5.0 stars 88 totalReview Niranjan Thiagarajah
Posted by Aileen
The attorney was professional and the staff excellent! Fred had thorough knowledge of law and what can be done for my specific situation to alleviate my stress. I recommend this law office if you need solid guidance, sound advice, and an honest voice!
Posted by a client
A superb score of 10 out of 10 follows the name of Fred Thiagarajah, and rightfully so. His impressive list of awards, endorsements, and affiliations, all merited by his faultless caliber, speak for themselves. But I am writing to speak for myself about my experience with Mr Thiagarajah. I am not proud to say that I've had my share of experiences with the Criminal Justice system; therefore, I am no stranger to the feelings of fear, anxiety, and despair that accompany a criminal indictment, nor the daunting court proceedings that follow. Likewise, I am familiar with the uncertainty that comes with searching for and hiring a competent and trustworthy attorney. Since court jargon and protocols are often confusing and intimidating to the layperson, it is hard to know if the attorney you’ve hired can be trusted to handle your livelihood and reputation with the utmost care. This was, of course, my concern as I faced drug charges along with the destruction of evidence. I was on parole and staying at a nearby hotel when the local police obtained the room key from the front desk and proceeded to let themselves into my room without knocking or announcing their presence. They seized my phone and my laptop, and I was arrested for minor drug possession charges and obstruction of justice/destruction of evidence. I was told that my property was being held for evidence “pending further investigation into my criminal activities” and that I should be expecting additional criminal charges when the investigation is complete. The crimes and charges I was facing were by no means extreme; but for someone on probation or parole, a simple misdemeanor can quickly snowball into something catastrophic.
I futilely fought the case alone for months, before contacting Fred Thiagarajah. I had previously met Fred when he represented my ex in a felony DUI/evading police case. I was very impressed with the results of that case (NO JAIL TIME), and so, I wanted him to represent me. In just a few court appearances Mr. Thiagarajah worked his magic by negotiating a miraculous deal with the DA, and he got them to release my property to me immediately, which I could not make happen for the life of me! However, the most impressive thing he did, in my opinion, I did not discover until a few years later. I was recently viewing my criminal records... and trust me, digging through my past is dirty business. ..So, as I began to assess the damage I’ve done to myself and what it would take to put my life back together… I noticed that I could not find any record of that case he handled. It just wasn’t there! I am not sure exactly what he did, but it is as if it never even happened. Now THAT is how you can discern a GOOD LAWYER!
Even though I already had a criminal history and my record was already tarnished, Fred handled my case as if it was not. Another charge may not have a made any difference any in the scheme of my years… Even though some would argue that it would not have even mattered. It mattered to him ….and it matters to me.
Thanks again Mr. Thriagarajah
Blessed Be )O(
Posted by Mike L.
This is my second review for Fred Thiagarajah. Due to very unfortunate circumstances, I was in legal trouble again. Just like the first time, I got caught up in a bad situation by dating the wrong type of girl. I have a soft spot for bad girls, what can I say.
Anyhow, when the cops showed up the first person I ran to was of course, Fred. Why? Because he was the only one who didn't bull $hi# with me with scare tactics and stick me with a huge bill. Who care if he is nice and honest though, if he is no good?
He is good folks. Really good. He was on the other side as a DA in So Cal for a long time before going private l, which means he knows exactly how the system works, how the prosecutors think, and what motivates them. But how do I really know he's good? Cuz the Judge said so.
Huh? What? Yes that's right folks, the JUDGE, yes the JUDGE said: "I rarely see an attorney who knows how to conduct a preliminary examination well or even properly. That was some fine lawyerin'!" Can you believe that? I never heard of a judge complementing an attorney like that in front of everyone. Of course Fred was like "pshhh~ ain't a thang.”
(Just kidding about the last part, he acted very modestly and appropriately.)
So what were the results for the last honest AND talented lawyer left? Well if you read my first review you would know I was acquitted of all charges the first time. This time, I have to do some community service and such but no jail and no permanent or harsh penalties. I could have fought, and I actually wanted to out of principle.. I mean I was the victim for heaven-sake!
I had a video clearly showing I was the one attacked by a person who kicked my front door down and all I did was defend myself. But I’ve learned that with the police and DA, once you are in the system, all they care about is punishing you as much as possible to build a "tough on crime" image... It really was all about politics. After all, we asked them to review the video over half a dozen times but till the very end, I doubt they even took a look at it once. Anyone who saw the video would know what the truth was.
Anyhow, Fred said I had a strong case and he was 90% confident we would win, but he also warned me that there were no guarantees in a trial and that if I didn’t win, it would be very painful, expensive, and damaging. I'm sure most lawyers would have tried to push for the trial to get more money. In the end, for what I was offered, trial was just too risky and expensive, and even Fred said it was a no-brainer so I took the bargain. Our system really needs to change. There must be so many innocent people in jail is what I’ve learned.
