Criminal Law Attorney

Criminal Law Attorneys in Long Beach, Los Angeles & Orange County

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich boasts a robust criminal law department that gives clients the capacity to handle all elements of their cases under one roof. Kristin Trutanich, who was previously a top prosecutor at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and the attorneys on her team have successfully advocated for a number of criminal defendants.


Misdemeanors are more common than you may think. Many people are accused of them, regardless of their age, gender, or financial status. Fortunately, within the judicial system a misdemeanor is actually the lesser evil because a conviction does not carry the possibility of a prison sentence. People who are convicted may be sentenced to county jail and given probation for several years. Common misdemeanors in California include driving under the influence, domestic battery, petty theft, lewd conduct, and trespassing.

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Unfortunately, a felony charge is a very serious matter and it’s imperative that you retain a criminal attorney as soon as possible. In California, common felony charges include murder, rape, burglary, and arson. If you’re convicted, a felony charge can seriously alter the course of your entire life, which is why you must have a good defense attorney who knows the law, will fight hard for you, and, above all else, do their best to prevent your conviction.

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Juvenile Cases

If a juvenile you know and love is charged with a crime, the best way you can help them is to hire a professional and experienced attorney. At GFT, we can assure you that our juvenile lawyers will work with your family to make sure your family is represented to the fullest letter of the law and your child is able to grow, learn, and change from their mistakes.

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DUI Defense

Charged with a DUI? The penalties that accompany a DUI case in the state of California can be severe and unrelenting. Your license may be suspended, you may have to pay a significant fine, and you could even face jail time. The law surrounding Driving Under the Influence cases is extremely complicated, which is why you need an experienced lawyer who knows how to navigate the courtroom and fight for you.

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Domestic Violence

We realize that domestic violence is an incredibly sensitive issue. You may need an order of protection against an abuser to maintain the safety of your family, or you may need to be defended against false charges. Our office is able to handle any issues that may arise as part of divorce or child custody disputes, whether it is moving to obtain a protective order or to defend against allegations of domestic violence.

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Our Family & Criminal Law Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients' needs.

Our Criminal Law Attorneys Approach

We recognize that legal cases involve sensitive issues and can be emotionally draining. We’re dedicated to providing our clients the highest quality of legal services to effectively represent them.

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Experienced Attorneys

Our top-notch divorce, criminal, and family law attorneys are equipped with dozens of years of litigation and courtroom experience.

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Proven Track Record

We have a proven track record of favorably resolving the cases our clients bring to us through skilled representation and strong advocacy.

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Personalized Attention

We provide personal attention at every step of the process and have the staff to tackle complex and high-profile issues.

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A Strong Team

At GFT, we offer a team approach to each case so you can always connect with someone who can help out.

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Comprehensive Approach

We incorporate a combination of top-notch litigators and experts in non-litigation alternatives for a comprehensive approach to family and criminal law.

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Industry Relationships

We have relationships with many experts who may be needed in your case, such as private investigators, domestic violence experts, and more.

100+ Years Collective Experience

Our Criminal Law Firm's History

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.

GFT has helped individuals and their families surmount their legal difficulties for the past several decades. We are proud to serve Southern California, and have the dedication and experience required to handle every type of issue.

The Team of Attorneys You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

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We have two offices conveniently located in Long Beach & Palos Verdes. We represent clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.