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Vijay Dinakar

Domestic violence Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.9   64 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 09/07/2022

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Vijay Law
255 N. Market Street, Suite 280
San Jose, CA, 95110
Vijay Law
7100 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA, 94538
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Posted by Mrs V | September 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional and devoted lawyer!!
First thing's first, I'm very proud of my attorney Vijay!! He really understands and takes into consideration the needs of his clients very seriously and acts accordingly. To me, he's the greatest soul ever on this entire earth. The Judge has been extraordinary in concluding the case with fairness and providing the best Judgment anyone can ever offer. I'm glad to say that I was served with Justice in my case. The Restraining Order was DENIED after a full-blown trial and was also awarded attorney fees!! Vijay did a phenomenal job at every step of the proceedings! I've never imagined that I'd end up meeting an awesome human being like him. I thought I was going to meet just another attorney. But, he's outstanding and exemplary in every manner possible!! He is gifted. He can work with ease with myriad of personalities. He has been very considerate even when I was occasionally delayed for my appointments.. He's a great individual who does not limit the thoughts of others. He really seems to value Freedom of thought and opinions. And will not try to steer the conversation in any particular direction when sharing the story/details about the case during appointments, unless where necessary to protect/shield you from any further harm. Most importantly, he'll hear you out. He will never block you from sharing your feelings or thoughts. He will make you feel like every word you say is very important, meaningful and worth considering/listening to/hearing out. That to me, is what set him apart from the rest. He's humble, kind, smart, empathetic, hard-working, rational, logical, sensible, respectful and caring. He's never late to any of the scheduled appointments. Always there before time. He's available and easily accessible. Responds in a timely manner to any email correspondence. Occasionally, when he got a little busier with overwhelming case overload, just reminding him again with a follow-up email/call/text message was enough to get his response back ASAP! Just his presence itself gives a lot of strength and assurance to endure the challenging legal proceedings with ease. He's a great source of moral support throughout the entire duration of the legal representation. He's well dressed and offers a highly professional representation in/out of the courtroom. He respected my every single wish related to how the case should proceed. He never asked me any uncomfortable questions out of personal curiosity. He's a man of GOLDEN heart!! He's the best attorney ever I could have asked for. He's well grounded, understanding and can easily pick up the subjects being discussed with him. He's quite aggressive and defensive in the courtroom when defending his clients!! He's a crazy cocktail of all the things most people generally tend to appreciate in life. I have nothing but tremendous respect for him. I'm very proud to tell people that he's my attorney. He is no ordinary human being. He's exceptional at every step. I don't know if it's possible to meet another person like him. He's one of the best in the field!!! Why did I choose him to represent me? Because he's a dynamic attorney and he actually cares!!! ***Life is full of uncertainties. But there will always be a SUNRISE after every sunset! DON'T miss a chance in being represented by this wonderful human being. Just HIRE HIM if you want an outstanding professional representation and a satisfying outcome with your legal matter!! ALL THE BEST, VIJAY!! Thank you!
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Posted by Prakash | March 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Saved me in my criminal case
Vijay Dinakar saved me from serious criminal charges. I was facing domestic violence and child abuse cases and Vijay was God sent. He knows the law inside out. He used good strategy to dismiss my cases.
Posted by Kim | January 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and good Attorney
Best Attorney very professional, listens to your concerns and gives you solutions. I hired him for my domestic violence case. It is now dismissed and I am impressed the way Attorney Dinakar handled it with so much care.
Posted by Krunal | September 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney, Highly recommended !!!!
I had 2 felonies charges regarding insurance fraud claim. My Naturalization(citizenship) petition was on hold due to felonies. I met Vijay regarding my case. His first free initial consultant is very transparent. So I hired him. He understands the important of immigration consequence with criminal charges & impact on professional career. Vijay was so patient enough; he took multiple court dates to resolve case in my favor. He communicates very clearly. He also wrote multiple letters to submit my status to keep alive my naturalization petition in USCIS. Finally, my 2 felonies charges dismissed & converted into Infraction charge. My naturalization petition approved & got citizenship certificate. He is very responsive & also available to discuss during late evening & weekend. He is very friendly, professional & detail orientated. I would highly recommend him for criminal case.
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Posted by S. Kim | September 10, 2021
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Excellent hardworking lawyer.
I am grateful for the outcome produced by Mr. Vijay after hearing in my domestic violence restraining order trial. Vijay is a very knowledgeable attorney who provides so thorough answers to questions. He talked nonstop for over one hour explaining all possibilities that I would face. I felt hopeless at the time that I will have immigration problems but I am surprised when I am told by Vijay the case would not be filed in criminal court. Then Vijay helped with the family restraining court. This case went on for too long because but finally we did trial and I had many texts that proved the lies and plan. Vijay is confident in court and we had planned and won. Hopefully, nobody gets into these terrible cases but a good attorney can help you out of it.
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Posted by Rajeev | September 3, 2021
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Vijay is a very experienced and professional lawyer.
Vijay is a very experienced and professional lawyer. I was accused of DV. I had both criminal and family law DV accusations against me. I wanted to hire an experienced trial lawyer who is well versed in both criminal and family law matter. I met several attorneys and initially hired another attorney for a short period in the beginning of the case which did a lot of damage to my case. I later met Vijay and explained him my situation. He immediately understood my case and took over both criminal and family cases and won both. I am so relieved my DV cases are dismissed and I still have my job.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2020
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Honest hard work! Would absolutely recommend!
My significant other and I got into a tricky situation with a DV charge. I had never been in this situation before so the feeling of anxiety was very high. I did a couple of researching and stumbled across Vijay and read the astounding reviews he that has. I decided to take a chance and emailed him. He responded back shortly after with an email and an in-depth phone consultation. I hired him as my lawyer almost immediately because something about him was very genuine in comparison to the other lawyers we've come across. Time was of the essence and Vijay did not take any of it for granted. He was able to get it my case dismissed relatively quickly and was kind enough to tell me the good news "over the phone rather than through email or text" (per his words). He's respectful, intelligent, and very experienced. He definitely knows what he's doing. Just trust in him and you'll get results! Thank you Vijay for essentially changing my life for the better. I highly HIGHLY recommend him.
