Immigration Consequences

The most severe impact of any defendant’s criminal conviction is potential immigration consequences for legal residents that are not citizens. In fact…

Clearing Your Record

If you have a criminal record in California, there are several different ways to clear it.  The most common method of clearing your record is expungement…

Restraining Orders

There are two types of restraining orders in California – civil restraining orders and domestic violence restraining orders.  A civil restraining order can be acquired…


A DUI charge is the most common type of crime that we defend at the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah.  50% of our caseload involves the defense of DUIs. Fighting a DUI…



People v. Dalcin — Jury Trial — Central Justice Center in Santa Ana*, Orange County…

People v. N.S. (2010) Charges – Defendant had three cases all pending at the same…

People v. K.K. (2011) Charges – Drunk in Public (Penal Code section 647(f)) Courthouse –…

People v. M.K. (2010) – Immigration case Charges — Felony Possession of a Marijuana for Sale,…

  • People v. J.T. (2012)
    Charges -- DUI (Vehicle Code section 23152)
    Court -- West Justice Center, Westminster, Orange County
    Initial DA Offer -- Standard First DUI
    Second DA Offer -- Wet & Reckless with 3 years probation
    Final Result -- Wet & Reckless with 2 years probation
    "Fred represented me on my DUI case. I was referred to him by a friend. After speaking with other lawyers, I went with Fred based his skills with my friends case and the confidence I felt after meeting him. This was the best thing that happened to me during this scary ordeal. With his legal advise I felt more at ease. He is very knowledgeable easy to speak to. He kept me informed and best of all, made this as easy as can be for me."
    People v. J.T. (2012)
  • People v. M.K.
    Charges -- DUI with Injury (VC 23153) Location -- West Covina Justice Center, Los Angeles County Result -- Dismissal
    People v. M.K.
  • People v. L.C.
    Charges -- DUI Location – Pasadena Justice Center, Los Angeles County
    Result -- Convinced DA not to file charges
    "I can't thank you enough for all that you did on my behalf and saving a tremendous amount of time, trouble and embarrasment! You are truly a Godsend for me. God forbid this should happen again, but I know who I would turn to if that were the case!"
    People v. L.C.
  • People v. A.W.
    Charges -- 2nd DUI Location -- North Justice Center, Fullerton, Orange County Result -- Residential Treatment; No Jail
    People v. A.W.


The Right Choice for Criminal Defense.

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.

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    What is Entrapment? An affirmative defense is a legal argument that is raised by the defendant. The basic premise of an affirmative defense is that even if all the elements of the crime have been proved by the prosecution, the defendant is still not guilty because of the affirmative defense. There are different types of…

  • Affirmative Defense — Necessity

    What is a Necessity Defense? An affirmative defense is a legal argument that is raised by the defendant.  The basic premise of an affirmative defense is that even if all the elements of the crime have been proved by the prosecution, the defendant is still not guilty because of the affirmative defense.  There are different…

  • Bail

    Defendants have the right to bail in all criminal offenses, except capital offenses, pursuant to Penal Code sections 1270.5 and 1271.  Specifically, Penal Code section 1270.5 states “ A defendant charged with an offense punishable with death cannot be admitted to bail, when the proof of his or her guilt is evidence or the presumption…

  • Criminal Procedure

    California Criminal Procedure Arraignment The first stage of a criminal case is the arraignment. This is the very first appearance in court, where a defendant officially learns what the charges are. The charges are listed in a document called the “complaint”. Bail conditions and amount are often set at the arraignment. The defendant is given…


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