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Michelle Lea Mays

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.8   24 reviews

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Facing criminal charges can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Often knowing where to start is the most difficult part. The Law Office of Michelle Mays can offer knowledgeable guidance and compassionate support throughout the criminal court process. Whether you are facing specific legal charges or have general questions, The Law Office of Michelle Mays can offer an empathetic ear and sound advice on how to proceed. At our Austin, TX firm, we understand the importance of treating each client with attention, care and respect. We offer each of our clients the benefit of:

 

• A knowledgeable attorney

• A personalized experience

• High-quality client services

• Reasonable fees

• Kind representation

• A decade of criminal defense experience

 

Any time you are facing criminal charges, it is important to begin by calling an attorney you can trust to walk you through all the legal options and potential consequences in the case. For nearly a decade, Michelle Mays has helped represent clients facing criminal charges in the Austin area. To set up an appointment or learn more about this Austin, TX law practice, call The Law Office of Michelle Mays.

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Licensed for 15 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Michelle Mays
812 San Antonio St Ste 100
Austin, TX, 78701-2228

Reviews

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Posted by Bryan | June 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive and Professional
Michelle was extremely helpful throughout the entire process of navigating my DWI arrest. She was able to get me released immediately. She handled the documents and appearances on my behalf while keeping me informed along the way. In the end she helped get the charges dismissed and my record expunged so I don't have to worry about this event impacting my future. She's the one you want on your team when navigating the legal system. I'm so grateful to have her on my side.
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Posted by Carter | July 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, professional, experienced
Michelle did an amazing job. Explained everything clearly and got back to me swiftly when I had questions for her. Very satisfied with her expertise and advice.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best defense attorney in Austin!
I unfortunately got arrested for my 2nd DWI and it was within 5 years of my 1st which is mandatory jail time in the state of Texas. Super scary! I was originally using another attorney who was totally dropping the ball, so I was referred to Michelle Mays. She was an absolute blessing! You would think there would be some delays or hick-ups since she was brought in the middle of my case, but that wasn’t the situation at all. She didn’t skip a beat! My case actually moved along quicker and more seamlessly immediately after hiring her. She actually had my DWI reduced so that it only shows a first DWI offense on my record. This meant ZERO JAIL TIME! Furthermore, I was in a bad accident a couple years ago so she was able to have ALL MY FINES REMOVED! Which saved me thousands of dollars! She is so personable with not only her client, but with all the court officers and personnel. You can tell she has developed strong relationships with all the judges and prosecutors which is probably why she can negotiate so well with them. It seemed like they really trusted her judgement, and believed in her clients as much as she does. (And let me tell you, she will be your biggest fan and advocate for you til the end!) I hope I never have to use her again, but god forbid, if I do ever get in trouble again, she will be with a doubt my first call! Don’t make the mistake I did at first and hire someone else. Michelle Mays is the best Defense Attorney in Austin!!
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Posted by Manuel | May 20, 2019
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Completely AMAZING! Michelle is, without a doubt, the best lawyer you will find.
No amount of words can convey how great of a lawyer Michelle is. At the darkest time of my life, having been accused of a terrible crime that I was innocent of, Michelle stood by me and believed in me. She did a great job detailing what was going to happen, what my options were, and stuck by me for the entire two years of the process. She kept me informed, involved, and consistently requested my feedback as to how she was doing, and for any detail that might have been missed. In addition, her skills at trial were amazing. Not only is she a gifted speaker, but she oozed confidence and was quick to counter question the prosecutors witnesses. I was, of course, scared when my trial started, but after the first day, her performance gave me the strength to keep calm, knowing Michelle was going to do an amazing job of defending me. As I had expected we were victorious!, but this was not the end. Afterwards she immediately started the process to expunge my record to make sure I could restart my life with a clean slate. Michelle is like a locomotive that keeps going and nobody is going to stop her. If you don’t hire Michelle, your throwing away one of, if not, THE best lawyers you will ever find.
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Posted by Stephanie | September 19, 2018
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Professional, Efficient, Accessible
I am so thankful I was referred to Michelle Mays. She was accessible and available anytime I had any questions or needed advice throughout this intimidating process. I would have been absolutely lost without her, and I definitely would not have gotten such a good outcome in my case. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone needing representation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2018
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DWI charge dismissed and clean record restored
