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Howard Stanton Stein

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   31 reviews

Licensed for 38 years

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Learn Howard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%

    39 years, 200 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    I have been defending people charged with DUI and alcohol related offenses for over 25 years. I am successful because I work with my clients to develop a complete picture of the case and because I have a reputation for being prepared, aggresive and effective. I have also been a prosecutor and a Judge Pro Tempore so I am familiar with the courts and the prosecutors. Because I treat each new case as a unique situation I am constantly learning about new issues, approches and scientific concepts.

    39 years, 500 cases

  3. Personal injury
    25%
    I have sucessfully represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured in automobile accidents, building collapses and assaults. I guide my clients through the process based on myexperience and common sense to help clients to obtain a full, fair and reasonable payment for their injuries. I am always available and our office provides easy checklists to make the process clear and simple. My clients know they have a knowlegable, hard working and tough advocate on their side.

    39 years, 100 cases

  4. Administrative law
    15%

    39 years, 50 cases

  5. Appeals
    10%
    My firm and I have handled hundreds of appeals. We have been involved in 6 cases before the Washington State Supreme Court since 1992 We have won 4 of our 6 Supreem court cases and established new law in the areas of Due Process, Diriver's License Suspension and DUI.

    39 years, 50 cases

I HAVE BEEN A LAWYER FOR 25 YEARS. YOU CAN SET AN APPOINTMENT AND SPEAK TO ME WITHOUT CHARGE.

I am proud to be an attorney.  My staff and I are with professional and caring people.  Every day I advise and represent people as if my life depended upon it. As you can see I have many years of experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and as a faculty member with some of the very best legal education groups in the country.

Give me a call, I am available to help you. 

My clients are, with very few exceptions, fine people who have been placed in a difficult situation or injured.  A person who has been injured by negligence or a person charged with a crime needs a loyal, hard working attorney who will advise them candidly with their best interest in mind.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about the mechanisms of accidents, injuries and illnesses. I work with my clients, professional investigators, physicians and other experts to understand everything about my client's situation. This way I can give the highest quality advice and representation to the people who have retained me.  

You can put your case and your trust in me.

Howard S. Stein

 

 

 

