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Stephen Wesley Hayne

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   31 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1975
    Active No misconduct found

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     Mr. Hayne has practiced criminal law for over 30 years and for over 20 years has limited his practice to defense of DUI's and serious traffic offenses.  He offers personal attention, sincere compassion, and extraordinary experience to clients facing the devastating impact of a DUI charge.


     In 2003, Mr. Hayne was awarded the highest honor accorded by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; The William O. Douglas Award "For extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law."  He has been named of of "Seattle's Best Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine, one of the state's "Ten Best Trial Lawyers" by the Washington Law Journal, and a "Super Lawyer" every year since inception by Washington Law & Politics.  His cases of significance include lead counsel/of counsel in State v. Straka, State v. Brayman, State v. Scott, State v. Ford, State v. Granco, Seattle v. Box and Seattle v. Allison.


     Mr. Hayne is a past President of WACDL and has chaired the Criminal Law Sections of WSBA, WSTLA and KCBA.  He has taught triap practice at the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Trial Masters Program.   He has been a feautred speaker at over 80 Continuing LegalEducation programs in the U.S. and Canada and has published articles in the Bar News, Trial News, Defense and Overruled magazines.  Mr. Hayne is also a founding member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defense, and the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice.*


*From the Washington State Bar Association "Best of the Best" continuing legal education seminar

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Stephen Hayne Law Firm
11225 SE 6th St Ste 230
Bellevue, WA, 98004-6472

