2015 Trial Lawyer
Of The Year

Honored By His Peers As One Of 4 Attorneys Named “2015 Trial Lawyer Of The Year” For Work On The Los Palillos Death Penalty Case.


  • "Dear Mr. Rutman, I can't begin to thank you for all you have done for Jarrett and Jordan - specifically Jordan; you have gone over and above what most attorneys would do, and treated Jordan so well accepting his "I don't know what your talking about mentality". Jordan is greatly relieved it is over but I don't think he understands fully what is expected of him for the next 12 months. He is very aware of how lucky he is not to be in jail. All we can do is to continually remind him and keep him in therapy. I will keep you posted occasionally on how he is doing, without you, he wouldn't be doing at all. We all wish you the best of everything. Take care." - Judy, Jarrett and Jordan Learn More...
  • "Mr. Rutman did a great job in my dispute over the accuracy of my criminal record against the State of California, and he got the Court to order it changed in my favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Rutman, he is diligent and prompt and very knowledgeable. He would be my first choice if I ever need an attorney again, and he should be yours." - Jerry S Learn More...
  • "Keith and I have handled very complicated trials together including multiple bank robberies and murder cases. I highly endorse Keith. He is always a well prepared, caring, and aggressive criminal defense attorney." Learn More...
  • "I opposed Keith in a federal civil rights claim brought in federal court. Keith was creative and determined to advocate his clients interests and was a pleasure to work with. A true professional in every regard. Enthusiastically recommended and endorsed!" Learn More...

Getting You the Best Deal Possible

"In any courtroom, whether a criminal or civil case, there is a difference between what actually happened and what you can prove happened." — Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law, San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

My name is Keith Rutman and I have practiced law in San Diego County, Temecula, Murrieta and throughout Southern California for more than 25 years. My practice is devoted to criminal defense work and police misconduct cases. I also handle select business litigation cases.

Honest Case Evaluations and Practical Advice

Whether you are facing criminal charges, have suffered an emotional or physical injury at the hands of the police, or are a small business owner engaged in a legal dispute, you deserve a clear picture of what the legal system can and cannot do for you. I can give you a clear description of all possible options, along with a frank assessment of the costs, advantages and disadvantages of pursuing each option.

You will have peace of mind after you leave your first, free consultation with me because I will tell you exactly what you need to know. I will then put my skills at your disposal to achieve your goals ethically, efficiently and cost-effectively. Find out more about my areas of practice :

  • Criminal defense — I defend clients charged with a range of criminal offenses in state and federal courts, including DUI, drug crimes, weapon offenses, violent crimes, and white collar crimes.
  • Police misconduct — You have a right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, including excessive and unreasonable force used by police officers.
  • Business litigation — I have advanced experience helping small- and medium-sized businesses resolve their legal disputes quickly and cost-effectively.

A Word About Bail in California

There is an option available for those persons who are not to afford both bail/a bail bond and the cost of hiring an attorney. In California, it is possible to post a home(s) as bail, as long as the home(s), all located in the state, have total equity worth twice the bail. This eliminates going through a bail bondsman and is relatively inexpensive. To find out more, call me for further details.

Free and Confidential Consultation

Contact my office to schedule a free and confidential half-hour consultation. Call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988.

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