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Gregory Wayne Schwesinger

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Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Seattle, WA

SQ Attorneys
10740 Meridian Ave N, Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-441-0900
Fax: 206-299-3029
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Washington Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Gregory Wayne Schwesinger is a managing partner at SQ Attorneys, in Seattle, Washington, who takes on criminal defense cases involving DUI, domestic violence, drunk driving offenses, deferred prosecutions, misdemeanors, felonies, assault charges, possession, distribution and cultivating charges, violation of protection, juvenile crimes, theft charges, probation violations, protection orders and more.

Mr. Schwesinger attended the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. After which, he was made First Lieutenant. Graduating with a Juris Doctor from the Willamette University College of Law, he went on to complete his military legal training at the Naval Justice School in Newport. He was made Judge Advocate at the United States Marine Corps.

In 2002, Mr. Schwesinger concluded his military career as a Major in the United States Marine Corps. He went on to serve as a prosecutor in the city of Seattle, where he was selected to be in the High Impact Offender Project. Here, he gained immense experience dealing with prosecuting repeat offenders.  

Using his extensive experience serving as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Schwesinger has litigated numerous cases successfully. Passionate and diligent, he is an empathetic attorney who fights aggressively for the rights of his clients who have been accused of breaking the law or committing a  serious crime. He is a compassionate and understanding attorney who has an unwavering commitment to his clients’ needs and interests.

Actively affiliated with prominent legal associations, Mr. Schwesinger has memberships in the American Bar Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defense, King County Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was also previously a member of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 50%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Felony, Misdemeanor, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

White Papers

  • Two Weeks or Two Years – A ‘Charge’ is Likely if ‘Cited’ for DUI (2013) - Many folks (including rabid NBA fans) may be wondering why Lamar Odom was charged for a DUI nearly two weeks after his Mercedes-Benz was pulled over on a Southern California freeway; the charge stemmed from a DUI arrest on August 30, 2013 in San Fernando Valley. If he was arrested on the 30th of August 2013, why was he not charged on that date for a crime? Why was he released from jail without being charged? The answer is simple — because the government has a ‘window of time’ to charge someone for a crime. It is called the ‘Statute of Limitations’.   In the state of Washington the Statute of Limitations for a crime such as Driving Under the Influence is two years from the date of the incident. In other words, if Odom was stopped for DUI in Washington, the government could have charged him for DUI up until August 30, 2015. Usually, however, the Washington government only takes about two weeks to 3 months to actually file charges in DUI related cases. The delay can be attributed to the fact that the officer who ‘cites’ the suspect for DUI is not the one who ‘charges’ the suspect for DUI – that is left up to the prosecuting attorney who ultimately signs the charging document and then files it with the court, which in turn mails a ‘summons’ to the suspect to appear in court for an ‘arraignment’. The delay is ultimately caused by the shuffling of the voluminous paperwork. One thing should be crystal clear, though, if an officer ‘cites’ someone for DUI there is a high probability that that person is going to be ‘charged’ with the DUI; it is not a matter of if charges will be filed, it is a matter of when the charges will be filed, unfortunately.   Odom is now facing six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if he is convicted of the DUI charge. These allegations obviously could impact his positioning in contract negotiations as he is a free agent who scored 4 points a game last season for the Los Angeles Clippers; he is also the husband of reality TV star Khloe Kardashian. Like in California, DUI enforcement has greatly increased all over the state of Washington. Now more than ever, one cited for DUI is well advised to hire a qualified Seattle DUI attorney as soon as possible. Driving Under the Influence allegations in Washington State are extremely serious, and can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI lawyer. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle DUI defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested for DUI in Western Washington. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the criminal allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances.

About Gregory Wayne Schwesinger

First Admitted: 1994, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.sqattorneys.com/domestic-violence-dui-and-crimin...

