Your Freedom Depends On Your Decisions

Over 15 Years Of Helping Individuals and Family Navigate The Legal System


When you bring your case to me, I will work tirelessly in the pursuit of a solution that works for you.


You need the expertise and insight of an attorney who has experience in many different areas of the law.


Having gone before many judges in court, I know how to properly present your case so your story is heard.

Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorney Serving Sarasota, FL

Attorney Richard Ruhl

About Me

Attorney At Law

I grew up in Charlotte County and was admitted to practice in Florida in 2002. After admission to the bar, I accepted a job with the Public Defender's Office, and from there, I accepted a job offer from the Law Office of Robert Distefano in Fort Lauderdale. After spending a year with Robert Distefano, I moved back to Charlotte County and have been in private practice in southwest Florida since 2003. The opportunity to serve my community brings me great satisfaction. I am a proud member of various organizations including the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Manasota Trial Lawyers. No matter what time during the day or night, I am here to make a difference in your life.

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A strong defense when you need it most

As a trial attorney, I see many individuals discriminated against and railroaded by the justice system. I'm here to fight against that injustice and protect your individual rights. Even with minor charges, law enforcement's only goal is to get a conviction and move on to the next case. Whether you've been arrested or have simply been asked to "come down to the station for questioning," you need a lawyer present to ensure your rights are protected from heavy-handed interrogation tactics.

In order to make sure your rights are protected you need the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can outline effective legal strategies against any opposition. If you have questions about your case, I will help ease your anxiety by providing the answers you need and preparing you for both hearings and trials. With me in your corner, you will never be in the dark over how your case is progressing. Together, we can help make sure you're prepared for any challenges in the road ahead.

Practice Areas

Providing Guidance, Representation, and Relief in Your Time of Need.

Criminal Defense

If you're facing criminal charges, you need an experienced attorney to help you protect your rights and defend your name.

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Personal Injury

Suffering an injury is difficult enough without worrying about compensation for your loss. Let me help you fight for the justice you deserve.

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Family Law

Family matters are always sensitive and difficult to navigate. Hire a compassionate attorney that can help you find a peaceful resolution.

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Client Testimonials

Let my clients tell you about my practice.

Proudly serving Port Charlotte & Sarasota, FL

You deserve skilled representation no matter your situation, but when you are facing criminal charges, the need for reliable counsel is amplified. When your freedom is on the line, many other aspects of your life can fall into ruin. Let me take the burden of your defense off your shoulders.

If you have sustained an injury that could have been prevented, I want you to be compensated by the responsible party. Even if you think you are partially to blame for your accident, you deserve compensation for m medical bills, lost earnings, and other costs associated with injury recovery.

As an experienced family law attorney, I know the gravity of the legal situation you may be facing. Nothing is more important than the welfare of your loved ones, and I want to help you find a solution that meets your needs. Whether you're dealing with problems of divorce, custody, or adoption, I can provide the guidance and legal support you need.

Don't wait to get the expert legal counsel your case deserves. Reach out to my office today to schedule a consultation so we can go over the details of your case and make a game plan that fits your unique situation.