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Matthew Ruff, Top San Pedro Attorney : 310-527-4100

When you are arrested you need a Top Tier Lawyer on your side. No one can anticipate being arrested, it happens unexpectedly. When you are released it is important to make the right decisions prior to your Court date, you need to be aware of your important legal rights and obligations. Being arrested for DUI or any other criminal charge can be terrifying. Mr. Ruff has been there at the side of good honest people for 21 years, defending their rights in Court. You do not have to go at it alone, Attorney Ruff can be your "ace in the hole" to avoid loss of your license, your freedom and your job.

When you are arrested and facing a pending Court date you want someone by your side who has tons of experience in the criminal justice system, someone who has fought and won thousands of cases and someone who cares about you and your record. Matthew has over 21 years under his belt and all he does is criminal defense. His clients have high regard for his expertise and have written statement scores of reviews on Yelp, AVVO and Google. He has a 10 out of 10 rating and is regarded as a "superb attorney" by the largest lawyer rating service in the Country.

Matthew recently defended a longshoreman charged with a second DUI in 10 years. He knew he had to keep the client out of jail and do everything he could to save the drivers license. The client was involved in a collision on the freeway was contacted by CHP and blew a .18 on the breath test but Matt knew he still had to fight. He went to Court and negotiated a NO JAIL disposition with no community service as well and no house arrest. He later worked out a restricted license so she could drive for work. This all happened in May 2016.

Chances are if you were arrested in San Pedro California it was by one of three law enforcement agencies, LAPD, LASD or CHP. The city is actually part of Los Angeles and therefore has no local police department. The primary patrol is Harbor station and they conduct most of the DUI stops ans checkpoints in the city. Despite the fact that San Pedro has its own Court, all criminal matters go to Long Beach Court for arraignment and prosecution. Local cops use a breath machine called an ECIR which is old technology. The machines are maintained by the scientific services bureau of the LAPD and if you were tested with one of these devices it is always a good idea to get the maintenance records of the machine to determine whether it was in good working order. Matthew Ruff has 21 years experience in criminal defense and has defended thousands of DUI cases. In one recent case he represented a young lady pulled over for erratic driving, she was given the ECIR breath test and it read .09 and .09. Matthew was able to get the DUI charges dismissed and worked out a deal for a speeding violation. The bottom line is that most cases can be won if you hire a lawyer early on in the case.

Being arrested for a DUI or other criminal charge does not have to result in a permanent scar on your record. In fact, most people that decide to fight their case and hire a lawyer end up with a better result than the same individual that simply goes to Court and pleads guilty or no contest. Fighting a case does not always mean the person has to go to a jury trial. Attorney Matthew Ruff knows the defenses and motions in order to secure a dismissal, reduction or diversion on many crimes such as drunk driving, vandalism, driving while suspended, drug possession and domestic violence offenses.

All San Pedro DUI cases are sent to the Long Beach Court for appearances. A typical DUI arrest in San Pedro involves the LAPD harbor division, CHP or one of the many military police agencies that patrol various bases and governmental installations in the harbor area. Persons arrested for drunk driving are usually transported to the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor station off the 110 freeway. Once there an arrestee is given the opportunity to take either a blood or breath test to determine blood alcohol levels. If drugs are suspected, the officer may request that a urine test be taken in addition to the standard breath machine. Thereafter the individual is booked (fingerprinted and photographed) and held for a number of hours for detox. Bail is often set or the watch commander can authorize a release on the person's own recognizance. Upon release all property taken is returned and a DMV notice of suspension is served on the driver notifying him or her of the requirement to request a DMV hearing to save their drivers license. All DUI charges in San Pedro are referred to the Superior Court in Long Beach for criminal prosecution. As a DUI Lawyer in San Pedro I have defended well over 2000 cases in the last 20 years.

With regard to criminal charges, some of the common offenses that come from the San Pedro California area include drug possession, public intoxication, theft (both petty and grand), shoplifting, reckless driving, gang allegations, vandalism, felony and misdemeanor classes of crimes, among many others. Matthew Ruff is a San Pedro based criminal defense lawyer that is local to the area and knows the judicial system from the inside out. With the anticipation of the new Courthouse in Long Beach that will serve San Pedro criminal cases, there is a liklihood that all matters will move more efficiently through the justice system. The Judges that hear these cases should have more resources available to ensure that all litigants receive a fair trial.

With well over 2000 criminal cases under his belt, there are not too many situations Mr. Ruff has not seen in his career. The most important thing to look for in a criminal defense attorney is a wealth of experience handling a variety of cases from vehicle code offenses to homicide charges, he has handled them all. As a local San Pedro criminal lawyer he is in Court virtually every day representing his clients from the wrath of the government. Having a defender like him on your side can make the difference between incarceration and freedom, or the loss of your job or drivers license, do not risk these very important things to an attorney who does not possess the skills and guts to take it all the way for his clients. As an example, Matthew Ruff was retained by a San Pedro resident who was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon arising from an altercation along the waterfront at Ports of Call. The incident left the victim hospitalized with broken bones and injuries requiring surgery. The District Attorney wanted to send the individual to prison for four years and stick a strike on his record. This outcome would have left his kids without a father and his wife without income. Mr. Ruff fought the case hard to obtain a no jail probationary sentence with the ability to have the case reduced to a misdemeanor.

Contact San Pedro Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew J. Ruff for a free consultation at 310-527-4100.

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