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Scott Emmett Wonder

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.6   10 reviews

Licensed for 38 years

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About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    90%
    I use superior scientific knowledge and education, advanced trial skills experience and techniques, and intense case study and preparation to defend drivers accused of alcohol and drug related driving offenses, including DUI, DWI, Negligent Driving in the First Degree, Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault

    39 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    8%
    I use well-honed negotiation techniques, advanced trial skills training, and thorough investigation to successfully defend and negotiate resolutions for people charged in state and federal courts with a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor offenses.

    39 years, 1,400 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    2%
    I use the formula approach I developed twenty-five years ago to defend and resolve cases involving all manner of speeding and traffic ticket offenses.

    39 years, 4,700 cases

ARRESTED FOR DUI? SCOTT WONDER AGGRESSIVELY PROTECTS DRIVERS' RIGHTS, AND HE IS HERE TO HELP YOU - 425-598-0434

I specialize in aggressive defense of DUI, DWI, and alcohol related criminal defense throughout Washington State. I work with drivers, CDL holders, pilots, and others possessing marine, railroad, and other professional licenses. I use my problem solving skills, courtroom abilities, and technical education to obtain the best possible results for my clients.

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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Scott Emmett Wonder
155 108th Ave Ne Ste 700
Bellevue, WA, 98004-5912

Reviews

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Posted by Samson | May 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and honest service!
Highly satisfied with the service and assistance I’ve received from Mr Scott. Someone that I dated a while back filed a retraining order based on argument through text. With the great legal approach and factual legal defense provided by Mr Scott, the claim was dismissed. Always, the best thing to do is avoid negative people from your life or make sure you don’t text things that can be used against you. But, if it came to the point where you need legal advice and protection against such circumstances, I would highly recommend Mr Scott wonder.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2015
Absolutely brilliant work
Had to utilize his work in Grant County as I was doomed to lose my license for a long period of time. I had many tickets and reckless/negligent driving tickets. Scott was able to get me out of my troubles and also change some of the requirements of the courts because of my case. He and his team of attorneys were brilliant on how they went about the case. The best part was making Albert Lin apologize in court because of his negligent actions.
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Posted by Kathy | January 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney. A winner for sure!!
Scott took over a case, the first attorney had made a real mess of, representing one of my Grandkids. He was quick to dig in and understand the issues. He worked through it and got an outstanding outcome, not Guilty. Scott is a skilled professional with great knowledge of the law. He's capable, thorough, and a good negotiator. He's very confident and most of all he knew when to hold our hand through it all.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value Mr. Scott is very good at his profession, efficient, and reliable when you follow up with him regarding the case. He made the process easy and helped throughout the entire proceedings. I am glad that I chose Scott as my attorney to represent my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2014
Very effective, Scott truly benefits his clients!
Scott was able to get the charge reduced and the bail waived. I was able to avoid jail time and a much higher fine, plus a more serious charge, as a result of his efforts and experience. Scott is amiable and disarming, and has a sense of humor that makes the entire process much easier. Scott's record speaks for itself, and he really makes you feel like he is your advocate while providing a realistic assessment of your situation. I would highly recommend Scott's services to anyone who needs to protect their driving privilege, finances, and record from the consequences of a dui/dwi stop.
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Posted by Vincent | February 11, 2013
Scott Wonder Review
Scott Wonder helped me tremendously with my recent DUI case. Mr Wonder was very professional and had a thorough knowledge of the DUI laws, the Court and the proceedings. His confident, friendly manner gave the the encouragement I needed in this most difficult time of my life. Because of his expertise my sentence was minimized and my fines reduced. I could not have had any better representation.. I would highly recommend Mr Scott Wonder to anyone needing DUI legal representation..
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Posted by Daniel Hernandez | October 11, 2011
Really great attorney!
I know Scott Wonder via work, but I just wanted to say how knowledgeable I think Scott Wonder is when it comes to the justice system. He definitely knows what he's doing and I have seen many clients happy with the results.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2008
Client Review
Scott Wonder did an excellent job on my DUI case. He is an extremely competent attorney. I was also particularly appreciative of the fact that he explained the entire process in terms that made sense to an ordinary individual. He and his staff were very responsive and thorough.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2007
Client Review
Scott has been extremely helpful with my son's DUI and DWLS. He really knows the law, and is very helpful with explanations and recommendations. He is also respected by all the judges and other attorneys we have come into contact with.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Yeah. Please save your money, if you think you're going to spend extra to get better service when it comes to this guy it completely inaccurate. I choose this guy because he was the first to call me after I filled out an online survey, and fear mongered me into thinking I needed 'the best', (my case 99% chance would have gone the exact same path with or without him, I was subsequently told this by both other people as well as other lawyers(1st time low bac dui case) I felt like the extra money however would be worth it because I figured it meant I would be getting better service and communication, maybe he would guide me through the process better and things of that nature. All I found, though, is that this guy looses all initiative once he has your money, (I should have listened to my dad about this- he warned me). There were so many times I tried to contact him and he never got back to me. He said he'd contact me with certain information on numerous occasions and never did. He said he would help me out in certain instances but never did. I only found out that my dui got taken down to a neg 1 after I sent him an email saying I wanted a different lawyer because he never bothered to tell me beforehand. (He said he did- he did NOT, I would have REMEMBERED). He showed up late for every single meeting we had, (like 2), and waltzed in on my court times about 2 minutes before the court was supposed to start- one of the times I was terrified he wasn't even going to show up because he had barely communicated with me beforehand, (He hadn't even taken the initiative to contact me to say that my court was in 2 days, by the way, I happened to think about it and call him, thank the lord because I don't think he even would have.) He's extremely flaky and the fact that I gave this guy a bunch of money to do basically what a public defender could have done, and nothing but the bare minimum caused me colossal stress and anger over the past year. It was a huge learning experience for me. Now I understand why so many people don't like lawyers. Perhaps this guy is fine for someone facing serious charges or something but for someone with a not very serious offence stick with someone cheaper. Someone subsequently told me- never use those lawyers who respond to those online applications, as I was describing the situation. They're all shady, too bad I didn't know at the time I hired him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President & CEO
  • Goddard Wetherall Wonder
  • 2008 - Present
  • Principal & Attorney
  • Goddard Wetherall Wonder (formerly Goodard & Wetherall and Goddard, Wetherall Wonder & Padula)
  • 1994 - Present
  • Vice-President & General Counsel
  • International Legal and Forensic Science Services, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Scott E. Wonder
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Consultant
  • Government Contracts Associates, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1989
  • General Counsel and Contracts Manager
  • The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Associate Attorney and Law Clerk
  • K&L Preston Gates (formerly Shidler Mcbroom & Gates and Preston Gates & Ellis)
  • 1982 - 1987
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Education

