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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.

Judicial Profile: Judge Gary Tanaka

Gary Tanaka is a Judge on the bench in Torrance Superior Court. Judge Tanaka is a well respected Jurist among the criminal defense bar and prosecutors. He currently presides over Dept P in Torrance Court which hears primarily misdemeanor criminal … Continue reading

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Restoring Gun Rights After A 5150 Hold

In California law enforcement can take your firearms if you are detained on a 5150 hold.  Getting them back may be difficult, but not impossible.  W&I Code § 8103(f)(1) makes a person ineligible from owning, possessing, controlling, receiving, or purchasing … Continue reading

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New Law In California May Allow Removal From Sex Offense Registry

The bill allows most sex offenders to petition beginning in 2021 to be removed from both the public and the police registries 10 to 20 years after they are released from prison, as long as they have not committed another … Continue reading

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High Court Rules Hit and Run Driver Owes No Restitution

Often in hit and run cases a Court will order Restitution of the damages caused in the accident as part of probation. Recently a Court of Appeals held the driver in a hit and run case is not automatically responsible … Continue reading

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California DMV Negligent Operator Hearing

In California you can be suspended if you incur too many points during a certain time period. Here is the maximum amount of points you can incur: Point Count Time Period 4 Within 12 months 6 Within 24 months 8 … Continue reading

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How Do I Get A Copy Of My Criminal Record?

Many people find a need to get a copy of their own criminal records, for example, when you are searching for a new job it is helpful to know what is on your public record. The best way to get … Continue reading

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Taking A Cellphone From Your Spouse Could Be Robbery

In a very interesting case a California Appeals Court has ruled taking a cellphone from your wife with force during an argument could constitute robbery, even if the phone is community property. The case is People v. Aguilera (2016) 244 … Continue reading

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