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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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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    22 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    22 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Bryce Brandon Armendariz

    Matt is a highly skilled aggressive defense attorney. He delivers clear convincing arguments and he is always well prepared and well educated on any matter that comes before him. I highly endorse this lawyer. One of the best.


    Bryce Armendariz Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Heberto Avila Sala

    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.


    Heberto Sala Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Matthew J. Ruff, Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney

18411 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 417
Torrance, CA, 90504

Matthew J. Ruff, Attorney at Law

1412 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA, 93301

Matthew Ruff, Criminal Defense Lawyer

444 West Ocean
Long Beach, CA, 90802

Long Beach, CA

Santa Clarita, CA

Malibu, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach, CA

Hermosa Beach, CA

Los Angeles, CA



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
User's Top 10, Matthew Ruff, Attorney at LawJudy's Book2013
A+ Rating for a BusinessBetter Business Bureau2003
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America1998
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers1998
Defense Attorney of the YearLocal Bar Organization1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense LawyerPrivate practice1995 - Present
Senior Associate AttorneyWallin & Klarich2000 - 2001
Associate General CounselLaw Office of Herberto Sala1993 - 2000
InternFresno County District Attorney's Office1989 - 1990
InternFresno District Attorney1988 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
National Association for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Kern County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Consumer AttorneysMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DMV vs. VelazquezLicense suspension set aside
State vs. NandakumarDismissed
California vs. Andy M.Entire Case Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Pacific School of LawCriminal LawJD - Juris Doctor1995
California State University, FresnoLawBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defending a California DUI CaseDUI Defense2002