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Tom Anelli known across New York State as "The DWI GUY" is constantly trying to provide safeguards for the wrongfully accused, helping those who have made an error in judgment from allowing their lives to be derailed, assisting those with alcohol addiction problems into the appropriate level of treatment, and helping prevent DWI from happening in the first place, by implementing programs such as The Safe Ride Home Program.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    20 years, 2 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Elisha Rachel Rudolph

    Experienced and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


    Elisha Rudolph DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Jeffrey J. Padgett

    There is a reason he's known as The Dui Guy.


    Jeffrey Padgett Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

269 West Jefferson Street
2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY, 13202

90 Swan Street
Albany, NY, 12207



NYCurrently registered 199703/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top New York LawyerArrive Magazine2011
BV Rating, Distinguished Lawyer, Very High Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2010
Certfified in the Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol TestingNational Patent Analytical Systems2008
Certified Instructor Field Sobriety TestingWalden Platt & Associates2007
DUI Award of ExcellenceDUI-Help.com2006
Certified Practioner In Field Sobriety TestingWalden Platt & Associates2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyAnelli Xavier, PC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of Erie CountyMember2009 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2004 - Present
National Association for Criminal JusticeMember2004 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. SmithDismissed in the interest of justice.
State v. ScubsciDismissal on Motions
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Publication nameTitleDate
Syracuse Post StandardDWI prevention, not penalty.2011
New York Law JournalOnly Half of Interlock Devices Ordered After Leandra Law Violations Are Actually Installed2011
New York DWI Survival GuideA Citizen's Protection Manual2010
What You Need To Know Right Now If Your Charged With A DWI In New YorkA Guide To Those Charged with DWI2010
AOL'The DWI Guy' Talks About His Sobering Job Defending Drunk Drivers2010
The DUI Book, New York EditionBook for DUI Clients2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Syracuse UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Strategies in Defending DWIDWI Defense2011
Joran Van Der Sloot DocumentaryCriminal Law2011
DUI Masterminds GroupDWI Defense2011
The Learning ChannelLIve Commentary on Natalee Holloway Documentary2010
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Ward Case2009
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Nauman Case2009
DWI UpdateDWI Defense2008
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Hough Case2008
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Walker Case2008
News Ten NowLegal Expert Analysis Police Chief Charged with DWI2007
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Haq Case2007
Court TV / Tru TVLive Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Entwistle Case2007
WTVH News Channel 5Expert DWI Commentary2006
WSYR News Channel 9Expert DWI Commentary2006