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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 five years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV regarding license suspension hearings stemming from drunk driving arrests.

What Are The Consequences of A DUI on DACA?

Recently I represented a young man charged with DUI in Los Angeles County. The client was a a recipient of DACA and was afraid of the impact a driving under the influence conviction would have on his ability to remain … Continue reading

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How To Avoid A DUI

Having practiced criminal defense for close to 30 years I have been asked numerous times what should I do if stopped for a DWI? I’ve never been one to give people advice on how to thwart the law, however, over … Continue reading

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Are Field Sobriety Tests Reliable?

In California, as is the case in most states, Field Sobriety Tests are used to determine probable cause to arrest for driving under the influence. The “tests” are also used as substantive evidence of impairment for purposes of proving whether … Continue reading

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Can Blood in the Mouth After an Accident Affect the Breathalyzer?

It is not uncommon in some DUI accident cases for the driver to sustain injury to their face from the deployment of the airbag. The force of the bag hitting the facial area can be quite substantial causing cuts to … Continue reading

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Judicial Profile: Torrance Judge Laura C. Ellison

Judge Ellison is a Superior Court Judge in the Torrance Branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court. She currently presides in Department C of the Court which hears mostly Felony Criminal Matters. Dept. C is a Trial Courtroom where cases … Continue reading

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Caretaker And Parental Diversion Motion in California

Caretaker Diversion is codified in Penal Code 1001.83. The law is a welcome sight for many who saw the instability and chaos created when a parent of a minor child went to prison. The law allows for rehabilitation and accountability … Continue reading

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New California Judicial Diversion Motion For 2021

A few years ago California allowed Judges to grant Diversion over the objections of the prosecution on most misdemeanor offenses, this was commonly referred to as Judicial Diversion.  Unfortunately the statute that allowed for this expired.  In 2021 the law has brought … Continue reading

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How To Get A Copy of Your California Criminal Record

Anyone who wants one can get a copy of their official criminal history from the State of California. This criminal record is the same record that law enforcement uses and many private and governmental employers. To get a copy of … Continue reading

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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, Matthew Ruff

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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