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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.

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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New California Law Makes It A Felony For Prosecutors To Withhold Evidence In Criminal Cases

Although it happens in some cases, I was surprised to learn that it was not a felony crime for prosecutors to withhold evidence in criminal trials. That has changed in 2017. California Penal Code § 141 (Amended): A Prosecutor Withholding … Continue reading

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Memorial Announced For Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Brooklier

A memorial has been set for one of our own, Tony Brooklier, a well known criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. Here are the details: Dear family, friends and colleagues. Tony’s memorial service has now been set for Saturday, January … Continue reading

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What Is Judicial Diversion and What Affect Does it Have On My Arrest Record?

Judicial Diversion under California Penal Code 1001.94 allows a criminal case to be dismissed upon completion of certain conditions. The statute authorizes a case to be dismissed by the Judge even over the objections of the District Attorney or Prosecutor … Continue reading

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Prop 57, Broken Down

Recently, California voters passed Proposition 57 which substantially changes the amount of time criminal offenders can serve in prison for felony offenses. What does Prop 57 actually do? There are three main provisions created by Proposition 57– two relating to … Continue reading

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How Does Proposition 64 Change The Law On Marijuana in California

Proposition 64, abbreviated as AUMA (the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”), legalizes the following conduct by persons age 21 and older:  Possessing, processing, transporting, purchasing, obtaining, or giving away to a person age 21 or older without compensation, up … Continue reading

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Where Can I Do Independent Drug Testing In The South Bay

Here is the scenario, you suspect your son or daughter is using drugs, they deny it and you want to be sure.  The best way to confirm illicit drug use is to obtain private testing to determine whether your loved … Continue reading

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