lawyer. She picked-up my case very quickly, driving it to a excellent resolution. Definitely recommended.
Response from Kelly Babineau October 27, 2020
Thank you for the review. I am happy everything worked out so well.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mind blown
I’m almost 40 yrs old and have never needed an attorney in my life. I found myself in a situation that I NEVER could have even dreamed I would be in and from the very first contact with Kelly I could tell she had my back. She believed in me. I can’t even begin to express how much this amazing woman helped me in the scariest time of my life. She went way above and beyond what I ever expected from a criminal defense attorney, always with my best interest in mind. Kelly’s professionalism and ethics, and most importantly human connection and understanding, just blew my mind. I am beyond grateful I found her and would recommend her a million times over to be the one you have in your corner.
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Response from Kelly Babineau February 10, 2019
Thank you so very much for the lovely comment. I am so pleased that you were happy with my representation.
Posted by Christina | February 8, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Trial Attorney
Kelly is an outstanding criminal defense attorney, and I recommend her to anyone who needs an experienced advocate by their side.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney with outstanding result
Kelly Babineau is a true professional that I highly recommend for ANY legal representation. I am so glad I came across Kelly because she was the best lawyer for my case. She was very knowledgeable about my case and took her time to explain things to me. Whenever I had a question, she answered it, and she worked from the beginning to end of my case with the same enthusiasm. She fought very hard for me. She is simply OUTSTANDING and worth the money I paid for her services.
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Posted by Mejra | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kelly is a blessing
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Kelly Babineau, and I can say with full confidence, that Kelly is amazing at what she does. She goes out of her way to help and support you. When you are put in a position where you need to find someone to defend you, its a tough spot to be in. It takes an emotional toll on you and makes you depressed. When I met Kelly and spoke with her, I felt relief, I knew I was in good hands. She will tell you how it is and what she can do for you. Kelly is very driven and determined with her work. She takes the case very serious and makes it a priority. Kelly never stopped believing in me or losing hope. Thanks to her, my case won. I do not know how I would have made it through all of this without her. I would recommend her to anyone, she is worth it. Thank you Kelly, you are a miracle.
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Posted by Sultan | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
Kelly is an inspiration, and I had the pleasure of working with her. Nowadays it is so hard to trust people, and even harder to find someone to represent you. But from the moment I walked into Kelly's office I knew I had made the right decision. Giving her my case, seeing her work and analyze every piece of information, I trusted her. She is very hard working and driven, and her work shows it. Kelly is always well organized and prepared, and can answer all of your questions or concerns. With my case I was going through a lot, emotionally and financially. But with her on my side, I knew things would work out. She put me at ease and made me feel comfortable. Kelly always notified me of any changes in the case. The outcome of my specific case was amazing. I had won, with her by my side. Kelly has impacted my life and helped me get back on my feet. All I can say is Justice has been served. I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Kelly for everything you have done for me.
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Posted by Sherri | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing 2nd DUI Charge
I am so happy I received a recommendation for Kelly Babineau, Attorney at Law. Although the charge I was facing was very common, my case was unique. Mrs. Babineau from the very beginning was diligent and tenacious with the DA regarding my case. My case was continued for over a year, but Kelly was persistent that the DA drop all charges. Although I was confident in going to trial, Kelly was able to get the DA to offer an almost unheard of plea bargain (unheard of regarding the charges against me). Mrs. Babineau laid out my options, and I decided to take the plea. Kelly did not try and force the plea, she would have been more than willing to go to trial. This is one of the many reasons I would highly recommend Mrs. Babineau to anyone in need of a lawyer. I am pretty confident that if I had gone with the lawyer my union had recommended things would have turned out very differently. Kelly is smart, down to earth, friendly, easy to talk to, and a down right great lawyer. Thank you so much Kelly
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Posted by Selena | August 1, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
I hired Mrs. Babineau to help me with a D.U.I. Mrs. Babineau was so amazing on making me feel unlike a criminal. She went beyond her means to make sure everything done by the police was done correctly and precise. She fought hard to make sure I got the lowest penalty and the lowest fees as possible. She did everything she said she would do and more. She did all the work to the point I didn't even have to make one appearance in court so I didn't have to miss any work. I recommend Kelly Babinau for anyone that has a criminal case. She is a determined young lady who will go to bat hard for u. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely call Mrs. Babineau.
