About Juvenile Offenses
If a juvenile you care about is facing criminal charges, GFT can help. A juvenile is defined by the law as a minor, anyone under the age of 18, or anyone who isn’t old enough to be held responsible for their actions. Juveniles are commonly charged with drug possession and DUI. Our experienced juvenile lawyers will work with you and your family to advocate in court make sure you are represented to the fullest letter of the law. We handle all cases with compassion, integrity, courtesy, diligence and strong advocacy to place our clients in the best position to resolve their cases.
Juvenile Lawyers Who Operate With Care
As a parent, we understand that your number one concern for your child is their safety and happiness. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we believe that all children are able to grow, learn, and change from the mistakes they’ve made. We will work tirelessly for your family to get any charges dismissed.
At GFT, our lawyers are qualified counselors of minors, and have been deemed so by state and local bar associations. Our team has over 100 collective years of experience and the legal knowledge that will help your family navigate its legal issues effectively. GFT’s experienced lawyers will communicate every step of the process so you feel confident in trusting us to achieve the best possible outcome for your family.
What to Expect From A Juvenile Case
If your child has been arrested, please call us today so that we may get started working on their case. The earlier we become familiar with it, the better off your family will be. We will immediately file a petition asking the court to get involved. There are two types of petitions: 601 and 602. A 601 petition is filed by the probation department. It covers crimes like running away, skipping school, breaking curfew, etc. A 602 petition is filed by the District Attorney’s Office and states that, if the child were over 18, they would have committed a felony or misdemeanor. After the petitions are filed, there will be several hearings regarding the case and then a judge will rule on the outcome of it.
FAQs About Juvenile Cases
Will my child be charged as an adult?
In very serious crimes like rape, murder, and kidnapping, a child who is 14 year of age or older may be tried as an adult.
Am I responsible for paying all of my child’s legal fees?
Unfortunately, yes, you are. You’re responsible for legal fees as well as any restitution that may be owed to victims of the crime.
Can my child’s juvenile crimes be held against them in adulthood?
California has a three-strikes law, which states that some juvenile crimes may count as strikes in adulthood.
What could happen to my child?
If convicted, your child could receive informal probation, formal probation, community service, substance abuse counseling, restitution, or commitment.
Is the juvenile system better than the adult court system.
Though “better” is a subjective term, the goal of the juvenile system is to rehabilitate its offenders, which is different from the adult system. In California, the goal is to punish adult offenders.
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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.
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We have two offices conveniently located in the Long Beach & Manhattan Beach. 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
Manhattan Beach Office
1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 500,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266