DUI Law

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 be 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 trial 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.

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 be 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 trial 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 Felony 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 Law & Divorce 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.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

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Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

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Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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Our Family Law & Divorce 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.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

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Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

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Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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100+ YEARS COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE

Our 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.

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.

Office
Locations

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

Long Beach Office

One World Trade Center, Suite #1740
Long Beach, CA 90831
Telephone: (562) 431-2000
FAX: (562) 431-2100

Palos Verdes Office

2516 Vía Tejon, Suite 309
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Telephone: (310) 237-9001
FAX: (562) 431-2100