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Posted by Tina | July 28, 2015
Thank You!
Kelly and her office are great. She really came through and helped our family. She is very caring and informative, always kept us up to date and I felt she was really there for us. It is because of her my husband is home with us. I am very grateful for her services and she has a great office staff as well. Thank you Kelly!
Posted by Pam | July 24, 2015
Compassionate and caring
I have been very fortunate to be represented by Ms Babineau. she is one professional who approaches her duties very seriously. Ms Babineau goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are well represented. She advocates diligently for her clients and is very passionate about her job. Ms Babineau is also very accommodating, she will meet with me at late hours or very early in the morning and often times have offered to drive and meet me half because I live an hour plus away from Sac Town. We need more dedicated counsellors like Ms Babineau in the legal field.
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Response from Kelly Babineau July 28, 2015
It has been a pleasure to work with you Pam. Thank you for the great review.
Posted by Ruben L | August 5, 2014
Number 1 Recommendation
Mrs.Babineau Was my attorney on my case i was fighting for Attempted Murder. I knew without a doubt when i first met Kelly she was the perfect lawyer to represent me. Kelly is one of the few lawyers in Sacramento who's goal is to help her client prove their innocence. She did a lot for me and for my case from her heart. She was very understanding and willing to work with my family to help us with the money my family had available at the time due to there situation. She's friendly and made me feel completely at ease trusting the most important person in my life to help prove my innocence . Choosing Kelly was one of the best choices that i could have made . She was there for me all the way thru my case . Kelly believed in me when no one else did and proved my innocence and for that I'm grateful and i owe her my life due to the excellent job she did in saving my life. I would definitely use her services again if i ever need to .
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Posted by Veronica & Joey | March 26, 2014
Very Caring!
One of my friends, she works for a Law Firm and I had asked her if she would ask her lawyers if she would have them look at a list of lawyers names that I had received thru my Arag list. So when i got the feedback from them that my best chance would be with Kelly! I'm sooo glad i took that in consideration! I Kelly was there for my son and I all the way thru our case! Very understanding , very caring & super smart as well. She kicked butt! I would totally recommend her!! IF I ever an need of any lawyer she would be my first picK NO DOUBT about that!
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2013
Look no further, you have found the best!
I had a licensing issue and didn't know where to turn, and certainly didn't know who to trust. There are so many money hungry lawyers who are quick to take advantage of a client in a vulnerable position, but Kelly is not one of them. Throughout my time working with Kelly, and our correspondence, it was evident that she genuinely cared. Kelly was the first person I spoke with regarding my case, and I immediately knew that she was the one to help me with my needs. When I initially began my attorney search I went to several websites, and couldn't find an accurate review of what my encounter with legal counsel would entail, so for reader ease I will lay it out in the following format: 1. Professionalism: Kelly is incredibly punctual, swift, and diligent with her e-mail and phone responses. I never had to worry if she was going to return a phone call or e-mail; she was always on the ball. I have never known of an attorney to engage in client centered care with such compassion. It did not matter to her if my e-mail was regarding important information, or my own concerns with a situation, she always happily got back to me, and made feel like my case was important and worth fighting for. She also knows her material inside and out, and is definitely a person you that you would want standing next to you in court or representing your name in a legal proceeding. Legal documents that she prepared on my behalf were outstanding to say the least. All documents were pristine and exemplified not only her immense legal knowledge, but also her dedication to making the outcome of my case the best possible. When I decided to seek counsel from Kelly, I also made the personal choice of selecting an attorney 2 hours away from home. Kelly was aware of the distance that I traveled and made every effort so that I did not have to drive to her office; most of our correspondence was through e-mail or by phone and that was perfect for me. Another issue that is generally left unspoken is that when a person is in need of a defense attorney, there is sometimes a feeling of embarrassment. People generally do not want to seek out help from a person who will judge them, relate negative feeling toward them for what happened, or tell them what they "should have done". Kelly never once made me feel negatively judged, or less worthy to attain my goal because of my issues. It didn't matter to her what had already happened (in that sense), what mattered most to her was how we were going to move forward together to rectify the situation with the best possible outcome. 