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Posted by Mike
I spoke with many of the top attorneys recommended by Avvo and Yelp before choosing Fred. I was being charged with totally fabricated charges because I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I was at a "friend's" place and there was some drama so the cops showed up. Even tho I said I didn't feel comfortable being questioned or examined without a lawyer present and didn't want my bag searched they did anyways. What they found was a bag of vitamin C I was carrying because it was cold season. But they didn't believe, accused me of having drugs and arrested me. Of course they later found it was vitamin c but at that point the charges were in.
The charges were serious so despite the costs and knowing I was innocent, I decided to hire a lawyer. What made me chose him are the following:
1. While other lawyers used scare tactics and intimidated me with talks of possibly going to jail etc, right from the start Fred said I need not worry about jail and reassured me the worst case scenario was a drug program.
2. Others wanted to charge me 4000 or more to handle the pre-trial etc. I knew I was innocent so that felt like a lot considering this could possibly be one hearing and I was already out a couple thousand on bail. Fred said he would only charge me for each time he appears in court and even then up to a maximum cap of like 4 or 5k no matter how man times he had to go to court for me during pre-trial.
3. Of course I wanted someone good. Not only could I tell he was knowledgable from talking with him, he called me back on a Sunday night after I initiated an email (after the Super Bowl no less) and spent close to an hour describing my options and his tactics. That's dedication and personal attention for you!
4. Finally what put him over the top was that he had great reviews online sure, but another top rated attorney on Avvo who I contacted asked me who I was considering and when I told him it was Fred he immediately told me he was too expensive for this case and highly recommended I look no further than Fred who he knows personally and is a stand up guy! "Wow.. Endorsing another competing lawyer?" I thought. That was when I made up my mind.
Not only that, even during the case he helped with some other stuff that wasn't related to the case. He really was attentive and responsive and tried to do what would would get me cleared the quickest and not what would line his pockets. In the end all my charges were dismissed and I only had to pay Fred a couple thousand.
I would say Fred went above and beyond for a really decent rate and I would highly recommend him. Thank you Fred, sorry for the late review but don't think I forgot everything you did for me. Hope you are well and I wish you the best!
Posted by Cynthia B
After thorough research that led my siblings, here and abroad, and me, we put our trust in the legal expertise of Atty. Fred Thiagarajah. While we are all foreign-born, we were very concerned about our only brother who was too distraught to make the research and choice for a criminal defense lawyer. Needless to say, Mr. Thiagarajah performed his utmost to negotiate the best settlement offer which left us almost overwhelmed with relief from what could have been more devastating for our brother. Without a doubt, Mr. Thiagarajah has successfully done an excellent job in representing our brother's legal rights such that 10 out of 11 counts of complaints were dropped by the prosecution. Therefore, it is with absolute assurance that we will be more than happy to recommend the expertise of Mr. Fred Thiagarajah to our friends or anyone else who truly needs competent legal representation in a serious criminal matter.
Posted by Craig
I found fred from this website (AVVO) regarding my DUI and it was the best decision I made. I contacted 10 other laywers who seemed good, but once I made the decision to call Fred I felt like I was talking with one of my friends who I trust. My favorite person who I found most helpful was his receptionist who truly is a great person and has the heart of gold and she felt like a mother figure to me and she cares so much for everyone. She deserves a raise! I let him know my situation and how I would like the process to go and he was able to get me the lowest amount of DUI class and my DUI fine was only $2,062. Fred is the Bees Knees
Posted by Jason
Fred Thiagarajah is everything that is spelled out through these reviews, which is why he has a 10/10 rating. Fred and his staff were excellent in their responses to any questions or concerns I had about my case. Fred's assistant Gay is amazing keeping me aware of the details of my case.
I was initially charged with 2 misdemeanors that would be devastating to my professional well-being. I search all the sites looking for the best lawyer and I came to Avvo and saw all the positive reviews for Fred. The final result of my case included only an infraction for disturbing the peace and a $200.00 fine, which was a far reach from the initial misdemeanors. I could not have asked for a better outcome.
I made a big mistake that could have really hurt my spotless criminal record and I needed to find the best representation and Fred is the perfect attorney. Thank you to Fred and his office for providing me a second chance. If you really need a great attorney to represent you, then look no further then Fred Thiagarajah for representation. Thank you Fred!!!
Posted by Dominic
Mr. Fred Thiagarajah truly took the time to listen to me and help get my life back on track. He had my cased dismissed and I did not have to appear in court. His prices are very good for the excellent quality service he provides. He is truly a GREAT lawyer honest and sincere. I would recommend him to anyone! He knows his stuff!!! very well prepared. His Secretary Miss Gay Mc Elwaine very well spoken she treats you like family. She put all my worries to rest and kept me up to date on the status of my case. Very organized law firm Mr.Thiagarajah and Miss. Mc Elwaine I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you put into my case. I am 110% satisfied and a happy client. Because of you I have my freedom and I can continue my life as a father, husband, student, and military man. Respectfully written
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
I was charged with possession of illegal substance and I decided to do some thorough research on lawyers in the OC area. I spoke to about a dozen lawyers and I decided that there were two that I really wanted to retain…then I called Fred. Fred pretty much spoke to me in realistic terms and his ability to be direct with me and “cut the fluff” was the reason why I decided he would be the best person to represent me. I also liked the fact that he was well connected with the Fullerton court, where I would be tried, and that he was a former DA.
On the day of my court date, Fred walked into court and worked out a deal with the DA, ultimately getting my case dismissed! I thought I had made a good decision when I retained Fred, but now I know that I was 100% correct in my decision to go with Fred as my representation. He won’t let you down! I’m just so glad that I decided to give him a call. I am absolutely thrilled about my case dismissal and I’ll be referring him to all my friends and family who could benefit from his services in the future. Thanks a million, Fred!