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Outcome: Case dismissed, Description: Driving Under the Influence allegation brought against Mr. Tasakos arising out of an incident occurring in 2008; case dismissed after lengthy negotiations with Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-Author, “Defending DUIs – A Defense Perspective,” 2005, Deskbook Series, Washington Law & Practice Manual (King County Bar Association)
  • Co-Author, “The New DUI Laws: Sorting Through the Aftermath of Hurricane 2006,” Washington State Lawyers Association
  • Author, “DUI/Licensing Consequences” published in Trial News, WSTLA, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington Bar Certified in 1994; Become Judge Advocate within the United States Marine Corps 1996; California Bar Certified 1998; Federal Bar Certified, 9th District 2009, 1994
  • Member, Judge Advocates Association, 1996–1998
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1998–1999
  • Member, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, 2000–2003
  • Member, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002–2003
  • Member, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2004–2006
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, 1994–Present
  • Member, State Bar of California, 1997–Present
  • Member, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003–Present
  • Member, Northwest Academy for DUI Defense, 2004–Present
  • Member, King County Bar Association, 2005–Present
  • Member, National College of DUI Defense, 2006–Present
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006–Present
  • Fundraising Chairperson and Active Member, Committee for Judicial Excellence, 2008–Present
  • Member, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2009–Present
  • Member, Washington Defender Association, 2011–Present

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • California Bar Certified, 1998

Educational Background

  • La Pier & Associates NHTSA and IACP DWI Detection and Standard Field Sobriety Testing Qualified to perform Standard Field Sobriety Testing, 2008
  • National College of District Attorneys Trial Advocacy Certification of Trial Advocacy Skills, 1998
  • Marine Corps University (MCLB, Barstow, California) General Law/ Taxation Preparation Course Certification of Tax Preparation Expert, 1997
  • Marine Corps University (MCRD, San Diego, California) Trial Advocacy Certification of Trial Advocacy Expert, 1997
  • Marine Corps University (Camp Pendleton, California) Trial Advocacy Certification of Trial Advocacy Proficiency, 1997
  • Judge Advocate General School, U.S. Air Force Environmental Law Certification of Environmental law proficiency, 1997
  • Naval Justice School California Legal Assistance Course Certification of Qualified Legal Assistance Attorney, 1997
  • Naval Justice School Judge Advocate Training Course JD - Judge Advocate, 1996
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army Legal Assistance Expert Army Legal Assistance Course, 1996
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army Trial Advocacy Certification of Trial Advocacy Expert, 1996
  • Naval Justice School Environmental Law Certification of Completion, 1996
  • United States Marine Corps - The Basic School Marine Corps Officer Training Course Commission to be Marine Corps Officer, 1995
  • United States Marine Corps - Officer Candidate School Platoon Leader Class Officer Commission, 1993
  • St. Mary's University School of Law Emphasis on the Concept of Separation of Powers JD - Juris Doctor - (summer program, Austria), 1992
  • University of Washington   BA - Bachelor of Arts 1991, 1991

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Client's Choice Award Avvo, 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation Seattle police - Anti Graffiti Unit, 2002
  • Certificate of Recognition - Navy Achievement Medal United States Navy, 1998
  • Deans Honors List Willamette University College of Law, 1994

Honors/Awards

  • Client's Choice Award Avvo 2013  , AVVO, 2013
  • Level 4 Contributor Avvo 2012, AVVO, 2012
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington State Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2012
  • Client's Choice Award Avvo 2012, AVVO, 2012
  • Member Washington Defender Association, 2001
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington State Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2011
  • 10 Badge avvo, AVVO, 2010
  • Training Certificate: NHTSA/ IACP, DWI/ SFST course La Pier & Associates, 2008
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2008
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2007
  • Completion Certification, Defending DUI's in Washington Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2006
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2005
  • Certificate of Completion, Winning: Hot Topics in Criminal Law Seminar Group - Raising the Bar of Continuing Legal Ed, 2005
  • Completion Confirmation, Defending DUI's in Washington State Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation seattle police - Anti Graffiti Unit, 2002
  • Certificate of Completion; District Court Training Program Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, 2000
  • Certificate of Recognition - Navy Achievement Medal United States Navy, 1998
  • Certificate of recognition - Navy Achievement Medal Navy, 1998
  • Certificate of Recognition Marine Corps, 1998
  • Certificate of Achievement (Trial Advocacy, Camp Pendleton) National District Attorneys Association, 1997
  • Certificate of Completion Naval Justice School, 1996
  • Deans Honors List Willamette University College of Law, 1994
  • Member Washington State Bar Association, 1994
  • Received "NAM" while serving in the United States Marine Corps., Navy Achievement Medal, United States Marine Corps, 1998

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense - Washington
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Office Location for Gregory Wayne Schwesinger

10740 Meridian Ave N
Suite 207
Seattle, WA 98133

Phone: 206-441-0900

Fax: 206-299-3029

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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