Back to Mr. Thiagarajah, not only did he push to save me money at his expense, but he also suggested I release him and take care of the probation reporting and such myself since all I really had to do was show up and it would be a waste to spend $500 just to have him come along. Can you believe this guy? How does he make money?
So there you have it folks. Fred Thiagaraja! Not everyone desires a fine, honest, and affordable defense attorney when they are in trouble. But if you aren't swimming in cash, have a fetish for jail, or like playing mind games, then go with Fred. It’s a no brainer!
Oh and BTW his assistant Gay is super nice and compassionate. I couldn't forget to include a shootout for her as well. Thanks Gay and Fred, you guys are awesome! But I hope I never "have" to see you again! ;)
Posted by a client
I had a few criminal convictions in the past spanning a 20-year time frame. I consulted and hired Fred Thiagarajah & Associates to expunge/dismiss these prior convictions. Fred and staff ultimately was successful on these convictions. I would highly recommend this firm for anyone seeking an expungement/dismissal.
Posted by a client
He basically did nothing for my DUI. Officer lied about damage on my car, saying I crashed it while being pulled over. NOPE! I had evidence from Allstate showing that damage was from years prior. Fred said "oh well, nothing we can do." I got the standard classes and fine so he did nothing there. Now he wants $750 for a public record expunge when it only costs $120 to file it myself. It's literally a piece of paper. I said I was broke but his associate didn't care. ON TO THE NEXT CLIENT TO SCAM.
Posted by a client
Drunk/violent X girlfriend made a bogus call to 911 against me. I did NOT touch her. I decided to leave for various reasons. Next the local DA is hunting me down full force. Domestic issues are no joke and I was looking at serious time, based on her drunk lies! The DA was trying to move forward with a case. I did NOT want to make a deal. I did NOT want to do any Cal-trans freeway clean-up or community service . I did NOT want 52 weeks domestic violence classes. I retained Fred and he took care of me. After listening to my situation Fred provided a plan of action. Keep your good name, choose Fred.******1000% WORTH IT******
Posted by Rob
Fred striked me as a guy who's a straight shooter and gets right down to business. If your looking for a defense attorney who knows what he is doing, and is well known in the business to "win"...it's a no brainer. Glad I was able to retain this wonderful human being. Best of luck to your future endeavors Fred! Your a life saver!!!
Posted by Chris
Fred came recommended to me by a friend and I still keep thanking that friend to this day. What seemed like a hopeless situation was completely resolved with Fred's action and responsiveness. With all cards working against me, he still managed to pull it off and serve justice with a clean slate. I really appreciate it Fred and will keep your number handy.
Posted by a client
Fred Thiagarajah was referred to me by a friend. It was the best thing that could have happened in my life. Fred was attentive to my case from the very first conversation we had together. He was quick to take to my defense and NEVER left me wondering what was going on. He further appeared in additional unrelated hearings for me just to show that he cared about my situation. He was half the price of every other attorney I spoke to and gave twice the service.
I was facing two felony counts and Fred got the entire case dismissed!! Nothing! Nada! Not a plea bargain and not my pleading guilty to charges I didn't commit just to get this awful time of my life over with. All charges dropped and bail exonerated!! You cannot believe what that meant to me and my family. Do not think that just because you are innocent that the DA won't try to find you guilty anyways. Let's also not forget about the recent headlines where DA Prosecutors are being ordered off of cases for contriving with police to have innocent people found guilty. You need an attorney that isn't afraid to get down to business and make sure your rights are protected because if you think the DA is gonna do it - think again!
If Fred hadn't believed in me then I don't know what I would have done. He is not just an attorney - he is a savior. You won't believe to what extent the DA's Office went to in order to tarnish my reputation and support a soured ex-wife. Fred had the jury jumping to answer his interview questions, the judge complimented his argument during prelim and even the DA Prosecutor told him he was an excellent attorney. I mean, Fred's ability is unbelievable! Just unbelievable. This man knows how to turn the courtroom into his ready and willing listeners. How many defense attorneys have you seen receive compliments by the Judge AND the Prosecutor? I would bet none.
Now let's talk about his staff. His assistants are terrific, especially his office manager Gay. They make sure that you are in constant contact with Fred, (even when he is in trial for someone else) and have even responded to me after hours. It took the support of his entire team to get me where I am today - a free man! With that said, let's not forget that Fred would also speak with or meet me in the late evening, weekends and during holidays. He didn't care what else was going on in the world around us if there was something that I needed. He truly prioritizes his clients.
You just cannot go wrong in choosing him. You can't. I fully endorse Fred to represent anyone. He is your friend. He is your best defense. He is your attorney. I am not a religious person, but I thanked God the day I hired him.
Posted by Ray
Fred was incredibly helpful and resourceful when we needed his assistance with a DV case. He is very knowledgable about how the system works and will get you the best possible result. Can thank him enough for his work. Highly recommended!