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Michael Colin Viscosi

DUI and DWI Attorney at Johnstown, NY

5.0   71 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Viscosi served honorably in the United States Coast Guard after attending college at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. During law school, he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office in Springfield, Massachusetts and was employed for one year with the New York State Attorney General Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau in Albany. Mr. Viscosi also proudly served as a reservist at the Coast Guard District One Office of the Judge Advocate General in Boston.

After law school, Mr. Viscosi worked as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting various crimes. Then, as a defense attorney, he continuously applied the lessons he learned while serving his country to zealously represent individuals who have been charged with crimes. He specifically dedicates himself to learning the developing science behind drug and alcohol testing as it relates to the field of DWI defense.

Mr. Viscosi is an active member of the National College of DUI Defense and New York State Defender’s Association and has achieved successful outcomes in numerous jury trials at both the felony and misdemeanor levels.

Location

Michael C. Viscosi, Esq.
122 West Main Street
Johnstown, NY, 12095

Reviews

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Posted by William | December 13, 2023
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Best case scenario
Finding Michael was a true blessing. He heard me out. Understood exactly what I needed and was able to deliver 100 %. Every time I had questions the response was very prompt. Truly professional.
Posted by Adam | January 12, 2023
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A Lawer For the People
Mike did an incredible job getting a prior DWAI conviction vacated to help me reobtain a drivers license in NY after years of run around with DMV. Not only did he get the original charges reduced but the original fines were reduced as well! All around best attorney for the job!
Posted by Katherine | January 10, 2023
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Best lawyer
Mike did not hesitate to help me with my case! He went above and beyond to resolve it with the best results possible! Also in a timely manner. I would not recommend going to anyone else. He helped me even further after my case was dealt with with out hesitation! He’s truly the best lawyer!!
Posted by Jeff | March 30, 2022
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Absolutely the best!
I contacted Mike based on a family member's recommendation after facing some serious traffic violations. It was the best move I ever made! Mike is extremely knowledgeable, professional and took the time to patiently explain everything to me. Mike was absolutely diligent and fought hard for me every step of the way. I couldn't have asked for a better advocate in my corner. In the end everything was reduced to a speeding violation. If you're in need of someone with his expertise, you do not need to look any further.
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Posted by Mike | March 30, 2022
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Great lawyer
Michael Viscosi is highly recommended by me. I hired him and he did an excellent job for me. Very thorough and resourceful. Big thumbs up to him!
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2022
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Case dismissed
Case dismissed. Super responsive from day 1 when I called him about my case. He handled it remotely as I am not in that area. We went to court and he got my case dismissed. I recommend with out reservation. Very professional.
Posted by Bret | February 10, 2022
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Top notch Lawyer
I am from out of the area and got into a serious situation that I needed expert help. Mike came highly recommended from lawyers in other districts. His knowledge and professionalism got my charges greatly reduced. He was in constant communication every step of the way. I have the utmost respect and highly recommend Mike for all legal matters when results count.
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Posted by Leon | February 10, 2022
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Do yourself a favor
I can’t express enough how clutch Mike is . I hired Mike after a attorney that was a family friend could do nothing and another friend who is a attorney suggested I hire Mike who she had extreme confidence in. From the first consultation I could instantly pick up on his Competitive nature and knew I had the right dog for the fight . With nothing but confidence he took on all three of my charges. Admittedly I was still doubtful about what could and couldn’t be done overall about my situations. Mike made sure I felt free from the anxieties that go with facing criminal charges and the consequences that could come with them. Mike was an absolute shark in the courtrooms we walked into and my confidence grew with each dismissal . Over the course of a few months to my amazement they were all dismissed . Do yourself a favor and don’t look anymore . This is absolutely the guy you need !!