Michelle Mays is experienced, detail-oriented, and a tough negotiator. Here is my story to back up those claims. Shortly after being arrested for DWI, I contacted Michelle. She put me at ease as she patiently explained what I was about to endure -- the waiting, uncertainty, hearings, and yes, possible legal consequences. She prescribed proactive steps for me to take that almost immediately restored at least some of the control I had surrendered over the past days. As we built my case together over the coming months, she was in frequent communication with me. Looking back I think she learned quickly how to interact with me to make me feel comfortable and in control of my fate; she always she kept me up to date on the case and, at my request, did not spare any details, even if that meant we would be on the phone for the better part of an hour. I learned to trust her advice. It was a smart bet. I was a borderline DWI case, meaning my BAC was right around the legal limit, but in large part thanks to Michelle, my case was dismissed. I held onto my driver’s license without a single day of suspension. She worked out a very favorable deal with the Travis County DA’s office. In the future I will be able to completely expunge this incident from my record and move on my with life. Michelle’s persistence and hard work made so much of that possible.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2017
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Best Council in town!
Michelle Mays is a miracle worker! She is professional, she put me at ease at a very stressful time, and she is the best lawyer in town!! Absolutely trust that she will do the best she can to take care of your legal issues. I couldn't have asked for better council! She reduced my sentence to a minimum. Very thankful!
Posted by Brent Ford | December 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
ABOVE AND BEYOND!!!
As with most legal matters mine starts with "it's a long story" so I'll spare you the details and give it to you straight...I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Michelle Mays! After a 3 and a half year nightmare of a dwi case and 3 attorneys to whom I paid THOUSANDS of dollars to, I found myself abandoned by my attorney, who's laughing all the way to the bank about right now, because I was late on my final payment because I lost my job last month. Lucky for me the judge appointed Michelle to represent me! NEVER throughout this entire process have I been treated with as much respect and professionalism as displayed by Michelle Mays! Within 5 min of meeting me she knew details of my case that my lawyer didn't bother to learn over the course of months...and she owed me absolutely nothing... I never paid her a dime! I feel duped, swindled, screwed...whatever you wanna call it by the others that seemingly only wanted to draw out this ordeal and rack up more legal fees. My only regret is not meeting her sooner and giving HER all of that money that I paid for representation. Thank you Michelle! You're the real deal in a land of phonies! I hope I never need an attorney again but if I do I know exactly where to look!
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Michelle went above and beyond my expectations for my case. She kept me informed every step of the way and actually got my case dismissed. Best lawyer in Austin hands down.
Posted by A | November 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michelle's the best in town
I hired Michelle after my first lawyer completely dropped the ball on my domestic violence case. So I was already weary and wary of lawyers; Michelle had been recommended by a good friend. 1) She is a good soul and during my phone consult, I immediately felt like she "got" me and my case, and pointed out some obvious flaws with the way my first lawyer had handled the case (albeit very politely). So I could also tell how sharp she was. She is really straightforward and honest, but very caring and compassionate. 2) We hired her on a Thursday and by Friday of the following week the case was dismissed. I felt I had a strong case for dismissal the entire time (arrest was totally bogus) but my original lawyer had bungled their way through 6 months of setbacks, when Michelle got the job done in a week. I was truly shocked, having prepared for a long battle. 3) She was sympathetic regarding finances, and made it as easy as possible to pay her. 4) She kept me updated every step of the way, even following dismissal. I received almost daily email updates and when there was something important she'd call or text. 5) I can't praise her enough. She gave what had been a nightmare of a year for me, as pleasant an ending as possible. She's super savvy, extremely bright, trustworthy, honest, and gets the job done with grace and confidence. I would absolutely recommend her!
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Posted by Daniel | November 4, 2016
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Great Defense Lawyer. A+ Great communication, Received great results! Highly recommended.
Michelle went above and beyond and delivered results. Case was dismissed. Really looked into details and did research most other lawyers may not have done! I am very happy and will recommend to anyone who might be in a bind.
Posted by Maria | July 20, 2016
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Best Lawyer in TOWN!!
We highly recommended Michelle she is amazing she helped us so much in this time of need. We live out of state finding a lawyer was hard at 1st but from the 1st call I gave her she made me feel 100% better. When we went to town she made us feel everything will come out okay she made sure to keep in good contact with us to let us know what is going on keep us updated on everything. She made sure she did her best to let us know she truly cares. We highly recommend her.
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Posted by Michelle | June 30, 2016
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Great Experience
I have to say Michelle took very good care of me and my case. She was on top of it right away! She returned all my calls and emails immediately and was very professional and upfront. She got my case dismissed in just a few weeks, I feel she really did a good job. I would highly recommend her! Wonderful lawyer. Thanks Michelle!!
Posted by Anga | February 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
DWI AND EXPUNCTION
Michelle was my assigned lawyer by court, she did a great job through all the process, she's very professional. She took care of everything and the outcomes were beyond good. After closing with the DWI case, she helped me to get my expunction and she did a fantastic job. I'm more than grateful she was assigned to me and I would totally recommend her to any one.
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Posted by Roy | January 15, 2016
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Only the sun has a more resplendent brilliance than Michelle Mays.
