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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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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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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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