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Lawyers get a bad rap, often for good reason. Michelle Spaulding is the lawyer that will make you change your mind about lawyers. She is incredibly good, supportive, helpful and honest. She will not take your money and run. She will defend you honestly and to the best of her ability. She will listen and give you the best advice for your situation and you will love her.
If you even THINK you need a criminal defense attorney, consult with her and then HIRE her.
Arrested for a very complex first offense DV and after much study of the California laws that are basically "written in stone" since Marcy's law took effect in 2008, I felt there simply was no hope for me. The court seemed not to consider the circumstances that were pertinent to this case, they didn't seem to want to look deeply at my case and the fact I had no prior record of any kind. I stressfully was resigned that I would be forces to accept the minimum offer of 3 years probation and 52 weeks of classes and face possible ankle monitor. The punishment in this case did not fit the crime, considering there were complex extenuating circumstance. For several months there was just no better deal coming from the court. Scared and hopeless, Michelle Spaulding continued to fight for me and one morning I woke to her message that a deal had been made "12 weeks of classes and dismissal". This was a miracle where there simply seemed no hope and I literally cried tears of joy. I highly, highly recommend Michelle Spaulding to anyone in need of an attorney who will take your case personally, which is not so common with lawyers. She really cares and she will fight for you! Thank you Michelle :)
Last year I tried to have my record expunged. The judge told me "I would be hard-pressed to find any judge in this country to dismiss this" and "your behavior was the epitome of criminal behavior." I was denied.
One year later, I hired Michelle Spaulding of Summit Defense. After she was done speaking with the judge, he went against the recommendation of the District Attorney and the probation department and GRANTED my expungement.
Thank you, Michelle Spaulding. Without you this would not have happened. My family and I are very grateful for what you have done for us.
I am an executive in the bay area for a fortune 500 company and have worked with many attorneys in my line of business, I then found my self needing an attorney for my child and with great luck we selected Michelle. Her expertise, professionalism and ability to explain the law and what we were facing was so refreshing. Her ability to show compassion and guidence yet battle the DA and judge for what was fair and acceptable. She was always available for questions and either answered the phone or would get right back to us. She knew her stuff and I highly recommend to her anyone in need of a good attorney that is reasonable priced and very honest and loyal. Thank you Michelle
This message is regarding the excellent legal representation with which you provided me. It is difficult to describe the uncommon competence you possess as an attorney. I have no doubt that there are few litigators who have the ability to successfully execute such a difficult legal maneuver as a 1538.5 motion to suppress. Even if the aforementioned motion had failed, the dedication, service and brilliance with which you handled my legal difficulties could not be evaluated as anything other than extraordinary. Your clients are not the only people to benefit from your keen legal skills. Summit Defense is also extremely fortunate to have you as a member of their firm. Thank you so much for you the terrific service and I wish you the best.