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  31 customer reviews
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Posted by Kathy | October 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful for all his help
Our situation was rather unique as I hired Steve to represent my Brother in Law for a DUI who had dementia. I live in Texas and with the pandemic it made it impossible to travel to Washington State. Shortly after the DUI, we had to admit my brother in law to a Memory Care Facility. Steve worked diligently with the prosecutor, providing him with supporting documentation of the deterioration in my Brother In Law's physical and mental condition. He was able to get an "Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice". Steve was an excellent communicator and available 24/7 if we needed him. It was such a blessing to have someone like Steve fighting the legal battle for us especially during such a stressful time. Much thanks and praise to Steve and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by TH | June 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
An impactful attorney and counselor
When looking for an attorney for a DUI, I called Steve at 6:30 on a Sunday morning--Mother's Day, no less. I didn't leave a voicemail, so I was surprised when Steve called me back at 7:00 am. After talking with him, a sense of calm came over me because Steve was so clearly experienced, respectful, compassionate, encouraging, supportive, dedicated, and receptive and responsive to every question I asked. And throughout the entire process, he responded to every call and text. His zealous advocacy was effective and his sage counsel was always a calming influence. I can't thank him enough for all that he has done for my family.
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Posted by Dan | October 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hire Steve!!! He is the Best!!!
I was charged with a DUI back in March 2019 and I thought my life was over. I thought I had no shot and my life would be ruined by a terrible decision I made. That is until I found Steve Hayne. From my initial consultation I knew I was in the best hands possible. Steve not only offers the best DUI representation in the State, but he is also a very compassionate man that cares deeply about the people he represents. Steve was able to get my DUI reduced to reckless driving (which I didn't think would be possible AT ALL). Everyone looking for a DUI attorney is obviously going through a rough spot in their life, but if you are lucky enough to come across Steve's page give him a call and he will make you feel better!
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Posted by RM | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Steve back in 2016. This review is long over due. He advised me and guided me through the very difficult process of a DUI charge. His advice changed my life. Even to this day I can call with a question and he is always happy to help. I can’t say or thank him enough.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Super Thankful for Him
He was very thorough, great attention to detail, and got me a good result in that no DUI and reduced negligent from 1st degree to 2nd degree.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Don't make another mistake!
I highly recommend you employ Stephen Hayne for your legal problems. He is a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney, with tremendous Experience. Mr. Hayne will listen, answer all your questions and carefully guide you through the legal maze of DUI representation. Stephen Hayne was my attorney and we were very successful. We all make mistakes-don't make another one....hire Mr. Hayne.
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Posted by Cristina | December 23, 2018
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Best DUI Defense in Greater Seattle
I was referred to Stephen Hayne for DUI defense by a really good friend who serves as managing director of one of the top three law firms in Seattle. He had told me that Steve was his "go-to guy" , and that of many colleagues and friends because of his decades of DUI experience and successful outcomes. As a Stanford Law graduate myself, I think it is funny that many people don't realize that the best lawyer's out there are specialists in a specific type of practice. Ex. I work in maritime law and compliance, but i still have asking me for assistance with their divorce, landlord/tenant dispute etc. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to not just look for any lawyer, but instead, a true expert in DUI defense. I have had more than five friends realize extremely successful outcomes from this firm. When you want a good lawyer, don't pick the firm that comes up first in the search rankings . Instead, ask the best lawyer you know who they would choose if they were looking for DUI defense. I guarantee, 4 out of 5 (or even 5/5), would name Diego and Steve at the Law Firm of Steven Hayne. Since hiring Mr. Hayne to defend me, i have been really impressed by his: -experience and knowledge level; -familiarity with judges and prosecutors involved; -his ongoing active interest in my case; -the ability to reach out to him via cell anytime with any questions i had about my case(s); and, -his patience and consideration in explaining all my options and related outcomes. **Best of all, unlike almost every other lawyer, Steve offers you a flat fee. ( For this caliber of lawyer, that is incredibly rare). After I was charged with DUI, I really felt like my life was over. I contemplated losing my professional licenses and the benefits of over 12 years of advanced education. From the moment Mr. Hayne took over my representation, I knew things were going to be okay. I felt like a 1000 lb weight had been taken off my chest. I stopped stressing out at work and at home. He is so great at what he does, he is even successful at taking on complicated cases (i.e. those who may be dealing with their 2nd + DUI etc.) Once you meet Mr. Hayne, you will understand immediately why he is the most recognized, awarded and esteemed DUI lawyer in the Greater Puget Sound. Wall to wall, his beautiful (albeit understated office,) reflects his position as the Seattle expert in Seattle DUI defense. I totally understand that being charged with a DUI sucks, However, i have gone thru multiple cases with the assistance of Mr. Hayne. The results/outcomes he has achieved have made me a believer in the idea, that getting charged with a DUI, doesn't have to ruin your life or make life unlivable.
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Posted by Marie | August 30, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Stephen's expertise is exceptional! He shared insights about entire process, told me what I needed to know, and set me up for success in making this nightmare go away.
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The best DUI defense.
Steve’s reputation is what it is for many reasons. First off, he answered the phone when I called from the holding cell on a Friday evening. He then took me through what was happening and how to manage each step of the process. Because of my prior charges I was required to spend the night in jail but he then answered the phone again when I called him Saturday morning. WOW! After retaining his services he had me released at my preliminary hearing with no conditions when the Seattle City Prosecutors’ Office was trying to throw the book at me. He cited the DUI statute without hesitation to the presiding judge like he could say it in his sleep. He ran circles around the prosecutor and a thumbs up from the bail bondsman while pointing at Steve reaffirmed to me that he had done a good job. A criminal charge can add a lot of stress to one’s life for many reasons and Steve was ALWAYS available to talk me off the ledge. Finally, he negotiated a dismissal of my charge with prejudice with the Prosecutor’s Office. Steve is the hardest working and most knowledgeable attorney I have ever met. I would recommend Steve or one of the attorney’s in his office to any one of my friends or family. When I asked a local prosecutor who I should retain for services him and another attorney in his office were named off a short list of highly qualified DUI defense attorneys.
