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Michael Thomas Sanders

Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney at Bothell, WA

4.2   25 reviews

also known as DUI Attorneys of Washington - Traffic Attorneys of Washington

  • State Years
    Washington - WA 33 years
    South Dakota - SD 37 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State SD
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, King, Snohomish, Skagit Counties. Defending Washington Motorists Charged With DUI/DWI, Traffic Offenses, and Infractions. Involved In Several Thousand DUI Cases. Conduct of Several Hundred Jury Trials.

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, King, Snohomish, Skagit Counties. Defending Washington Motorists Charged With Driving Under The Influence, Traffic Offenses and Infractions. Charges Dismissed - Reduced - Amended. Protecting Driver's Records and Vehicle License and Insurance.

    33 years, 1,000 cases

Michael T. Sanders, Founder and Principal at Traffic Attorneys of Washington, has 25 years of experience on DUI/DWI cases and civil and criminal traffic offenses. Michael served as a senior trial prosecutor for the City of Seattle under three administrations. He has worked on thousands of DUI/DWI cases and conducted hundreds of jury trials.


With a call to DUI Attorneys of Washington - Traffic Attorneys of Washington, we will travel to you.  We will meet you when and when it is convenient to you.  Call, or Contact Us On One of Our Websites -- for Traffic Infractions, and our DUI/DWI website at for DUI/DWI matters.


My philosophy is to help people around the clock 110%.  My fees are very reasonable. It is not about the money.  My focus is on helping others.  We should be measured by what we give, not what we receive.  


I am married to a beautiful woman, and I have two lovely daughters.  I proudly served in the US Army as an ordinance officer.  I love the outdoors in Washington.    

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DUI Attorneys of Washington - Traffic Attorneys of Washington
10500 Beardslee Blvd Unit 1064
Bothell, WA, 98041

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4.2 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
Posted by Gary | April 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Sanders Is A Money Saver
Got a speeding ticket. Called Michael. Covid delayed the court date for 7 months. Michael got it dismissed and I didn't need to appear or do anything else. Michael sent me a note he got my ticket dismissed and will have not affect on my insurance rates. I confirmed the ticket was dismissed. Agree, Michael is a Miracle worker. Will recommend to family and friends. Gary
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Posted by Kelly | February 27, 2019
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Miracle worker!
Mike has been very helpful twice with my Teen’s traffic tickets. Each time the case has worked out just as he explained he expected it to. This has saved my daughter huge amounts on her car insurance. I highly recommend Michael.
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
I first called Michael rather in a panic mode - he was very patient in explaining to me my options without trying to get me to hire him at all. I did hire him anyway and man, I am glad I did. He knew what he was talking about, he took care of it all. So when a family member got in another situation, I without hesitance recommended him, and again: got her out of the ticket. The flat fee is helpful as you then don't worry about additional fees this and that. Thank you.
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Posted by Shelby | August 10, 2017
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Fantastic attorney!
Mike was amazing! Went above and way beyond my expectations. I was stuck in a situation where I looked really guilty but it was wrong place wrong time, and a stupid decision on my part, and he saved me! Couldn't be happier with the outcome. 10/10 would re-hire and recommend to a friend!
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mike represented my interests to absolute perfection. I was kept well informed of the process and what information on would receive. His fee is more than and fair and I would gladly use Mike's services again if I should ever need to.
Posted by Kevin | November 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Informative and Helpful
Mike went way out of his way to provide me advice and guidance in the early stages of sorting out my "Driving to Fast for Conditions" citation (I did not receive my hearing notice, so I missed my hearing and had an FTA) well before I had committed to using him as my lawyer. There were several times moments where I was worried and going "Mike, what do I do next," and he always replied with "Don't worry, that's what you hired me for, I'll take care of it." Perhaps the most telling moment, which showed that Mike really cared about serving me as a client, was when I received a notice from the Dept of Licensing (DoL) telling me that they were still planning on suspending my license despite the FTA being vacated. I emailed Mike asking him what to do at 9 pm the night I received the notice, and he called me back within 20 min to get more details, calm me down, and with his suggestions for what to do next; it turned out to be a miscommunication with the DoL.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
Mike is a very professional and intelligent lawyer . I had a following too close citation which was not my fault and he professionally built my case in front of the judge and we had a victory ... Thanks mike you are an awesome lawyer
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2015
Great Lawyer
Mike is an amazing lawyer. I am so grateful to have found Mike he is so friendly and he is the best at his job I would give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by Nick | January 26, 2015
Great job!
Mike is an amazing lawyer. He was always there for me wether it was day, or night. He made sure all my questions were always answered and I was always informed. He made sure that I always knew what was going on with my case. He was very understanding, and acted more like my friend in my attorney. Mike even pullud off a miracle when he saved my license from being suspended with the DOL which is extremely hard to do. I would recommend Mike to any of my family or friends. He will always be my go-to lawyer if I ever needed one again. Thanks Mike! Nick
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Posted by robert | January 24, 2015
thoroughly satisfied
Michael Sanders was respectful, patient, prompt, and utterly professional. He heard the details of my case, which involved two issues, and resolved both to my complete satisfaction at the scheduled hearing. I felt very well represented and informed of all aspects of the legal procedures, and would never hesitate to recommend his services.
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Posted by Tim | January 14, 2015
I was kept informed threw the whole process. The outcome that Michael said he thought he could get from the start he got. He was vary respectful to the witnesses but brought out there mistakes to the court. I was told by others that this case could not be won but Michael said he could won and he delivered.
Posted by Jeff | December 4, 2014
Professional, Knowledgeable and responsive
I contacted Michael in regards to a speeding ticket. He fully explained the process and what to expect. He quickly and completely resolved the issue. And did so with very little effort on my part. I have, and will continue to recommend Michael Sanders to anyone in a similar situation.
Posted by Aujua | August 1, 2014
Excellent Service!
I've been driving for over 15 years, and received my very first speeding ticket this year. I was very upset because I know for a fact that I was not breaking the law. I contacted Mike on a whim and I am so glad I did . He handled EVERYTHING in a timely manner and was very professional. I would recommend him anyday.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2014
Best lawyer for my case
Michael defended me during my DUI case. He laid out all my options clearly. He made me feel comfortable and reassured during the whole process. He knows everyone in the courtroom, he is very well connected. Other lawyers told me they would hire Michael if they were in a similar situation. During the pretrial process, he bargained my case down to reckless driving, which I felt was the ideal outcome given my circumstances. I can highly recommend Michal!
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Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2014
Incredible lawyer, awesome person
I am so grateful to have found Mike and his DUI defense firm. My fees were quite reasonable as compared to what others expect. He gave me solid advice and solid defense at every step. Believe it when he says he goes the distance for his clients. My DUI case seemed hopeless, but Mike was able to get the charges reduced from DUI. If you or a family member get a DUI charge, I highly recommend you contact Mike as soon as possible. He will give you personal attention and solid legal counsel. I'm glad I did. Client - Ms. F.
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Posted by Travis | May 8, 2014
Experienced Representation
My case like others came at a time where I least expected or needed legal issues. At that time I called on Mike Sanders where he not only helped me avoid jail time but also made me feel more at peace about the legal system in which I knew very little about.. My outcome could have been overwhelming without the knowledge and effort of Mike Sanders..
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2014
well worth it!
Mike was great. Thorough, quick, and hard working. He went to the courtroom at my appointed date and found an error with the ticket, which the judge dismissed. I'm sure that Mile could have just plead down and saved himself a lot of time. Mike clearly cares about his work, and as a result he went the extra mile for me.
Posted by Wendy | January 30, 2014
Definately worth the time and money!
Upon my first call with Michael, he was courteous and listened to my story. I was stopped for a traffic violation that I felt was unjust. Upon review of the ticket, he found a violation the officer neglected to document and because of this, the ticket was dismissed! He even represented me in court so I did not have to appear. If it were not for his thoroughness, this would have cost me a lot in increased insurance fees. I was really happy with the outcome. I would definitely call Michael again.
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Posted by Diane | December 28, 2013
Call Mike Today
Mike is excellent! He did a lot of research and took many photos of the area. He completely explained the process up front and kept in constant contact with us. My son's speeding ticket was dismissed by the judge in under two minutes. I highly recommend him.
Posted by David Bacalis | March 12, 2014
Honest and Professional Attorney
First I recommend Mike due to the fact of his experience as a prosecutor in Seattle and professional manner in which he handled my concerns. We had a fact finding phone call and followed up with a face to face meeting soon after. At our second meeting we reviewed the possible outcomes and options. He has provided me with confidence of his abilities. Found Michael on the intranet and was a little skeptical doing business on line. However I confirmed his bar association and background and was happy with his work, communication and follow up. Call him for any advice concerning Washington law, if he does have the answer he can recommend an expert.
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Work Experience

