Ruth Maurice

Ruth Maurice is a California attorney with a diverse background. She has practiced criminal defense work for the public defender offices in San Joaquin  and Santa Cruz Counties. More recently, she practiced tax-exempt private  foundation and contract law for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Office of  the General Counsel. Ruth is now following her interest in mediation and can be  found once again in the court hallways, this time in Santa Clara County, where  she is working as a certified mediator with litigants interested in alternatives to  trial. Ruth earned her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from the University  of California Davis School of Law.


Articles By Ruth Maurice

Does an Officer Have to Witness a Misdemeanor in Order to Make an Arrest for It?
In most states, the misdemeanor must occur in the officer's presence.
Search and Seizure at and Around the U.S. Border
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects against random and arbitrary searches and seizures.
Recording the Police: Legal?
Do you have the right to record a police officer doing his job?
Can I Withdraw Consent to a Search?
It’s possible to withdraw (“revoke”) your consent in order to stop a search. But you have to do it right and you have to do it in time.
What's the difference between the burden of proof and the standard of proof?
Every day, in courtrooms around the country, legal matters are being argued in front of judges and juries.
Legal Standards of Proof
The following are the most common standards of proof in civil and criminal cases, from lowest to highest. The standard that applies depends on the type of case.