Represented a DUI case that involved a very high blood alcohol level, above a .20 percent. The police officer stopped the car because the car did not have a front license plate. It was a CHP officer. The officer asked to do field sobriety tests and asked questions about how many drinks, etc. The officer must have followed the car from the bar and was looking for a reason to stop. Arrested and taken to the station for a blood test. Booked, stayed night in jail, license suspension from DMV. The blood test came back later and went to Court, Matthew Ruff prepared a petition to have case dismissed due to officer stopping with no legal cause, the Judge agreed, both at the DMV hearing and in Court the case was thrown out.
San Francisco, C
Let me start off by saying that I was in alot of trouble and was facing a whole lot of time in prison. The police had me charged with attempted murder with gang charges. My family was stressed out that I was in jail and had to get me out. They were referred to Matthew by a neighbor who had a son that was charged with a criminal case in Torrance and he helped them out. They were so grateful to attorney Matthew Ruff for saving their son that they kept joking that if they had another child they would name him Mateo which is Spanish for Matthew. Anyway, when the attorney first came out to talk to me at the police station he was very confident and knew what he was talking about, even the Sergeant at the station said he knew him and had seen him in Court many times and said he was good. He told me the most important thing was to keep my words to myself because “the walls have ears” which meant that they record the conversations that you have with other inmates and your own family. He was right because another guy told me his friend was found guilty after he made some stupid statements to another convict who got him to confess. I knew right away he cared and wanted to help me.
The case went on for almost two years, he fought like hell to get charges dropped at the preliminary hearing and he did, he got all the gang charges thrown out which was huge. I was eventually given bail and everytime we went to court he was the one person in the courtroom that the judge seemed to really listen to. The DA and the public defenders all were busy wanting to get out of court but Matt took the time to make sure I was always told what was going on and what to expect the next time we went to court again.
Originally I was facing life in prison and believed I would never see my family again ever as a free man. Manyy people in jail tell you that you cannot win in the Torrance Court because the jury is against you, they had me convicnced that I was a gonner. I still have a hard time believing that I am out and can breath the air as a free man, matthew worked out a deal that got all the original charges dropped and changed to a no strike offense. I have Matthew Ruff to thank
“I was up a creek without a paddle, I was facing felony domestic violence charges by my ex wife for something I had no part in, hell I was gone the who day and came home to find the cops at my door accusing me of beating my wife! Like an idiot I tried to talk my way out of it by telling them I’ve been at work since 4AM, and got home at 9PM. They arrested me anyway, when I got bailed out of jail I immediately started calling around to other attorneys and all of them said the same thing “lets hit a plea bargain” I told every one of them I wasn’t going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do, and everyone of them said “sorry but its your word versus hers and in California the woman always wins no matter what, it doesn’t matter if you did it or not shes accusing you and that’s all it takes”.
Frustrated I called one my friends and asked him if he knew a good attorney he immediately mentioned Matthew Ruff. He said it at best by telling me to call him ASAP and he will get the charges dropped, so I did and told him what happened, he told me not to worry and to come by his office ASAP to fill out some paperwork because I had to be arrained in 2 days, I went to his office with a 5K retainer cheque and signed the power of attorney paperwork. He told me to keep my nose clean and wait for him to call, surprisingly the next day Matthew called me and told me I didn’t have to go to be arrained because he got the charges dropped and full pardon from the courts.
I don’t know how to thank him, words can’t express what he did for me. He is one bad ass lawyer you definitely. want him on your side. I would highly recommend attorney Ruff to anyone.”