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DUI Lawyer Punta Gorda

Ruhl Law Group

Are you looking for an experienced DUI attorney in Punta Gorda? If you, or a loved one, have been charged with DUI we may be able to help.

Ruhl Law Group handles all criminal cases including DUI charges.

We are effective and aggressive and will work to help you get results that you need, from minor to major charges, at affordable rates.

If you have been charged with a DUI, call our office now for a free case review (941) 505-7845.

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DUI Lawyer Punta Gorda

Since beginning practice in 2002, Ruhl Law, P.C. has handled thousands of criminal cases. We have the experience you can trust when dealing with these matters and can help you navigate the confusing legal process. Our attorneys care about you and go the extra mile by making ourselves accessible after hours to answer your questions.

Simple cases, complex cases, and every matter between the extremes meet with legal knowledge, experience, and dedication to your rights at the law offices of Ruhl Law Group. We welcome you to our Southwest Florida offices. Call 888-443-1669. Or begin our consultation by filling out the contact form to the left.

Your freedom and rights are our main concern

The idea of spending time in jail is terrifying and there is no other experience quite like the total loss of personal liberty. And the longevity of criminal records that seem to last an eternity makes criminal charges more difficult than other legal challenges for our clients.

We practice criminal law with sincerity, experience, and energetic defense of your rights with the primary goal of restoring your life to its normal state before you got into trouble with the law.

We have handled thousands of Florida's criminal cases since we opened our practice in 2003. Our record shows that we can manage these legal matters in a way that protects your rights and goes every distance toward the preservation of your personal freedom. Use our experience in handling DUI cases in the Punta Gorda area to your advantage and call 941-505-7845 today!

You can depend on us to make ourselves available at whatever hour legal need may call for our help and representation.

Florida DUI Overview

Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?

Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.

A DUI Lawyer can help...

Assess your legal situation

An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.

Explain the consequences

The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

Manage the process

Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Represent you in court

An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.

Don't know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:


Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI's and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.


Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.


You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.

Meet Our Team

Maria Mata Ruhl

Maria is the founder of Ruhl Law, P.A. and was admitted to practice in Florida in 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Florida International University and received her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. During her time in law school, Maria served as a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board.

She also interned as a law clerk for a Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National College for DUI Defense. Maria is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact Maria through email at, or by phone at (855) RUHL LAW.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law

Proud Member of:

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Sarasota County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Manatee County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College for DUI Defense

Richard Ruhl

Richard Ruhl (Rick) grew up in Charlotte County and was admitted to practice in Florida in 2002, and has been in private practice in southwest Florida since 2003. He attended elementary, junior high, and high school in Englewood and college in Fort Myers, graduating from International College, with a Bachelor's degree, summa cum laude. After this, he finished his Juris Doctorate at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami in 2001.

After admission to the bar, Rick accepted a job with the Public Defender's Office, and from there, accepted a job offer from the Law Office of Robert Distefano in Fort Lauderdale. After spending a year with Robert Distefano, he moved back to Charlotte County to open his own practice. In 2011, Rick joined the firm of Ruhl Law. Contact Rick at or by phone at (855) RUHL LAW.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Proud Member of:

  • Founding Member of the Charlotte County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Port Charlotte, FL 33952
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