Top Huntington Beach DUI Attorney Matthew Ruff
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Arrested for a DUI in Huntington Beach California?
The laws are indeed harsh and very strict in the area and therefore
it is important to hire a lawyer that adversely affecting your good na
me. We can fight to remove a drunk driving offense and help
save your drivers license. We can appear in Court for you if you
live outside the city, county or even the state. We can help you a
void expensive travel, stress and worry. Our Law Firm also defends
public intoxication tickets issued in Huntington Beach California. An
arrest for DWI or alcohol charges does not have to ruin your record
and good reputation.
The arrest keeping you up at night? Fortunately, a local
Huntington Beach DUI Attorney can help to avoid mandatory
potentially deleterious penalties. We have been aggressively fighting
driving under the influence charges for well over 25 years, Matt can
go to Court for you and handle the DMV aspects in order to save your
drivers license and resolve the criminal charges.
Call Matt Direct at 310-686-1533
Fighting The Breath Test:
Testing of a person's breath to determine their BAC can have its
problems. Because a major part of the process involves the officer
having to follow specific tasks, human error can become an issue.
For example, if the cop fails to observe the subject for 15 continuous
minutes prior to the capture of a breath sample the test can be
contaminated by mouth alcohol resulting from a burp, hiccup or
belch. Another problem is the use of hand sanitizers in the Covid
World we currently live in. Many officers use it inside the breath test
room and it can contaminate the ambient air surrounding the machine
and cause a false positive or artificially high BAC not reflective of the
Most folks are unaware of the fact that an arrest is merely an
accusation. The arrest itself does not mean you have a DUI
conviction or that you will definitely lose your drivers license.
However, if you fail to take immediate action you could lose certain
rights so it is important to speak to a lawyer immediately.
It is the breathtaking beaches and sunsets that attract visitors to
Orange County for vacations and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, with
this fun often comes contacts with the police for alcohol related
offenses such as DUI, public intoxication and driving under the
influence. California law dictates that a drunk driving arrest must
result in a suspension action being initiated against the individual's
This action is manifested in the order of suspension or pink piece of
paper issued to the arrestee upon release from jail. The law only
allows 10 days to challenge the suspension otherwise it will become
final and all ability to avoid a mandatory revocation will be forever
lost. Our Huntington Beach DUI Attorneys can request a formal
hearing with the DMV and represent the driver at the proceedings
even if they live outside the area. Representing out of state
residents that are facing driving while intoxicated allegations in
Orange County is our specialty and we treat all of our clients with the
same attention to detail that we would give to a member of our own
Unlike some states, a DUI arrest in Huntington Beach is not just a
simple traffic ticket, CA law makes all DWI incidents a criminal offense
that carries possible jail time, mandatory education programs,
probation, substantial fines, and a permanent scar on your criminal
record. Our legal professionals focus on finding innovative solutions
to your drunk driving case in O.C.
The Huntington Beach Police Department prides itself with
stern enforcement of all DUI Laws, this comes from their insistence
that the area has the highest number of DUI fatalities and alcohol
related crimes per capita in the country. With this announcement
comes heavy handed punishments and innovative approaches to
finding and arresting suspected drunk drivers within the city limits. As
local Huntington Beach DUI Lawyers, our job is to ensure that the
police practices do not infringe upon the constitutional rights of our
Unlike many attorneys. Matt strives to get the client acquitted of
DUI charges thereby avoiding the long term consequences a DWI
conviction can have on someone's record. Matt has obtained
countless NOT GUILTY findings and subsequent SET ASAIDE of
DMV suspensions in the 25 years he has been a lawyer.
He doesn't set out to get a quick plea bargain or no contest plea as
many lawyers do.
In one recent case Matt defended a client arrested in Huntington
Beach for DUI and evading arrest. The officer alleged the client
ignored his lights and sirens and continued driving for several miles in
an effort to evade arrest. Matt got the case and fought the evading
arrest charges which were dropped by the District Attorney in Court.
In another case Matt defended he was able to show that his client
was not lawfully arrested after he was found at the scene of an
accident, admitted to be the driver and had bloodshot watery eyes,
slurred speech and odor of alcoholic beverage. A later blood test
showed a .17 BAC. Matt won the DMV hearing on the issue of the
legality of the arrest because there was no evidence when the
One of the many practices the local police employ to find suspected
intoxicated drivers is the DUI sobriety checkpoint. These roadblocks
are set up on heavily traveled streets and funnel all vehicles into a
net of law enforcement officers that engage in intrusive detentions
and questioning of mostly law abiding citizens.
Sometimes these checkpoints are put together in such a way that
may violate state and federal laws and a Huntington Beach DUI
Attorney can evaluate the circumstances to uncover any violations
that may lead to a DUI case being thrown out in Court.
Unique to drunk driving investigations in Huntington Beach is the fact
that instead of taking the suspect back to the station an administering
a breath test, the officer in the field utilizes a point of arrest breath
machine, specifically a Drager 7410 handheld device. This breath
tester has a built in printer that spits out a record of the BAC levels
These devices however are not without problems. Perhaps the most
common issue associated with POA breath testing in DUI cases is
the mouth alcohol problem. You see, since the machine is testing
breath, if the person recently belched or burped or has recent dental
work or gastric medical conditions, the test will not generate a reliable
level of blood alcohol. Commonly, this can be eliminated if the proper
procedures are complied with under the California Regulations, but
breakdowns in following protocol is inevitable.
Our DUI Lawyers in Huntington Beach are acutely familiar with the
legal requirements of DUI breath testing and how various medical
conditions can influence the results.
Fighting Blood Test Results: Matthew knows the ways to fight and
beat an unfavorable blood alcohol test. For example, in some cases
the collection of the sample can be faulty leading to unreliable
results. Recently Matt uncovered improprieties in the collection
process by showing an unsuitable cleansing agent was used to clean
the arm of his client. This, science has shown, can lead to a false
high BAC result due to bacteria being injected into the vial and
causing fermentation within the sample
Another fruitful area of attack in most driving under the influence
criminal cases is the problem with the police becoming too
zealous in enforcement and pulling people over and arresting them
without the requisite level of probable cause. The Fourth Amendment
to the Constitution prohibits unlawful vehicle stops and our attorneys
strenuously pursue illegal police conduct in Court. Over the last 25
years Matthew has been successful in getting DUI cases thrown out
due to illegal arrests in all variety of situations, cases involving clients
with prior DUI's, refusals, felony cases, you name it.
We can set up a DMV Hearing to protect your driving privilege even if
you do not possess a CA drivers license. If you live outside the state
of California, our attorney can appear in Court for you, don't let the
case go to warrant due to a failure to appear. The bottom line is that
if you have a pending Huntington Beach DUI case and are scared,
concerned and in some cases freaking out, we can help. The world
has not ended and there is hope, hiring a lawyer who has handled
over 5000 cases is a good start. Call Matthew right now for
immediate answers to your questions.
If you or someone you care about has a DUI alcohol or DUID case
involving drugs such as marijuana pending in Huntington Beach,
contact our experienced lawyers for a no obligation case review and
frank discussion of your legal rights and defenses.
Also, if you have an old DWI case in Orange County that you would
like to get expunged we can help with that as well. California law
permits a person to petition the Court and "dismiss" prior criminal
conviction in certain circumstances. Matt has done hundreds of
expungements for clients over the years and he can help you to clean
If you are looking for informative articles that address topics
related to DUI and drunk driving, start with Matthew's excellent
reviews on Yelp. Matt also writes a DUI blog, the content there is top
notch and all about providing answers to questions ordinary people
have in these times of need.
Call Matt Direct at 310-686-1533