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Posted by Matt | April 24, 2021
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Best Lawyer!
Michael Viscosi represented me for a traffic incident I was involved and I can say I’m glad I called that guy!!! He kept me up to date with everything and gave me peace of mind when I was very worried about this situation. I highly recommend him!!!
Posted by Ethan | April 22, 2021
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You won't regret it
Mike hands down was the best lawyer I could have had to represent me through the difficult time. He was always there by my side from day 1 to answer questions I had and he made me feel at ease with the case at hand. He first won the refusal hearing for me that only 1 % of lawyers win nationwide, and also worked diligently with the Saratoga City Court on my case to ensure the best results. He gave me the ability to accept a plea that allowed me walk out court without an alcohol related conviction. I highly recommend anyone in that situation to give him a call, you won't regret it.
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Posted by Mary Margaret | September 25, 2020
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Best lawyer, hands down.
Mile Viscossi represented me recently and there is no other lawyer I would use or recommend. He is extremely knowledgeable, confident and direct. He is very personable and explained everything so I would understand the process. He answered all my questions and gave me all the possible outcomes. I won the case Mike Viscossi was representing me on and I can’t thank him enough. When the next few years of your life depend on a judgment, there is no one else I’d rather have in my corner. He is my lawyer and friend for life. I would recommend Mike Viscossi to anyone looking to be represented by a straight forward, honest, hardworking lawyer. I won’t go to anyone else for any of my family’s legal needs.
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Posted by El | February 13, 2020
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I got 2 tickets in the same day for speeding!
I was traveling cross the country. In the last day of my 30 days trip, I was coming from Lake Placid, NY to Virginia, it was like 9 hours drive. I was very tired and my friend was sick. I was speeding at some points, I got two tickets in the same day, (speed limit 35 (55), speed limit 65 (88). Thanks to Michael, helped me to dismiss the tickets! I really appreciate that!
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Posted by Robert Handy | February 3, 2020
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3rd DWI & AUO
I was arrested on July 9th of 2019 around 12:30am for my 3rd DWI and having my license suspended for back child support .. I called and hired Michael Viscosi as my lawyer. He fought and battled hard for me, he kept me updated with every little possible information he received. I am a full time Tow Truck operator, so I need a full active license. Mr. Viscosi faught HARD so I could keep my full license so I could continue to work. We ended up getting the BEST offer's from the D.A's Office !! So instead of taking my case to trial, and having 2 witnesses in my corner, 2 witnesses that were before and after my accident to prove that I wasnt drinking prior to my accident and how i ended up drinking afterwards, I ended up taking a charge of Reckless driving. So now my prior charges of DWI and AUO is dismissed and thrown out and I have my full license back. I cant THANK Michael Viscosi enough for all his hard and trustworthy work !! He is the best lawyer and I will forever use him and his office !!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND for anyone who needs a lawyer !!!! Thank You again Sir !!!
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Response from Michael Viscosi February 11, 2020
Glad we avoided a five-year revocation of your license with the reckless driving offer.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Michael Viscosi represented me on a dwi case I was involved in he kept me in the loop and was a shark in the courtroom. My case ended up getting dismissed and he was very respectful and has kept in contact about other matters. I highly recommend this guy!!!!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2019
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Hired Michael Vicosi as my attorney
I finally found micheal after going through two other attorney's that i didnt feel fully confidant in handling my case. Upon meeting Michael and talking over my case i knew he was the right attorney for the job. He conducted himself in a very professional and confiedent manner. While working on my case for about 10 months he was there everytime time i needed to ask him a question or go over anything that i didnt understand . I was completely satisfied with the outcome of my case and who was representing through the process. I highly recommend hiring Michael C Viscosi to anyone in need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
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True Professional