2. Office Staff: Kelly's legal assistant was always very friendly, personable, and prompt. She and Kelly are in constant contact with one another and always know what is happening with your case. The office is very clean, well organized, and you are always greeted with a smile and offer of a beverage. 3. Financial: Kelly has her fees well organized and written out in advance. If you don't understand something, she will gladly explain anything to you and does not become impatient if you need further clarification. She also sends out an itemized fee table to let you know where your money is going/has gone. She was also very willing to work with me and my family to help us with the money we had availible in our budget. I was never concerned with dishonesty with Kelly, and that was very important to me. She did a lot for me, and for my case from her heart. She is one of the few true lawyers out there who has the ultimate goal of helping their client out of precarious situations, and seeing them succeed. Choosing Kelly was one of the best choices that I could have made, and I am more than willing to refer her to a friend or loved one. I know without a doubt that they would be in safe, educated, and compassionate hands.
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Posted by Joelann | October 12, 2012
Kelly babineau was veryhelpful!! A great person and woman!! Such a pleasure to work with!!
Kelly was VERY helpful to me, she was understanding to my issues and spoke to me as a person, not a case!! I would recommend her to all of my friends!!
Posted by Ruth | November 17, 2011
This woman has your back! Made a nightmare into a daydream.
Our professional relationship was brief as the charges were overblown and dropped by the DA. I can't comment on her courtroom style but I can tell you she is responsive and doesn't overstate the situation. I emailed her from the internet late on a Friday night, She called me back on Saturday and I was able to meet her in her office on Sunday. First time in my life I've needed a criminal defense lawyer and I'm never going to look for another one till she retires. She was fair in her pricing and offered to let me make payments even though she didn't know me from Adam. When the case was dropped by the DA she took the deposit I'd paid as payment in full (about right for the amount of time she used based on her hourly rate). She knew the courts well enough to tell me what kind of judge we'd be running into if it came to that. She's friendly and made me feel completely at ease trusting the most important person in my life to her legal care. I'll use her services again if I ever need to.
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Posted by Tency | August 20, 2010
Thanks for your advise online.
Dear Ms Babineau, It is wonderful to know that someone is out to help the down-trodden. I will pass on you advise to my son. His court date in San Jose was changed to next Tuesday. I feel better knowing that he will not be imprisoned. Thank you for remembering those of us who have fallen on hard times. I do think that the law considering pen knives that are really tools as concealed weapons is a bit out of date. My son spends a lot of time outdoors landscaping, and uses his pen knives as tools to cut ropes, vines, etc. At any rate, it looks like the people being hunted down are the innocent these days, since the police often rather not have to deal with hardened criminals and just want to make quotas off of the less fortunate. Thanks again for your counsel. Kindest Regards, Tency (10C)
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Posted by Gary | July 14, 2010
Motion for New Trial (Ineffective Assistance of Counsel)
Ms Babineau handled my case which was a Motion for New Trial based on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel. She is both professional and personable and showed both genuine concern and enthusiasm (it is very apparent that she has a knack for this work). In my case she proved that she has excellent litigation skills and a command of California Law. Over the five months of litigation, she time and time again, was able to take what appeared to be a negative situation and turn it into a positive one (she is very quick on her feet).
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Posted by John | July 1, 2015
Don't waste your time or your money.
Ms. Babineau represented me on a Federal matter and in all honesty interacting with her as well as getting her to follow thru on anything was a struggle. Several times she stated she would contact me about my case and on every occasion save one she failed to do so. She even failed to show up to court on one occasion and was sanctioned by the judge.