  • Founder - Principal
  • Traffic Attorneys of Washington
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Senior Assistant City Attorney
  • Seattle Law Department
  • 1991 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney
  • Waitt Johnson & Martens
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Trial Prosecutor
  • Pennington County State's Attorney
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Law Clerk To Chief Justice
  • South Dakota Supreme Court
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Captain, Ordinance Officer
  • United States Army
  • 1980 - 1983
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  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Aberdeen Proving Grounds
  • Ordinance Officer Basic
  • 1981
  • University of South Dakota
  • Bachelor of Sciences
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DUI Trial Prosecutor
  • Undefeated On DUI Breath Cases
  • Local Municipal Court
  • Amended to reckless driving


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • 1986 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Washburn Law School
  • 1983

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Mike first as a prosecutor then a defense attorney. He was a professional, competent attorney then and now. I fully endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Do you have a traffic or DUI issue? Michael knows the ropes. All of them. In his extensive time at the City of Seattle, Michael excelled at his work. Success is all about the details. There is no better person to defend an infraction than someone who used to prosecute."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for almost 18 years since we were Prosecutors together and Michael is as smart as they come. Michael is extremely knowledgeable on the law and does a tremendous job handling difficult traffic matters for his clients. I am very pleased to endorse Michael and do so without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an outstanding lawyer. I met him many years ago when he was a prosecutor for the City of Seattle. He is very knowledgeable, experienced, and a highly skilled trial lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Michael while we managed the prosecution of traffic infractions for the City of Seattle. I guarentee that Michael will leave no stone unturned in researching and arguing your case. I have rarely worked with an attorney who delves as in depth into a legal matter as successfully as Michael. If there is a defense to your ticket - he will find it."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"For years I knew Mike Sanders as a Seattle City Prosecutor. Mike was always well prepared and methodical in his own presentation of his cases. I knew Mike really wanted to do defense, and so I can only imagine his research and passion carries him well into the representation of his clients. I would highly endorse Mike Sanders. He is personable and among the most solid advocates I have ever seen."
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