Drug Crimes

Convictions for controlled substance offenses can carry serious penalties — even on a first offense. Sometimes there are mandatory minimum sentences which apply. As such, it is important to enlist an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you fight drug charges as soon as possible.

Practicing Criminal Defense in San Diego and Murrieta Since 1989

For two decades, I have defended clients against drug charges in both state and federal court. I have experience with all types of drug crimes, both misdemeanors and felonies.

You deserve to have a clear picture of what the legal system can and cannot do for you. Contact my law office to set up a free, confidential consultation.

Defending Your Drug Charge, From Simple Possession to Drug Trafficking

I have experience with all drug crimes, from simple possession cases to major felony sales cases. I have defended clients accused of:

Getting You the Best Deal Possible in Your Drug Case

A conviction for a controlled substance offense can have a negative impact on your future. Drug convictions can block your ability to get a student loan or other public benefits, and the conviction will be visible to employers, landlords and other members of the public.

I fight to reduce any future consequences of your arrest or conviction and to get you the best deal possible for your situation. I will investigate your charges to determine whether you have a procedural or substantive defense: for example, did the officer have probable cause to search you or your surroundings? Did they have, or need a warrant? Did they properly seize your property — car, cash or other assets?

If charges cannot be dropped, I negotiate a better possible outcome than prison or jail, such as a diversion program, which allows some first- and second-time offenders to receive substance abuse treatment rather than jail time.

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 most drug crimes cases for a flat fee, plus expenses, unless the case goes to trial. To schedule an appointment, call toll-free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988, or contact us online.

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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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