Posted by Kim
Words can not begin to explain how grateful I am that we found Michelle during this crisis. Out of pure luck, we were referred to Michelle by Douglass Rappaport, another Criminal Defense attorney who was extremely responsive and helpful but had too many cases on his plate at the time. He spoke so highly of Michelle, and even took the time out to personally give her a call to ask her to take on our case. We (my husband and I) have never been in need of legal help. In this particular situation, my husband had an outstanding bench warrant for a supposed community service obligation that was never fulfilled along with an unpaid fine associated to a violation of a restraining order placed by his ex-wife. It was a long string of miscommunication as well as a patch of tough times for my husband who at was not receiving any mail or notifications from the courts regarding these obligations which led to the bench warrant. After months of struggling to get back on his feet and rebuilding his life with his current family, we were surprised, to say the least when this bombshell was dropped on us out of no where. We have barely been able to get back on our feet and he was just getting some steady work when he was faced with having to serve potential jail time to clear this misdemeanor that he never even knew about! On top of that, he was being summoned out of Alameda County's Pleasanton Court House, which we very quickly learned, was the furthest from pleasant as ever. After going through and calling what felt like over a dozen criminal defense lawyers for help, Doug and Michelle were the ONLY ones who were kind enough to help us. Pleasanton is notorious for being unpleasant and extremely conservative and unreasonable. Hence, no other attorneys were willing to take the case. Michelle, however brought us in and had a very non-intimidating conversation with us. She was professional, sensitive, thoughtful and very considerate in her approach. It was a very scary time for us, as we needed the help but did not have a lot of money that we could spare on legal fees. Hearing about shady attorneys that just try to rack up the fees without putting in the effort, we were terrified! Without even having to mention this to Michelle, she walked us through what she would help us with, and gave us a VERY reasonable rate for her services. She came through on every promise that she made keeping us both in the best spirits. She was honest with us every step of the way and worked swiftly to get us past this terrible time in our lives. The day of our court date, she arrived early and prepared to fight for us, and BOY oh BOY, did she, ever! The judge we were appointed that day was notorious for not giving second chances or even hearing most people out. As soon as she saw the bench warrant, she immediately tried to book my husband and move on to the next case without even hearing us out. I believe that most attorneys may have just given up and walked away, but Michelle fought! She demanded that the judge look over the case again and to read the letters of references that we gathered. Luckily she did, because as the judge looked through the case files that Michelle very professionally demanded she look through, the judge found that the charge fell under some revised law that put this case out of her jurisdiction, which meant that the case had to be dismissed! My husband went from being handcuffed and placed in a holding cell, to walking out of the court room free and clear of the accusations and obligations. Michelle told us that she was gonna do whatever it took to help us, and she did exactly that. She was a pro in the courtroom and thanks to her, our family is happy and thriving again without having to skip a beat. If you are looking for an honest, hard working and experienced attorney, look no further. You will be in great hands with Michelle Dylan!
Posted by a DUI client
Michelle has represented me multiple times over 10 years for DUIs with great outcomes. Michelle is a fantastic and incredibly knowledgable attorney. She is well versed in the law and knows the legal nuances that can prevail a case in court. She is a professional and patient advisor who guides you through the legal process and gives you options and recommendations from an honest and objective point of view. You're in good hands if Michelle is on your side.
Posted by a DUI client
I had a wonderful experience with Michelle. She handled all aspects of my case so I never had to worry about anything. Michelle was always responsive and transparent with me so I could trust her 100 percent. She set realistic expectations for me and I knew I could count on her to be there when needed. I appreciate how well she communicated. She kept me informed about each step of the process. Her attention to detail and evidence based assessments allowed her to deliver a successful outcome. Because of her high level skill set as a lawyer, I would definitely recommend her and use her as my lawyer in the future!
Posted by a DUI client
Based on a friend's recommendation, I called on Michelle Dylan to handle my case. She was excellent, both in her guidance to me and in court. If you have never needed a lawyer before, it's hard to know where to go. I am so thankful I found her.
Michelle is exactly what you would want when you look for a lawyer. She is very, very knowledgeable of the law, smart, skillful, honest, and capable. Michelle is excellent in court. As we worked on my case, she was very clear with me on my options and the implications of choices I made. She is very collaborative, offered excellent guidance, and is a pleasure to work with.
Next time I need a lawyer, I will call Michelle Dylan.
Posted by Libby
Michelle works primarily on criminal cases. I came to her with a traffic case case that I was very concerned about. While a lot of lawyers might have viewed my case as minor, Michelle exhibited professional dedication, expertise, and tenacity in representing me. In the end, she won the case quickly and efficiently. I was extremely happy with the outcome. I can't say enough good things about working with Michelle.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
Referred someone like a daughter to Ms, Thomson for a DUI problem. With thorough investigation both legally and scientifically, Michelle needed absolute proof that the case was not triable before she considered even negotiating a deal. When she felt there was not sufficient evidence to sustain a guilty plea to the charges, she stood up to the DA and demanded a fair negotiation and quite honestly, a deal that was probably unimaginable by most attorneys. In the process she saved a life, criminal record and a career. If I need a referral in the future, I would only refer my close friends and family to Michelle. A true gem.......