Attorney Matthew J. Ruff has devoted his entire legal career to the area of DUI and Criminal Defense. Unlike many other Attorneys who may "side line" in the area of criminal defense, Attorney Ruff has limited his practice to exclusive criminal defense for over a decade. Prior to starting his work in Criminal Defense he worked in one of the largest District Attorney's Offices in the State of California. This gives his clients an edge by having "inside knowledge" of how his client's case will be prosecuted. He also gives his clients the added "edge" and an educational background in Law Enforcement, Police Science and Administration of Criminal Justice.
Put simply, he knows the "ins and outs" of the Criminal Justice system from the police, the D.A. and the Judge hearing the case, giving his clients a distinct advantage when charged with a crime.
What also sets Attorney Ruff apart from most other attorneys is the fact that he gives the client one-on-one attention. He is always available to consult directly, never passing his client's off to a paralegal or legal assistant. He believes his clients deserve this kind of respect.
He is known in California as a top criminal lawyer, a zealous defender and an aggressive "FIGHTER" for his clients.
Attorney Matthew J. Ruff is licensed to practice law in the entire State of California, as well as the Federal District Courts in California and the Federal Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeal.
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I have known Mr. Ruff for over 20 years. He is an exceptionally talented and effective advocate for his clients. He has vast trial experience and a commanding knowledge of criminal law and procedure. I recommend him highly.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|User's Top 10, Matthew Ruff, Attorney at Law||Judy's Book||2013|
|A+ Rating for a Business||Better Business Bureau||2003|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||1998|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||1998|
|Defense Attorney of the Year||Local Bar Organization||1997|
|Criminal Defense Lawyer||Private practice||1995 - Present|
|Senior Associate Attorney||Wallin & Klarich||2000 - 2001|
|Associate General Counsel||Law Office of Herberto Sala||1993 - 2000|
|Intern||Fresno County District Attorney's Office||1989 - 1990|
|Intern||Fresno District Attorney||1988 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|California Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||N/A|
|National Association for Criminal Justice||Member||N/A|
|Kern County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|California Consumer Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|People of State of California vs. Pavlick||Client was acquitted of all counts|
|People of the State of California v. Anthony U.||Acquittal on all Counts at trial|
|Department of Motor Vehicles vs. John M.||License Suspension Set Aside|
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|Judy's Book, Matthew Ruff, Attorney||User's Top 10 Pick, Matthew Ruff Attorney||2013|
|Lawyer of the Americas||Felony Case Process||2011|
|Law and History Review||Violation of Fourth Amendment Rights in Domestic Violence Cases||2011|
|Lawyers Journal||Appeal of a DUI DMV Adminstrative Hearing||2010|
|Hollywood Life||You’re One Lucky Lady, Lindsay — Lawyers Say You’ll Walk Away From Breaking The Law With A Slap On The Wrist!||2010|
|Bakersfield Californian||State Drops Charges in Death of CHP Officer||2009|
|Lawyers Journal||How Will a DUI Affect a Nursing License||2009|
|Los Angeles Examiner||Freedom of Speech prevails in Tonya Pinkins' case||2009|
|Are Polygraph Tests Reliable?||Should I take a Polygraph?||2008|
|Lexis Nexis Publishing||How Will A DUI Impact My Nursing License?||2008|
|California Pacific School of Law||Criminal Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|California State University, Fresno||Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
|Defending a California DUI Case||DUI Defense||2002|