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Posted by Mo | November 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best CD lawyer in the bay area
Vijay is a knowledgeable and helpful attorney. He was there for me and helped me through a difficult incident. He was able to work with the prosecutors and I received a favorable outcome. Mr. Dinakar communicates with his clients, tells them the possible outcomes, and delivers results. Do your research, he is reputable around town and is a straight shooter. 5 stars for Vijay and his firm. He's one of the better CD lawyers in SJ and I value his help and support. Don't look for anyone else, hire Vijay for your legal needs.
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Posted by Ashok Gupta | October 7, 2020
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Excellent DV Lawyer
I was arrested for Domestic violence. As if pandemic was not enough, my arrest crushed me. I hired Vijay to represent me on my DV case. He tactfully worked with the DA and the DA dismissed my case. Never did I imagine my case will be dismissed, given the amount of evidence against me.
Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent hardworking lawyer who will fight for you
Since my case is still not over, I won't talk about it much. Suffices to say that Vijay has given me a ray of hope, when I needed it most and was almost down and out. Vijay has been superb in handling my DVRO, child custody, divorce case. He encouraged me to fight back for the truth, my rights and most importantly my daughter when I was falsely accused of physical and domestic violence and my daughter was taken away from me. With his strong criminal and family law background - Vijay's approach to a case like mine is very different from the advise you get from atypical family lawyers ( and then they ask you to rate them on avvo - Believe me, it's happened to me ! ). Vijay is super responsive, strategically very sound and works relentlessly for your success. Even though I am in the midst of my case, Vijay has already put me in a much better place than where I was few months back. Though there are miles to go before I sleep - with Vijay by my side, I feel uber confident. I highly recommend Vijay's services for anyone looking for a genuine, ethical, strong DVRO/custody attorney in both family and criminal courts. You will not go wrong with the choice.
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Posted by Zenida A | March 11, 2020
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Great Lawyer
Vijay and his team were amazing. I am happy with my decision to choose them to represent me with my DV case. I knew that my legal issue wouldn't be an easy one to tackle, but I found them that they are very professional, supportive, and very in tune with my needs. They took the time to listen to my concerns and offered some helpful information. Also, always communicating to me in terms that I could understand where we stood at all times during my case. I could not be happier with the outcome of my case. It is great to finally have this burden off my chest!
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Posted by Suresh | January 29, 2020
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Helpful Lawyer
I hired Vijay many years ago after I was arrested for Domestic Violence case. The case dragged on for a long time but he guided me the whole time but eventually, there was a very good outcome. But the most important thing he helped me with was the immigration process. I was in the middle of the H1B extension process. Having been in the middle of the H1b process and DV case has really caused a lot of stress for me and my job and immigration. But Vijay was very helpful and expert in guiding me through the immigration part of the case. Now I just got my green card and I am extremely happy. If you have any issues like I did, you should really call Vijay and he will get you a good outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2019
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Helpful Attorney
Vijay Dinakar is a very knowledgeable attorney. I went for consultation with him and ended up hiring him. He spent a lot of time in understanding my DV case asked me many questions and figured out the winning strategy. His expertise helped my case a lot. Everything turned out the way he predicted. I do not want to get into the details of the case, but I was hopeless at some point when I was involved in the DV case until I hired Vijay. Vijay got my case dismissed.
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Posted by Kiran | November 19, 2019
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Very happy client
I came to this attorney after spending many months and a lot of money with another attorney. I had been charged with domestic violence for very small event that was not a crime. I was being told to take a plea deal that would risk my job. Finally I went to Vijay and got a very honest second opinion. I delayed for couple more months then hired Vijay and after time the case was dismissed. It took a long time but very happy with the results.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
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Very knowledgeable legal expert and nice attorney
Not long ago, I asked Vijay to help me to clean my arrest record. He looked at my documents, eventually cleaned my records with records sealing. I think he has extensive knowledge in law. He can according to persons’s own situation help them to solve their problems. Recently when I was crossing the border and I was stopped and screened. I consulted him. He patiently answered my questions. Thanks for all his help.
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Posted by Jamillah | November 8, 2019
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Awesome DV Lawyer
I am a victim of Domestic violence and I got arrested. It was shocking to me because I come from a very good family in India. I am on work visa. I was extremely scared. Vijay helped me get my charges dismissed. I am very happy with the results. I am able to lead a normal life and reunite with my child."
Posted by Priya | July 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Domestic Violence
I hired Vijay for my case. He is well versed with the law. He paid attention to the details I provided and carefully understood the exact situation. I greatly appreciate his help and would highly recommend him. Regarding my case, finally - truth wins!
Posted by Jeremy | May 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful Lawyer
I hired Vijay Dinakar for a complicated domestic violence case I had. I previously hired another attorney but he did not communicate well with me and needed another attorney close to the trial. He helped me with my immigration situation too as I am here on H1b visa.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Good DUI Attorney
I was charged with a DUI last year. I was very scared because I had never been arrested before or charged with any crime not even a traffic ticket. I felt really embarassed to call any attorney but Vijay Dinakar was so easy and pleasant to talk with. He handled the case really well for me and I was able to keep my drivers license and ended up getting a really good outcome even though my blood alcohol was really high. I highly recommend this lawyer and have referred a friend to him.
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Posted by Mahesh | September 8, 2018
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Highly recommended attorney!
Vijay Dinakar did a great job on my case and the case was finally dismissed! Vijay literally knows domestic violence inside and out. Vijay reviewed the facts carefully and spoke to DA couple of times explaining the situation and the facts, ultimately the case was dismissed. Highly recommended! Probably the only attorney you would ever need in your case. We owe a lot to this awesome person and any one reading this, don’t think twice before approaching Vijay. Just trust him and he shall get you the best solution . We have to be patient and travel with him.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dinakar Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Alternate Defense Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Public Defender's Office San Diego
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Northern California Innocence Project
  • 2005 - 2006
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Education

