5.0 stars 33 totalReview Katherine Schwinghammer
Posted by Grant
I made the mistake of drinking and driving one night in California and was caught. As an out-of-state driver, this was particularly distressing as I had no idea how to navigate the California Legal System. I was also worried that I would have to come back to California to serve jail time in SLO. But from the minute I called Katherine - on the weekend morning after the incident, no less - I knew I had found someone that was both knowledgeable and completely dedicated to fighting for the best possible resolution of my case.
Katherine was able to drag the case out for over 8 months to buy me time to get some matters settled with my professional life. While we were unable to get my conviction reduced to a wet reckless (my BAC was well above the legal limit, so there is definitely only so much you can do), she did prevent me from ever having to come back to California to serve jail time. Considering I live way across the country, this was well worth the fee she charges.
The best thing you will get from Katherine, though, may not come from the resolution of your case. For me, it was the fact that she treated me as a human being who made a mistake, not a criminal she can make a quick paycheck from. She recognizes that mistakes happen, and I think that makes her fight even harder for the best possible outcome. Katherine is also full of personal anecdotes and professional experience that often put my fears to ease.
Finally, I never had to worry about keeping track of any of the details of my case, which was very convenient. Katherine is an very effective communicator. She went to over eight different court dates for me and either called or emailed me immediately following each case. After hearing horror stories from attorney friends and others, I think I got extremely lucky in finding Katherine. She is a kind, confident, and excellent attorney, and if you’re reading this and thinking of hiring her, JUST DO IT! Her recommendation is well earned, and I look forward to working with together to expunge my conviction following probation.
Posted by Will
Katherine did a wonderful job handling my case. When we first began we talked extensively about my history with the DUI and the ins and out of my record. She patiently and carefully explained to me the expungement process. After easy correspondence via email to finalize the required paperwork she submitted our request. It was denied, but she persisted and after further interviewing me about why I wanted the expungement and in what ways the DUI was an impediment to my life, we filed once again and in the appeal the court granted our request. Katherine is a wealth of information, and a bright, beautiful personality who is a joy to build a rapport with. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by a client
She was amazing !!! Answered all our questions treated us with respect and dignity, which is more than I can say for a lot of people in her profession. we were very pleased with the outcome . She takes the time to walk you step-by-step through the whole process and you're never left wondering what's going on . Don't let her sweet smile fool you she's very strong and passionate about what she does she's a great lawyer I would hire her again if ever I needed her .
Posted by Ryan
Katherine really made me feel like my case mattered to her. She took my initial call on her cell phone after hours, and was very pleasant to speak to. She handled my Pubic Intoxication case with care, and helped me out of a difficult situation. She definitely sticks up and gets results for her clients. You really got the feeling that she loves what she does, and this makes her so great to work with. I would definitely recommend her to any person in the San Luis Obispo area. Thanks for everything Katherine.
Posted by TC
A fantastic lawyer. Katherine was able to reduce my charges from driving without an IID, a serious offense, to a mere driving without a license. She's a wonderful person and easy to communicate with. Don't hesitate to hire her! A true professional!
Posted by sandy
My experience with Katherine was amazing. In being faced with a charge of petty theft was once again devastating. Katherine is not only knowledgeable, but handled my case with the highest integrity. I appreciate her integrity, dedication, and personal effort she put into my case. Katherine is honest, real and very clear about the progress of my case throughout the process. She was incredible about explaining the situation as it is without false hope, relayed all my options and possible outcomes of my case, informing me of the best case scenario. Katherine is extremely professional and nonjudgemental. She always communicates very quickly and comprehensively to emails and phone calls. In addition, when meeting with Katherine she was exceptionally nice and understanding to every question or problem I seem to face. I recommend Katherine Schwinghammer for your defense counsel. Thank you, Katherine.
Posted by a client
I could not be happier with Katherine's professionalism and expertise. She kept me in the loop every step of the way, told me exactly what to expect (she was spot on every time), and guided me all along the way. She proactively initiated contact with me every single time something happened. She's amazing, and I would urge anyone to depend on her completely. Thank you Katherine!
Posted by a client
Well where to start? Katherine has performed above and beyond with her services she provided. She was the first lawyer I contacted due to the fact that her rated were high, without contacting any other lawyers, then I thought about it and decided to call other laywers and get a free quote and see how they would be of service, (already have made a c
Posted by a client
"Katherine was great and provided Excellent Representation! This is her passion and it showed from the moment I called her. She provided sound and straightforward advise to navigate the legal process. I really felt like she cared about me as her client and a person. Four months after my case was closed, she provided additional legal assistance on a DMV issue. She even appeared in court on my behalf to fix the arresting agency's error that was preventing me from obtaining my driver's license. This support was over and beyond, which she did for free. I value and admire her dedication! I'm Lucky to have met you.
I selected Katherine because of the positive reviews I found. It's a pleasure to share my positive experience. Thanks for all your help and support!
Posted by a client
Katherine is a diamond in the rough! Its hard to find anyone you can truly trust, especially when you are in a bad situation that is stressful. That is what I found myself in recently. I had an unscrupulous business send a check to the district attorney despite having made arrangements to pay the check by payments. I had already paid several hundred dollars to them and they attempted to cash the original check I wrote. I had stopped payment on the check so it went back to them stopped. They turned it in but claimed it was non sufficient funds or account closed. They did not disclose the true nature of the situation. I got a scary letter in the mail from the District Attorney's office saying I needed to pay the full sum in less than a month or I could face jail time for a bad check. I called Katherine who immediately assured me she could at the very least set up payment arrangements with the district attorney. She asked me to send her any and all proof of what had happened including cancelled checks, etc. In less than 24 hours after doing so she called me to tell me that she had talked with the district attorneys bad check area and explained the situation and that the whole thing was being dismissed WITH an apology to me that they had accepted the case in the first place!!! This was more than I ever could have hoped for! The best part is that Katherine is responsive, understanding, fast and professional. She kept in touch with me through phone calls, texts and emails. Katherine allowed me to sleep at night rather than worry about what would happen. I would HIGHLY recommend her! There is nobody like her out there.