Fred Thiagarajah


The Right Choice for Criminal Defense

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If you need an outstanding criminal defense attorney in Southern California, Make the Right Choice with the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah.  Our California criminal defense law firm handles all types of criminal cases including DUIs, misdemeanors and felonies, throughout Southern California including Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and San Diego County.  We also handle DMV hearings and restraining orders.

As a former prosecutor, Fred Thiagarajah knows exactly how the prosecution approaches each case and knows how to craft the best defense for each case.  It’s because he can still see the case from a prosecutor’s viewpoint that he knows what are the strengths and weaknesses of each case.  This knowledge is invaluable whether it’s negotiating a deal or persuading a jury.

Our attorneys devote the time needed to discuss your options, your rights and the penalties you may be facing.  We are with you at every stage of your case, advocating for you.  Contact our office to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, with offices in Newport Beach, Fullerton, Long Beach, Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta and Carlsbad.

Our law firm is also experienced with representing defendants who may have immigration consequences.  We know how to represent people who are either permanent residents or who are here on visas.  If you have been accused of a crime, and you are not a US citizen, a criminal conviction can have drastic consequences including deportation, exclusion and denial of naturalization.  We understand the challenges of being a non-citizen in the United States.  Regular attendance at immigration seminars, constant interaction with immigration attorneys, and consistent review of immigration cases gives the attorneys at Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah enormous insight into the best way to defend a criminal case to avoid immigration consequences.

Serving the entire Southern California area, our lawyers have the experience needed to get clients best results possible in criminal cases.  With almost 100 trials to his credit, Fred Thiagarajah is an accomplished trial lawyer who is also very successful in prosecuting and defending restraining orders, handling pretrial motions and conducting DMV hearings.  Whether the issue is domestic violence or DUIs, our record is only one reason we receive referrals from satisfied customers.  Being responsive is a critical part of our legal services and once we’re on the case, we can be reached anytime, including evenings and weekends.  Trouble doesn’t always happen between 9 am and 5 pm, so you should have lawyers that are available whenever you need them.

You don’t have to take our word to believe that Fred Thiagarajah is the right lawyer for you.  Avvo, one of the foremost attorney rating services, has consistently given Fred Thiagarajah a perfect score as a criminal defense attorney – 10 out of 10.  To learn more about Fred Thiagarajah or to read his client testimonials, visit his Avvo profile.  Super Lawyers magazine has named Fred Thiagarajah a "Super Lawyer" for criminal defense in Southern California in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  This is an honor given to less than 2.5% of all attorneys.  OC Metro Magazine has ranked Fred Thiagarajah as one of the top DUI defense attorneys in all of Orange County, for four years in a row -- 2011 through 2014.  Riviera magazine named Fred Thiagarajah as one of the "power attorneys" for all of Orange County in criminal defense on 3 separate occassions.  Since 2013, the American Society of Legal Advocates named Fred Thiagarajah one of the 100 best criminal defense attorneys in the entire state of California.  And since 2014, the National Trial Lawyers has named Fred Thiagarajah one of the best 100 trial lawyers in the entire state of California.

Our law firm makes it as easy as possible to interact with the criminal justice system.  We accept credit cards and payment plans.  We schedule appointments during evening and weekend hours.  Call us today for a free consultation.  Make the Right ChoiceTM for criminal defense with the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah.


DUI defense attorney in Orange County as selected by OC Metro Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


out of 10 rating for criminal defense. A perfect rating on Avvo, the world's largest legal directory


2.5% of all criminal defense attorneys in 2012, 2013 and 2015, according to Super Lawyer's magazine.


selected as a "Power Attorney" for criminal defense in Orange County by Riviera Magazine


the number of jury trials conducted by Fred Thiagarajah


the percentage of successful expungements


One of the top 100 criminal defense lawyers in California according to the American Society of Legal Advocates. One of top 100 criminal trial lawyers in California according to The National Trial Lawyers.


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