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Licensed for 38 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1984
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Stein, Lotzkar & Starr, P.S.
2840 Northup Way
Suite 140
Bellevue, WA, 98004
Seattle Consult Location
119 First Avenue So. Suite 320
Seattle, WA, 98104
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Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2009
Excellent legal council
Howard was great to work with, was on top of everything and kept me well-informed. I would highly recommend him if you need legal council!
Posted by Marshall | November 13, 2009
Excellent Lawyer
I was hit by a car while while riding my bicycle by a driver with no insurance. I was given Howard Stein's name by a fellow firefighter, as I have had no prior experience with a lawyer. I was very impressed with his professionalism and his experience level. He was up front with every detail of the case and kept me informed the whole time. I highly recommend Howard Stein to anyone needing a lawyer.
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Posted by Katie | October 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Howard is the legal expert you want on your team.
As much as I was not of fan of being in trouble, Howard stood by my side and explained matters and movements in full detail. He was there from day one, thru all the court dates and process and stood proud the day my case was finally dismissed. He's relatable, charming and knowledgable. I noticed that every time we entered court, the judges, prosecutors and other attorneys were always so happy and positive to see him, which I think is quite telling. I gave him 5 out of 5 stars, but if it were possible to give him more, I would. Howard is the legal expert you want on your team.
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Response from Howard Stein October 19, 2021
Thanks Katie It was a pleasure to represent you and get your case dismissed Howard
Posted by Esther | May 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personal Injury
I sent Mr, Stein an email as I was seeking an attorney. I emailed me back then followed up with a phone call. Mr. Stein was very professional and gave me great advice, I wish he was able to practice in state of GA. He cannot represent me because I do not live in WA. however he did not let it go at that. Mr. Stern reached out to some of his colleagues in GA to get me the right person to handle me case. I highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of a personal injury attorney. Your case will be in the best hands. Attorney Howard S. Stern you sir are AWESOME!!!!
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Posted by Tarandeep | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service, Communication, And Result.
My Bad Choice held me in trouble and my good choice , Choosing Howard Stein as my lawyer, put me out of trouble. Communicating him , via email or phone, was never difficult because he made himself available for the client whenever the client needs him. He is a very experienced lawyer and worked on my case efficiently. One thing i would suggest to any client is "TRUST HIM AND TRUST THE PROCESS". I highly recommend for anyone who needs to deal with court system.
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Posted by Daniel Munson | May 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Choice for Legal Defense
I made a bad choice and ended up with being arrested for DUI. Then I made a great choice by hiring Howard Stein as my legal defense. He was there for me during the entire process and got the sentence deffered. Not only were the results great, but Howard truly cares for his clients. I would highly recommend anyone in need of a lawyer to consider Howard Stein first.
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Posted by Scott | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Howard stein an amazing attorney by scott sherlock
Howard stein was able to resolve my traffic violations! Got my license back. Blessed am I to have had such dillegent attorney! A Professional attorney ready to serve and remedy your situation!
Posted by Ravinder Singh | April 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense specialists lawyer
Hay guys if anyone has a any charge most likely DUI,DWI,or any other criminal charges please contact Howard Stein for getaway from bad things. I hired Howard my self too. And i trust he is the best attorney.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took the weight off
He made it go away with little to no effort on my part and kept me informed of the next steps along the way. He handled it with care and lived up to his reputation. He's handled 2 cases for me now and I hope I never need him again, but if I do he's the first person I'll call.
Posted by Michael Ferdinand | January 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A truly amazing Lawyer!
Howard is an intelligent, charismatic and sincere lawyer who I can say should be on your side when you are in trouble. I had a nasty DUI charge in Kirkland which could have turned out for the worse, but he got it down to a reckless charge. He also helped me with driving on a suspended license which could have turned out to be a second-degree offense, absolutely the last thing I needed. Howard got it down to a measly fine of $136. Howard knows what he’s doing and is there by your side to help guide you in the tough times. I got mentioned to Howard from a friend who had the same instance of a DUI charge and do not regret the decision he took me. Howard is awesome, and I would recommend and use him as my lawyer again in any legal dispute. Thank you, Howard.
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Posted by Michael | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A friend when in need
I found out about Mr. Stein from my girlfriend who had retained him years before to fight a DUI charge. She had nothing but good things to say about him, including his smarts and thoroughness. I found not only was this true, but came to find that he seemed to really care about what happened to me in my case and life. He helped find what I needed for the DOL, walked me through the DOL hearing and what steps he was going to take for my case. Mr. Stein hired on another lawyer at no extra expense to me. Michael Frans was the lawyer he hired because he was familiar with the court I was in. Michael Frans was a great asset to my case. He fought hard for the best deal I could get. I would hire both again. They are genuine people who looked out for my best interest not just someone I hired.
