Practice Areas

Assault

The state of Washington has four different levels of assault charges depending on the facts alleged. Three of the four are felonies and may count as a strike under the Washington three strikes law. Three strikes and you may spend the rest of your life in prison. If you are convicted of an assault, in...

Driving While License Suspended

Washington law regarding driver’s license suspension are very harsh. Your driving privileges may be revoked for any number of reasons including: Failure to pay child support – DHS advises the registry that you have fallen behind on support payments and the only way to reinstate your license is to become current on payments Canceled insurance...

DUI

When you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), much is at risk. Attorney Mark A. Chmelewski, your Eastern Washington DUI attorney, is available to help you protect your rights when facing DUI charges. Serving Kittitas (Ellensburg or Cle Elum), Yakima, Grant (Ephrata or Moses Lake), Chelan and Douglas Counties, Attorney Mark A. Chmelewski will help...

Felonies

If you have been accused of a felony in Eastern Washington, you should not represent yourself. Contact Mark A. Chmelewski to represent you. Mr. Chmelewski may be able to get your felony charged reduced to a lesser charge or may even be able to get the charges dismissed, based on the facts and law of...

Misdemeanors

If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor it may be tempting to simply accept the public defender or even represent yourself. Although the charges aren’t as serious as a felony charge, a misdemeanor conviction results in a criminal record. You need an Eastern Washington attorney defending you. Mark A. Chmelewski is that attorney. A Mainstay in...

Possession

Despite law changes taking place in states such as WA and Colorado, individuals convicted of drug possession continue to receive  harsh sentences. If you’re facing drug charges, you need assistance of a qualified attorney. Attorney Mark A. Chmelewski is available to offer his education, training, and experience to clients living in Yakima, as well as Grant,...

Probation Violations

At a probation hearing, you have already been sentenced and you are accused of violating the terms and conditions of your Judgment and Sentence. The Court could impose any or all of your previously suspended jail time or fine. Unlike your original criminal charge where the standard of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, the...

Reckless / Negligent Driving

Under Washington law, drivers may be charged with reckless driving or may be charged with negligent driving. In both cases, the penalties can be very severe. Depending on the severity of the charges, a defendant may be facing fines of between $250 and $5,000 and may face not only a loss of driving rights but...

Traffic Infractions

If you have been stopped and ticketed  for a traffic infraction, contact an attorney who is serving Kittitas (Ellensburg or Cle Elum) soon as possible. While you are interacting with the police officer, be courteous and polite. You can provide the officer with preliminary information such as your name, date of birth and address. Advise the...

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