DUI Lawyer

DUI Lawyer in Long Beach, Los Angeles & Orange County

Driving under the influence of recreational drugs and/or alcohol is a fairly serious offense and can greatly impact your life. In the state of California, driving under the influence is a vigorously prosecuted criminal offense and punishments are increasingly severe. A DUI can be issued if your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or higher. Unfortunately, the law surrounding DUI cases is extremely complicated. Sentencing can become more relentless for cases when a child is present, if you’ve been speeding, or if your blood alcohol content is over .20%. Thankfully, GFT’s experienced and trustworthy lawyers will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Our DUI Lawyers Fight For You

When you need a lawyer to fight for you, Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich is ready to stand by your side. Our team of criminal lawyers has over 100 collective years of experience and comprehensive legal knowledge. A DUI is an extremely serious offense. DUIs may not only affect your life, but also the lives of those who are close to you and those who were also were sharing the road at the time. These cases tend to be complex. When dealing with a DUI case, the lawyers at GFT will analyze a number of evidentiary factors to prepare your defense. They will examine whether the results produced from the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests are admissible. They’ll also evaluate whether any rights violations occurred during the process in order to mount the best possible defense for you. At GFT, we handle our client’s needs with compassion, integrity, courtesy, and diligence. Our top-notch team of professional criminal lawyers includes former prosecutors from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, who have an extensive background in litigation that will benefit you in the courtroom. GFT’s attorneys will work diligently to advocate for you and achieve the best possible outcome.

What to Expect From your DUI Charges

After a DUI arrest, you will processed, booked, and hopefully, bailed out. Then, once you enter a plea, you will be arraigned, which will set the tone for the entire trial. At your preliminary hearing, the judge will determine whether the prosecution has enough evidence to continue and proceed taking your case to trial. It’s at this point that our law firm will attempt to get your case dismissed. If you choose to enter a not guilty plea at your arraignment, then your case will go to trail as you fight the charges against you. We try to avoid this process. If you happen to be found guilty at trial, we will promptly file your appeal and fight for you.

FAQs About DUI Charges

  • What do DUI and DWI stand for?
    DUI stands for “driving under the influence” and DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated.”
  • What will my penalty be for a DUI?
    The penalties vary with each case, but generally you will face a large financial penalty, drivers license suspension, alcohol and drug abuse counseling programs, and hefty fines.
  • How long will I lose my license for?
    This type of penalty varies from person to person. When sentencing an offender, the court will typically take into consideration your prior arrest record.
  • Will my car insurance increase because of my DUI?
    Probably. After you are convicted of a DUI, your insurance company will consider you a high-risk driver and increase your premium.
  • How can a DUI lawyer help me?
    A DUI attorney is experienced and trained in the nuances of DUI law. They can advocate on your behalf and, hopefully, convince the court to decrease your penalties.

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.

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.