  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • BA
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • People v. S.A.
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. A.G.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. B.R.
  • Case Dismissed

Associations

  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Kannada
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
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Awards

  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Best Oral Advocate
  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • 2005
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Publications

  • New York State Legislature
  • Medical Marijuana In New York State
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (99)
Given (150)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've witnessed Mr. Dinakar in action on several occasions. His outstanding advocacy and commitment to his clients is top tier."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Vijay since law school. He is a dedicated and relentless advocate for his clients and has the seasoned litigation skills to get the job done in the courtroom. I would recommend Vijay without hesitation to anyone charged with a crime, who needs an aggressive attorney to represent them in Vijay's geographical practice area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vijay is a skilled lawyer, with experience, knowledge and passion. He is a savvy problem solver, a force to be reckoned with at trial and a serious advocate for his clients. He is driven by a killer work ethic and invested in achieving the best possible outcome for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dinakar is professional, bright and finds creative solutions to complex legal problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Dinakar. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is knowledgeable, efficient and talented. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. He provides excellent legal answers in the Avvo community to help people who came here seeking some advice. He is an asset to our profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. Active participant in the Avvo community posting thoughtful legal answers to individuals who have asked for assistance. This not only demonstrates his excellent knowledge of the law, but also his commitment to serving clients very well. He is a valuable member to the legal industry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. He contributes to the Avvo community by providing excellent legal answers to people who have asked for advice in their case. He is obviously dedicated to his profession which has earned him respect from his colleagues in the legal industry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. Demonstrates an impressive knowledge of the law based on his accurate legal answers on Avvo. He is an asset to the legal field and respected by colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. Dedicated to his clients with a track record of success. Has earned respect from his clients and peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. Hard working, skilled, and dedicated to his clients. A respected member within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Vijay Dinakar. He is an aggressive advocate for his clients and respected within the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly regarded in the legal community."
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