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About thetorranceattorney

Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV.

Community Service In Your Case

In some cases community service may be an option to help resolve a criminal case.  The idea behind this type of disposition is that you perform volunteer work for a charity or non-profit and you are given credit for this … Continue reading

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Catalina Island Criminal Defense Attorney

Catalina Island is part of the Channel Island Chain off the coast of California.  The Island is the most populated of all the islands and boasts a heavy tourist season in the summer months.  Most folks arrive on the island … Continue reading

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New 2020 Legislation On Pitchess Motions

California law allows for the discovery of acts of misconduct on the part of police officers in a criminal prosecution.  In order to get information about misconduct from an officer’s personnel file the attorney must file what is called a … Continue reading

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Does a Dismissal of Domestic Violence Charges Result in Termination of Protective Order?

In a Domestic Violence Criminal Case the Court will issue a protective order to keep the peace while the case is pending.  That order can be either a level 1 or a level 2 order.  The level 1 is a … Continue reading

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Does a Police Officer Shining a Spotlight Constitute a Detention?

California law allows a criminal defendant to challenge his or her arrest and any subsequent searches on the ground they were in violation of the person’s 4th Amendment Constitutional rights.  In order to invoke fourth amendment protection the individual must … Continue reading

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What is a Serna Motion?

  Here is the scenario:  A person is arrested, they are released either on bail or with an O.R. citation and given a future Court date to appear and answer to the charges.  However, the person fails to appear and … Continue reading

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Do I Need A Hit and Run Attorney?

If you were involved in a hit and run there are many things you need to know.  First, the crime of leaving the scene after an accident is defined in California Vehicle Code 20001.  The offense is committed when you … Continue reading

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Can a Domestic Violence Case be Dismissed?

The answer is yes, in many cases.  Domestic Violence charges are some of the toughest cases to defend because prosecutors are very aggressive in pursuing the allegations.  Most District Attorneys understand that these cases are capable of becoming more serious … Continue reading

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Judicial Profile: Judge Rene Gilbertson in Torrance

The Honorable Rene Gilbertson is a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. She was elected by the voters in 2018 and was appointed by the Governor so that she could start early rather than wait to begin her assignment in 2019. … Continue reading

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What is Revenge Porn?

Cyber revenge or revenge porn has been defined as the posting of illicit pictures of another person without his or her consent, often as retaliation following a bitter breakup between partners.    In California and throughout the nation Cyber Revenge … Continue reading

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