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Response from Kelly Babineau July 6, 2015
As an attorney I am bound by the rules of professional responsibility. This means that I am not able to comment on any matters that relate to the confidential communications between a client and myself. However I can state, without equivocation, that I have never been sanctioned by a federal or state court. Beyond that, I cannot comment on "John's" unhappiness with me, other than to say that his comments are not accurate. To do so, would violate the rules of ethics I am bound by. I do strive to provide the best representation possible to all of my clients, regardless of their personal issues. In the end, this client received an outcome that was tremendous, considering the circumstances, and he was very pleased at the time.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2013
not responsive
I called the attorney office on a Monday AM, gave my overview. I was told that the attorney should give me a call back regarding a WRIT no later than Wednesday. I called back on Friday of the same week, was told that the attorney was given my request for help. Then told that the notes were there but the phone assistant must have made a mistake. and forgot to call me. It was obvious to me that if I couldn't even get a call back to hire this attorney, She would be difficult to get a returned call once she had her retainer. I chose not to hire her for this reason
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Response from Kelly Babineau July 27, 2013
I am sorry that your call was not returned in a more timely fashion. I have spoken with my assistant regarding this failure of communication. As a result, we have implemented new office policies that will prevent this from reoccurring. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Kelly Babineau
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lead Attorney
  • Sacramento Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 2009


  • McGeorge SOL Univ of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • People v. Sultan
  • Not Guilty on all counts
  • People v. Lopez
  • Not Guilty on all three counts of attempted murder
  • People v. Riley
  • Not guilty on all 7 counts of attempted murder
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  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers 2015
  • Sacramento Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best of the Bar
  • Sacramento Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • CrimLaw 101 Intensive Training
  • Cross Examination
  • 2014
  • CPDA Seminar - Kelseyville, CA
  • Pitchess Motions
  • 2005
  • CPDA Seminar
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • 2004
  • Annual Felony Defense Practice
  • Sentencing after Blakely v. Washington
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (25)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Babineau is an excellent litigator with extensive experience in all areas of criminal defense. She is highly respected for her skill, compassion, and commitment to each and every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very well known as a very effective advocate for her clients. Her experience, expertise and dedication are second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best praise I can give Kelly is this: If were arrested she would be at the very top of my list of people to call. She is incredibly skilled and hard working."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly Babineau is an extremely talented and skilled trial attorney. She is so commanding in the courtroom, I almost feel sorry for her opponents (almost). I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Babineau is a superb attorney. She is a zealous and experienced advocate with a demonstrated compassion for her clients. You can rest assured that Ms. Babineau will fight for your rights."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with the highest compliment that I can give in this profession. If I need a lawyer for myself I would go directly to her office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Babineau is a true defense lawyer. She truly cares for her clients and gives her clients the best defense possible. Truly a fantastic criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Babineau is sharp, experienced, and totally committed to her clients. She knows how to present a dynamic case to a jury. She was well-respected when she was a public defender, and has earned the respect of her peers in the private legal community. I endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first saw Ms. Babineau when she gave a presentation at a California Public Defender's Association (CPDA) seminar almost a decade ago and was very impressed. In the last few years, I have had the privilege of watching her in action in Sacramento and talking to her about cases. Kelly is not afraid to litigate, go the extra steps for her clients and an excellent defense attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable of the law, and is an exceptional advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Babineau is an excellent attorney. She is very knowledgeable and is passionate about defending her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Babineau is a very intelligent and hard working attorney on behalf of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Babineau is one of the finest lawyers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Her command of the law is excellent and she works constantly to stay current with new legal developments. She is a talented litigator, who cares deeply for her clients. I would recommend her to anyone facing the most serious criminal charges."
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Sacramento Criminal defense Lawyer Kelly Lynn Katherine Babineau
Kelly Lynn Katherine Babineau
Criminal defense Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 25 years