I met Michelle Mays thru a mutual friends recommendation. I thank him daily for it. It was during an utterly dark period in my life when I needed the best representation to combat false charges against me. I never expected to be spending 8 months defending my freedom. I was poised to lose everything I value and love. The darkness was unbearable for me... Her service, expertise, demeanor, intelligence and communication was the only light I was able to rely upon. I do not give my trust or faith to many people, but she held my hand and guided me though the legal fiasco I was embroiled in. She was there for me with any questions I had. Every answer given was brilliant and honed from the sharpest intelligence I have ever seen an attorney display. Her concise timing was unparalleled. I pride myself on my ability to time manage, but Michelle made me look like an old Swatch beside the finest of Rolex's. She never once let me down. I could feel her genuineness with every email, text and talk she relayed to me. Her words were supple and comforting, easing any doubts I had or made up in my head. I never wish to be in the position I was ever again. If I am though, I know my battle would have the finest and most capable warrior of the law I have ever met. I am honored to praise her and her abilities.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2016
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Proven to
I contacted Michelle on a personal recommendation. During the consultation, my initial thoughts were that she exhibited a high degree of professionalism, was highly knowledgeable, was particularly well-spoken, and not to be overlooked, was friendly. I assumed these to be "givens" when speaking with a licensed attorney trying to earn business, though, surprisingly this was not the case with all attorneys consulted. Additionally, she seemed honest and genuinely interested in assisting me through this difficult time. As additional points of consideration, a proven track record and the caseload of the attorney I chose to represent me were concerns of mine. Regarding the latter, I did not want to be just another file in their books. Michelle was open and honest about her caseload and did not ever come across as pushy or trying to sell me. All in all, it was an easy decision for me to choose her as my legal representative. The whole process took much longer than I had anticipated but at absolutely no fault of Michelle's. While there were a decent amount of delays on the prosecution side, Michelle was very attentive to my case through its entirety and maintained regular communication with the court and me, which made me feel like I was truly important to her despite the number of other clients I knew she had. I only imagine the rest of her clientele felt the same. Having been my first experience, I learned a good deal about the legal process involved with the nature of my case. There were certainly ups and downs but when the case finally came to a close, the final decision that Michelle helped the court arrive at was favorable. I absolutely could not have come out on the other side of all this as I did without Michelle's legal representation. I submit an exceptionally high recommendation for her service.
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Posted by Korey | September 1, 2015
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Grateful to have found and hired Miss Mays
To begin with she was thoughtful and attentive when I first proposition her with my legal issues. Throughout the process she kept me updated and current to my position and condition. Upon reviewing my case she quickly asserted her professional opinion with a goal in mind which was reached in a relatively short amount of time, no less spot on her projected outcome, yea!!! All and all I must say and recommend Miss Mays as an outstanding people's lawyer, I never felt or sensed she was giving me the run around. Hey and not to mention in a law induced ballroom of suits and ties it never hurts to have a beautiful representative. Good luck.
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Posted by Greg | May 27, 2015
Someone I could really trust!
It's not often I've found myself in life needing an attorney, especially a criminal attorney so when I found myself in a place where I needed one I was honestly scared out of my wits. Fortunately, I had the honor of meeting Michelle about a year or so prior and gave her a call. From the very first call Michelle made me feel both HUMAN, and that she really did care about me and the situation I was in. There were times during the process where I had some difficult and scary decisions to make that she gave me advice that, had I not followed would have most certainly played against me. She was super-knowledgeable about the laws surrounding my case, potential pitfalls and did the right things at the right time, which ultimately led to a complete dismissal of the assault charges filed against me. I am so grateful to have met Michelle and that I called on her at my time of need and would never hesitate calling on her again if (God forbid) I should find myself in need of her services again. Furthermore I HIGHLY recommend that anyone needing the legal services she offers give her a call, you won't regret your hiring this pro!
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Posted by Brad | April 7, 2015
Michelle Mays Recommendation
Michelle Mays has been an amazing Attorney through my legal process. Her knowledge, organization, preparation, and attention to detail, were both professional and comforting. Her calm demeanor, and purely professional attitude made this whole process smoother than I had expected. I would recommend Ms. Mays to anyone looking for a solid professional attorney.
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Posted by Amanda | September 11, 2014
Outsanding Choice for Legal Counsel
Ms. Mays did an exceptional job in handling our case, she walked us through the legal process from start to finish so we understood what was happening the entire time. She was consistently prompt in her response time and very professional handling our questions and representing our case. Ultimately getting our case dismissed made us feel confident in our choice of her as legal representation. I highly recommend Ms. Mays to any individual seeking legal counsel, she is as good as it gets!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney
  • Capital Area Private Defender Service
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Michelle Mays
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ken Gibson
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington, The Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2006
  • University of Sydney Law School
  • Exchange Student
  • 2006
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • 2002

