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Michael Evan Mitchell

Criminal defense Attorney at Fresno, CA

4.6   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    State and Federal Criminal Defense, handling cases such as life sentence felonies, including crimes of violence, drug offenses and homicide.

    18 years, 500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Michael E. Mitchell and his law offices handle DUI and DMV related matters on a regular basis. He is one of the foremost authories on DUI defense in Fresno, California and the Central Valley.

    18 years, 500 cases

I'm a native of the Central Valley and have lived here my entire life, apart from attending college in San Diego.  Both of my parents practiced law.  My father was a judge, and my mother was a Chief District Attorney. So it seemed a natural thing to do, having grown up around courtrooms and legal discussions.  I started my career with Barker & Associates, a private firm that served as the alternate public defenders office in Fresno, California.  Subsequently, I went to work to the Law Offices of Nicholas F. Reyes where we handled Federal and State matters as well as personal injury cases.  


Since 2007 I have maintained my own private practice in the area of Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury.  I have regularly taken cases to trial and have performed over 20 + jury trials and many court trials.  I have repesented many clients on charges of murder as well as serious offenses, such as robbery, sex charges and drug trafficking.  My goal is to provide the best representation for all of my clients and work as team to make sure every possible defense and avenue for success is pursued.

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Mitchell Law Group, Inc.
334 W. Shaw Avenue.
Suite A
Fresno, CA, 93704

