Fred Thiagarajah

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Newport Beach, CA

Right Choice Law, Inc.
 | 5015 Birch Street, Suite 107
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-662-3828
Fax: 866-817-7238
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
  • Virtual Appointments
Attorney Profile

Attorney Fred Thiagarajah is the founder and principial attorney of Right Choice Law, Inc., which has locations in Newport Beach and throughout Southern California. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Thiagarajah devotes his practice almost exclusively to criminal defense. He has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and interests of clients, throughout Orange County and Southern California, who stand accused or are under investigation for any type of felony or misdemeanor offense, including all of the following:

  • White collar crimes and fraud
  • Domestic violence
  • DUI
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft and burglary
  • Assault and battery

A former Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Thiagarajah has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, making him all the more effective at devising the best possible defense strategies for his clients. A veteran of more than 100 trials, he possesses the extensive skills and resources necessary to help his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek efficiently. As evidence of his success, he has earned numerous awards and honors from his peers along with many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

Among his most notable accolades:

  • Top 100 Criminal Lawyer in California - American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer in California - The National Trial Lawyers
  • 10 (out of 10) rating & Client's Choice Award - Avvo
  • Best DUI Lawyer in Orange County - Orange County Register and Orange County Metro Magazine
  • Power Attorney in Orange County - Riviera Magazine

A 1994 graduate of Pomona College, Mr. Thiagarajah obtained his Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  He is currently on the Board of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association and he is the former President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.  He is an active member of the California Public Defenders Association, the Orange County Bar Association and The State Bar of California, among his other professional affiliations. Furthermore, he has conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics, and he is also a member of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence


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Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

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About Fred Thiagarajah

Admitted: 1999, California

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  • Riveria Magazine named him a “Power Player” amongst attorneys in Orange County. He has a perfect rating on "Avvo and Yelp“
  • Selected as one of top 5 DUI defense attorneys in all of Orange County, Top Attorney, OC Metro Magazine, 2011
  • Super Lawyer for criminal defense every year since 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers has named him one of the 100 Best Criminal Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates has consistently named him one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2013
  • Selected as one of the best DUI defense attorneys in Orange County, Top Attorney, OC Metro Magazine, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fred Thiagarajah is a Board Member for the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA).  He is also the former President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC).  Mr. Thiagarajah is also a member of the California Public Defender's Association and the Orange County Bar Association.  , 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Client was an indigent student who was accused of sexual battery against her ex-boyfriend.  The ex-boyfriend filed a request for restraining order against Client.  Fred Thiagarajah represented Client pro bono, including filing a response and handling the restraining order hearing.  The restraining order was dismissed with prejudice. , 2019
  • Client was a masseuse who was arrested along with the owner of the massage parlour in a sting targeting prostitution.  Client claimed that she was a victim and had been trafficked by the owners.  Fred Thiagarajah represented Client pro bono to make sure no charges were filed against her.  , 2019


  • People v. R.H.  Jury Trial in Orange County.  Client was accused of molesting a 15-year old boy that he was chaperoning.  When the police interviewed the client, he admitted to touching the boy's genitalia inappropriately and at the request of the police, the client wrote an apology letter to the alleged victim.  All of this was videotaped at the police station.  If convicted, client faced registration as a sex-offender for life.   When the DA's office refused to allow a deal that didn't require registration, Fred Thiagarajah took the case to jury trial.  Even though the alleged victim testified and the videotaped confession came into evidence, Fred Thiagarajah won the trial and the jury acquitted Client of all charges! , 2014
  • Board Member, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, 2019
  • People v. Richardson -- Jury Trial in Riverside County -- Client was charged with felony assault with force likely to produce GBI, felony domestic violence and felony child endangerment. Jury acquitted client of all charges, including the lessor misdemeanors., 2009
  • People v. A.H. -- Orange County.  Client was a union leader participating in a strike. There was a major altercation between employees who wanted to strike and those who wanted to work. Client was accused of assault and battery against three separate "victims". The prosecutor was willing to reduce the charges to disturbing the peace since Client didn't have a criminal record, but Client insisted that she was innocent. Fred Thiagarajah forced the case to trial. A week before the trial, the prosecutor called Mr. Thiagarajah to discuss the case and Mr. Thiagarajah pointed out all the holes in the prosecution's case. On the first day of jury trial, the prosecutor dismissed all charges., 2012
  • People v. H.L.  Client accused of domestic violence against his wife after his wife called 911.  Client confessed to the police when they arrived.  Client was a permanent resident and a domestic violence conviction would have led to deportation.  Fred Thiagarajah took the case to jury trial and won.  Client was acquitted of all charges.  , 2016
  • People v. L.M. Client accused of multiple felonies including felony domestic violence, felony spousal rape, felony deadly threats, felony false imprisonment and felony vandalism.  Case proceeded to jury trial in Ventura County.  After trial, client only convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and misdemeanor vandalism.  , 2018
  • People v. S.S. Client accused of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a victim who picked him out of a six-pack lineup.  Case proceeded to jury trial in Bellflower.  Not guilty on all charges.  , 2018
  • K. v. W. -- Orange County.  Mr. Thiagarajah represented the defendant, Mr. W, in a restraining order hearing.  Although the defendant had been previously arrested for assaulting Mr. K. and his son, Mr. Thiagarajah was still able to prevent Mr. K. from obtaining a civil restraining order against his client.  After Mr. Thiagarajah's aggressive cross-examination of Mr. K., the judge himself said that he thought Mr. W. acted in self-defense and refused to issue a restraining order against him., 2012
  • People v. K.R. Client was accused of domestic violence after his wife called 911.  Client admitted to punching his wife when the police came and police took pictures of wife's injuries to her face.  Client was a paramedic and a conviction would have resulted in losing his job.  Fred Thiagarajah took the case to jury trial and won.  The jury acquitted client of all charges., 2013
  • People v. D.K. Client was accused of touching a 13-year old girl inappropriately at the Disney store.  The girl complained to store security that client had been following her around the store and then grabbed her butt.  The girl's friend claimed she also saw what happened.  Client insisted that he was innocent and never grabbed her.  If client was convicted, he would have to register as a sex offender for life.  Fred Thiagarajah took the case to jury trial and won, even though both girls testified against the client.  The jury acquitted the client of all charges!, 2012
  • People v. Song -- Bench Trial in Los Angeles County -- Client allegedly contacted her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend because she suspected that her boyfriend was cheating on her. Ex-girlfriend told Client not to contact her by phone & text. Despite being warned not to contact, Client allegedly sent a dozen text messages and made a dozen calls from a blocked number, all over the course of five days, before police told Client to stop. Client found Not Guilty., 2010
  • People v. J.C. Client accused of felony real estate fraud by forging his ex-wife's signature on a deed transferring a property to his name only.  Fred Thiagarajah took the case to jury trial and won.  Client was acquitted of all charges.  , 2015

Representative Clients:

  • People v. J.W. -- Jury Trial in Orange County.  Client accused of misdemeanor domestic violence against his wife who eventually filed for divorce and custody of their four children after client was arrested.  When Client was interrogated by the police, he did admit to pushing his wife in the back.  Three day trial.  Client found Not Guilty.  , 2018

Educational Background:

  • Graduated Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1994
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Office Location for Fred Thiagarajah

5015 Birch Street
Suite 107
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949-662-3828

Fax: 866-817-7238

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Last Updated: 10/20/2020

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