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Shira J. Stefanik

DUI and DWI Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   20 reviews

Licensed for 13 years

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UNMATCHED COMMITMENT TO FIGHT FOR YOU.
Licensed for 13 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 11/25/2022

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Shira J. Stefanik

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Posted by Renee | January 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got me my car back and felony dismissed
In February of 21 the police took my car and charged me with a misdemeanor and several felonies. Due to my attorney's knowledge and work she got my car back and they had to refund my fees that I had paid my attorney through the courts because of their air. She got the car back and my misdemeanor dismissed then proceeded to fight my felonies and got those all dismissed as well. She also helped me in many different ways when they gave my car back she went with me to get my car and drove me. She did every single court case with me and if I needed a ride she always came in to my house gave me a ride. She was very kind and understanding and always quick to respond to my phone calls and text messages and during the tough times she was always there for me and made sure I was prepared. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone she is worth every penny
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Unbelievable Service
Shira was an absolute pleasure to work with. As soon as I first spoke to her she went to work for me. It was very comforting having someone as diligent as she was to handle every aspect of my case. Eventually she got my charge completely dismissed and saved me thousands in fines and other court costs. I hope I don’t have to hire her again, but if I find myself in another situation like before, I wouldn’t think twice about having her defend me.
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Posted by Brendan | May 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Rockstar!
I am so thankful to have had Shira Stefanik representing me. She was able to get my case entirely dismissed. It was a grueling 2+ year process partly due to Covid delays, but she made what would typically be a very stressful process much more tolerable. Professional, honest, and a true fighter. Thank you for everything, Shira!
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Posted by Julio | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Hands down call her if you need help.
Shira is a great lawyer overall, hands down. I got my DUI while I was going through a peculiar time in my life. I called Shira, and right away, she explained the charges and in detail explained all possible options, including far-reaching ones. Immediately she represented me, got me the earliest dates with the court, and started right away on getting me back on the road and start with a clean slate. During my case, Shira was there with me every step of the way. While your case is in process, it is very challenging for one not to incur another infraction, being that the limitation the court gives you is usually against you. Unfortunately, I got into a rut that also required a lawyer. But, being a great lawyer, she immediately counseled me of the steps and the outcomes. Since my rut was far distance-wise, Shira connected me with a colleague. Hell, if she were close by, she would have also represented me anyway; that's the kind of lawyer she is. Since I now have an added charge on top of my initial one. Nevertheless, the lawyer she recommended coordinated with her to lessen the stress and miscommunication of my case; finally, with all the back and forth and the court dates, I am happy free, and all charges dropped. You are a fool not to call her if you get in trouble, is all I can say. I have nothing but respect for this person.
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Posted by Chad | June 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Respectful and Honest
I fought my case for 2 years and am grateful for having Shira represent me. Shira communicated with me about everything going on with my case. Any changes, or ideas were communicated and she would ask how I felt and would like to proceed. She fought for me and didn't do anything without my approval. She treated me with respect and would make sure I understood and agreed with what was going on. Shira made me feel like I was her only client and I know I wasn't. Without Shira I feel my case would have turned out differently.
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Posted by Thomas | June 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shira works magic.
My son was facing many years in prison. Shira got him off and saved his life! 2 other lawyers didn't think my son had a chance.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Washington State suspended my driver's license for 1 year.
Washington State suspended my driver's license for 1 year. Shira got it back in less than a week.
Posted by Rodney | April 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer for both Criminal Trials and Negotiating with City
Shira is a really amazing lawyer. Over the course of a year, I was charged with 5 crimes in Seattle. All of it was bogus. Shira got 4 of the 5 charges totally dismissed, but the City of Seattle wanted to take the last charge to trial. After a two day full trial, the jury gave me an acquittal after only a few minutes of deliberation. Shira did a masterful job throughout the entire process in both negotiating with the city, as well as digging in to fight the hard fight in trial. She helped to save my business. I give her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Mario | February 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super Shira to the Rescue
When Shira & I first went to court, I was offered a plea deal. Shira counselled me that she was confident she could get the case dismissed if I trusted her judgement. Not only did she go above and beyond to research & provide a stellar defense, she was able to get all the evidence in my case thrown out, she also worked with me on a payment schedule so that I could afford to pay $1,500 in vehicle registration fees before our court date while still being able to retain and gladly pay for her services. In my opinion Shira is one of the best Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2018
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Excellent representation when you need it most
