Matthew J. Ruff, Attorney at Law
Criminal Defense Attorney, DUI, Drunk Driving
Serving Valencia, Antelope Valley, Saugus, Castaic, Lancaster, Palmdale, Canyon
Country, Chatsworth, Newhall, Interstate 5, San Fernando and all of Los Angeles CA
Toll Free Consultation 1-877-281-5010
Here is the scenario: You went out with some friends, you had a couple of drinks and while
driving home you were stopped by the CHP or LASD and arrested for VC23152, now you need a
Santa Clarita DUI Attorney to help get you out of this mess. If you or someone you love has
been arrested in the Santa Clarita Valley area our law firm can help. Matthew Ruff has over
twenty years of experience practicing criminal law. Unlike many Lawyers out of the area, we can
go to Court for you in many cases and work to get your charges dismissed or favorably resolved.
Because hiring the right attorney is so important to the outcome of a case, you should not risk
your future with someone unfamiliar with the local Court and prosecutors. We know being
arrested and facing criminal charges is a frightening experience, as local Santa Clarita Criminal
Defense Attorneys we can help guide you through the very daunting Court process. When a
person is booked for a criminal violation the clock starts ticking for certain rights that may
expire unless immediate action is taken.
Call Matthew NOW, toll free at 1-877-281-5010
Our Santa Clarita office practices criminal defense exclusively. Examples of cases we handle are
Drunk Driving, for both alcohol and drugs; Crimes of Violence, Child Endangerment,
Suspended License, DMV Hearings to save your driving privilege, Refusal to take a chemical test
following a DUI arrest; Drug Possession charges, Speeding Ticket matters, Reckless Driving,
Over 100 mph violations, Commercial tickets, Traffic Offenses, Petty and Grand Theft, Failure
to appear, Warrant Recall, Expungement of past criminal convictions, Overweight tickets,
Marijuana Possession and Methamphetamine Sales, Evading Police, Resisting Arrest, Hit and
Run, Assault, Battery, Domestic Violence such as Spousal Abuse. Probation Violation hearings
Misdemeanors and Felony cases where jail or prison time can be imposed DUI Checkpoint
Arrests. Under 977 of the California Penal Code, a Santa Clarita Criminal Defense Lawyer can
appear on your behalf on most Valencia traffic and misdemeanor offenses. In most cases we
can get the original criminal charge dismissed, reduced or lower the punishment and you may not
need to ever appear in front of a Judge.
The Los Angeles County California Superior Court in Santa Clarita hears cases from Valencia,
Chatsworth, Newhall, Interstate 5, Canyon Country and San Fernando Valley.
Our Local Law Firm does not believe in caving in to the prosecutor, our motto is to FIGHT TO
WIN ! We can help you AVOID JAIL, KEEP YOUR RECORD CLEAN and SAVE YOUR
Latest Case Victories
Among the many different alcohol related Matthew handles are the under 21, zero tolerance cases
which present unusual challenges due to the strict DMV penalties. In one recent case Matt obtained
a full acquittal of all the charges in Santa Clarita Court. Here are the specific facts: The client, a
20 year old with a bright future, was stopped along the interstate for speeding and driving without a
front plate. The officer made a passenger side approach of the vehicle and immediately detected an
odor of alcohol emanating from the vehicle. The driver and all occupants were ordered out. The
accused was ran through a litany of field sobriety tests including HGN, walk and turn and the walk
the line test. Ultimately, he was given a PAS roadside breath test which showed a .07 and .06
respectively. The client's license was taken away, he was cited for VC 23140 and a Court date was
set. The attorney went to the arraignment and set a trial. At trial Mr. Ruff was able to show the
breath machine lacked a sufficient showing of compliance with the regulatory requirements and he
was able to persuade the Judge to exclude the results. Following that, Matthew made a motion for
acquittal and the Court found his client NOT GUILTY on July 8, 2014.
In one very recent case our client, a young man traveling from Los Angeles back home to northern
California, was involved in an accident when a small animal ran out into the roadway on Interstate
5 north of Newhall. The client, distraught and shaken up was further traumatized when the CHP
detained him and compelled him to complete a variety of field sobriety tests. He admitted drinking
before leaving Los Angeles and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence
(VC23152) He was taken to the hospital and gave a blood sample which was later tested and
determined to be .14% BAC. He hired Mattthew Ruff and he immediately followed up with the
DMV by scheduling a hearing to contest the pending license suspension. At the hearing Matt
presented expert testimony that established that his blood alcohol level changed over time and he
was below the legal limit at the time of the accident. The state returned his license on April 17,
2014. Later, in Court the DUI charge was reduced to an "unlawful turning movement" and all
DWI and alcohol charges were dismissed!
Attorney Matthew Ruff was retained by a commercial driver who was arrested for DUI on Newhall
Ranch Road on ramp to the 14 freeway. The client was parked with the engine running to the
vehicle. He was breathalyzed and his BAC was .22%. After his arrest he waited too long to request
a DMV hearing so his license (including his CDL) was suspended for 1 year. He met with Matthew
who told him "We're going to beat this case" A jury was impaneled on January 3, 2012 in Division
3 of the Newhall-Valencia Court and Mr. Ruff went to trial. After 3 days and the testimony of 4
CHP officers the jury came back with a "not guilty" on all counts. Matthew is currently working to
have the DMV reinstate the client's driving privilege.
In another DUI case, our office was engaged by a client who lives in Frazier Park. The client has a
commercial drivers license and was stopped by the CHP for doing a California stop at an
intersection. The client was asked to get out of his car after the officer smelled alcohol on his
breath. A chemical test revealed his BAC was .11% and he was arrested and charged with drunk
driving. The accused had to surrender his license. He hired us and we took steps to get a hearing
regarding his driving privilege at the DMV. The DUI Attorney then fought the case in Court.
There, he was able to obtain an acquittal of the driving with a blood alcohol level above .08 and got
the DUI charges dropped. Subsequently, Matthew obtained a set aside of the DMV action resulting
in the restoration of the client's commercial license.
Put a criminal defense professional with 20 years experience on your side to give you a significant
tactical advantage in dealing with your specific Santa Clarita criminal or traffic charges. The
attorney has handled thousands of criminal cases and understand the strengths and weaknesses
of the prosecution of criminal charges. Our intricate knowledge of the Los Angeles County
justice system affords our clients the unique "inside information" giving us the advantage in
defending you. We will help you to understand the best approach and strategy for the defense of
your case. We take the time to understand each client's specific situation and our Lawyer takes
an individual approach to each case.
Put former prosecutors, now aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys, on your side, fighting for
your rights in your Santa Clarita, Newhall, Canyon Country, San Fernando or Valencia CA
criminal , DUI or Traffic case.
In the last decade the DUI laws in California have gotten increasingly more harsh and it is
expected to get worse. The judicial system is under more and more pressure to convict alleged
drunk drivers and suspend their driving privilege. Your need a legal advocate on your team to
level the playing field. Be sure to follow Matthew Ruff on google to read his current posts and
articles which provide a deeper insight and understanding of the inner workings of the criminal
justice system and DUI laws in California.
Call Matthew for a case review toll free at 1-877-281-5010
(You will not be "passed off" to a paralegal or attorneys assistant)