I just wanted to express my frustration at the fact that I took the time to write a good review for someone who deserved much more than that, and it was filtered by Yelp. I also noticed that of the 10 reviews Matt Ruff received, 9 were filtered and the one that remains is the ONLY negative review. That’s wrong. I’d hate to think that this process that’s meant to keep Yelp reviews authentic and trustworthy could be causing a person who does a 5 star job to lose business because he appears to have a 1 star rating. I understand the intent behind the filter. However, I don’t think I can trust the Yelp reviews anymore, knowing that my own valid review had been filtered. I’m very disappointed.
I started fighting my DUI with a different attorney who, unfortunately, passed away. Matthew Ruff was kind enough to pick up where that good gentleman left off, despite having an already full caseload. While waiting outside the courtroom to speak with him about my case for the first time, I saw another attorney approach him and ask him for advice; that’s when I knew I had the right man on my side. When my brothers, (who were also my witnesses), saw him for the first time they joked that he had “lawyer swag”. He was very confident and when facing a criminal case you want someone who is confident in their ability. I was ridiculously nervous but he never seemed to be, and that helped put me a little more at ease. When I was at my wits end and just wanted it to be over, I was willing to take the deal that was being offered. He told me he never recommends someone take a deal just because they’re frustrated. And I’m so glad that I didn’t. When I think back to all of the people I watched stand up in front of the judge, their lawyer beside them, plead guilty or no contest I’m thankful for the fact that I had Matt. He could’ve let me take the plea so he didn’t have to deal with a trial. That could have been me, stuck in 9 months of DUI classes, paying tons of money that I don’t have in fines and court fees. Instead, my case didn’t even make it to trial because of a motion Mr. Ruff filed that the judge granted, and my case was dismissed. This whole ordeal was one of the worst experiences of my life – I’d never been to court for even a traffic ticket and had now been arrested and spent Christmas day in jail instead of with my children. The stress of wondering what was going to happen and whether or not I would ever be able to get a teaching job once I finished my program was emotionally exhausting. Matt Ruff has my most sincere gratitude for bringing it to an end and restoring my piece of mind. I truly can’t thank him enough.