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Posted by Michael | August 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The best guy to have in your corner!
Stephen is really sharp, direct, and very experienced. He communicates clearly and inspires confidence. Getting a DUI can be extremely disruptive to one's life and cause immense anxiety. Stephen's support and reassurance was integral for me, not only in securing my deferred prosecution status, but also helping me navigate and manage the demands of nursing school and conquer any hurdles that arose. I was lucky to have know someone who recommended him. He made my journey through this difficult process bearable. I would highly recommend hiring him to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
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Do yourself a favor. Call Steve
Poise, professionalism, and unparalleled legal prowess is what you can expect from Stephen Hayne. I had it pretty bad and I found myself in that consuming rut of "it's all over" in various iterations until I hired Steve. Not only is Steve one of the founding members of the DUI college, he is the master of his craft and he knows his area of practice through and through. It's refreshing to meet someone this passionate about law when you're in a bind who also has the ability to bring calm to such a chaotic situation. Steve comes through no matter what and leverages his extensive experience and background in getting you the best outcome for your case. If you ever find yourself in real trouble, do yourself a favor and call Steve
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2018
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Highly Reviewed!
Helped me with my case with probation and a fine. I am very happy and successful in life because he helped me get a second chance.
Posted by Kent | March 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
Mr. Hayne has represented me on a few occasions over the past 20 years. His knowledge, expertise, accessibility and reassuring demeanor is absolutely impeccable. He was able to make such a strong case regarding a legal technicality on my DUI offense (which involved a minimum of 120 days in jail) that the prosecutors had no other choice than to offer me a substantially reduced plea with no jail time. Thank you Steve. Steve's the BEST!!!
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Posted by Pavan | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
No words to say about Mr. Steve .. He helped/helping me in my DUI case.. 200% he is the right attorney for DUI cases.. Thank you very much Mr. Steve.. I will never forget you in my lifetime. Thanks PK
Posted by Kitty | August 10, 2015
A GREAT DUI Attorney
Unfortunately, I had to hire a DUI attorney and I'm glad I was referred to Steve. He made the experience less horrifying. He knows what he's doing and really cared about his clients. He took the time to make sure I understood what I was going and made sure my family felt at ease. When I went back for another offense, he brought on other colleagues to help me due to his workload. He was still very hands on with my case even though he referred me out to another firm. He'll still show up in court while I was being represented by someone else. His partner at the time also showed up. As much success as he's had, I honestly was surprised at how much personal attention my cases received.
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Posted by Kevin | May 8, 2015
Client review for Stephen W. Hayne
Steve represented me during one of the most difficult 16 month period in my entire life - when I was charged with a DUI on New Years Eve. When I first met with Steve, I had no idea what to expect - from him, or from the circumstances that I was facing, and he almost immediately made me feel more comfortable (comfortable as possible considering the situation...) about what I was about to go through. He was totally upfront and honest about the possible consequences, and the steps that I would have to go through during the entire process - which although the reality of it made me feel very apprehensive, his honesty was reassuring. He laid out the possible avenues which my case might go down, and was very helpful in advising me of my options and what the expectations may be for each one. As things moved forward, many different questions crossed my mind every hour of every day about what might happen - Steve either answered my call, or quickly called me back without fail no matter the time of day, or day of the week. This type of personal service made me feel much more confident in not only Steve as a person, but as my attorney advising and representing me. He always had his door open for me to meet with him as the case progressed to answer my questions and advise me of my best options, and this always made me feel more at ease even though my personal stress levels were at times "going through the roof". I also was very impressed with Steve's knowledge of not only how the "system" worked, but his personal knowledge and experience in dealing with the people involved with running the "system" - this proved to be very beneficial in the outcome of my case. Overall, I must say that hiring Steve was the absolute smartest thing I could have ever done for a person in my situation - and I have absolutely no regrets, and will always be grateful for his representation.
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Posted by Ravi | March 19, 2015
Gentleman Lawyer
It was a privilege to be represented by Stephen who has earned the respect of the Bench, Bar and the clients he represents .His honest counseling gave me the confidence that I will receive best possible verdict within the available provisions in the Law.Yea he dilivered and I would recommend him to as the best available .
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Fantastic DUI Attorney
Mr. Hayne was an incredible attorney. Not only was he very profficient in his field of practice but also he was very helpful, supportive and made sure that I was comfortable with how things were proceeding. Not all lawyers have that skill. His staff was also very responsive and helpful.
Posted by Dave | October 26, 2012
Great experience working with Steve with an optimal outcome
Steve Hayne exceeded my expectations on every level. After contacting and meeting with Steve, I was immediately put at ease with a very difficult situation I was facing. Steve’s expertise and domain proved itself world class very early in the process and consistently throughout the ordeal. Steve is not only of the highest caliber as an attorney but also, as importantly as a person. His integrity and trustworthiness made what should have been a very painful experience, one that was manageable, with a bright light at the end of the tunnel. I walked away from my experience with a great deal of respect for Steve.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2012
Highly recommended
Stephen's knowledge of law really came into play to obtain a negligent driving plea for me instead of the DWI. Fantastic responsiveness.
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Work Experience