Posted by a client
In December last year, an unfortunate case of misdemeanor cropped up against me. I talked to couple of lawyers but none could clarify what would be the repercussions of it with respect to my impending immigration status. I spoke to Fred & he clearly mentioned all the possible scenarios. He handled my case & got it dismissed within 3 months without any blemish on my otherwise impeccable record. His office people are also very nice & everybody is very prompt in responding to queries. Highly recommended!
Thank you Fred!
Posted by a client
Mr. Thiagarajah represented me in a petty theft charge. I have been arrested before, and my second arrest was simply the end of my life. I’ve been going through emotionally and physically devastating times. I couldn’t clearly remember all the circumstances when I was arrested. And I felt that public defender who was assigned to my case wasn’t on my side, practically refusing to hear me out. I was presented as the only choice to agree to jail time, fines, community service, search and seizure consent and DNA test. I was intimidated beyond belief and practically hopeless. I was at my darkest hours and I had to find somebody who would hear me out and would give me a sound advice. I was recommended to contact Fred by very reputable criminal defense attorney who said that Fred would do a better job in my case. I had a free consultation by phone, and I was presented with the plan on how to go about my case. Fred and his associates have been carrying my defense with timely updates, informing me every step of the way which was not only professional but also with a great deal of humanity. He is reachable by email and will always answer promptly or have his assistant, Gay, do so. I also felt when I spoke with him that he truly wanted to help and get the best possible outcome. Fred was able to get the case dismissed. No conviction, no community service, no fines. Fred took my case and fortified it with his knowledge, assertiveness and people skills. I cannot thank him enough. My immigration status, my career in medicine, everything would be in irreversible jeopardy. I wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of an expert defense attorney.
Posted by Jimmie
Fred first let me thank you for your calm cool and collective demeanor during a stressful time in my life.When I first spoke with Fred during my consultation he did not give me the feeling of impending doom like some other lawyers in a effort to make you spend your money out of desperation but rather presented me with the options he could and did achieve with all the confidence of the seasoned counselor. Fred told me he would "shred!" the other side because "this is your life " the fact that I'm writing this testimonial makes me living proof of the most excellent negotiation skills of Fred Thiagarajah Bless you . JH
Posted by RAY
Where do I start? Where can I stop? FRED SAVED MY LIFE, MY FUTURE CAREER IN MEDICINE, AND MENTORED ME THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE DIFFICULT SITUATION. Let's begin. I contacted several lawyers after extensive research who were said to be the best and after speaking with them I was iffy about their confidence in the case after I explained my situation. Then I got to Fred, a seasoned veteran in his field, not only did he win me over with his confidence in himself but displayed a unique genuine care about my situation and about me as a person (and this continued to be evident through the whole process and even after). THIS WAS MY GUY. RIGHT THEN IN THERE I RETAINED FRED AND I'M GLAD I DID. Fred explained to me that this would be a difficult case but it wouldn't stop him from defending it with everything he had. I had never been trouble with police before in my life and so this was stressful for me. I had been an idiot and talked to the police before hiring a lawyer and it just made things worse. NEVER DO THIS. Long story short the D.A. tried to crucify me in everyway they sought possible including taking this case to trial. My life and my future was on the line but I trusted in God and I trusted in Fred because its true when your life's on the line when it comes to a criminal matter your fate literally lies in the hands of your defense attorney. Luckily for me I had already chosen THE BEST. Fred was very professional and he knew what he was doing the whole time. When he fought for me in courtroom it was hard to tell if he even had a nervous bone in his body. His confidence was unmatched. He knew each and every juror by name. He was able to establish connections with everyone in the courtroom. Even the D.A. respected him highly while they were going head to head. The prosecutor knew Fred was a powerhouse attorney and with his experience working as a prosecutor himself before hand gave him unmatched knowledge and an undefined upper hand in trial situations like this. Fred is an expert at exposing truth and inconsistencies when comes to cross examining witness's and even police officers. He's like a roaring lion defending his cubs when it comes defending his clients in the courtroom. He will stop at nothing until he put his client in the best position possible before his case is rested and even then he's still hasn't rested. His closing arguments in my situation baffled the prosecution. Imagine being a prosecutor in a case that looks like a home run in which there's no way you can logically lose unless some type of miracle work was performed. Well that's exactly what Fred was! He had his PH.D IN MIRACLE WORK or maybe he's JUST THAT GOOD. He was everything you could ever want in a defense attorney and I can truly call FRED A FRIEND. His whole staff were blessings to me and my family. His legal assistant Gay was so supportive along with his Intern Julie who helped with the case. I can already see she's going to one day be one the best Lawyers in California. They're all blessing from God. He took care of me while the case was going on. He even took me, all of my friends, and family out to DINNER NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. I mean what lawyer does that? I just can't thank Fred enough. He put aside the whole week to focus on this case and to make sure we were conferrable while it was going on. He is truly a blessing. Back to the case. We're in closing arguments and Fred blows myself, the prosecutor, and jury away with his facts and knowledge, exposures of the witnesses. I felt like I had hired the reincarnated Johnnie Cochran. That's how good his closing arguments were. Jury deliberated for only an hour. I was nervous but Fred was a bull. Not Guilty on one count is what I hoped for but Not Guilty on Both was unimaginable? But SOME HOW HE DID IT! If JC was fully god and fully human, Fred has to at least be Half Angel! haha. Fred even went on to only charged me a 3rd of what he usually charged becuz on my financials. IF U CANT AFFORD TO LOSE CHOOSE FRED!