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Palos Verdes Criminal and DUI Attorney: 310-527-4100

Matthew Ruff is a Top Tier lawyer who defends individuals charged with all manner of criminal offenses originating in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The close proximity of our Torrance office allows the attorney to be familiar with the local policies and practices of the police and prosecutorial agencies. The primary law enforcement entity is the Palos Verdes Police Department, they enforce laws within the city limits. Outside the city, the Lomita Sheriffs patrol Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and the surrounding county areas. Don't settle for second best, call Matt, he provides personal service and has 21 years experience fighting for the rights of his clients. Among the most common criminal charges are DUI, Drunk Driving, DWI, drug possession, domestic violence, spousal abuse, reckless driving, Hit and Run and alcohol violations. Call Attorney Matthew Ruff for a personal consultation at 310-527-4100

One example of a case Matthew handled was a DUI case originating in Palos Verdes Estates. The client, a PVE resident, was arrested outside her home after the local police got a 911 call about a drunk driver. The police showed up and arrested the client for driving under the influence after she failed several field sobriety tests and blew above the limit on a preliminary alcohol screening test. At the station she blew a .14 and was booked and given a Court date in Torrance. Matthew obtained the police reports and discovered a violation of his client's constitutional rights. A hearing was conducted and a Superior Court Judge agreed and all charges were dismissed in November 2014.

In another recent case, Matthew was retained by a local RPV resident fter being stopped along Palos Verdes Drive by the LASD for speeding and unsafe lane change. The officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage because the client had a couple of drinks with friends in the Long Beach area earlier in the day, therefore field sobriety test were administered. A field breath test revealed a BAC above the legal limit and the homeowner was arrested for DUI and taken to Lomita station for another series of breath test, all showed a level above state maximums. He hired Matt because his job in th Aerospace industry frowned upon criminal convictions. A defense team was assembled utilizing the services of a forensic toxiologist to show the breath tests were not a true indicator of his actual blood lcohol level at the time of driving. At the DMV hearing in El Segundo, Matthew presented evidence attacking the BAC and testimony from an expert that th client was below the per se limit when he was stopped. The hearing officer agreed and the DUI license suspension was overturned in July of 2014.


All arrests made in the Palos Verdes Peninsula eventually are prosecuted in the Torrance court located at 825 Maple. The District Attorney is responsible for filing formal complaints and the case is usually heard in Division P of the Court on the fourth floor. As of 2014 the presiding Judge of the Palos Verdes Criminal Court is the Honorable Nicole Bershon. In some unique cases, a special prosecutor may be appointed to pursue local city code violations and other infractions. As a criminal defense attorney, Matthew Ruff has personally handled hundreds of criminal cases within the Palos Verdes area. His range of experience includes jury trials, complex constitutional motions, expungements, DMV administrative actions concerning a person's driving privilege, preliminary hearings too name just a few. If the arrest involved a drivers license confiscation, the venue for a formal hearing is the El Segundo Driver Safety Office on North Sepulveda Blvd.

What his nearly 20 years have taught him is that time is of the essence in any criminal case. If the attorney can get a jump on the case, it may be possible to avoid formal charges being filed at all.

All too frequently our office gets phone calls from frantic citizens looking for a criminal defense lawyer who practices in Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills or Rancho Palos Verdes. They are concerned about their pending drunk driving case or criminal matter and have questions regarding their rights, the upcoming Court appearance or what to do about saving a drivers license. Our law Firm has well over a decade of real life experience in the defense of criminal prosecutions. If you or someone close to you is facing a serious criminal charge, has a bench warrant, has received a letter from the DMV concerning a license suspension or some other legal matter where the police are involved, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew Ruff, he knows the Palos Verdes Court and judicial system, he can help.

With virtually 20 years experience, Matt has achieved excellent results for clients arrested in the South Bay. For example, recently Mr. Ruff was hired by a PVE resident who had been stopped and charged with DUI. We immediately obtained a DMV administrative hearing to save the drivers license. At the hearing we were able to establish that the Palos Verdes Estates police officer failed to follow mandated regulations regarding the administration of the breath test, the hearing officer ruled in our favor and the license was returned. Subsequently, in criminal Court Mr. Ruff convinced the DA to drop the DUI and excessive blood alcohol charges based on the improprieties in the chemical testing process. In another recent case the attorney was able to negotiate a no county jail deal for a client facing a third DUI with very aggravated facts. The client hit a parked car on her way home to Rolling Hills. The Palos Verdes Estates DUI task force was dispatched and found the client slumped over the wheel of her vehicle, a breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit in California. Despite this overwhelming evidence of drunk driving, Matthew Ruff avoided the mandatory minimum sentence of 120 days in jail for which the client was very grateful.

In another case, Matthew was contacted by a Palos Verdes family in search of a DUI Attorney for their young son. The 20 year old was arrested at a DWI checkpoint in the South Bay and spent the night in jail. Making the situation even more stressful was the fact the client was under 21 and close to graduating college and out in the job market soon. Matthew immediately took steps to arrange a stay of the DMV action. He subsequently commenced an investigation that uncovered substantial evidentiary issues relating to the breath test. The case went to Court and Mr. Ruff brought out the problems pertaining to the state's case and the Judge agreed and found the client NOT GUILTY. Matthew took this acquittal to the DMV and obtained a set aside of the pending suspension and the young man's record was cleared of all DUI and alcohol charges.

In a quite different matter, Matt was hired by a Rancho Palos Verdes client who had been accused of domestic violence. He was facing a kick out order of his own home and the loss of his job. Matthew fought the case in Torrance Court and obtained a complete dismissal of all charges.

Let our experience and expertise be your key to victory, we have actual in Court experience for all South Bay cities from RPV east view, RHE, Miraleste, Valmonte, Malaga Cove and Lunada Bay, criminal attorney Matthew Ruff has helped clients get their life returned to normal after an arrest for all criminal allegations. Including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession, Drunk Driving, Under 21 Alcohol Driving Offenses.

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