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John Michael Brangwin

DUI and DWI Attorney at East Wenatchee, WA

5.0   100 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

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John graduated with honors from Gonzaga University with a Juris Doctorate degree. He is admitted to practice in all Washington State courts. His focus is criminal defense, DUIs, and injury cases.  John is a member of the national DUI Defense Lawyers Association, and is certified in the NHTSA Field Sobriety Tests and the BAC DataMaster.  He is a member and former Governor of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington State Association for Justice.  John's peers previously recognized him as a Rising Star, through WA Law & Politics magazine, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Licensed for 25 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/25/2022

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Woods, Brangwin & Bratton, PLLC
632 Valley Mall Parkway
East Wenatchee, WA, 98802
Woods, Brangwin & Bratton, PLLC
235 N. Mission
Suite J
Wenatchee, WA, 98801
Woods, Brangwin & Bratton, PLLC
19 E Bud Ln NE
Moses Lake, WA, 98837
Woods, Brangwin & Bratton, PLLC
PO Box 4378
Wenatchee, WA, 98807-4378
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
A Reliable Defender
A friend and I were arrested when we unknowingly trespassed on private land, and then were shocked to find we were not only being charged with Criminal Trespass, but also for an apparent act of vandalism that had been committed on the property earlier that we had nothing to do with. For ethical reasons John was not able to represent both of us, but was able to recommend another attorney for my friend and together they got the erroneous charge dropped and the Trespass reduced to simple community service. This was no small feat however, as we learned the Grant County Prosecutor was dead-set on charging us. In the end John and my friend's attorney negotiated directly with the property owner, convincing them of our innocence and compelling them to drop the vandalism charge - thereby sidestepping the zealous prosecutor. Up until that point it looked like we were headed to trial, and no one wants to take a gamble on what 12 people who couldn't get out of jury duty think about a case. John kept our case in our control, and probably got us just about the best outcome we could hope for. Make no mistake, I would definitely recommend John. However you should be prepared to be left a bit in the dark while he works. Outside of our court appearances I heard very little from John or his firm, which was a bit disconcerting for a first-time criminal like myself. Fortunately it seems he was hard at work. Thanks John!
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Posted by James | September 30, 2013
Best lawyer to work with. Period.
Mr. Brangwin is the person that you want in your corner, he will work as hard as he can for his client. In my case specifically he was able to work with the prosecutors to keep me out of jail, which was of the highest importance to me.
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
DUI doctor!!
I was super pleased with my outcome In court, john is definitely someone i would recommend!!!:)
Posted by Jared | May 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John Brangwin is the lawyer you need to call
Mr. Brangwin is a strait shooter, a real no-bull kind of attorney. If you’re looking for someone to smooth talk you through a case and give you a line of bull to get hired, then this isn’t your guy. if you want someone to get results without the smoke show this is who you need to hire. I was charged with a 2nd degree driving while license suspended and I’ll admit after hiring John I was concerned that he wasn’t invested in my case because of the lack of feedback, strictly e-mail responses I’d get between arraignment and subsequent court dates, and often not being sure whether or not I had in person or zoom court or if I had to show up at all until last min. In hindsight, there wasn’t anything to be updated on and most of my concern was fueled by normal stresses expected / inexperience with being in my situation. However, a call would’ve been nice. That being said, he handled himself excellently in court and worked out a deal with the prosecutor to reduce my 2nd degree DWLS to a 3rd degree saving me for losing my license which was paramount to saving my job. I hope that my review helps manage your expectations while also cementing the fact that John Brangwin is the lawyer you need to call.
