Compton DUI Attorney, Matthew Ruff: 310-527-4100
A common question is what is the penalty for drunk driving? The maximum penalty is 6 months in the county jail for a first offense, but this is almost never imposed. The more likely consequence will be a loss of your drivers license, substantial fines, a huge increase in insurance and a permanent mark on your DMV record. However, there are many ways to avoid the harsh consequences by retaining a lawyer to fight the case.
Compton California is one of the oldest cities in Los Angeles County. DUI cases and all criminal offenses within the jurisdiction are aggressively prosecuted by the L.A. District Attorneys office. What is vitally important following a DUI arrest is that the DMV must be contacted and an administrative hearing must be requested. The city is located southest of downtown Los Angeles. It was the 8th city in the region to incorporate. Once, the area had its own Police department, but now the town contracts with the Sheriff to provide law enforcement. The area has been popularized by the mainstream media due to the origination of many hip hop and "Gangster Rapp" stars. Inside the Compton municipality, many law enforcement agencies patrol and actively stop and investigate potential drunk driving suspects. Within the surrounding communities, which include Paramount, Lynwood and Carson, sobriety checkpoints designed to ensnare DUI drivers are abundant. As a local Compton DUI attorney, Matthew Ruff has represented clients in all of these cities.
Not surprisingly, most of the DUI stops that end up in the Compton Court take place on the 405 freeway, 105 or the 91 and are initiated by the California Highway Patrol. One of the first things any good DUI lawyer looks for when assessing a drunk driving arrest is whether the initial stop and detention were done within constitutional guidelines. Indeed, many police pullovers are done when the officer does not have the legal amount of reasonable suspicion (sometimes referred to as probable cause). When this is the case, a DUI attorney will file what is called a motion to suppress based on insufficient cause to stop and detain the vehicle. In the last 15 years Matthew Ruff has filed many of these motions for his clients and has had all manner of criminal charges thrown out of Court as a result, including driving under the influence, drug possession charges, and many others.
Contact the Compton DUI Attorney directly at 310-527-4100
Among the countless victories obtained in the Compton Court, here are some recent examples: An out of state resident was visiting the L.A. area on a business trip. He was stopped on the 91 freeway near paramount and bellfower for "weaving". The driver was arrested after the CHP officer found he failed the field sobriety tests. he was given a breath test which showed a .14% blood alcohol level. He was issued a citation to appear in the Compton Court and knew he needed an experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to not only go to Court for him, but keep the DUI off his record. Mr. Ruff was retained and immediately began looking for legal discrepancies which he could use to get the charges dismissed. He found that the officer made numerous mistakes during the investigation and he capitalized on these to eventually have all charges dropped in late 2008.
Exceeding the expectations of our clients is the daily mantra that the Law Offices of Matthew Ruff strives for. In one recent case Matthew was hired by a young lady charged with felony DUI in Compton Court, she had taken a breath test that showed a .12% BAC level. The client has previously gone with the public defender and was frustrated by the performance of her lawyer. Facing 3 years in state prison, the client came to Mr. Ruff with very little hope of getting out from under the serious criminal drunk driving charges she was facing in Compton Superior Court. Attorney Ruff took her case, went to the preliminary hearing and afterwards filed what is called a 995 motion to dismiss. The entire case was dismissed and the client was elated, she could now go on and provide for her family and lead a productive life without a felony on her record.
Another Compton case that ended with great results was a client arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Matthew Ruff was hired and he believed his client who informed him the Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy did not have probable cause to stop and detain his vehicle. The deputy alleged that he saw the client swerve and violate the vehicle code by unsafe speed and unlawful turning movement. Mr. Ruff filed a motion to suppress all evidence in the case based on the illegal traffic stop. During the motion hearing in Court the Judge agreed with Matthew and granted his request to have the case dismissed.
The bottom line is that not all arrests have to result in a conviction and permanent scar on your criminal and DMV record. Attorney Matthew Ruff has nearly 20 years experience defending all DUI, drunk driving and criminal charges. He can help you as well.
Call for a no obligation review of your particular Compton, Carson, Lynwood or Paramount DUI or Criminal case today at 310-527-4100.
Follow Matthew Ruff on Google