An arrest for domestic violence does not have to result in a criminal conviction that can lead to loss of employment, licenses, citizenship, security clearances, child custody, humiliation, etc. Domestic Violence Attorney Matthew Ruff can help.
It can happen when you least expect it, an arrest for a domestic violence offense. An innocuous verbal argument escalates into a physical confrontation with the wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend and the police get called. Once at the scene, the law enforcement officers begin to jump to conclusions, taking sides with the one they deem to be most credible, sympathetic or both. Someone gets taken to jail and proceed to spend the night in custody and thereafter are compelled to post an exorbitant amount for bail, often upwards of $50,000 in many instances. For those seeking to clear their name and seek vindication, or just trying to resolve the matter without the stigma of a criminal conviction Los Angeles criminal attorney Matthew Ruff is there to help. For over fifteen years he has fought the good fight for his clients, clearing their names, getting cases dismissed in Court, and in many situations convincing the District Attorney to drop all charges even before the case gets in to the Court system.
Over the course of his extensive career, Matthew has defended all types of domestic violence charges in Los Angeles County. Among them are violations of Penal Code 273.5 (commonly referred to as "spousal abuse"), 243(e)(1) or spousal assault and battery, PC 422 or criminal threats, PC 245 or assault with force or a weapon, along with every conceivable criminal offense that can be cooked up by overzealous cops and prosecutors.
The problem with many lawyers who claim to defend domestic violence cases in Los Angeles is that they are quick to recommend that their clients take a "deal" in order to close out the case. Not so with attorney Ruff, he believes that most criminal charges brought against ordinary folks arrested for domestic violence are unfounded and are filed simply because the prosecution is afraid to dismiss for fear that the future might bring further violence, this in known as the "O.J" effect and it is prominent in most D.A.'s minds. Los Angeles Domestic Violence Lawyer Matthew J. Ruff has nearly a 100 percent success rate in getting DV cases dismissed under normal circumstances.
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Recent Case Examples:
Domestic Violence arrest (PC 273.5) in Long Beach CA, client accused of striking spouse during argument about an alleged affair. Neighbor calls police. Client faced loss of employment. Attorney Ruff was hired and all charges dropped, October 2010.
Domestic Violence arrest (PC 273.5) in Torrance CA, client arrested after physical altercation causing injury to spouse with whom he had been married for over 30 years. Matthew Ruff was retained and obtained complete dismissal of all charges, September 2010.
Domestic Violence arrest PC 243(e)(1) in Rancho Palos Verdes CA, client was taken to jail after fight with wife. Client facing immigration consequences if convicted. Matthew Ruff was hired and immediately took steps to mitigate and explain the incident, Result: All charges dropped August 2010.
Domestic Violence arrest PC 243(e)(1) in Redondo Beach CA. Girlfriend accused client of assault during an argument after a night of drinking, roommate calls police. Client was facing loss of security clearance. Client went to Court and was made an offer to a reduced charge with one year of counseling. Matthew Ruff was thereafter retained and implemented a strategy that resulted in the entire case being dismissed, no plea to any charge, no classes, CASE DISMISSED in July 2010.
The most common question that people have when facing a criminal prosecution for domestic violence in the Los Angeles area is: What are my options? Option number one is you can accept the charge, plead guilty or no contest and be required to complete weeks or even a year of anger management counseling, pay enormous costs to the Court, the city and the counseling center, be compelled to complete cal trans or some other type of community service and get stuck with a protective order which restrains your freedom to travel as you wish. The other option is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight for your rights against the prosecution, someone who can get baseless charges dropped, sometimes without having to go to Court at all, and in cases where litigation is necessary, someone who knows the judicial system well and is not afraid to go head to head with the City or District Attorney pressing the case.
Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Ruff understands that oftentimes domestic violence allegations are made by individuals with some ulterior motive such as anger, jealousy, money, custody of children, interest in obtaining a more favorable settlement in a pending divorce, the list goes on and on. For those facing charges it may seem like the system is against you and that pleading guilty is the only way out. Call the lawyer who has handled close to a thousand domestic violence related cases over the last 15 years, an advocate who puts his client's interests above his own, and goes the extra mile to get the best result.
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Matthew J. Ruff is a Los Angeles based criminal defense attorney licensed to practice law in the state of California and "A" rated by the Better Business Bureau. The information contained on this page relating to the defense of domestic violence cases is not intended to constitute specific legal advice about any particular case, nor is the information meant to pertain to cases outside the state of California. If you or someone you care about is facing serious charges of spousal abuse, assault, battery, making threats, injury, vandalism, violation of a Court order, harassment or harassing phone calls, or similar allegations, nothing compares to a one on one consultation with a lawyer.