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Posted by Kelvin | April 14, 2022
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DUI case
I contacted Mr. Brangwin as soon as I could due to my case. He was able to speak with me that same day, and got hired that same day as well. Mr. Brangwin did a great job during my case, trying to get the best outcome that we possibly could. Mr. Brangwin would respond to any questions I had during the whole process, as well as his assistant, who also helped during the process. Both guided me to the right direction, showing what I needed to do and where I could go to complete the tasks. Mr. Brangwin did the best he could during the DOL hearing. During the whole process of the case, Mr. Brangwin would fight to get the minimum outcome, or to get even less than the minimum outcome. The case may have not gone in our favor, but I really appreciate all that Mr. Brangwin did for me during it. He does an excellent job and I would recommend him to anyone in need. He is responsive and straight forward on what will happen next. I felt confident in Mr. Brangwin’s work, and I believe anyone else would as well.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2022
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Best Lawyer to have your back in the courtroom
Nothing but commendation for John Brangwin and his team. I was arrested with a DUI and John has been nothing but exceptional throughout the entire experience. His swift and strategic course of action helped reduce my original charge down to a lesser offense and efficiently helped secure a much more tolerable charge of negligent driving. He helped close my case in the span of 1 month after my arrest. I felt like John was truly an advocate for me, his client, while in the courtroom. I was at an advantage that I had hired Mr. Brangwin because everything was handled exceptionally and without a hiccup.
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Posted by Douglas | February 18, 2022
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The Magical Attorney
I am from Louisiana and lived in the Wenatchee Valley back in 2007 and prior years. I was arrested for a DUI and convicted as I served a majority of my probation and paid all restitutions as well as inpatient/outpatient programs. Unfortunately I was forced to leave Wenatchee due to immediate family circumstances. In the past 5 years I have tried to obtain my driver's license but had a flag from WA. I was told there was a warrant for my arrest. I just recently contacted Mr. Brangwin to consult on my case and within the month he had waved his magical wand and after 17 years I was able to obtain my LA driver's license. Mr. Brangwins' fee was very reasonable as well. Forever GRATEFUL!!!
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Posted by Kurtis | February 15, 2022
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Very professional and upfront
My overall experience with Mr. Brangwin was very pleasant and professional. He was very clear concise and straightforward on explaining the issues pertaining to my case. He managed to get false allegations and false charges dropped against me. He's also very stern and not a pushover when it comes to defending you. I highly recommend Mr. Brangwin for any legal issues you may face.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2022
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DUI Reduced
John was able to reduce my charge of a DUI to Reckless Driving. He was quick to respond to all emails involving questions I had. He reassured me that he would help me and he did! It could have gone worse. He was able to keep me from losing my license and did tremendous work! I highly recommend John for any and all cases.
Posted by Carlos | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Good experience.
Got me the best possible outcome for my case. Was available at all times to answer all my questions.
Posted by Jeff | December 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Happy Client
John did an excellent job representing me. It was not an easy case but he did the leg work, devised a strategy and achieved the best result we could have asked for. Definitely lived up to his reputation.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LAWYER UP!
Don't make the mistake of thinking because it is your first DUI, it will be a slap on the wrist. These are taken very seriously! Not having the help of Mr. Brangwin it would have cost me much much more financially, jail time and a loss of career. Thanks again Mr. Brangwin for your professionalism and results!
Posted by Lucas | October 20, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Definitely the right guy to go to!
I had a legal issue where somebody had tried to use my identity when they were arrested for a crime. I thought I was going to have to go through this long and annoying process to clear things up. Within half an hour, John had completely cleared everything up and gotten things sorted out with the judge and prosecuting attorney. This saved me a big headache. John was very professional and straight forward. I'd definitely go to him again if I ever have a legal issue!
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Posted by Ali | June 30, 2021
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Great experience with John
John was recommended to me by a few people in the area and I reached out to him for a consultation. I hired him on and he worked with me on my finances and set up a payment plan. He handled the majority of my hearings without me even having to be there. In the end, I wound up with probably the best case scenario I could have hoped for in my situation and was very pleased with the result. The only thing I would say otherwise is that I didn’t always know what was going on since I wasn’t at all of the hearings myself but he was communicative when it mattered!
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Posted by Matthew | May 25, 2021
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Best defense hands down!!
