About

Matthew is a widely considered one of the best up and coming Seattle DUI Lawyers in Western Washington.  He is currently rated as one of the Best Seattle DUI Lawyers by Avvo.com, and was recently named a 2013 Rising Star in Seattle DUI Defense by Super Lawyers Magazine & Seattle Met Magazine, an honor less than 2.5% of all Attorneys in Washington State receive.  He also maintains one of the highest success rates in both DUI cases, and DOL administrative hearings.

What is Matthew’s legal background

Matthew began his legal career working at the Spokane County Public Defender’s Office in Spokane, Washington. During his 2 years in Spokane, Matthew represented individuals accused of DUI and other alcohol related offenses. In 2006, Matthew left Spokane to work in Seattle, Washington at one of the largest criminal defense law firms in the State. While there Matthew represented thousands of clients accused of a wide variety of criminal offenses. It was during this time that Matthew built his reputation as a skilled trial attorney and a tireless advocate for his clients.

What is Matthew’s background in Seattle DUI Defense

In 2010, Matthew began his own law practice and opened Leyba Defense PLLC, a Seattle DUI and Criminal Defense firm focusing on DUI Defense and serious traffic offenses throughout Western Washington and its surrounding areas. Matthew is a NHTSA qualified administrator of the standardized field sobriety tests, the same tests every trooper and police officer is trained to administer. He is also an experienced trial attorney, having litigated over 100 jury trials to verdict, most often winning favorable results for his clients. Matthew’s practice is devoted 100% to litigation, and currently has a high success rate  of getting a DUI dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense.  He is also a frequent lecturer on DUI and criminal trial related topics.  Most recently Matthew was a guest speaker at the Washington Young Lawyers Division Trial Advocacy Program where he shared his expertise and knowledge in jury trial preparation and organizational skills.  He is also rated 10/10 by Avvo.com among Seattle DUI Lawyers, and has been named a Rising Star in the area of DUI Defense by Seattle Met Magazine.

Why Matthew is the Right Seattle DUI Attorney for you

Matthew has seen the inside of a courtroom almost every day during his career as a criminal defense attorney. As a result of this experience he has seen and been placed in every scenario that may arise during the course of a case. Whether it’s negotiating with the prosecutor, speaking to a judge, or persuading a jury, Matthew has the necessary skills to get the best results for his clients. Wherever the course of a case takes him, Matthew guarantees he will never be out worked, and will always be the most prepared attorney in the courtroom.

What are awards Matthew has received in DUI Defense

  • 2013 – Rising Star in Seattle DUI Defense by Super Lawyers Magazine

What Speaking Engagements has Matthew given about DUIs

  • 2013 – Featured speaker at Washington Young Lawyers Trial Advocacy CLE Program, “Trial Notebook/Organization during jury trial”
  • 2012 – Featured speaker at Washington Young Lawyers Trial Advocacy CLE Program, “Trial Notebook/Organization during jury trial”
  • 2011 – Featured speaker at Washington Young Lawyers Trial Advocacy CLE Program, “Trial Notebook/Organization”
  • 2010 – Featured speaker at Washington Young Lawyers Trial Advocacy CLE Program, “Trial Notebook Skills”
  • 2008 – Speaker at ACA misdemeanor unit, “How to analyze a DUI police report”

What Memberships and Affiliations is Matthew involved in

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

What is Matthew’s Personal Background

Prior to becoming a DUI Attorney in the Seattle Bellevue area, Matthew worked at golf courses in both Salt Lake City, Utah, and Spokane, Washington.  Nowadays when he is not in court or meeting with clients he enjoys playing a round at the numerous courses the greater Seattle area, and Western Washington have to offer.  He also is an avid fan of both the University of Utah Football & Basketball teams.

A Washington State DUI and Criminal Arrest is a serious matter. Let Matthew’s experience and track record as an accomplished DUI lawyer work for you, call (206) 357-8454 now for a free 60 minute consultation that is completely confidential. Our main office is located in downtown Seattle at the corner of 7th & Olive, but we also have locations in Bothell, and Bellevue, Washington.

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