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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Criminal Defense||The National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star - Criminal Defense Law||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Top Attorney - Outstanding Young Lawyer||Los Angeles Magazine||2013|
|Top Women Attorneys||Los Angeles Magazine||2013|
|Dean's Achievement Award in Advanced Criminal Defense||The University of Texas School of Law||2005|
|Excellence in Public Interest Award - for work with TCAI||Texas Law Fellowship||2004|
|Attorney||Law Office of Katherine Schwinghammer||2009 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office||2006 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Luis Obispo County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Member||N/A|
|People v. J.||DUI/DWI dismissed|
|People v. D.S.||DUI/DWI w/PRIOR dismissed, plead to driving w/o DL|
|People v. A.C.C.||DUI/DWI case DISMISSED after hearing|
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|American Journal of Criminal Law||Fingerprint Identification: How the "Gold Standard" of Evidence Could Be Worth Its Weight||2005|
|The University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2002|
|Monthly Criminal Defense Section Meeting||Today's Digital Projector Technology and How to Use It||2011|
|TCDLA Forensics CLE weekend||The History of Fingerprint Identification||2004|
|Monthly CLE lunch||Problems in Fingerprint Identification||2004|
|Criminal Law Discussion Panel||Crime Victims Rights Legislation||2004|
|Crime Victims' Institute||Crime Victims Rights Legislation||2004|
Posted by anonymous
Old co-worker was in town and went out for a few drinks. The next thing I know I am in a jail cell on a dui related offense. Was released from jail in the morning feeling unsure about what to do. Reviewed some attorneys in the morning and I knew from her reviews she was the one. I called on a Saturday and to my surprise she picked up! Katherine was awesome from the start. We consulted about my case and she walked me through all the steps even before hiring her. She was comforting and has a real people quality that is hard to find. She's a total professional and has a real keen sense for the law and you want her on your side. Results from my case was the best possible scenario.
Posted by anonymous
Katherine is as honest and genuine as they come. Without her help, I would be in a world of hurt. Instead, I was able to bounce back and recover from a DUI arrest with no severe penalties. Katherine is down to earth and will spell things out clearly to ensure you completely understand her approach and what the possible outcomes are. Highly recommended!
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.
Thomas Greenberg, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Kathy Schwinghammer is an excellent attorney. Kathy took on the head deputy district attorney and walked her client out the door with an acquittal. I have known Kathy for several years and it is a privilege to endorse her. Kathy brings her military training to the fight in criminal defense and it shows in the zealous manner in which she defends her cases. She is thorough, intelligent and has a real presence in the courtroom. If I were arrested, I would want Kathy in my corner.
William Makler, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse Kathy Schwinghammer's work. I have seen her in action at trial and was VERY impressed. Not only was her client found "not guilty" but that trial was sandwiched between two other trials where her clients were found "not guilty". She is obviously a very effective, energetic, and compassionate advocate for her clients.
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