Sunday, July 21, 2019
In California it is illegal to operate any watercraft on navigable waters while under the influence of alcohol or drug or combination of both. What constitutes “under the influence “? The law defines this term as anyone who, because of alcohol or drug intoxication, is impaired to the degree that he or she can no longer operate a watercraft with the caution characteristic of a sober person under similar circumstances. Knowing when a person reaches this level is a question that a jury ultimately must decide and can be subject to opinion and conjecture. Matthew Ruff is an authority in the area of casting reasonable doubt on the state’s case in drunk boating prosecutions.
This area of the law is very unique and distinguishable from driving under the influence of motor vehicles. Matthew Ruff has 25 years experience defending good people accused of crimes involving the misuse of alcohol and he is an expert in cross examination of the arresting officer on sobriety tests and all chemical tests including breath testing, blood tests, urine testing for both drugs and ethanol and preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) devices of all kinds including the Alcosensor 4 and 5.
Regardless of the type of craft, Matt can help. Jet Ski, fishing boat, he has handled cases of all types. Matt can often go to Court for you, saving you the stress and worries of appearing before a Judge.
If you or someone you love is facing a BUI in California, any Court, including Long Beach, Torrance, Catalina, Santa Clarita, Kern County, Los Angeles County or any other Court in the state, call Matt for a free case assessment and consultation about the ins and outs of boating under the influence defense and the law.
Matt can be reached on his cell at 310-686-1533.
Posted by DUI Attorney at 3:26 PM
In California the law requires that a drivers license be suspended for up to three years if a person is arrested for DUI and completes a chemical test that is above the legal limit or refuses to complete a test upon the request of a police officer. The DMV requires that a person request a formal hearing to challenge the requisite suspension and prove that the Department’s evidence is insufficient to justify the action. Statewide the success rate in winning a DMV hearing is very low. However, experienced lawyers often prevail much more frequently.
Below is a recent case where Matthew won the hearing on a zero tolerance DUI probation case because of an evidentiary issue he uncovered in the State’s paperwork.
Posted by DUI Attorney at 9:09 AM