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Posted by Tim | February 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Embodiment of Excellence
Howard Stein embodies all of the favorable qualities one would associate with a lawyer. Not only was Howard articulate, perseverant, knowledgeable, cultured and professional, but he mentored me throughout the entire process, keeping me well informed of even the most minute of details. While in court, Howard was extraordinarily friendly with each and every attorney/judge we came across. So much so that completing the process felt tranquil. Ultimately he lessened my DUI into a negligent driving. Shortly after our time in court concluded, his passion for law shone through as Mr. Stein proceeded to visit an adjacent courtroom to listen in on another case that had peaked his interest. If that doesn't speak to his zeal for law, then I don't know what would. I would highly recommend Howard Stein as your representative in Court.
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Response from Howard Stein February 28, 2017
Thank you Tim. I didn't realize that you were being so observant. I make it a point to keep my clients well informed and as comfortable as possible. My efforts to share with and learn from others come from wanting to be and work with the best lawyers. I have been lucky to know and learn from exceptional lawyers.
Posted by Tami | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
Howard is an amazing attorney. He has never given up on me! I got a Dui and then relapsed and Howard was right back at helping get help. You will not be disappointed if you choose Howard
Posted by Dan | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer - Great Guy
I am amazed at Mr. Stein's ability to navigate the treacherous waterways that are the Bellevue court system. Through every court date, I was at ease with the planning and the explanations given by Mr. Stein. We were able to turn a DUI charge into a Reckless driving conviction. This was more than satisfactory, and I'm happy to have this be a part of my PAST. Thank you very much, Mr. Stein, for helping set my future on the right track!
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Posted by Wayne | October 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
..beyond an attorney
I researched Howard through Attorney friends of mine when one of my underage (3 months before their 21st Birthday) children was arrested for DUI (0.04). Howard was was great--not only as an attorney but also as small -c counselor; As an attorney: 1. friendly ,concise 2. knowledgeable 3. very transparent and reasonable in 'pricing' 4. his respect for and from the court was very apparent during court sessions. 5. defense planning and follow-through was timely 6. documentation of each step was excellent. As a small-c counselor was were Howard made the biggest impact with our child. Drinking and driving was an expression of --as Bob Seger best put it--'awkward teenage blues.' .......Howard recognized this --with both short term professional help and Howard's direct counseling and his 'Jewish Uncle's ' helping hand and experience, our child grew remarkably. Nice work,Howard! The case was resolved to our whole families satisfaction.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hit and Run Defense
Howard Stein is a very professional and patient lawyer. He guided us through the whole process and gave us very detailed explanation as to what to expect. He works very hard for his clients.
Posted by jack | June 25, 2015
complete satisfaction
Spoke with Mr. Stein after 18 year old assault case. He took the time to speak with me and give me excellent advice...and saved me from spending money unnecessarily. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Mr. Stein and if I still lived in the Seattle area he would be my attorney. If you need an attorney, you should at least give him a call.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
Son arrested for theft, charges lowered
Howard knew what to do and how to do it. He advised patience - it took 5 months to resolve, but the outcome was excellent. Our son received a suspended sentence for pleading to a lesser charge, and will have this case dismissed after 12 months of good behavior. An excellent outcome! I would use Howard Stein again.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2015
Howard is the man
I don't think I could have found better legal representation for my case out there. Howard was knowledgeable, professional, thorough, and personable. He does a good job of walking you through the whole process step by step and making it as clear and simple as possible what I needed to do, along with what is happening on his end and on the other side of the case. He keeps lines of communication open at all times, which was great because if I ever had questions or concerns come up it was just an email or phone call away from being answered. He was always there to advise and answer any questions I had. My man knows how to take care of business, that's really all I have left to say. Vote for Howard.
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2015
Excellent Lawyer, great advice.
Howard Stein is a great lawyer. He and his team helped me a lot on my personal injury case. He always has a great advice and he is there when you need it. Easy to communicate with and he knows his job very well. He also knows whats the best way to go on your case. I would highly recommend him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 75-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Stein, Lotzkar and Starr PS
  • 2006 - Present
  • Court Magistrate
  • City of Renton Washington
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Senior Partner
  • Tucker & Stein Ps Inc
  • 1986 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Kirshenbaum and Combs
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Associate
  • Law office of Janet Jordan Dillon
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneys Office
  • 1983 - 1983
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Education

