Practice Areas

In order to better serve my clients, I limit the areas in which I practice law. By doing so, I am able to keep current on new legal developments, which enhances my ability to provide high-quality and efficient legal services to my clients.

My rates are reasonable and many cases can be handled for a flat fee, plus expenses. Call or e-mail the law offices of Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law, to schedule an appointment.

Criminal Defense

The majority of my legal practice is devoted to criminal defense work. I have worked as a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego County and Murrieta since 1989. I also serve the communities of Temecula, Murrieta and provide representation to people throughout Riverside County. I provide an aggressive defense of my clients' rights and freedoms. At the same time, I am known for giving my clients honest assessments and frank advice about the most likely outcome of their case. I handle misdemeanor and felony cases, including:

I also handle the necessary petitions for sealing an arrest record or setting aside a criminal conviction (also known as expungement).

Police Misconduct Cases

I represent victims of police misconduct, particularly false arrest and the use of excessive force resulting in injuries. Police misconduct cases are complex and difficult to prosecute. I encourage my clients to learn as much as they can about what makes a successful police misconduct case before coming to see me.

Business Litigation

I have more than 20 years' experience resolving disputes between small business owners, customers, vendors, partners, and employees.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

Every new client receives a free, confidential, half-hour consultation. Schedule an appointment by calling toll-free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988, or sending an e-mail. I will respond promptly.

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  • "Keith Rutman isn't just a great lawyer—he is figuratively and literally a life saver, having saved my life twice. First in a figurative way. I was facing serous charges and was fearing the worst – a lengthy prison sentence. He applied his expert legal knowledge to secure a positive solution to my problem. It far exceeded my expectations and I received probation. He offered me essential advice on both legal and strategic matters. Mr. Rutman was always immediately available to assist me. I would expect this kind of outstanding service from any lawyer who stands at the top of his profession." Learn More...
  • "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." - 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...
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