Posted by Gina
At the recommendation of my local Yakima attorney I hired Mark Chmelewski to fight my traffic infraction. He is a known expert for traffic offenses. He makes no promises, which I think is wise, but he knows what to look for to win your case. If there is a way to win your case Mark has the experience to do it. My case was dismissed. Mark knows what to look for, he has been a judge and attorney for a long time. I would recommend him to anyone and I do.
Posted by anonymous
Our Son hired Mr. Chmelewski and made an excellent choice. It is a leap of faith to trust someone long distance and we have no regrets. Mark was so professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. He did not sugar-coat the situation but did everything in his power to put the best case forward and was very successful. He took the time to visit the crime scene, talk to everyone involved and make our son feel like had an advocate and friend on his side. There were lessons learned without a permanent impact on his record. We are so thankful!
We found out how well respected Mark is in the court system and we would highly recommend him.
Posted by Stephen
I have been a Seattle attorney for over 35 years. I hired Mark to represent my minor child in a Criminal-Traffic case. In spite of some very compelling extenuating circumstances, the case was going very badly. Mark took over and immediately set to work advising what to do and not do, anticipated standard requests by both the prosecution and the judge. Within a short period of time, Mark had the case entirely turned around, and it ended in a great result with no record. Mark has been a judge, prosecutor, and a defense lawyer at several locations in Central Washington, and has tried cases throughout the State. His wife is a retired judge. I cannot imagine a better informed, better connected, nor better prepared lawyer for a criminal case in that part of the State. Mark has my highest recommendation.
Posted by Raul
I searched for several attorneys able to take on my son's case in Douglas County, including some attorneys that I have used before for the same type of defense.
Mr. Chmelewski took on my case and successful got it dismissed. A true professional.
Posted by Kevin
I hired Marc in May for a minor DUI and I couldn't have made a better decision! At the first meeting, Mark was very willing to listen to what I had to say along with any questions I had concerning what was going to happen in my case as well as being straight forward in a polite and respectful way. Mark was there every step of the way through the initial court date through the final plea bargain and I really appreciated everything he's done for me as he got my DUI down to reckless driving in the second degree which is a huge and amazing deal. I'm forever greatful of Mr. Chmelewski and all he did for me in my case as it brought life changing results. In addition to being professional, Mark is also a good person who will make conversation with you regarding things other than the case after your meeting concludes if you wish to engage in conversation. If you have any hesitations regarding hiring Mr. Chmelewski, put those aside because he is the right man for the job!
Posted by anonymous
Mark was absolutely wonderful to me, explaining things in depth and sensitive to the stressful situation that I had put myself in. He has a comprehensive understanding of the justice system and knows how to navigate what I came to experience as a system of Byzantine complexity. He does not sugarcoat or set you up for false expectations in any way, and I would strongly recommend anyone who hires him to follow his instructions to the letter, as that will make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. No one wants to be in a situation where they are hiring a lawyer for a criminal offense, but you couldn't ask for a more professional, caring, and knowledgable individual to be on your side. And if you find yourself needing fantastic representation, you simply can't do better. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Posted by Holly
I hired Mark Chmelewski to help me fight off a DUI and was really impressed by him. He was confident but realistic; he had a lot of experience with similar offenses and was easy to talk to about what to expect throughout the process. Chmelewski did a really good job at communicating with me and making sure I understood what was happening by meeting with me before and after court. There was no doubt in my mind that he was on my side and was doing everything he could to reduce my charge. Chmelewski is an attorney that I will recommend to anyone in need of legal help, he was professional and extremely helpful during a time that I really needed guidance.
Posted by Danielle
Mr. Chmelewski was the most helpful attorney I could have asked for. Upon receiving my ticket, I initially called around to speak with various attorneys and knew by his experience and helpfulness that he would be the right guy. Going through this stressful experience, Mr. Chmelewski continued to keep me reassured and confident as well as continued to work extremely hard to get the best possible outcome for me. Without him, I honestly do not think I would have had the outcome I did. Thank you for your kindness and helpfulness along the way. I appreciate it.
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 anonymous
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.