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2015
  • Trial Skills University
  • Seminar Instructor
  • 2015
  • Trial Skills University
  • Seminar Instructor
  • 2015
  • Joshua Karton's Communication Techniques for Persuasive Advocacy
  • Communication Arts for the Professional
  • 2014
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2014
  • Joshua Karton's Communication Techniques for Persuasive Advocacy
  • Communication Arts for the Professional
  • 2013
  • Trial Skills University
  • Seminar Instructor
  • 2013
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2013
  • Terry MacCarthy Small Group Workshop
  • Cross Examination & Impeachment
  • 2012
  • Joshua Karton's Communication Techniques for Persuasive Advocacy
  • Communication Arts for the Professional
  • 2012
  • American Chemical Society
  • Forensic Chromatography
  • 2012
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2012
  • Terry MacCarthy Small Group Workshop
  • Cross-Examination
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • Platt & Associates/NHTSA
  • SFST Instructor Certification Course (NHTSA Course)
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • National Patent Analytics Systems
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2008
  • Platt & Associates/NHTSA
  • Drug Evaluation and Classification Overview Course (DRE)
  • 2008
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2007
  • National Patent Analytical Systems
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2007
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2006
  • Natonal College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2005
  • National Patent Analytical Systems
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2005
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2004
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2003
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2002
  • Robert LaPier/NHTSA
  • Practitioner
  • 2002
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 2001
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session, Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 1999
  • University of Washington
  • MBA - Masters in Business Administration
  • 1984
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Claremont Men's College
  • B.A., cum laude
  • 1980
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Legal Cases

  • Eldridge v. City of Lynnwood
  • Conviction Reversed with Order to Dismiss Charge and Enter Judgment of Acquittal
  • State v. Tyler B.
  • Client/Defendant Wins Appeal at Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court
  • State of Washington v. Tyler B.
  • Not Guilty Verdict
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Faculty
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Faculty
  • 2013 - Present
  • NORML
  • National Legal Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Sustaining Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee Member
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Governor
  • 1995 - 2014
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Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Mastering Scienitic Evidence
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Judson Falknor Moot Court Competition First Place
  • University of Washington School of Law Moot Court Honor Board
  • 1984
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Constitutional Law)
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • 1983
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Contracts)
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • 1981
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Claremont Men's College
  • 1980
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Claremont Men's College
  • 1979
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Claremont Men's College
  • 1978
  • Dean's List
  • Claremont Men's College
  • 1977
  • Dean's List
  • Claremont Men's College
  • 1976
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Publications