No better man for the job hands down! If your looking for a criminal defense lawyer go no further; the expertise, professionalism and downright fight-for-you attitude is all bundled up in this package!! All joking aside, I haven't been in much trouble in my life and God forbid I find myself there again, there's only one place to go and thats Mr. Brangwin. If it wasn't for him it would have been a hard road to hold. Professional and knowledgeable, there isn't a spot for additional stars.
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2021
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DUI
Very professional, hard working and affordable! I've used him twice with great results! Best around!
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
John was great to work with. He took my DUI case right away and got my charges reduced to Negligent Driving in the 1st Degree with no jail time. He is extremely knowledgeable and knows all the ins and outs of the system in eastern WA. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Bill | January 6, 2020
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The Best!
I can't say enough about the level of service John Brangwin and his staff gave me. His knowledge of the law and the best way to proceed was awesome. I would not have won my dui case without him. He always responds quickly. You will be glad you chose John!
Posted by Matt | October 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Big help
He got my DUI down to a reckless with no jail time and was very helpful through the process. Nice to have peace of mind that comes from having a great attorney during an otherwise stressful situation.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Dui
I feel John did a fine job. He was very speedy on answering my many questions during "my journey" thru this process. He was able to down grade my offence to lesser less expensive fines, no jail time and less time to have the inter lock device on my car.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Woods & Brangwin, PLLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bell Law Office, PLLC
  • 1997 - 2001

Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate
  • 2005
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Central Washington University
  • BA
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • .25 blood test with 11 NG of Marijuana Reduced to Reckless Driving with no jail
  • Reduced to Reckless Driving. No jail.
  • Local politician gets DUI charge reduced to Negligent Driving with no jail
  • Reduced to Negligent Driving First Degree.
  • .32 Blood test suppressed; case dismissed
  • Search warrant shown to be defective. Blood evidence excluded. Case dismissed.
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Associations

  • WSBA Disciplinary Board
  • Board Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • DataMaster CDM--Serial No. 130018--National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.
  • Owner
  • 2012 - Present
  • Alco Sensor FST Portable Breath Test (PBT) Instrument--Serial No. 047254--Intoximeters, Inc.
  • Owner
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • DataMaster--Serial No. 921086--National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.
  • Owner
  • 2004 - Present
  • Kustom Trooper Radar Unit--Serial No. K16492--Kustom Signal, Inc.
  • Owner
  • 2004 - Present
  • Alco-Sensor III Portable Breath Test units--Intoximeters, Inc.
  • Owner
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Defenders Association
  • Member and Frequent Speaker
  • 1997 - Present
  • Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Sustaining Member
  • N/A
  • Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2018
  • WSBA Court Rules & Procedures Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • WSBA Character & Fitness Board
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division
  • President-Elect
  • 2005 - 2006
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2005 - 2015
  • WSBA Court Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Washington Young Lawyers Division
  • Trustee
  • 1999 - 2005
  • Kiwanis International, Wenatchee Downtown Club
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • "Supervisor" In-service training program for the Alco-Sensor FST
  • Intoximters Inc.
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • 2006
  • BAC DataMaster Certificate of Competency
  • National Patent Analytical Systems, Inc.
  • 2006
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner
  • NHTSA instructors: Walden, Platt & Assoc.
  • 2005
  • Taser Certification
  • Chelan County Regional Jail
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Washington Criminal Defense
  • DUI: The Total Refusal Plan
  • 2017
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI News
  • Old School
  • 2015
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DUI News
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Zealous Advocacy for All: Going Above and Beyond in Misdemeanor Defense
  • Ethical Limits of Zealous Advocacy
  • 2013
  • The Essentials of Handling DUI and DOL Cases
  • BAC Machines
  • 2011
  • Drinking Lab & DataMaster Demonstration
  • Observation of the effects of alcohol consumption on the human body. Demonstration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and the DataMaster Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing Instrument.