I hired Mr. Viscosi after being charged with a DWAI and couple of other infractions. As most people that are truly not fimilar with our court system until something like this happens Mr Viscosi is a true meaning of professionalism. He is there to keep you informed suggestimg the best outcome for you case. He will tell you what to expect and make you feel at ease throughout the entire process. I had a tremendous amount of personal and business consequences riding on this outcome besides the obvious. I will honestly say that if you need an Attorney that will help you feel att ease and go to bat for you 100% there is no better!
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Posted by Stephen | January 25, 2018
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So glad I had Mike Viscosi
Mike was great from the beginning of my case until the end. He did not let the system take advantage of me and continuously folllowed up to make sure we had all the info necessary to help my case. He gave me tons of information in order for me to make informed decisions about my case. Mike is the type of lawyer who was always available to answer questions even when sometimes I asked repetitive questions. I never had to talk in court once and mike took care of it all while at the same time having to drive hours to make it to the court room. Could not have asked for a better outcome or a better lawyer. Thanks for securing my freedom.
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Posted by Stephanie | January 12, 2018
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Two Felony DWI Charges
If you have the misfortune of receiving a DWI and are seeking representation, please read the following about my experience: History/background: two prior misdemeanor DWIs in less than 10 years. Situation: I was pulled over 12/30/16 with the charge of DWI and a 0.10 BAC travelling from Rochester, NY to Connecticut. I got pulled over 3 hours into the trip in Fultonville, NY. I initially retained one of my previous lawyers for my first DWI charge. [My first two DWIs ran concurrent with one another, thus resulting in misdemeanors. I knew if there was ever another one, it would be a felony.] I swiftly sought a new lawyer after I saw how my initial lawyer performed in court. I knew I was in trouble. The taxi driver who picked me up from the jail after I posted bail told me to call Mr. Viscosi. At the time I finally reached out to Mr. Viscosi, court was scheduled less than a month away. I thought for sure it was too late to retain him, but he took me on. I was told he was a lawyer who specialized in the area of DWI law and was a part time judge. When i first spoke to him, I felt protected, safe, and confident in him. I didn't feel that way with my other lawyers. We received an offer for a misdemeanor DWI with 6 months jail time. I refused the deal because I had so much confidence in Mr. Viscosi. I didn't want another misdemeanor or a felony. Results: Mr. Viscosi was able to get the 0.10 BAC suppressed from evidence. [One felony charge gone!] And the jury of 12 found me Not Guilty of the felony DWI. Conclusion: If you are seeking representation for your DWI case, you would be wise to choose Michael Viscosi. He is an excellent lawyer. He is powerful, knowledgeable, well spoken, confident, and is out to win. Nothing less. He commands the attention of the courtroom when he speaks, and people listen. Without his excellent reputation, I would have been doomed. I have my life and peace of mind back. You're simply the best. Mr. Viscosi. Thank you for dedication. HUGS!!!!!!!
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Response from Michael Viscosi January 16, 2018
Thank you Stephanie- I was happy that I could help you get the right outcome!
Posted by Ulises | October 22, 2017
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Best DWI attorney I know!!!!
Michael and his team did an absolutely phenomenal job handling my case. He was very passionate about representing me and I couldn't be happier with his services. Michael is truly the blueprint for how an attorney should represent his client and his firm. It was a pleasure watching alongside Michael fight for my case with such conviction. His entire team was supportive and showed they deeply cared about my case. I would recommend his services to anyone needing an attorney. Thank you Michael and your team for outstanding representation!! You fought hard and long and we won!!!!!!!! I am forever grateful!!
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Posted by Julee | August 31, 2017
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Awsome!
Mike did a great job as my attorney, he was always available to speak with. Mike handled everything for me, negotiated my plea with the best possible outcome! Thanks!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • City Court Judge
  • Johnstown
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Anelli Xavier, PC
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tully Rinckey
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Fulton County District Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau
  • New York State Attorney General
  • 2007 - 2008
  • District One- Judge Advocate General
  • United States Coast Guard
  • 2005 - 2009
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Education