  • Stephen Hayne Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Hayne & Wolff Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2008
  • The Law Firm of Stephen Hayne
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Hayne Fox Bowman & Duarte
  • 1993 - 2003
  • Cowan, Hayne and Fox
  • 1984 - 1993
  • The Law Firm of Stephen Hayne
  • 1978 - 1984
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  • Univeristy of Puget Sound
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Straka


  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Recognized every year since inception
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • William O Douglas Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2003
  • Rated one of Washington's Top Ten Trial Lawyers
  • Washington Law Journal
  • N/A
  • Named one of Seattle's Best Lawyers
  • Seattle Magazine
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Defending DUI's
  • Ethics
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I could not more highly recommend Steve Hayne. He has been a leader in the field of DUI defense throughout my years as an attorney and I have never seen anything less than stellar advocacy from him. He is generous with his time and wisdom for his colleagues as well. I think that speaks volumes of his character and integrity. If you are looking for someone to guide you through a challenge who will fight for you with wisdom, experience and zeal, Steve Hayne is the man."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Steve. He has been one of the top DUI Defense attorneys in Washington State for some time & consistently reaches outstanding resolutions for his clients.. He is extremely intelligent, the consummate professional, and a tenacious advocate. I would not hesitate to refer someone to Mr. Hayne."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this superb lawyer. The best in the business. If you or a family member need wise and effective representation on a DUI/DWI case, Steve is someone you can trust from day one, with a high level of knowledge and effectiveness. He's also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve Hayne, is without question, a true giant of the Washington State Bar Association. His dedication, commitment and zeal for his clients is second to none. He has literally helped hundreds of younger lawyers become better. He has counseled, mentored and assisted lawyers throughout the state, asking for nothing in return, other than they strive to be the most competent and best lawyers possible. Working with Steve is an absolute enrichment to my life and I am humbled to be his friend and colleague. There is no better lawyer in this state and he wold be the first person I would call if I needed legal help."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is, as they say here in Maui: No Ka Oi! A man of his word and an attorney who is of utmost competence. Aloha Steve! Mauirob (Rob Keefe)"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As my other colleague David O puts it, Mr. Hayne is one of the Godfathers of DUI practice. He has literally written the book on defending DUI's. Simply put, he is one of our area's best attorneys. He has influenced and inspired other defense attorneys and prosecutors alike. I saw his skills being on the other side of the aisle from him. He has the respect of his peers and the court. He is truly a leader in the general legal community. His experience speaks for itself. Hayne = excellence and you can't go wrong with having him represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Mr. Hayne as one of the God Fathers of DUI defense. He has a proven track record of helping those accused of DUI and have done so for many years"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Stephen is highly respected by fellow attorneys as a successful DUI/DWI attorney. If arrested for DUI/DWI, call him first!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a conscientious attorney, dedicated to improving his work, but also the work of other lawyers in the field of DUI defense. He works hard and is respected and appreciated by his peers."
Federal crime Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve Hayne is an acclaimed attorney and litigator. He has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best attorney's in his field. He is a strong advocate for his clients"
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Bellevue DUI and DWI Lawyer Stephen Wesley Hayne
Stephen Wesley Hayne
DUI and DWI Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 49 years
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