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Top Hawthorne Criminal Defense Attorney: 310-527-4100

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Hawthorne has the reputation of being very aggressive in the enforcement of criminal codes and vehicular related charges such as driving under the influence (DUI).

Indeed, in a recent article published by AAA, they estimated the cost of a DUI can be upwards of twenty thousand dollars. Therefore, fighting a drunk driving case can be the best approach over simply pleading guilty. Indeed, Being arrested can be the most frightening experience a person can go through, Matthew Ruff is a local attorney with 23 years representing the wrongfully accused, and sometimes guilty but with circumstances justifying a second chance. Being arrested for any crime can be very stressful and nerve racking but with the assistance of an experienced lawyer the process can be much more tolerable. If you have been charged and are facing a pending Court appearance the last thing you should do is bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away, it won't. Because all he does is criminal defense and DUI, Matt knows the ins and outs of negotiating with the DA and finding legally recognized defenses that can change the complexion of your case, possibly resulting in a dismissal or reduction of charges. He is a pro at keeping the records clean of his clients and giving them a second chance.

Recent Case Results: On September 19, 2018 Matt successfully obtained a DISMISSAL of a DUI, Open Container and resisting arrest on a case where the client was stopped in the Fabulous Burgers Restaurant in Hawthorne. The police stopped the vehicle for no license plates and began to harass the client. The client had a small amount of alcohol his blood along with cocaine and Marijuana. An open bottle of Hennessey was found on the floorboard. In Court, Matthew challenged the toxicology and was able to show the blood test result was flawed. The drug results were reflective of someone who had ingested the substances but were NOT IMPAIRED. The charges were dropped in LAX Court.

Matt was hired by an LAX employee after she was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint. She was detained by police after they detected an odor of alcohol on her breath. A breath test was administered and she was placed in custody. She opted for a blood test at the station and released after spending 8 hours in custody. Matthew got on board the next day and obtained a copy of the reports and blood test results which were reported to be .10 percent. He went to Court and got the DUI charges reduced to a non alcohol related offense.

Hawthorne California is located in southwest Los Angeles County. The area is known for its year round great mild climate and the home of the Beach Boys. The city is bordered by Inglewood, Lawndale and El Segundo and is near the 405 and 105 freeways. An arrest for any criminal offense in Hawthorne California can be a daunting and terrifying experience. Attorney Matthew Ruff has personally defended thousands of criminal cases ranging from DUI to serious felony matters and he has the experience and credibility to obtain the best result for his clients. All arrests for crimes in the region go to the Inglewood Court for prosecution. Felony cases are prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney and most cases go to the LAX Court. Misdemeanors such as DUI, weapons violations, minor drug possession, drunk in public, etc are prosecuted by the Hawthorne City Attorneys office and are heard in the Inglewood Court.

A common question asked is what are the maximum penalty for driving under the influence in California? The maximum term of confinement is 6 months in jail, but that sentence is virtually never handed down. In fact, jail is often not a likely factor for first offenders but loss of license, points on your DMV record and huge fines are all quite likely. The good news is that a local attorney can, in many cases, find a legal defense to possibly reduce, dismiss or get the charges dropped completely if the facts warrant it.

Attorney Matthew Ruff defends cases in the Hawthorne Area and can be reached at 310-527-4100

Because of its proximity to many freeways and the beach cities, Hawthorne is notorious for its aggressive enforcement of DUI laws and targeting drivers who are suspended or unlicensed. Checkpoints are commonly seen inside the city limits and these enforcement efforts result in hundreds of drunk driving cases being filed in the local Courts and at the DMV.

One of the most common questions asked by a person charged with a Hawthorne criminal offense is what are the minimum and maximum penalties? The answer depends on the charge, for example a misdemeanor carries a maximum of one year in the county jail. A felony case can result in a state prison sentence. Even though the law can impose these punishments, a local criminal lawyer can make the difference between incarceration and probation.

A Hawthorne DUI Attorney may be necessary if you were arrested for driving under the influence and the officer took your license and handed you a DMV notice, in addition to the criminal charges, the DMV will initiate an administrative proceeding that has nothing to do with the Court case.

Hawthorne Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Ruff is available to meet with you, either over the phone or in the privacy of his law office to discuss all possible outcomes for your specific legal matter. Matthew has an impeccable track record in resolving serious charges for his clients in Hawthorne Court. For example, recently he defended a young person facing mandatory jail on a third time DUI case. Because of his relationship with local prosecutors he negotiated a reduced charge of wet reckless despite evidence of a blood alcohol level above .20%. In yet another case, he had a client charged with possession of a deadly weapon and was facing expulsion from school and a permanent scar on his record. Matthew met with the City Attorney soon after the arrest and obtained a deal for dismissal of all charges.

When looking at a criminal charge, call Hawthorne Attorney Matthew Ruff directly at 310-527-4100 for a case evaluation.

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