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Inglewood Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney: 310-527-4100

One of the first questions someone asks after they are arrested is what impact will the case have on their future. Matthew understands the seriousness of a case and case works hard to get the charges dismissed when possible. For example, recently he got the DUI charges dismissed for a young person but didn't stop there. He then worked out a unique deal to avoid the DMV suspension and clear it from her record.

Congratulations to the city for its recent acquisition of an NFL football team, the Los Angeles Rams. With the building of the new stadium comes increased economic opportunity for the local economy. Along with this growth will come increased police presence. One of the most prolific areas of law enforcement in Inglewood is DUI enforcement. The fact is that the city has a known aggressive style when it comes to stopping and arresting motorists for suspected alcohol impairment or drug abuse. Attorney Matthew Ruff has a known reputation for defending good people from illegal conduct by police and the infringement of individual rights such as the fourth amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The city of Inglewood is located in the Southbay portion of the county. The town was one of the earliest settlements in the area and was known for its natural springs which supported many ranches and herds of cattle in the early days of California's statehood. The Inglewood Criminal Court is located in central west district and hears a diverse range of cases ranging from simple traffic matters, DUI, prostitution misdemeanors all the way up to felony drug cases, violent assault cases and robbery murder allegations. Inglewood Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Ruff has defended hundreds of good folks charged with oftentimes baseless criminal charges. Among the more common reasons the lawyer is called is due to DUI, drunk driving, drug possession, felony crimes, and a litany of other public offenses too long to mention. The initial Court contact can very often be very scary and frightening, especially for people who have never been arrested in the past. This is where an attorney comes in. The lawyer can appear in Court and speak on behalf of the defendant, most Judges and D.A's will be more receptive to having a Licensed Counselor at law speak and give legal reasons and arguments that mitigate and nullify the assertions made by dishonest cops and governmental investigators bent on convicting those who may in fact be innocent of the offense.

If you have been arrested for DUI California requires the licensee to make a specific request for a hearing with the CA DMV in order to avoid a mandatory license suspension following release from jail. What many people do not understand is that there is no "presumption of innocence" with regard to the administrative driver license suspension proceedings. Matthew Ruff has one of the highest win rates in the state.


The Court in Inglewood serves the cities of Lennox, Hawthorne, some parts of El Segundo and the county islands of west Los Angeles County. Inglewood Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew Ruff has made hundreds of appearances for his clients in this Court. Some recent examples of his cases are as follows:

One of Mr. Ruff's clients was arrested by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department for drunk driving when he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car with the engine running, blocking traffic. The police officer administered a series of field sobriety tests which the client was unable to perform. A breath test showed a blood alcohol level above .20% BAC. The case was sent to Inglewood Court for a jury trial. During the trial, attorney Ruff cast serious doubt on the opinions of the police officers about when the defendant was driving and state of intoxication. Despite seemingly overwhelming evidence pointing to guilt, the case ended in a hung jury and all charges were later dismissed.

In July of 2009, Mr. Ruff represented a client charged with solicitation of prostitution. The defendant was accused of arranging a meeting with two alleged prostitutes over the internet on Craigslist. The defendant was observed making contact with the ladies in the parking lot of a hotel in the city of Inglewood. Detectives detained the client along with the girls, all of whom admitted the true reason for the meeting and their intention of exchanging money for sex. The client had no criminal record and was concerned about the ramifications a conviction for this type of offense would have on his future. The attorney met with the Inglewood city attorney and negotiated a disposition for trespassing and all prostitution charges were dropped.

In another case, Mr. Ruff was hired by a client arrested in Inglewood for a drunk driving (DUI) charge. He was stopped by the California Highway Patrol for driving thru a cone pattern near a traffic accident investigation. The cop claimed the defendant was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot watery eyes and strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He was transported to the Inglewood Jail where he was administered a breath test which purportedly revealed a .12% BAC. He knew he needed an Inglewood DUI Attorney to help him get out of the mess he was in. The Lawyer went to Court and showed the District Attorney that the scientific standards governing alcohol testing may not have been followed in the case. Consequently, the DA agreed to dismiss the DUI charges and allow a plea to a lesser offense.

More recently, a client was contacted by CHP after rear ending another car on the 405 freeway. The client blew a .12 at the scene using a portable breath analyzer and subsequently was arrested for DWI and blew another .12/12 at the police station. The other driver claimed injury to his neck. The client sought out an Inglewood DUI Lawyer and found Matthew. Due in large part to his near 20 years of experience he negotiated a reduced charge of a "wet reckless" for the client in late 2012. She was not required to install an IID in her car as part of the deal.

Matthew also defended a case in Inglewood which went to trial alleging domestic violence charges of PC 243e1. The client was facing deportation for a crime he did not commit. His wife at the time called police and claimed she was assaulted by the defendant, however, a jury of his peers found him NOT GUILTY with Mr. Ruff as the defense attorney.

Matthew Ruff also defends criminal cases in the Inglewood Juvenile Court which is across the street from the adult Court. Among the over 100 cases he has handled in this Court include gang crimes, possession of drugs for sale such as marijuana, prescription medications, methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin. Violent offenses such as robbery, assault, terrorist threats, attempted murder, and weapons allegations. In one recent juvenile matter he represented a minor accused of robbery in the South Bay. Not wanting to allow his client to be stuck with a strike on his record forever, Mr. Ruff aggressively fought the charge until the District Attorney agreed to reduce the count and allow for a diversion dismissal in early 2009.

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