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Mark Anthony Chmelewski

Criminal defense Attorney

4.6   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Kittitas County for 5 years. City Prosecuting Attorney - City of Cle Elum for 8 years Municipal Court Judge- City of Kittitas - 10 years.

    35 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Available to represent clients in Kittitas, Yakima, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.

  3. Juvenile law
    Available to represent clients in Kittitas, Yakima, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Available to represent clients in Kittitas, Yakima, Chelan, Grant and Douglas Counties.

While Mr. Chmelewski's office is located in Kittitas County, he routinely represents clients in Yakima, Grant, Chelan and Douglas Counties. He is available to represent clients statewide.


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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Robert | April 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mark Chmelewski - Outstanding Representation
Mark Chmelewski represented our child in a tough DUI case. Mandatory penalties for a DUI are stiff and can include considerable jail time, probation time, suspension of driving privileges, DUI classes and steep financial outlay. A DUI conviction becomes part of the driving record for life which may result in a lifetime of recurring unpleasant consequences. From the first meeting and throughout the entire process, which lasted months, Mark was genuinely friendly, courteous, explained the process, did not present any false expectations, suggested we talk to other attorneys before deciding who to hire, maintained communications before and after each court proceeding and answered all the many questions that arose throughout the entire process. Mark’s education, training and extensive professional experience including serving as a municipal judge, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney all contributed to a very favorable outcome which would not have happened without Mark’s skillful representation, hard work, clear knowledge of how to get the best outcome and ongoing professional leadership. Mark is highly skilled as a negotiator and with navigating the complex legal process. Mark Chmelewski is well worth the monetary cost and has earned our gratitude and respect. We highly recommended Mark.
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Posted by Sally | January 22, 2018
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Experienced and Effective
We hired Mark Chemeleski to represent our son’s case in Kittitas district court. He came recommended by other regional lawyers and employees of the court system. We paid a case rate which gave us a known fee. He was available via phone and email when needed and got the job done quickly and effectively. I recommend Mr. Chemeleski.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2017
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Incredible Knowledge
Mark did a fabulous job representing my child. He has impressive knowledge and confidence. In the courtroom, he was the most professional defense attorney in the room and he showed great respect for the judge. Mark was worth every penny spent for representation and I would recommend him to anyone who was in need of an attorney.
Posted by Gina | December 28, 2016
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A real expert
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.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2016
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Minor in Possession, Dismissed
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.
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Posted by Stephen | September 30, 2016
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A True Professional
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.
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Posted by Raul | August 19, 2016
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Excellent defense attorney for speeding tickets
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 | June 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Minor DUI
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!
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2016
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A true advocate, in every way
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.
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Posted by Holly | March 2, 2016
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Mark Chmelewski
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.
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Posted by Danielle | March 1, 2016
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Made a bad experience good!
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.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2014
Kept me out of a minimum 60 day jail sentence!
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.
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Posted by Jeremy | August 22, 2013
Thank you Mark!
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 | June 20, 2012
Mark chmelewski
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 | January 23, 2012
Reckless Driving/Racing Criminal Charges - Excellent Defense
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.
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Posted by Pat | November 15, 2011
Speeding ticket dismissed
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.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2011
Professional & Reliable legal advice
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!
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Posted by Ryan | October 4, 2011
Traffic ticket
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.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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There are better lawyers in town. Took my money and didn't communicate.
Search elsewhere!! There are so many better lawyers in Ellensburg. I lost $2750 because I entrusted Mark Chmelewski with my case. I had never been convicted of any crime before and I had told him that I would appreciate as much information and communication as possible. He met with me one time before I had even hired him as a lawyer and never met with me again. He never asked for details of my case or what my side of the story was and as the court date approached and there was no communication I started to panic. After I had sent him $2750 he told me that I was welcome to find a new lawyer if I was was not happy. I asked him for a refund as he had not even met with me to discuss what had actually happened and his meager communication was one email which was one word answers in red on top of my original email, and a couple of phone calls reassuring me that he was taking care of stuff. What could he take care of without knowing what actually happened?! After finding a new (and absolutely spectacular lawyer) I learned that there was film footage that Mark had not even discussed with me. When I told him that my new lawyer had found this evidence he told me that he knew... but it took my lawyer some effort to get a copy and we watched it together. Do not settle for a lawyer that doesn't even take the time to care about what your side of the story is. Your lawyer should want to know what actually happened and not just be trying to take your money. When I asked for the refund he sent me $250. It was such a joke that I never even cashed his check. What kind of person steals $2750 from a veteran and college student who is trying to make sure that they can still do amazing things with their life. If you mess up (or are suspected of messing up) the legal system is stressful enough without Mark Chmelewski. There are much better lawyers in town. Don't throw your money away.
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Posted by ceakins | June 14, 2015
Most unprofessional lawyer I've ever dealt with
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.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Grant County District Court
  • 2010 - 2011
  • City of Cle Elum
  • City Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Lower Kittitas County District Court
  • 1997 - 2011
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Upper KItttitas County District Court
  • 1997 - 2011
  • Judge
  • City of Kittitas Municipal Court
  • 1997 - 2008
  • Kittitas County
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • Kona Circuit Court
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • The American University
  • B.S. - International Relations
  • 1979
  • National Judicial College
  • Continuing Judicial Education
  • N/A


  • Catholic Credit Union
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 1992 - 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington State Bar Association - Criminal Law Section
  • 1995


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Speaking Engagements

  • Business Law Class
  • Central Washington University
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I recently had the opportunity to sit in on one of Mark's trials. I reserved enough time to see PTC, jury selection and the entire trial through verdict. I could go on about the details, but the most important things are that he had this jury before selection was finished, he was prepared for anything so I can tell that he worked very hard on this case before getting here. He knew all the facts and all relevant laws. He stood up and fought for his client. But most importantly, he appeared to have a great time doing it. I highly recommend Mark and his team."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a very qualified attorney. He will work hard on your behalf and can handle complex criminal cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark has over 20 years of courtroom experience. Having worked as a judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, he understands the perspective of all parties involved to achieve results for his clients. I encourage you to call him if you are charged with a DUI, criminal, or traffic offense in Kittatas, Grant, Yakima, Chelan, or Douglas county."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A highly competent and experienced attorney. I would refer family, friends and clients to Mark without hesitation."
Speeding and traffic ticket
Criminal defense Lawyer Mark Anthony Chmelewski
Mark Anthony Chmelewski
Criminal defense Attorney
Licensed for 34 years
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