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4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Milana | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Law Firm! Exceeded my expectations
Mitchell Law Firm successfully got my two misdemeanors expunged. I no longer have a criminal record. My past has been haunting me for years and prevented me from getting jobs and moving, etc. They have helped me so much!
Posted by John | March 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Fresno
Very honest and straight forward with you. Will provide you with a good explanation of options and outcomes. In my case, I had multiple driving on suspended license. This man worked some magic. For my punishment, I had 10 days community service, and a small fine. He has great relationship with court staff, and judges. If you are seeking counsel, he is the man for the job.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Mitchell accepted my case that was over 27 yrs old. I hired him and his team and they were able to get the active warrant removed and the entire case dismissed. If you are needing a great lawyer hire him. Him and his team team gets results and bends over backwards to see your case all the way through to the end. Thank you so very much Mike.
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Posted by Todd | July 8, 2015
Best Results Possible
I have known Mike Mitchell for almost 20 years and until recently, have never had need of his services. My troubles are minimal by comparison to some but extremely important to my professional future. Mike not only understood the critical nature of my motions but that the outcome must be matter what obstacles the Court may present. Indeed there were some hurdles put in place and this matter took over 1 1/2 years to resolve. Mr Mitchell used all legal avenues and connections to facilitate the granting of my motions. And with this matter resolved, I am free of the life sucking legal system. My eternal gratitude to my Atty Mike Mitchell. I highly recommend him as a superb Lawyer. He did such an outstanding job, he is now handling some issues for my daughter.
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Posted by Julio C. Hernandez | April 19, 2015
Thank you Mr. mitchell.
I look for an attorney to be representative in a twenty year old case .I read some reviews about Mr. Mitchell ,I contact his office left a massage and he call me back the same day ,we talk about my legal Matter and he except the case , I was prepare for the worst and I was blow away by the results in my favor ,Thank you Mr. Mitchell for doing your best and god bless you .
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2015
Michael and Danny did a great job handling my case a couple years ago in a DUI case in VISALIA. They were able to point of a hand full of mistakes made during the arrest. I went to trial and Michael was able to prove to the judge in less then 15 mins that I was arrested with no probable cause and didn't even have to get into all the other mistakes made by the officer.
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Posted by Gary | June 9, 2014
Great Fresno Attorney!
Mr. Mitchell did an amazing job dealing with my not so easy case. He answered all of my questions personally, quickly and was easy to get a hold of. I was scared to death at the beginning of my case but having Mr. Mitchell not only brought a sense of security to me but step by step he kept me informed and never kept me in the dark. I was put in touch with Mr. Mitchell after hearing my co-worker rave about his skills and brag that he won a very difficult case for her. Soon after hiring Mr. Mitchell I realized why she was bragging about him and sure enough, I too won my case. Thank you Mr. Mitchell!
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Posted by Jenn, Clovis | November 5, 2013
Great Experience!
Mike exceeded all of my expectations and I am eternally grateful for the outstanding legal representation I received! He kept me abreast of the situation every step of the way and responded quickly to my emails and phone calls which I truly appreciated. Mike demonstrated patience, empathy and was a incredibly knowledgeable all while maintaining a professional demeanor.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2013
Fantastic Attorney!
I have hired MIchael Mitchell twice now for a couple of personal matters and the outcome was so good I have referred him to several friends and collegues. I can confidently say that Michael is the most knowledgeable attorney I have ever had the good fortune to come across. My first experience with Michael was completely dismissed altogether saving me a long drawn out ordeal. The second time was close to the same result but did include a very minor fine. I couldn't have been happier! If you ever feel like the law is against you and you need someone who honestly cares about fighting for your rights, then you need to call Michael Mitchell!
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Posted by Jordan | August 20, 2013
Mike Mitchell helped me win in DMV court and in the criminal court!!!
I was arrested for a DUI and searched around online and found Mike Mitchell. I'm glad I did. One thing I REALLY appreciated about Mike was his willingness to completely fight for me using any angle necessary, instead of just trying to get me some sort of reduced plea to justify his fees. During my DMV hearing, it became increasingly obvious to all parties involved that the officer was clearly lying. The DMV "judge" ended up throwing it out. Mike used the evidence of perjury by the officer to pressure the DA to drop the case. The day before my criminal trial the DA did indeed drop my case. At least in my case, I was only out the fees to MIke, but this was fantastic compared to what could have happened. Also, although the other avenues of defense didn't end of being necessary, Mike was trying to work my defense using several other arguments. Some of these didn't work out because gov't workers were hesitant to hand over incriminating evidence during discovery, others just didn't end up being needed. Mike is not naive to the fact that officers, prosecutors and judges constantly play dirty and break the law in order to arrest and convict you. You want an attorney like him fighting for you. I have since recommended his services to a friend who he was able to get cleared of the charges as well.
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Posted by James | August 8, 2013
Best DUI Attorney
He saved me thousands of dollars, changed my jail time to community service with reduced days, and got my 'driving on a suspended license' charge completely dropped. I got my second DUI, dead to rights, with what I thought was no defense. Michael spent a lot of time finding multiple defenses. And every time he went into court the prosecutor came back with better and better plea bargains. It was great! Mr. Mitchell got me a better deal for my second DUI than another lawyer got me for my first DUI. I only wish I'd have known about him the first time around, I probably wouldn't have gotten the first on my record. Get Michael Mitchell. No one is going to put in more time to honestly help you get the best possible result with your case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2013
Recommend Highly
I would highy recommend Mr. Mitchell, he kept me informed, was patient and responsive to all my concerns regarding my case.
Posted by Katherine j | July 29, 2013
A real professional
He Poured all his energy into helping me. He kept me informed throughout. Head and shoulders above any other attorney. I give him my highest endorsement.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2013
Saved Me From a DUI and Jail
I was facing a long jail sentence and a third DUI conviction for two other DUI arrests. Mr. Mitchell got me out of the DUI and was able to get me community service for reckless driving. If it wasn't for his knowledge and assistance the situation would have been much much worse. I can't say enough about him, he answered all my questions right away and treated me like a friend during the whole ordeal.. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to handle this situation I got myself in.
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Posted by Mark | July 29, 2013
Thank you Michael Mitchell!
What an unbelievable experience that I would never have gotten through without the aid of Michael Mitchell. I had talked to several other attorneys that gave me no sense of confidence let alone taking my case seriously! I was looking at not only losing everything I have financially, facing losing my freedom and possibly putting my family on the streets and I couldn't find an attorney to fight for me...until I came across Michael! Everyone I turned to made me feel they just wanted to make a quick buck and have me take a plea deal. Michael was the first to actually make me feel he would fight for me and that he did!! He had no problem taking my case to trial which we won saving me thousands and sparing me from losing my job, my family and my freedom! If you're looking for someone aggressive call Michael Mitchell!
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Posted by Thomas | July 17, 2013
Top Notch Attorney!