  • DUIs in a Post-Jensen World
  • What Defenders Need to Know about DOL
  • 2007
  • OACDL Ohio Advanced DUI Seminar
  • The Datamaster Database
  • 2006
  • Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • DUIs -- CDLs, Pilots and Going to Canada
  • 2005
  • Misdemeanor Practice
  • Top Ten List of Criminal Defense Ethical Lapses
  • 2004
  • The Education and Experience Bridge
  • From Commercial Contracts to FAR Clauses and Contracting with the Government
  • 1988
  • The Third Pacific Rim Computer Law Institute
  • Organization of the Legal Entity -- Legal, Accounting, and Tax Issues
  • 1986
  • The Third Pacific Rim Computer Law Institute
  • Selected Licensing Issues: Site Licenses, Volume Discounts, and Network Licenses
  • 1986
  • Computer Law Institute 1986
  • Site Licenses for Mass Market Microcomputer Sfotware
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2011
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2010
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2009
  • National College for DUI Defense Summer Session
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2008
  • National College for DUI Defense 2007 Summer Session
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2007
  • DUIs in a Post-Jensen World
  • What Defenders Need to Know About the DOL
  • 2007
  • Public Defender DUI Training Nuts & Bolts
  • The Datamaster
  • 2006
  • Ohio Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • The Datamaster Database
  • 2006
  • National College for DUI Defense Mastering the Essentials
  • Breakout Session Evaluator
  • 2006
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • DUIs -- CDLs, Pilots and Going to Canada
  • 2005
  • WACDL Misdemeanor Practice Seminar
  • Top Ten List of Criminal Defense Ethical Lapses
  • 2004
  • NCDD/TCDLA Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • Mock Trial
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (29)
Endorse Scott
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a personable, gifted trial attorney who has what it takes to really connect with jurors and other critical decision-makers in the criminal justice system."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a tremendous attorney. I have confidently referred clients to him in the past, knowing that he will do an amazing job."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Friend
"I have learned a great deal from Mr. Wonder about how to be a great DUI attorney and a good man. I would trust him with my life and future. You cannot get a better DUI attorney than Mr. Wonder."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Wonder is a highly respected member of the DUI Defense Bar. As a member of the California DUI Lawyers, Scott is an excellent DUI attorney who aggressively fights for his clients rights. He has the requisite knowledge to stand up for clients and protect their freedom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott Wonder has a reputation among his peers, clients and opposing counsel for being a skilled DUI and criminal defense attorney. He is a tough trial attorney and a skilled negotiator who represents his clients with integrity and zeal. I whole heartedly endorse Scott Wonder."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Scott Wonder on a DUI case and found him to be an incredibly intelligent and aggressive advocate. I highly recommend him for tough Bellevue DUI cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wonder is an incredible attorney who provides sage advice to all questions asked on Avvo. He is extremely knowledgeable and even though I have been practicing for 23 years as a judge, magistrate, and prosecutor, I learn from him every day."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've always respected Scott and his approach to the law. He is a great lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scoot and I met through the National College for DUI Defense and I really got to know him when we took a NHTSA based SFST instruct course in Denver. I religiously read his posts of the NCDD list serve. He has my utmost respect for his knowledge and talent as a DWI/DUI attorney. He is one of the best in the United States and the go to guy in his home area. Clients will be well represented and should hire Scott."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Friend
"Scott is an outstanding lawyer and person. I endorse Scott as a top notch DWI lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Wonder. He is an excellent advocate and well thought of in the legal community. You will be well-served with him on your side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is hands down one of the best DUI/DWI attorneys in Washington. He is very active in the National College for DUI defense. I had the pleasure of being taught by him this past summer in Harvard. If I or a loved one was in trouble in Washington I would trust in Scott’s talent and expertise to represent them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of attending several seminars with Scott and have had the opportunity to discuss legal and case strategies. Scott has the ability to tear down a case to the bare essentials and attack it with common sense and science resulting in favorable outcomes for his clients. I am proud to call Scott my friend and highly recommend him if you are charged with a crime."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott Wonder for many years through our mutual association in the National College of DUI/DWI Defense. He has a top-flight reputation as a skillful and compassionate advocate. I would recommend Scott Wonder's services to a friend or family member facing any kind of drunk driving or driving license issue in Washington State and greater Bellevue."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott Wonder and I have worked as co-counsel on criminal-defense matters. Scott is resourceful, relentless, creative, and a master of the law and procedure related to criminal cases, particularly DUI."
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Bellevue DUI and DWI Lawyer Scott Emmett Wonder
Scott Emmett Wonder
DUI and DWI Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 38 years
Free Consultation