Matthew Ruff, Top Seal Beach DUI Attorney 310-527-4100
Arrested for drunk driving can be very scary, you need a Top Tier lawyer in your corner, Matthew Ruff is here to help. Are you in need of a Seal Beach DUI Lawyer? The town of Seal Beach is known for its great weather and beaches and many flock to this great seaside town to vacation and have fun in the sun. However, with the fun comes drinking and the consumption of alcohol and sometimes a DUI. The Seal Beach police are ever vigilant for drinking drivers and a drunk driving arrest is taken very seriously by the local Orange County District Attorney and Westminster Court. Whatever type of case you have, simple 23152, marijuana or drugs, DWI with injury, priors, you name it, a Seal Beach DUI attorney can help.
DUI Attorney Matthew Ruff has defended many driving under the influence cases in and around seal beach and he knows the best way to help a person get through a DUI case. First, the DMV must be contacted so that a hearing can be set up to challenge the APS suspension that flows from a drunk driving detention or arrest. The information about the suspension process can be found on the pink piece of paper given to you when you were released from the Seal Beach jail. Unless the DMV is contacted and a challenge is made to the action, the person's driving privilege will be suspended from anywhere to 4 months and up to 3 years depending on the type of case and the number of prior DUI arrests the individual has in their background.
If, for example the Seal Beach DUI arrest involved a refusal to take a chemical test, then the possible consequences relating to their license is up to a 2 year revocation if the person has one or more prior DUI or DWI actions in the last 10 years. For most people if a breath or blood test was taken a 4 month suspension is hanging over their head if the APS action is upheld. This is where an experienced Seal Beach DUI lawyer like Matthew Ruff can help. For one thing the breath test that is administered by the local police and CHP is usually faulty in some way, that is that the officer in many cases does not follow the California regulations that spell out how a breath test must be given within the context of a driving under the influence investigation. For example, in one recent case Matthew was able to uncover the fact that the officer did not continuously observe the arrested person for a minimum of 15 minutes before a test was taken. In that particular DUI case the CHP officer swore under penalty of perjury that he followed the regs but Mr. Ruff impeached him with the state's own records of the testing process and the case resulted in all charges being thrown out in Court after trial.
Another classic type of violation of law in DUI cases is when the police stop and detain a person without the requisite level of probable cause. Any good Seal Beach DUI Lawyer should examine the police reports carefully to scrutinize whether the officer violated the client's fourth amendment rights at the time of the initial contact. In one recent case Mr. Ruff believed that his client was the victim of a constitutional rights violation when the local cop pulled his client over for allegedly running a stop sign. The client told the attorney that he did not commit the violation and was the victim of racial profiling. Matthew argued the case to the hearing officer at the DMV and persuaded her that the client was pulled over for no legal reason and the entire case was dropped.
Indeed, many legitimate defenses exist to fight a DUI charge in Seal Beach and other cities. One frequently overlooked defense that many inexperienced DUI lawyers overlook is that of a "rising blood alcohol" situation. This occurs when a person is tested, either breath or blood. shortly after they consumed alcohol. The body has not yet absorbed the alcohol that was recently drank and therefore it is not in the bloodstream at the time of driving. However, by the time the test was taken the alcohol has now been absorbed and the blood alcohol level is higher than it was when the person was stopped, thus: rising blood alcohol. This defense has been used many times by DUI attorney Matthew Ruff in cases ranging from a BAC level of .08 up to .15. If you had something to drink within a 2 hour time frame prior to your arrest, this defense can be utilized to possibly get the DUI charges dropped or reduced both at the DMH hearing and in the Seal Beach Criminal Court.
Another defense that a Seal Beach DUI defense lawyer should consider is whether "mouth alcohol" has played a role in the breath testing process. The fact of the matter is that most folks stopped for DWI have been drinking and those drinks will usually cause burping or belching. When this happens the small amount of stomach alcohol that may have come up from the stomach could adversely impact the amount of alcohol the machine is saying is in your blood. A seasoned Seal Beach DUI attorney should always explore this possibility and in fact Matthew Ruff has beat many cases using this as a defense.
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a Seal Beach DUI, alcohol offense, DWI or drunk driving violation you owe it to yourself to ensure that they are properly represented by a DUI attorney who knows the law, knows the science and knows the local Court system am prosecutors. If you think the Judge or DA will be sympathetic to your case you are sadly mistaken. The judicial system will want to get a conviction for DUI at any cost and only a Seal Beach criminal defense lawyer will fight to ensure your rights are protected and a favorable resolution is obtained.
Recent Case Results out of the Seal Beach (Westminster) Court
DUI with accident. Breath test at the scene showed a blood alcohol level of .10%, client swerved off the road and crashed her car, case investigated by the CHP, DUI charges filed against client (23152) in Westminster Court, CHP officer took license at time of arrest. Result: Attorney Matthew Ruff got the client's license returned at the DMV hearing. In Court the lawyer got all DUI and alcohol charges dropped to a "Dry Reckless".
Bar Fight where the victim was severely injured by the client requiring surgery and metal plates in the victim's jaw. Charged with assault with deadly weapon PC245 and great bodily injury. Attorney Matthew Ruff got all felony charges dismissed in Westminster Court and the case was reduced to a misdemeanor with no jail.
Our office handles all manner of alcohol and drug charges relating to operating a motor vehicle. Minors with zero tolerance actions VC 23140 and 23136, possession of marijuana VC 23222 and prescription drug allegations, DUI with injury 23153, you need a criminal defense attorney familiar with the Seal Beach jurisdiction and Westminster Courts. Contact Mr. Ruff directly toll free at 1-877-213-4453 for a no obligation case review today.