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Michelle Trigger

Criminal defense Attorney at Roseville, CA

4.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2024

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Trigger Law handles most misdemeanor and felony crimes, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Firearm Possession, Drug Possession and Sales, Burglary, Robbery, Theft, Assault/Battery, Resisting Arrest, Child Abuse/Endangerment, and many others.

    12 years

  2. Family
    (Limited availability for new clients) Trigger Law handles divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support/alimony, grandparent rights, and guardianship.

    12 years

  3. Domestic violence
    Whether you need to file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order or need assistance in defending against one, we can help. We also offer services for Civil Harassment and Workplace Restraining Orders.

    12 years

  4. Expungement
    Past case haunting you? We handle expungements for both misdemeanor and felony crimes, as well as early probation termination, firearms rights restoration, and reductions from misdemeanors to felonies and formal probation to informal probation.

    12 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Even a traffic ticket can have major implications on your life, especially if you are a commercial driver or hope to obtain your commercial license. We can help you with speeding, red ticket, stop sign, carpool lane, and other traffic infractions.

    12 years

Michelle Trigger is a criminal defense and family law attorney located in Roseville, CA, serving primarily Sacramento and Placer Counties.  Cases in surrounding counties are reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Ms. Trigger provides clients with zealous, personalized, and affordable representation.  Your representation begins with a free consultation by phone or personal appointment to review your case with Ms. Trigger and determine your options moving forward and what method of representation would benefit your case the most.  If Ms. Trigger's representation is right for you, she will develop a case strategy unique to your circumstances.  As you navigate the legal system, you will be in frequent contact with her and will be personally represented by her throughout the process--no handing your case off to a paralegal or junior attorney in this office.

Ms. Trigger is best known for her excellence in oral advocacy.  You will always feel well-represented as she delivers compelling arguments on your behalf and uses creative techniques to get the best results possible. Most importantly, Ms. Trigger is never afraid to take a case to trial.


