If you have recently been charged with a crime in San Diego or neighboring cities, you have come to the right place. I am an attorney who is dedicated to fighting for your rights and guiding you through your legal troubles.
Criminal Defense & Drug Crimes Attorney in San Diego, California
I’m the San Diego criminal attorney who will tell you what you need to know.
Through honest and careful investigation, I will learn the facts of your case to build you a strong legal defense. I will tell you what you need to know—not what you want to hear—to assure you sufficient advocacy through your troubled time.
Criminal defense is a lot like improvisational theater. Thinking on your feet— with confidence—is key.
Sharp & Smart Criminal Defense Services for Southern California
It is important to secure an intelligent and dynamic attorney who is quick on his feet. I have taken up the extra task to study improvisational theatre to better improve on my quick-thinking skills so I can more effectively provide you with outstanding legal representation.
Do not settle for other attorneys who just want to add a case to their resume. Seek out counsel from someone who will honestly and aggressively defend your honor. My substantial victories speak for themselves.
Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law
Representing you in Federal & State Courts throughout San Diego County and Southern California
I have been a dedicated and effective criminal defense attorney in the San Diego area for the past 30 years. I received my J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Lawand am a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the American Bar Association and San Diego County Bar Association. Contact me today to schedule a free consultation.
Accused of a Drug Crime in San Diego? I’ll Help You Stand Your Ground.
Some Attorneys Will Only Tell You What You Want to Hear. Not Me.
Drug crimes are dealt with very seriously in the state of California. Even on the first conviction, sentences for drug-related crimes can carry a severe penalty. Honesty is my first policy. I will tell you both the good news and bad news for your overall benefit.
I will fight to avoid any negative impact that a drug conviction can have on your future. By challenging the police officers and prosecutors, I will handle your drug case with the integrity that is needed. It is important to obtain a skilled and intrepid attorney to assist you as early as possible.
False Arrest and Excessive Force
$220,000 post-trial settlement
Assault by Police Officer
$235,000 pretrial settlement
Dismissed by court mid-trial
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in a gang-related stabbing case
Mr. Rutman is a talented lawyer who I have had the pleasure of observing in court for years. He zealously works to advocate for his clients.
I highly endorse Keith. He is always a well prepared, caring, and aggressive criminal defense attorney.
I opposed Keith in a federal civil rights claim brought in federal court. A true professional in every regard.
If you find yourself in need of the best legal representation, please consider Keith Rutman first. He is figuratively and literally a life saver.
Keith is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable and meticulous. I highly recommend him as an attorney.
These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.
Criminal Justice is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Let me fight in your corner as we pursue results.
I will never shy away from a fight. Defending your rights and honor is what I am passionate about. I believe that handling a case is a marathon, not a sprint—I will be right at your side no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. Put me to the test and see how I can advocate for you.
Extensive Trial Experience
A trial is not about what actually happened, it’s about what you can prove happened.
As a full-service criminal defense attorney, I offer you a plethora of services to suit your legal needs. For decades, I have been building strong cases that exploit the vulnerability in the opposing party's case. We share the same goal — to get you the best possible outcome.
Serving Chula Vista, El Cajon, Vista, & All of San Diego
I have been proudly serving San Diego and its neighboring cities for over 30 years. I care deeply, not only about the citizens themselves, but the integrity of my home. I try to make it a better place by challenging unjust charges.
Two Southern California Locations
Tell Me About Your Case
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