Posted by ceakins
Fact: My speeding ticket case was lost, and I'm still having to pay a fine. Never sent me any paperwork to sign, just said to send him a check for his fee's and copy of ticket. (I have never had a lawyer do this, should have been my first clue.)
In my opinion this is the most unprofessional lawyer I've ever dealt with. I was upset with the verdict and called him today, not expecting to get anyone but to leave a voicemail for a call back, he answered. Yes I was upset, yes I could have probably handled it better, but he was also aggressive and did nothing to deescalate it. I told him fine enjoy your AVVO rating, he responded with is that a threat? I said no, it's a fact, I'm going to rate you. Then he comes back with "Does the baby want his money back?" I said sure, then he goes off into a diatribe about criminal blackmail. At no point did I threaten him with the rating in lieu of a refund. In fact I wasn't expecting one. But if someone asks me if I want a refund, I'm going to say yes, he still would have been rated. I'll be asking for transcripts or video of the court proceedings, along with now filing a bar complaint for his ludicrous behavior, and depending on what I see in transcripts or video I'll weigh my next options.
Posted by a client
My family, friends, employers and myself thank you! With your help Mr. Chmelewski, I am able to continue my life as a father, friend and productive person of society. Mr Chmelewski was able to argue my 14 year old misdemeanor charge that was looking to put me in jail for a minimum 60 days and up to 394, he kept me out! I cannot thank him enough! He was affordable and personable. I don't believe the outcome would have been the same with any other representation.
Posted by Jeremy
Mark did a great job handling my case. He was always available and kept me informed of what was going on and what things I needed to take responsibility for. Professional, courteous, told the facts and didn't promise anything that wasn't possible.
Posted by Sheryl
Mark helped me when another lawyer had already taken my money and screwed me over. He seemed knowledgeable and actually cared. He spent time listening to me, and was EXTREEMLY helpfull. I would reccamend mark.
Posted by Maureen
I hired Mark on behalf of my nephew who had been charged with "racing" which elevated the offense from a traffic violation to a criminal offense. This was the first time he had ever been in trouble - a split second lapse in judgement and it could have had lifetime consequences. We knew we needed help navigating this situation. Since none of our family members live in the area (my nephew was in Ellensburg studying at CWU), I did some research and found Mark. From the start he was very responsive, professional and answered all of our questions. He explained the charges, the potential outcomes, and how he would proceed in representing my nephew. Mark kept us informed throughout the process. He was able to get the charges reduced to a traffic matter, eliminating any loss of license, jail time, criminal record, etc. It has been a huge lesson learned for my nephew but, with Mark's expert help, it will not haunt my nephew for the rest of his life. We are very thankful for his assistance and would recommend him highly.
Posted by Pat
I recieved a speeding ticket in Sept. just before I was leaving the state for a new job assisgnment. I read a couple of reviews and contacted Mark to help me with this matter....My court date was the first week of Nov and when I recieved the info on the outcome of my ticket, I thought to myself, "Oh this is the best news I have had all day". I appreciate Mark's efforts and the ticket was dismissed. It was far more than I expected and I truly appreciate it.
Posted by a Criminal Defense client
Our 19 year old son, on his way to WSU from Seattle, got into some minor legal trouble and tried to represent himself. He actually didn't understand what he was getting into and made his situation much worse over a 2 year period. At the recommendation of an Ellensburg friend, I contacted Mr. Chmelewski at the 11th hour and he not only took my son's case on, but he was able to mitigate a potential disaster and argue for his rights and some leniency that would not have happened without his in-depth knowledge of the courts and prosecutors in Kittitas County. His no-nonsense advice and recommendations averted additional legal problems. We are all very grateful and a serious lesson has been learned. We should have hired Mr. Chmelewski from the beginning!
Posted by Ryan
I just wanted to say that Mark did an excellent job taking care of my traffic ticket. My ticket was dismissed but I was well informed of all the possibility's of the outcome. If I ever need his services in the future I will not hesitate to use his services. I would also recommend him to anyone I know. I'm very happy with the outcome.