Trigger Law Office
2007 Opportunity Drive,
Suite 12
Roseville, CA, 95678

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Posted by Roo | January 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I love Trigger law
I simply love Michelle Trigger she will get the job done professionally in or out of court, she knows what she's doing and I would strongly recommend her to anyone who needs the job done she helped me with my custody case and I won that case and now I have my daughter in my care safe and sound and I am very happy with the end result thanks to Michelle trigger for all her hard work
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Posted by Amber | November 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michelle is an outstanding Attorney
Michelle is great at what she does. I highly recommend hiring her as your Attorney. A friend recommended me contacting Michelle for a second opinion about my case. When the Public Defender given to me almost had me convinced pleading guilty would be a good decision since it was an older case. Well I was looking at a DUI , Driving on suspension, position an multiple other counts. Number one I WASN’T driving an yes I did have drugs on me Bt. Since then I can say I’m 3 yrs sober a Leader in Celebrate Recovery an I work at a pharmacy. My life has changed completely I wasn’t guilty. For the things I was guilty of I was no longer that person. Once I contacted Mrs Trigger she told me from the gate Never plead guilty to a crime never committed 5 years ago or anytime. Long story short we went in with confidence an a plan. With Michelle’s knowledge of the law an skills ALL counts against me have been dropped. Hiring Michelle was the best decision I could have made. She’s an amazing person an again great at what she does . Definitely worth hiring She will fight by your side until the end. Thank you Trigger law!!
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Posted by Benjamin | August 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Simply THE Best
Michelle Trigger is an experienced, straightforward attorney. What you get with her is very personal representation, tailored to your case and an aggressive counselor that is dedicated and consistently prepared to run circles around the opposing council. I had what I thought was a hopeless family law case. I faced allegations on top of allegations stacked against me with a criminal case supporting the accuser’s allegations. I felt hopeless after multiple hearings and little progress with another lawyer. Ms. Trigger took on my case, had it dismissed and got me a fair amount of parenting time. At times it is difficult to reach Michelle as she is constantly preparing for cases or is in the middle of trials and simply does not have the time to sit by the phone answering calls. I learned this the hard way, stressing myself out and unnecessarily questioning her dedication to my case. Don’t let this minor detail deter you from enlisting Ms. Trigger’s services. The number of stars in this review don’t do her justice. Michelle is THE best and you definitely want her on your side. P.S. Michelle Trigger is also involved in the community. Go check out her legal advice class at the Center for Fathers and Families.
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Posted by Lucia | June 1, 2018
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Amazing Attorney!!!
I have a very unique situation in dealing Michelle as an attorney. Oddly enough she was the opposing counsel for my family custody battle. And although I felt the system was extremely unfair and resulted in the most horrific nine months of my life partly because of Michelle‘s incredible skills as an attorney and advocating for the devil himself lol I saw immediately her passion, organization, professionalism... I thought to myself throughout the process dang I wish I wasn’t forced to make such a rash decision in hiring representation on emergency basis and had the opportunity to find Michelle first . Here is where the kicker comes in , I actually agreed to allow Michelle to represent my son in a criminal matter simultaneously as the family custody battle. I have to tell you I was more than pleased at the way Michelle was able to separate the two cases!! During the family law case she addressed me in a very professional non-personal matter. During my sons criminal case she addressed me as a client being super friendly, communicative, organized, understanding, responsive and encouraging. I was absolutely amazed at her ability to truly separate the two cases ! I have to say that is a unique skill possessed by Michelle as an attorney ! I’m sure this is a VERY RARE situation and not many attorneys could handle such a task! Michelle took felony charges and her diligence resulted in a misdemeanor offense with no further action required . I could not have asked for a better outcome for my son! Too bad there is only 5 stars available because Michelle deserves 10 stars! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER for anyone Looking for representation from an attorney with passion, compassion, organization, professionalism, and the unique ability to separate her feelings from her job as an attorney!!!
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Posted by Greg | July 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I Finally Won!
Michelle, is very smart and passionate about what she does. She has been there when I needed her. After years of separation, my wife who is very resentful towards me has tried on multiple occasions to get me in family court so that she can separate me from the Son I love and adore. This time she attempted a permanent restraining order. I knew I needed a good attorney. Michelle handled herself well in court enduring 20 minutes of Mom going on and on. Michelle stayed wisely quiet while Mom dug a deeper hole for herself. Then she told our side of the story. In the end, the restraining order was removed by the judge and I was able to see my Son again. After years of losing these battles, I finally won! You should have seen the angry look on Mom's face and the Bailiffs when she ripped the court order out of his hand and stormed out of the court room.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Quick on her feet...
I am in the middle of a nasty custody battle with a narcissist who lies and enjoys causing chaos. He has been able to manipulate and woo our judge into believing everything he says. I had no choice but to retain an attorney. Michelle took my case on short notice but showed up to court as if she had weeks to prepare. She was very quick on her feet and appropriately handled a judge who has been very hostile towards me. During our trial, Michelle did a great job exposing lies and conflicting stories, something our judge couldn't do. She won my case for me and set me up for the next battle. I have seen attorneys crumble in front of my judge, but Michelle was confident and knew her stuff. I hope I won't need an attorney in the future, but if I do, I hope to have Michelle fighting for me.
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Posted by kareem | May 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Beware of this attorney
Beware of this Lawyer , I ran into her at the Center for fathers and family , Which is a program to help fathers with fatherhood , Michelle was there giving lower priced family lawyer services . I thought everything was great until my first cvourt date , I was late , just as my childs mother had been or not arrived b4 but her lawyer stepped in for her , Michelle did not even bother to show up to court she claimed to have had a rep there in her place but he did not step up on my behalf or even bother to give me a call and he would have found out I was twenty minutes away , But the case was called which lead to me losing my rights . I take my part for bieng late but this is the start , this women openly admitted to me that she within a six month time frame did not have time to look over my case . I lost my case on a technicality , Basically I hired her For Trial , when I missed that court date , I lost my rights and only had six months to file an appeal , I didint know that which is why I had hired her as a lwayer to know the things i dont know . But instead of filling a apeal I was going back and forth to court and mediation for over a year and a half just to be told in court that the apeal time had ended over a year ago . so we had been going back and fourth to court and mediation 3 or 4 times over a year and a half just to get told that I had lost all rights when I did not appeal almost a year prior , I should mention that I was in trial for a case that a judge had already made a ruling on in a prior case but she never looked at my prior cases to evenn know that , and thats her own words "i didint hve time" . Not to mention one of the reasons we where back and fourth to court and mediation so many times within that year and a half period is because Michelle Trigger emailed service to my child's mom instead of mailing it or in person which the judge stated in open court , so he gave us another court date which sent us back into mediation and then back to court by the time i got back into court the six month apeal time had passed . time passed and I wrote reviews about Michelle , first she threatened to sue me then she said it was a misunderstanding and said she would take my cae for free , even though I had already paid her , this turned out to be a strategic move to get to to remove my reviews as she never did anything or submitted anything into court on my behalf , which was critical because at the time my daughters mom was incarcerated which gave nme the perfect opportunity toi get custody . In the hands of my childs mom one child , my son has been killed and she now has 6 CPS cases with my daughter , and continues to do drugs . I thought as a woman and as A family lawyer this would be Michelles biggest concern , getting a child out of harms way and also undoing her wrong in bieng negligent in my first case , but she never submitted one document in over six months , I begged and pleaded with this women to just respond and she ignored me for months . AGAIN BUYER BEWARE
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm writing this review to warn others who are in a vulnerable situation and would like to consult with her. I contacted her regarding a restraining order. After telling her my situation and sending personal information and evidence, she agreed to represent me. The FIRST red flag was that she would tell me she sent emails about the case to me, but I never got them. She also neglected to keep me up to date or answer any of my phone calls or emails ( this was weird because I'd just spoken to her about therapists a month before she stopped). I'm not sure why or if she was "allegedly" paid off by my ex. Because of her my restraining order was dropped ( she told me she would refile, but NEVER did), and I'm in ruin. I WOULD NEVER recommend her to anyone
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Response from Michelle Trigger April 9, 2019
This "review" does not describe any current or former clients. Further, because it was left anonymously, if it is indeed someone our office has had contact with at some point, we cannot do anything to remedy this person's concerns.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2024
updated on 05/21/2024

This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Trigger Law Office
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of John J. Casey
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Sacramento County Conflict Criminal Defenders
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Sacramento County District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2011
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • California State University, Chico
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Class Lecture
  • Overview of Family Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
Endorse Michelle
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Trigger is very professional and a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable and presses for her clients' best interests. Highly recommended!"
General practice Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a practicing attorney myself, I commend Mrs. Trigger's unwavering dedication to her clients and her zealous representation that everyone should receive. Mrs. Trigger is one of those attorneys that I suspect the other side never would want to go against: her eloquence and attention to detail are unparalleled and she is an awesome advocate for her clients. I would have zero hesitation to referring clients to Michelle."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and experienced, and she cares."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have found Michelle to be a knowledgeable and zealous advocate for her clients. She knows the ins and outs of family law. She would be an excellent choice for prospective clients looking for an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to both supervise Michelle's work as well as work along side Michelle. She is a bright enthusiastic attorney who works tirelessly to make sure her client's get the best results possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle is tenacious, dedicated, and obtains great results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Roseville Criminal defense Lawyer Michelle Trigger
Michelle Trigger
Criminal defense Attorney
Roseville, CA
Licensed for 11 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2024. See details