Burglary, Robbery & Theft

If you have been arrested for burglary (residential or commercial, i.e., shoplifting), robbery or other theft charges, it is important to get a case evaluation as soon as possible from an honest and experienced criminal defense attorney who can give you a straight forward opinion of the most likely outcome of your case.

I am Keith H. Rutman, a San Diego County criminal defense lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience. I defend clients against both misdemeanor and felony theft related charges, including burglary and robbery, in San Diego, Temecula, Murrieta and throughout Southern California. I have thorough knowledge of the rules and procedures of all local courts, and I have developed respectful relationships with the prosecutors and judges who handle criminal cases in San Diego County courts.

Contact my office today at 619-573-4988 or 888-714-6354, or online.

Understanding Your Charges

  • Robbery — The crime of robbery involves taking or attempting to take the property of another individual by threat, force, or intimidation.
  • Burglary — The crime of burglary involves entering any dwelling or commercial establishment with the intent to commit a felony, including but not limited to theft.
  • Theft — The crime of theft involves feloniously stealing, taking, carrying, leading, or driving away the personal property of another.

Full-Service Criminal Defense Attorney

My job as your criminal defense lawyer is to explore every possible avenue to build a strong defense on your behalf. I will review the police procedures used during your arrest and any search and seizure — if I am able to uncover violations of your Constitutional rights, then I may be able to argue for suppression of evidence and possible dismissal of the case. I will conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding your arrest — looking for information about witnesses that makes them less credible.

My goal in all cases is to prevent a conviction if at all possible, or to minimize the negative consequences that may result from a conviction.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

I offer all new clients a free and confidential half-hour consultation, and I handle most criminal cases for a flat fee, plus expenses. To schedule an appointment, call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988. Or, send an e-mail for a prompt response.

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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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