I have used Michael in the past and do to unfortunate luck had to call upon Michael to help me out once again. Just like the last time I needed his services, he not only came through with better results than I ever expected, but was able to handle the entire situation without me having to put my life on hold while fighting this mess. He went above and beyond and truly made what could have been a life changing situation into something easily taken care of. I couldn't have done it without him and will continue to recommend him to everyone I come across! I do not throw recommendations out recklessly do to not wanting to stick my neck out, but without hesitation I will always call upon Michael for my Legal needs along with referring him to anyone needing a great attorney!
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Posted by Warren | July 17, 2013
Thorough, experienced and professional
I have consulted Michael Mitchell on several occasions. He has always been prompt and courteous in responding to inquiries. In one case, he felt he had a conflict on interest and made an outstanding referral to another attorney who handled the case perfectly. I met Mr. Mitchell through mutual friends, and it has been a real plus for me. In all matters where I have asked for information or guidance, he has been thorough, informed and clear. He is outstanding in traffic and DUI issues, but is well versed in a number of other areas. Where he does not have the expertise, he is professional enough to say so and make a referral to someone in that specialty he respects. I recommend Michael Mitchell very highly.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2013
Great Job Michael and Daniel! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I had was put in a situation where i shouldn't have been in the first place and they helped me throughout the whole process. As a client of there's i'm proud to say that i'm pleased to say that they're just great people who knows exactly what they're doing. They're always willing to tend to any of your calls and accommodate any of your needs of talking to them. They got me out of this nonsense that i got myself in and i'm glad to have chose a good and responsible law firm as good as Michael Mitchells'. I highly really recommend this attorney and his law firm to anyone involving any DUI or criminal case. Once again thanks for everything keep up the great work!
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2012
Outstanding! Many Thanks...
I was facing two (2) felonies and after checking lawyer reviews I contacted Mr. Mitchell. He was up front and honest about what I was facing and laid down what we should do. Like a chess pro Mr. Mitchell and his team made moves that gained us the high ground. In the end the 2 felonies were reduced to 1 misdemeanor and a small fine. This was no small feat... it took experience and knowledge to gain such an outcome. If your facing charges I would highly recommend Mr. Mitchell, he is an outstanding person and a great lawyer.
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Posted by Toby | May 17, 2011
Mike did Great Work on My DUI Case !!
Mike did great work on my DUI case. He was always there to talk with when I needed to speak with him. He got my charges reduced off of a DUI. I'm pleased with the work he did and he knows this area of law completely.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Mitchell Law Group, Inc.
  • 2009 - 2018
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael E. Mitchell, APC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Nicholas F. Reyes
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Barker & Associates
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Univ of California San Diego
  • undergraduate
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Ortiz
  • Case Dismissed
  • People v. Avakian
  • Hung Jury at Trial
  • People v. Flores
  • Dismissed at Trial Date
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  • California Association of Consumer Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Field Sobriety Practitioner Course 1st Place
  • La Pier & Assoc.
  • 2011
  • Graduate- Field Sobriety Instructor Course
  • Impaired Driving Specialists
  • 2011
  • Witkin Award - Constitutional Law
  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Local Homeowners Association
  • Self-Defense Inside and Outside Your Home
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (28)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great Lawyers, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michae. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Mitchell is a very competent lawyer who always does whats best for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Mitchell is dedicated to fighting for justice....keep it up sir!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Mr. Mitchell several years ago at a CDLA seminar in San Francisco. He impressed me then as someone who takes his job very seriously and strives for the best outcome for his clients. His AVVO posts demonstrate his deep understanding of complex DUI issues. His answers are always thoughtful, accurate, and they evidence his genuine interest in helping people. You could do no wrong if he was your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mitchell is a dedicated attorney. He is a hard working attorney who really cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mitchell is committed to his clients and a tough adversary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've seen Micheal work in several courts around the central valley including Kingsburg (when it was open), Madera, and Fresno. Michael works hard for his clients. He appears to get along with and work well with court staff and other attorneys. It is apparent in his interactions with other attorneys that he is well respected within the community. I can easily recomend Michael to prospective clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am honored to endorse Mike Mitchell. He is very hardworking and a extremely devoted attorney. He is dedicated to providing zealous and thorough representation to his clients. I have witnessed him in court and he has obtained great results for his clients. He is very knowledgeable in the courts and he is held in high esteem by his fellow attorneys. He is always looking for the competitive edge in defending his clients, whether it is a DUI case or a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. He is a knowledgeable and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Mitchell for the past year, and have witnessed firsthand his tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients. Mr. Mitchell is an experienced, result oriented Attorney. He stays up to date with the latest developments in Criminal Defense, and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the California DUI Lawyers Association. Mr. Mitchell is very professional and an exceptional Attorney. I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Mitchell."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Mitchell is one of my favorite attorneys. He is one of the "young lions" who came up in the last ten years and decided that he would practice law his way - aggressively, but with genuine compassion for his clients and a willingness to take risks. He is a respected advocate who does not flinch from taking on a difficult case in harsh circumstances, as the government found in a federal jury trial when the jury returned a "not guilty" verdict for his client. Mike understands also that in a world of increasing specialization, there is still a place for a determined litigator who is willing to help his clients in areas of the law other than criminal. The bottom line is that Mike is there to help the people who seek is assistance. I am happy to endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mitchell is one of Fresno Counties most knowledgeable criminal attorneys. Over the past 7 years I have had a chance to work on matters with Mr. Mitchell. He is always well prepared and handles himself in a professional manner both inside and outside the courtroom. Mr. Mitchell is also highly respected by his peers and members of the court. I would strongly recommend Mr. Mitchell if you are in need of a criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an aggressive advocate. He is hardworking, detail-oriented lawyer who is known well in many surrounding counties by attorneys and judges alike. He cuts to the important issues in each case he deals with and I happily endorse Michael without reservation to any potential client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Mitchell is a passionate, hard working defense lawyer. He is knowledgeable about the law and will work hard for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an exceptional attorney. He really cares about his clients and shows it by out preparing his opponent every time. I couldn't recommend him more."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am making this statement not merely as Mike Mitchell's father, which I am obviously proud to be, but as a retired court commissioner and administrative law judge with 45 years experience in the justice system. I have had the great pleasure of watching Mike Mitchell in action during several criminal jury trials, in each of which he demonstrated not only enormous competence, but a remarkable ability to connect with jurors so that they see his clients not as strangers charged with crimes, but as human beings worthy of consideration. The attributes that Mike Mitchell brings with him whenever he steps into a courtroom are the attributes that any person unfortunate enough to be charged with a crime should demand when choosing a criminal defense attorney to represent them."
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