Associations

  • Travis County Project Engage
  • Supervising Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • Texas Law Expunction Project
  • Supervising Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Capital Area Private Defender Service
  • Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • Attorney.com
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • ALR Seminar
  • ALRs
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Michelle
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michelle works hard for every client she represents and fights to get the best result. I saw her achieve four felony dismissals in one morning last week! She knows what she is doing and is a professional at all times. I fully endorse her services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michelle is an excellent lawyer. I have known her since working with her in law school at the University of Texas School of Law. She has achieved great results for her clients over the years through both negotiation as well as trial and is on the short list of criminal defense attorneys I would refer friends and family to in Austin."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle does a great job on her cases. She is very thorough in her representation, and I have the utmost respect for her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A criminal defense lawyer needs two things: (1) a good knowledge of the law, and how to use it to their client's advantage and (2) a good personality, so that when they're dealing with prosecutors and judges they get excellent results. Michelle has both in spades, and I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Michelle and I worked together for roughly 4 years. She is smart, hardworking, and loyal. Eager to learn, Michelle took on any task asked of her. She is well liked by her peers and the judges throughout Austin. Michelle has wonderful presence in a court room and has a fierce cross-examination technique of witnesses. Her desire to fight for her clients made her easy and fun to work with throughout the years. I hold her opinion very highly and would turn to her for help anytime I needed it."
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Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Michelle Lea Mays
Michelle Lea Mays
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 15 years
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