DUI Defense

It is difficult to negotiate a deal with prosecutors because the DUI laws have mandatory conditions of probation that are difficult to have deferred or stricken. But do not plead guilty or accept a plea bargain without consulting an attorney.

A good DUI defense lawyer will give you a clear, honest and practical evaluation of your case and what you can expect. If your case falls outside the guidelines rendering you eligible for probation, a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer will be able to develop a defense strategy to minimize the negative consequences.

If you are facing drunk driving charges in San Diego, Temecula, Murrieta or elsewhere in Southern California, contact me, defense attorney Keith H. Rutman, for aggressive representation on your DUI charges.

Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer

I have been defending people facing DUI/DWI, underage drinking and other alcohol-related charges in San Diego County since 1989. In that time, I have developed a reputation as an honest and hardworking criminal defense lawyer who uses every means at my disposal to get results for my clients, no matter what the charges:

  • First, second or third misdemeanor DUI arrests
  • Felony drunk driving charges
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Reckless driving offenses

Contact an Attorney Immediately to Fight License Suspension

Your license WILL BE suspended if you do not ask for a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of your arrest. Contact me now to start this process.

If you are an out-of-town visitor who was charged with DUI or DWI while visiting San Diego, I can usually resolve your case without you needing to return to San Diego.

Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law

I offer all new clients a free and confidential half-hour consultation, either in person or by telephone. I handle almost all drunk driving defense cases for a flat fee, plus expenses. If the case goes to trial, I charge a daily fee. Contact my San Diego law office to schedule an appointment or call toll-free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988.

Free Half-Hour Consultation
Collect Calls Accepted
After-Hours Calls Returned Promptly
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Evening and Weekend Appointments


  • "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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