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|Partner||Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gerstenzang||2010 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Rennselaer County District Attorney's Office||2009 - 2010|
|Law Clerk to the Hon. Karen Drago||New York State Unified Court System -- Legal Fellows Program||2008 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Criminal Justice Section||2015 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||State Delegate||2012 - Present|
|Rensselaer County Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Albany Government Law Review||Increased Driving Regulations For The Elderly: A Case Study In New York Calling For The Expansion of Current Regulation||2008|
|Albany Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Lafayette College||Government and Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|Master Class in DWI Trial Defense||Unlocking the Ignition Interlock||2017|
|Master Class in DWI Trial Defense||Nuts & Bolts Dispositions -- Problems & Pitfalls||2017|
|DWI on Trial – BIG APPLE XVI||Winning the Refusal Hearing||2016|
|Bridging the Gap||Basics of Vehicle and Traffic Law in NYS||2016|
|The Nuts & Bolts of Handling a DWI Case||Plea Bargaining – Problems & Pitfalls||2015|
|Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting||The new DMV regulations||2015|
|Bridging the Gap - December 2015||Plea Bargaining in DWI Cases - Problems and Pitfalls||2015|
|Handling the DWI Case||Plea Bargaining -- Problems and Pitfalls||2014|
|Criminal Law for Criminal and Civil Lawyers: Law, Procedures and Strategies||The Art of Plea Bargaining||2014|
|Bridging the Gap December 2014||Handling a DWI Case in NYS||2014|
|Basics of Criminal Law for Criminal and Civil Law Attorneys||The Art of Plea Bargaining||2013|
|Representing the DWI Defendant in New York||Ignition Interlock Device||2012|
Posted by Scotty
That statement, when delivered via the phone at 3AM is a violent shock. When it really sinks in . . . the fog has dissipated somewhat, you know your next decision is finding an attorney, quickly! You then discover that your first ordeal of finding a good lawyer is a trial in and of itself. I won’t go through the litany of “definitely nots” of my lawyer search and offer a couple extreme examples: one suggested he would “squeeze us into his schedule and be happy to assist us in a guilty plea for $2500, while another halted my questioning about his experience in DWI defense to question my financial capacity to pay his fee in order to continue with the discussion. Sheesh!
Retired from almost 40 years in business, I’ve had numerous attorney interactions with varied results: 50/50 from satisfied to “what just happened?” I’m writing this review to share an astounding legal experience that literally saved my son from a criminal record “ball and chain” he most assuredly would have worn for the rest of his life; I met with Jonathan Cohn of Gerstenzang, Sills, Davis, Cohn & Gertenzang.
I don’t pretend to understand the legalities of how he did it, although I watched intently throughout the process. What I can convey is my experience with Jonathan. During our initial meeting he presented the good, the bad and the ugly, in reverse. Explaining in detail the levity and severity of the charges as well as the worst possible outcome as he answered in detail every single question we posed and proceeded only when we were satisfied. He offered his experience in his past defense provided to previous clients and proposed possible outcomes concerning our case. As I left the building I truly believed we were in good legal hands. I said as much to my son, who was sorely in need of something to hold onto. In court, I saw Jonathan as a very active representative on behalf of our case discussing / explaining everything in the court proceedings. When necessary, we had phone discussions and questions into the evening so as to be prepared for the next appearance. Through it all, never an overly positive word, all questions answered, just as he had promised; we always knew where we stood and what direction was ours. When there were court papers to file, they were done; we got copies right away, never had to ask. When we were to meet, he was on time. When we didn’t understand what was happening, he explained in detail.
Due to Jonathan’s legal expertise and defense plan, which included uncovering, pursuing and capitalizing on any and every tiny little legal crack or judicial opportunity afforded by the prosecution’s case, our case was dismissed. When discussing the case with a family friend, a retired attorney, and asked what I thought of our lawyer: I responded, “He was the best I could’ve ever found!” When my friend replied: “you’re only saying that because you won”, my immediate response was: “No, he did everything he said he would do, and then some.” That’s all one could ask for.
Business experience has taught me that unsolicited advice is usually bad advice. Having said that . . .
should you be heading into this DWI turmoil, I’ll advise you to spend some time with Jonathan Cohn. I genuinely believe you’ll find it beneficial to your legal outcome and your piece of mind.
Posted by Nick
Jonathan was able to get my entire case dropped. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He kept me well informed on every aspect of the case from start to finish. And he was also very expedient returning phone calls and answering any questions that came up. Jonathan made sure all parts of the case were as smooth as possible. I really appreciate the hard work and great outcome. Thanks for everything!
Posted by Patrick
John did an excellent job with my case. He kept me informed, gave me options, and did not make any promises; he just delivered. Virtually all of my charges were dismissed. Great guy, great attorney; worth every dollar.
Arya Saleh, DUI and DWI Attorney
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Jonathan is an outstanding professional who is well-respected within the legal community. He has advanced knowledge of criminal law and DUI defense in particular. He leverages his trial skills and experience to consistently deliver tremendous results for his clients. I strongly recommend him.
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