Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

A conviction for domestic violence — even a first offense — carries heavy penalties. You may be barred from your home, required to pay for and attend a year-long series of domestic violence counseling sessions, or you may be sentenced to time in jail.

I am attorney Keith H. Rutman. In my 25 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer serving San Diego, Temecula, Murrieta and communities throughout Southern California, I have seen many domestic violence cases which start simply with an argument that quickly gets out of hand. "Domestic violence" does not necessarily involve a marriage — it can occur between former spouses, those in a dating relationship, neighbors, and others in a close relationship.

Act Now

No matter what circumstances led to an arrest for domestic violence, it is critically important to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Domestic assault and restraining order cases can get complicated very quickly. Early intervention by an experienced advocate can make a major difference in the outcome of the criminal domestic assault case and a civil restraining order case.

Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law
Toll Free: 888-714-6354 | Local: 619-573-4988

Two Decades of Experience as a San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

I have practiced criminal law in San Diego County since 1989. In the course of 25 years working as a criminal defense attorney, I have developed a reputation as an honest, hard-working criminal defense advocate who gives practical and realistic advice to my clients.

Once I know all the facts — by interviewing my client, reviewing any available police reports and talking to available witnesses — I am able to give my client a frank assessment of the most likely outcome of the case. I am not a lawyer who sugarcoats the facts. As I often say to my clients, "My job is to tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear."

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. During that consultation, I will advise you on which arrests and convictions are eligible for expungement, and I will explain the process in more detail.

If you are facing domestic violence or domestic assault charges, call toll free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988. Or, send an e-mail for a prompt response.

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