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CARLOS C. RUAN has over 19 years experience in Criminal Defense.  He has successfully handled serious felony cases such as murder, manslaughter, rape, burglary, Juvenile law .  He has always dedicated his practice exclusively to defending the accused in State, Federal and Juvenile court.  A member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, which has its classes at Harvard Law School. San Diego Criminal Defense Bar. As a San Diego defense attorney, he regularly attend advanced training meetings throughout the country with some of the top lawyers and scientific experts in the field (far more than what is required  by the State Bar) to keep up to date on the law. He has the knowledge and experience to defend your case.


San Diego native: A native of San Diego County and he is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.  Graduated from the University of California, San Diego and then attended the University of San Diego School of Law.

"I take pride in aggressively representing each of my clients in a professional manner. All cases will receive my personal, confidential and thorough representation. You need an attorney who is knowledgeable on the current laws and options available to you"

Office is located across the street from the Southbay Courthouse in Chula Vista. 

Carlos C. Ruan




Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Contact info

551 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA, 91910-5618

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    23 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    23 years



Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Hector Jesus Tamayo

    When it comes to the knowledge, skill and tactical know how in the defense of a client there are few who can stand next to Carlos. He is skilled negotiator and a top notch trial lawyer. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


    Hector Tamayo Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2002
The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at Law/OwnerLaw Office of Carlos C. Ruan1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Canamexamember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney MemberN/A
San Diego La Raza Lawyers AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - San DiegoN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Bay Bar Association MeetingDrunk Driving Defense 1012012
21 Academia de Destrazas en LitigacionLitigation Skills Academy2012
Curso Basico de Abogacia OralCourse on Basic Oral Argument2011
Accesso Tecnicas Avanzadas del ContrainerrogatorioAdvanced Cross Examination Techniques2011
Academia de Destraza en LitigacionBasic Trial Skills2010