Shira represented me during a crisis. The man who stalked and who I had a protective order against was seeking a retaliatory protective order against me. Although it was baseless, it was terrifying to now have to defend myself against these accusations. Luckily I didn’t have to do it alone. Shira was compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to helping me get justice. The judge dismissed it. Shira is the person you want fighting for you when you’re facing your own crisis.
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Posted by Andreas | May 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer
Shira was referred to me by a friend and from the moment we started talking on the phone she was so helpful and supportive. I only thought the worst about my situation and she really was amazing in all the ways she helped me. I really couldn't image going through this without her. I can't say enough about how much she helped me but hands down the best at what she does!
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Posted by Paul | February 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shira rocks!
Shira was my attorney on a DUI charge which we successfully plead down to negligent driving. Her attention to detail was impeccable, and she played all these small angles that individually had small chances of success but ended up paying off big time. For example, she hand delivered a summons to the Enumclaw PD instead of sending it by mail which is a move she thought would reduce the chance he would show up to testify at the licensing hearing. Sure enough, the guy didn't show and I won the hearing by default! I'm not sure this sort of move would work all the time (or even most of the time), but I'm glad she was working all the angles. I doubt you'd get this sort of dedication from a big practice. She is also empathetic and hilarious which doesn't hurt! I'd hands down recommend Shira to anyone looking for representation for DUI charges.
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Posted by Elizabeth | February 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, caring, professional and passionate attorney!
Shira was amazing! From the intital consultation up till my final court date she made me feel confident with my decision to have her represent me. Shira really knows the law and helped me to understand what was happening throughout the entire process. She was always available to answer my questions or just to calm my nerves. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my case. I can not sing enough praise for Shira and recommend her to anyone finding themselves in the position requiring a defense attorney.
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Posted by Mike | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Green DUI
Shira did a great job in all stages. From explaining the situation, negotiations and final agreements. Her advise was well planned and was in my best interest.
Posted by Fahim | March 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, smart and a great attorney
Shira Stefanik is amazingly helpful, super cooperative, caring and a friendly lawyer anyone can wish to hire. I hired her for my hit and run case. Being a new driver, I was extremely nervous when I got charged with a 'hit and run' . I am lucky that I could hire her. She kept me updated all the time about the status of my case. She handled my case so well and she finally could get it to be dismissed. Everyone gets in trouble every once in a while. And when it comes to figure out the ways getting out of it, you need someone like Shira Stefanik. I highly recommend to anyone to hire her if you are in trouble. She will get you out of it.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing.
I was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in the greater Seattle area. Officers questioned my sobriety and I declined field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer. I was arrested and the police obtained a warrant to draw blood. The results were not in my favor. I was charged with DUI and Reckless Endangerment. The prosecutor was seeking a guilty plea and several days in jail even though I had no prior record or criminal history. I hired Shira. Shira was extremely professional and honest about all matters regarding my case. She clearly explained policy, procedure, and strategy at every step along the way. When I had any questions about my case she responded promptly and answered my questions thoroughly above and beyond my expectation. I knew I was in good hands. Shira managed to get the Reckless Endangerment charge dismissed and reduce the DUI charge to Reckless Driving with no jail time. I highly recommend Shira Stefanik to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Ethan | June 24, 2015
Shira Stefanik- Positive, Professional and Passionate!
I am not sure how I would have gotten through this rough time without Shira. Not only did she listen, but she also cared. Shira is top notch, her wonderful communication skills and positive outlook made my experience as stress-free as possible. Thank you so much for your support, hard work and compassion on my case. I truly believe the positive outcome was due to Shira’s defense. If you need an OUTSTANDING DUI Defense Attorney, I strongly suggest Shira Stefanik.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2015
Great Lawyer
Shira was AMAZING. I was dealing with a lot of legal terms and processes I have no familiarity with. She made the time to answer all my questions and did it in a way I would understand. She worked countless hours and we ended up with a final outcome that we both wanted. I truly appreciate the time she took to help me through this stressful time.
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Posted by Inger | October 22, 2013
When you need help, Shira is there for you.
Shira J. Stefanik was helping us in an not so good situation. She was very helpful, always kept us up to date on what was going on. She made sure we got what we needed to do in on time, and was always there for us if we needed to talk to her. She also checked and made sure that the money we had to pay to the court got where it was suppose to go, and that it was notified as paid. I will really recommend her to any one that would need a lawyer. She is the best. And she is very affordable. Thank you for all your work and help Shira.
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Posted by Dan | March 8, 2011
Great Attorney, Great Experience