  • 2008
  • WDA Annual Spring Conference
  • DUI Kung Fu
  • 2007
  • The Basics of DUI Defense
  • DataMaster Basics
  • 2007
  • The 2AM DUI Call
  • DUI calls
  • 2007
  • Lawyers Assistance Program 10th Annual Conference
  • Law Office Management
  • 2007
  • DUIs in a Post [City of Fircrest v.] Jensen World
  • Sucessful Motions to Supress Breath Test Evidence
  • 2007
  • DUI & Traffic Law Update
  • DUI & Traffic Law
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (27)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Other
"John protects Constitutional rights. Tenacious defender. Excellent advocate and litigator."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Looking for your legal defense guru, then look no further. I've known John for almost 20 years and can honestly tell you cannot find anyone better to handle your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"John was born to be a master trial attorney and his clients in Wenatchee should feel privileged to have him accept their cases. I had the privilege of working for John Brangwin for two years. He was a great mentor who invited me to sit in the second chair to observe him at criminal trial, to assist him in a Workmen's Comp trial, and he coached me through my first personal injury arbitration. In each of those settings, John had the confidence and swagger of someone who knows he was born to be a better lawyer than the rest of the guys in the room. His services are invaluable if you are in North Central Washington."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In my practice, I am often without sufficient time to travel to central and eastern Washington to handle criminal cases. When a former client or potential client calls me regarding a new criminal matter east of the Cascades, I give them one name, John Brangwin. Every person that I have referred to John has made a special effort to get in touch with me to let me know how happy they were with the work he did for them, and how the result they obtained exceeded their expectation. I not only recommend, but strongly encourage, anyone facing a criminal matter in central and eastern Washington to consult with John."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider John one of my best friends. This does not disqualify me from expressing my opinion that he is one of the best lawyers in Washington. John and I met when we served on the Washington State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees. We spent hundreds of hours together working on public service projects. John never sought recognition for the work he was doing in the community. During those hours together I learned how smart and creative John was. More important that his legal skill is his heart. Simply put; John's heart is always in the right place. He will be my friend for life and if I need a lawyer east of the mountains, John is my man."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a leader in the DUI defense lawyer community. His dedication and hard work have helped other DUI attorneys become better lawyers. If some one is in need of DUI representation in the greater Wenatchee area, John Brangwin is their man."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I refer all my Central Washington cases to Mr. Brangwin as I know that those clients will be represented with complete competence and professionalism, both well known traits of John. I strongly encourage anyone facing criminal charges in the Wenatchee (Central Washington) area, to consult with Mr. Brangwin immediately. "
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney. In the wake of City of Fircrest v. Jensen, when many other attornies were still puzzling over what the case meant, John was the first to bring and win a motion under it resulting in the suppression of breath tests in a number of cases. You can count on him to give you a first rate defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Friend
"John is my go-to guy east of the mountains. He is a tireless advocate for his clients, and a real innovator in the field of DUI. I have lectured with John on issues related to DUI defense, and he is always happy to share his expertise with other lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John's work is excellent and his clients are very well served by his efforts and experience. He knows the law and he knows the local practices of the courts where he appears. He provides innovative, effective and aggressive representation for his clients. He has been on the forefront of a number of legal issues and is an experienced trial attorney. I recommend and endorse John without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When folks from Wenatchee call my office looking for representation, I always send them to John Brangwin. I know John will provide excellent representation because I see him at national seminars where cutting-edge defense strategies are taught. From what I have observed through conversations with him, his skill as a lawyer is surpassed only by the compassion he has for his clients. "
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Brangwin and I have worked on a number of cases involving co-defendants together, and I am also able to call him my friend. He has been (and will no doubt continue to be) a pleasure to work with. To those accused of a crime, he provides technical expertise, extensive national training, local knowledge, and client sensitivity, all of which enable him to achieve favorable results for his clients while counseling them through the difficult and challenging process of fighting a DUI. His results in the cases on which we have worked together have been excellent, and I unhesitatingly recommend him to those charged with DUIs in north central Washington. "
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East Wenatchee DUI and DWI Lawyer John Michael Brangwin
John Michael Brangwin
DUI and DWI Attorney
East Wenatchee, WA
Licensed for 25 years