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Posted by Dmtriy, a Criminal Defense client,
I have hired Matthew Ruff in a number of cases of the past few years and I have to say, I don't know what I would have done without him.
His performance and delivery in and out of the courtroom was nothing short of miraculous in my eyes.
First of all, the gentleman is well over 6'3 -- his presence is definitely noticed in the courtroom. He knows all the key players in the courtrooms whether that be the DA, the judge, and his twenty years of experience is very noticeable.
I had some pretty serious cases and Matthew has managed to help me get them dismissed of squashed down to petty offences.
I will never forget one time when he facilitated and mediated a private conversation between the DA and me. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't know that many lawyers that have that much pull in the courtroom,
When Mr. Ruff walks into the courtroom he is friendly, well mannered, strategic, charismatic and of course greatly influential and convincing,
He believes in his clients and he will do whatever it takes to make sure they are properly defended and taken care of.
I have a couple of pending cases even today that I have to deal with-- but with Matthew at my side, I am confident it will be resolved in a decent manner.
Posted by Paul, a DUI client,
I am sure it's not everyday that an attorney can say he got a DUI case dismissed with a .15 BAC but Matthew did it here. Here's what happened: Stopped because cop says the headlights were off, pulled out of the car, told to do drunk tests on side of the road, arrested and taken to the station where a breath test was given with a .15. Matthew got a DMV hearing to fight the case and he found that the paperwork was not done right. His arguments at the hearing resulted in case being thrown out, the DMV judge did not even care about the breath test. License was returned within a week. There is a reason why Matthew Ruff has a 10 rating.
Posted by a DUI client,
I have never been in trouble in my life, and after being arrested for a DUI I didn't know where to turn. I researched local lawyers and Mr. Ruff was highly rated, and now I know why. He is very knowledgeable about how to handle DUI cases, and kept me informed every step of the way. Instead of just settling for a DUI, he fought hard and got the charges down to a non-alcohol related Reckless Driving. This means I have no priorable alcohol charges on my record, and I can get it expunged in the near future as part of my deal. I am so happy that this ordeal is over, and I'm glad I hired someone who was willing to keep fighting for me. I would recommend him to any of my friends or family. Thank you again Mr. Ruff for all of your help!!
Posted by a DUI client,
Reading all these positive reviews made me wonder if this was the same lawyer that I retained to defend my DUI case a while back. But it is him alright. Matt Ruff came off as very professional and knowledgable over the phone and in person the first time I met him, before I handed him the money of course. After I retained him, it was a different story.
While he was responsive (returning most of my phone calls), his service was lacking. I felt like I had to do most of the work myself. He did not prep me before we had the DMV hearing nor before the court date. There was not much a fight/bargain as he suggested that I should accept a nolo with the standard fees and probationary terms. I could have gotten that myself.
I tried to justify, to myself, the money that I paid to him by reasoning that one should always get a lawyer in a criminal case like this. After all that's said and done, I could have gotten better use with that money. While Mr. Ruff certainly has one of the cheapest rates in town, the saying "you get what you pay for" still holds true.
Posted by a DUI client,
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 wet reckless 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. As I sat on the freeway yesterday I thought about the fact that I could be without a license right now. I could be on my way to court-ordered DUI classes instead of on my way home to pick my daughter up for her Girl Scout meeting. That could have been me, stuck 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.
Posted by Chris, a Criminal Defense client,
The BEST criminal defense attorney, he saved me from a life sentence on attempted murder charges last year in the Torrance Court. The case took aover two years but he did it. Thank you Matt.
Posted by gabriele, a Speeding Ticket client,
had a speeding ticket in California coming back to Las Vegas
he got my case dismissed,a no nonsense lawyer that i hope i won't need again but if necessary i certainly will
Posted by Fernando, a DUI client,
I began my search for an attorney much like you are now, by reading reviews. I found Matthew Ruff and contacted their firm. He was more than willing to talk with me and he and his associate Bruce Blythe aggreed to take my case. They both have experience, expertise within the judicial system, and a strong relationship with their clients as well as colleagues. They took my case, where the odds were definately against me all the way to acquital. They were able to save my Class A Driver's License, which allowed me to keep my position at my job.
Posted by Gonzalo, a DUI client,
My son got arrested for a first-time DUI late last year. Matthew Ruff promptly returned our call and we engaged his services. In the ensuing months, he explained the entire process of how a DUI case works. First he got the DMV case against my son dismissed and then patiently worked with the City Attorney to ultimately get my son a dry reckless plea bargain. He did want to go to trial as he was confident of our chances but it was our own conservative approach that made us take the plea bargain. He painstakingly worked every avenue to get us the best deal we could. We recommend him highly.
Posted by Thomas, a DUI client,
New the law in my current resident state and in California in order to get a ruling to find me not guilty with the California DMV.