Shira approached my case with compassion, understanding and dedication. She has mastery of criminal law and did an excellent job representing me in an emotionally difficult case. Shira explained the law in terms I could understand and kept me well informed of the progress of the case. I would have no hesitation to recommend her and I would call on her again should cirumstances dictate.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Office of Shira J. Stefanik
  • 2010 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Callahan Law
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Associated Counsel For The Accused
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of William C. Mathews
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Trial Practice Institute
  • 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Evergreen State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Client
  • Case dismissed
  • City of Renton v. Client
  • charge reduced to Reckless Driving
  • City of Lynnwood v. Client
  • Case dismissed
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Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cardozo Society of Washington State
  • Committee member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Citizens for Judicial Excellence
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)
  • Co-chair, Criminal Law section
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Trial Practice Institute scholarship
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Public Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Shira Stefanik for over two years. I have seen her advocate for her clients in the courtroom and outside. Her commitment to her clients is amazing and she is one of the very attorneys who I would call for assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. I've seen her obtain amazing outcomes for her clients due to her tenacity and creativity. She's absolutely willing and able to go to bat for her clients and I recommend her without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shira is one of the toughest, most tenacious and brilliant lawyers I know. I am in awe of her ability to dig in her heels and never stop fighting. In addition to being an awesome lawyer and litigator, with great instincts and a fierce reputation, she is an amazing human being. She is compassionate and caring and really fights for the underdog. There are few lawyers who can do what she does and I refer clients to her without hesitation. She has my utmost respect and my heartiest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is resourceful and quick thinking. There are no challenges she would be afraid of accepting. I am luck to know such a talented attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira Stefanik knows criminal law and knows how to get results. She treats her clients with respect. As a contemporary, I know she is a wonderful resource on criminal issues. She is often one of the first people I think of when an interesting legal issue comes up. She's very smart and has great follow through."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly recommend this attorney. Shira is driven, intelligent and puts her clients needs first. She is highly skilled in matters involving criminal defense and has proven herself to be an exceptional attorney. Shira is a valued asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've seen Ms. Stefanik in court before, and have to say she's professional, highly motivated, intelligent, and classy. I'd refer criminal clients to her without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is a relentless advocate for her clients. She fears nothing and no one. The innovative strategies that have resulted in Shira's great outcomes in very difficult cases would never have occurred to most lawyers. For this reason I strongly endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shira is one tough cookie. She does not let anyone intimidate her. She does not back down. Ever. And she usually gets what she wants because of it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Diligent. Thorough. Unassailable. Hire her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is a brilliant, tenacious, and zealous advocate for her clients. I fully endorse this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Stefanik is an intelligent, conscientious, and reliable attorney. I have seen her in the courtroom and I know first-hand how competent and effective she is. There have been times when I needed the help of another attorney and I am grateful that Ms. Stefanik was there to offer her assistance and expertise. After having the opportunity to work with her, I have the utmost confidence in her ability. She is an easy recommendation to anyone who needs a brilliant attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I attended law school with Ms. Stefanik and have had the opportunity to work on a couple of legal matters with her since then as well. Shira is analytical, has great courtroom presence, has the ability to connect with her clients on a personal level and is a no-nonsense attorney. These attributes will serve her clients well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is a fighter in the courtroom and always represents her clients well. I absolutely recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is a great lawyer that fights hard for her clients. She is knowledgeable, caring and dedicated. She is a skillful negotiator and someone who is not afraid to take cases to trial. She obtains great results for her clients. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shira is an excellent attorney who fights hard for her clients. Not only does she fight hard, but she gets great results. If you are searching for a defense attorney who will get the job done, go to Shira."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shira tirelessly advocates for the rights of her clients. She is hard-working and goes the extra mile to get the best result possible. Her intellect and personality make working with Shira something I have truly enjoyed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We have worked on cases together in the past. Ms. Stefanik is a very sharp hard working attorney. She has tremendous abilities and her clients benefit from her representation. I highly recommend her."
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Seattle DUI and DWI Lawyer Shira J. Stefanik
Shira J. Stefanik
DUI and DWI Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available