  • Western New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Southern Maine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. B.M.
  • Not guilty DWI, Not Guilty BAC above .18, Guilty DWAI and Guilty No headlamps
  • People v. N.B.
  • Not guilty of DWI (2 counts), DWAI (2 counts) and not guilty of use of a cell phone.
  • People v. S.K.
  • Not guilty of all counts
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • 2011 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyers
  • Upstate New York Rising Star
  • 2015
  • SuperLawyers
  • Upstate New York Rising Star
  • 2014
  • Attorney Excellence Award
  • Anelli Xavier
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award Stipend
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • 2007
  • Commandant Letter of Commendation
  • United States Coast Guard
  • 2004
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Publications

  • firm website
  • Firm
  • 2019
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOZ_vcdjaMQ
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOZ_vcdjaMQ
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (18)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is a spectacular defense attorney who does not back down in the face of often overwhelming and unfavorable odds. His unique approach to cases offers his clients a fighting chance. He is a tireless advocate for and I can scarcely think of a better trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Viscosi is a fine lawyer with an arsenal of knowledge. I endorse Mike Viscosi."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an excellent attorney. I have worked with him for years and on multiple trials. He is a natural in Court and has had many not guilty verdicts to back it up."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is hardworking, dedicated and extremely effective in representing his client's."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Mr. Viscosi as a DWI-specialist. He is a relentless advocate for his clients, often trying difficult cases and achieving amazing results. His ability to attack breath test science is unparalleled. Mr. Viscosi genuinely believes in the work he does and it shows. I would tell anyone charged with a crime that retaining Mike is a great choice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Highly experienced and dedicated attorney with a specialty in DWI practice. I highly recommend Michael."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a hard-working attorney who zealously advocates for his clients. He has a wealth of experience when it comes to dealing with criminal legal matters and he always looks to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. I certainly endorse Mike."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Viscossi is a talented and well respected attorney who I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a top criminal lawyer in the Albany area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I have observed his work and found it to be excellent. He zealously advocated for his client and served him extremely well."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to meet Attorney Michael Viscosi at a National DUI Seminar held at Harvard Law School in the summer of 2013. Attorney Viscosi was in my small group session and I got to see first hand his trial skills. His compassion, experience and knowledge left me very impressed. It is without hesitation I recommend Attorney Viscosi to anyone facing DUI charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Viscosi will aggressively resolve your criminal matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Viscosi brings a variety of life and legal experience to the defense of New York DWI cases. He is an excellent trial attorney, and a skilled negotiator. His military background gives him a structure and discipline that sets him apart from other attorneys and gives him a competitive edge at trial. Anyone charged with a DWI will be well-served to have Mr. Viscosi as an attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an attorney with exceptional knowledge of substantive DWI law. He also has noteworthy relationships with many prosecutors and judges across the State of New York. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs qualified counsel for a pending DWI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Michael at a prior law firm, and have since seen him in practice in the community. Michael is a knowledgeable attorney in his field, and is a hardworking, strong and zealous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has a proven track record of being a committed advocate and a credit to his profession. He has a great reputation among fellow Capital Region attorneys as one of the best criminal defense (DUI/DWI) attorneys in the state. Michael is aggressive and committed to protecting the interests of his clients. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had occasion to consult with Attorney Viscosi on an out of state DUI case. Specifically, my client needed information regarding the implications of a Florida DUI charge on his New York License and the consequences that he would face in New York. Mr. Viscosi has proven himself knowledgeable practicioner and I would eagerly recommend him to any of my clients in need of his services in New York State."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Viscosi Is a knowledgeable and highly competent attorney that tirelessly strives to zealously advocate for his clients. Mr. Viscosi is highly skilled in the area of criminal defense, and particularly DWI and DWAI offenses and has successfully served clients at both the local and county court levels. I would highly recommend him to any person charged with a DWI or any other type of criminal defense in need of representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"The best lawyer for criminal defense, especially in DUI cases. Will fight for his client to the end. Very intelligent and resourceful. If I ever get into trouble, that's the lawyer I would like on my side."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Michael C. Viscosi, who is currently associated with the Anelli Xavier law firm (that's the famous Tom Anelli, "the DWI Guy"), has defended numerous clients on charges of Driving While Intoxicated and other matters in various courts throughout New York State. His experience and expertise in this area makes him the natural choice for your best defense if you are arrested on drinking/driving charges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Viscosi is a great advocate for his clients. He will go to great lengths to ensure a client's interests are met and rights are protected. He has the mentality of a boxer and will relentlessly pursue the best possible result for his client. Michael has a broad knowledge base and would be a great choice for representation of any client."
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Johnstown DUI and DWI Lawyer Michael Colin Viscosi
Michael Colin Viscosi
DUI and DWI Attorney
Johnstown, NY
Licensed for 15 years
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