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Seminar Graduate
  • 2008
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Seminar Graduate
  • 1996
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977
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Legal Cases

  • Snohomish County v. Sullivan
  • Breath test was surpressed
  • Redmond v. Rob R.
  • Case dismissed
  • Seattle v. Nigel N.
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee
  • Former Member
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Champion of Justice Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Faculty
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • Faculty Trial Advocacy Program
  • KingCounty Bar Association
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice Annual DUI Seminar, Annual Case Law Update
  • 2013 Case Law Update
  • 2013
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • Pre-Trial Motion Magic
  • 2010
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice Annual Case Law Review
  • Gems of 2009
  • 2009
  • King County Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Trial Advocacy Handbook
  • 1998
  • Bellevue Journal American
  • Why OJ was Not Guilty
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Metrology II ,Science as Your Best Defense
  • Scientific Evidence
  • 2016
  • 2016 Annual DUI Seminar
  • Blood Test Warrants
  • 2016
  • Metrology, Your Best
  • Blood and Breath Test Science
  • 2015
  • Forensic Metrology - The Science and Practicalities of Forensic Measurements in the Courtroom”
  • Forensic Metrology
  • 2014
  • Annual Firemaan's Convention
  • 50 Ways to Lose Your License
  • 2011
  • Washignton State Fireman's Union
  • DUI and alchol related crimes
  • 2010
  • Annual Meeting
  • Criminal and Traffic Law
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (22)
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Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Howard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege of working for Howard for a number of years. He is an exceptional DUI attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked for Howard and I have worked with Howard. There is not a better DUI attorney practicing in King County."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is an extraordinary attorney who has been serving the entire state of Washington for over 25 years. His analytical skills are unmatched. He often litigates legal issues that are so complex, they baffle most attorneys. Howard is one of the all-time top criminal defense attorneys of King County who achieves extraordinary results for his clients. Although well acquainted with virtually all criminal law violations, his DUI defense skills are as good as it gets. I would strongly recommend Howard to those in need of legal assistance."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is an extraordinary attorney and excellent advocate for his clients. He is a leader in the field and has earned the respect of his colleagues, opposing counsel and jurists."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Howard is, and has always been, at the cutting edge of DUI defense. He outworks, out prepares, and outwits the prosecutors at every turn. He is without reservation one of the best DUI defense lawyers in this state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Howard for over 12 years now, I can attest to his tremendous abilities. I have handled cases with Howard and had cases against him as a former prosecutor. Mr. Stein is a true intellect in the field. As a member of the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, our entire group routinely rely on Howard's vast knowlege of nearly all aspects of both criminal and civil litigation. He is true to his clients and a warrior in court. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of working with Howard on several cases over the past few years. You will not find a more intelligent, creative, and thoughtful advocate. Howard brings his intellect and passion to bear on every case that he handles, earning the respect of not only his peers, but judges and prosecutors alike. I have never hesitated to refer a case to Howard."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard Stein is an outstanding attorney who is smart, tenacious, and effective. He has a trail of numerous victories from various trial courts up to the Washington State Supreme Court. I have practiced law over 25 years and have total confidence that when I refer a clent to him they will be well represented."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stein is a very experienced attorney with very deep knowledge in the area of DWLS1, DWLS2 and DWLS3. Driving with a suspended license is a very intricate part of the law in Washington. Mr. Stein really knows this area well and has successfully litigated this area for years. He is avery helpful fellow lawyer in the community who is aways willing to help. I endorse Mr. Stein!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the pleasure of sucessfully working State v. Jagla up to the State Supreme Court with Howard. He is an innovative and resourceful lawyer, who is always finding new ways and new ideas on how to defend his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Howard is an outstanding attorney. He combines honed skills of trial advocacy with a fine legal mind to get the best possible results for his clients. Having distinguished himself at both the trial and appellate level, he is also someone other lawyers go to when they have questions. I recomend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of seeing Howard in action many times. Howard not only cares greatly about his clients and their cases, he has the brilliant mind and legal skills to get them fabulous results. I have occasionally discussed challenging issues with Howard and he never fails to impress me with his creative and effective insights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is one of the hardest working and most intelligent attorneys around. His breadth of knowledge of the law is inspiring. I would recommend him to anyone in need of his services without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is a thoughtful tough advocate that will prepare for each hearing to obtain the best results for every single client. He loves practicing law and enjoys the intellectual battles that litigation involves. Anyone who has Howard as counsel will obtain the best result possible for their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Howard is a tireless advocate for his clients. His reputation in the community is unmatched, and his dedication to his clients is highly inspirational to other attorneys. I would not hesitate to refer to Howard or trust my own clients to him. Besides this - he's just a generally great guy!"
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