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Tom Anelli

DUI and DWI Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.7   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 26 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1997
    Status
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About Tom

Learn Tom’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    I have dedicated my entire career to assisting those charged with DWI. For years now I have attended nearly every major conference in the Nation designed to better defend those charged with DWI. I know have built up a team of attorneys whom know the same knowledge that help the wrongfully accused or the people that make a mistake (and realize it) ensure its not something that affects the rest of their lives.

    28 years, 2,000 cases

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH A DWI IN NEW YORK STATE?

Tom Anelli known across New York State and 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.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2021,2012
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2012

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Location

Tom Anelli and Associates, PC
272 West Jefferson Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Nathan | January 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
The team was very helpful and I took their time to help an work with me through the crisis. Very respectable team
Posted by John | September 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DWI PERFECTION
Tom is a knowledgeable and reliable attorney specializing not only in DWI cases, but in the needs of his clients. If you need the right lawyer for the job, look no further than this firm of highly accredited team members to provide the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic experience
First and foremost I want to thank Evan, Katie and the entire Tom Anelli team for handling my case. Evan is the epitome of professionalism by handling my case in a timely manner and any questions I had he promptly replied to me. His reassurance that this does not make me a bad person was very encouraging for me to hear those words during this time. I would highly recommend Evan Naylor as your defense attorney hands down.
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Posted by Hazel | November 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brandon is the best
Brandon Hellwig from Tom Anelli was impressive. The first few months I had so much anxiety, but each time I talked to Brandon my anxiety lessened. He guided me through the next steps I needed to take, regarding everything in my life that this case affected. He was honest about my options, what might be possible, and was clear that his honest professional opinion will only come after he reviewed all the evidence. My entire livelihood was on the line and everything that I worked hard for! Brandon listened to my concerns and worked diligently on my behalf. One day he called me with an offer that was the best offer and did not require further delay. When we arrived at our next court date, no one could believe what had just happened and I mean no one. I mean! everyone looked like what/how. So yes, I have earned the right to say, “Brandon is the Man,” and although I will never end up in another position where I will need Brandon, he is my go-to and if you want a good defense, he will hopefully your go to as well. My initial consultation was warm, comforting, and welcoming. I did have an issue when I could not get Brandon on the phone right away, but Kaylee was awesome in delivering messages and listening to me vent, sorry Kaylee and I do appreciate you. I do, however, get why the system is set up in such a way. At the end of the day, he can work to get favorable outcomes if he is listening/talking to people like me all day with their anxiety at 150%. A bit pricey but worth your life and freedom.
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Posted by Jon | October 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
They truly care and work hard for the best result
I can not speak highly enough about Evan Naylor and this firm. It was a rocky start at first but when Evan took over my case, he proved to me i was in good hands. Evan explained all options good & bad, but always had a positive attitude and never gave up & fought hard till the very end. Evan Nayolr showed me that i was more than a client. Thank you Evan & Tom Anelli!!!
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Posted by Frank | August 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend for DWI and Traffic tickets
I hired Evan he is outstanding and so professional he handled my case entirely within a 3 week period from start to finish. Always returns calls promptly never leaves any questions unanswered.
Posted by Adam | June 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The long haul
Krystal Harrington stuck with me through over a year and a half of a tough DWI trial. She got me the best outcome possible, and continue fighting for my rights until the end. Thank you so much, your Help, assistance, and guidance has been greatly appreciated.
Posted by Vance | March 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyers !
I got a underage DWI and reached out to Tom Anelli and associates they responded back after the consultation within a couple minutes. Paul Hoffman took care of me through the whole process he always put me first and explained everything that I was going to have to do like classes and what the court process was going to be like. He’d reach out to me and checked if I was getting my classes done and I knew what day I was going to have to go to court. They got my DWI down to a DWAI which is only a traffic violation and not a misdemeanor I am very thankful for getting blessed with Paul as my lawyer and having Tom Anelli and associates in my corner with me the whole process of my DWI court dates and classes that I had to do. They treat you like family ! So happy and highly recommend Tom Anelli and associates!
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Posted by Zach | February 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
When I got charges with my dwi I originally sought legal representation thru another firm. The lawyer didnt even reached out to me with 2 days before my court appearance. Then I found Krystal Harrington. She immediately jumped in, ensured that all bases were covered and even collected additional information that could aid my case. She stayed in constant contact throughout the process and brought me peace of mind during the most difficult chapter of my life. After every call in found relief and my respect in her in unshakeable. Even after the final court date she has kept in contact to ensure everything is going smoothly. If ever anyone finds themselves in my situation, I will immediately recommend Krystal. Her professionalism and representation is unparelleled and its a no brainer to contact her firm.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Krystal Harrington
Krystal represented me for my DWI. This was a very scary time in my life. The first time that I spoke to Krystal she was not only very knowledgeable but also comforting. She assured me that I would be smiling again at the end of this. I trusted her and she delivered! Along with Krystal, Evan, Maria and Mindy were always available for any questions or concerns that I had. They worked hard for me and I was very pleased with the outcome. I very highly recommend Krystal and her associates.
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Posted by Travis | October 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Dwi
I hired Tom anelli for my dwi after leaving the state... I had forgotten all about the case meanwhile Krystal was working on my case she got me an excellent deal even though I had very little contact with her she is a life saver and anyone who gets a dwi should ask for her because she is hands down the greatest there is no one better for the job I promise! I thank Krystal very much she is a life saver!!!
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Posted by cindee | July 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around for dwi and traffic tickets
I had gotten a speeding ticket for going 30 above the posted speed limit and Not only did he get me out of the ticket with no points, he also did not cost half as much as some of the other guys. They did every thing remotely and I did not have to show up in court. The best bang for my buck. Go with Tom you wont be disappointed.
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Posted by Amanda small | April 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great job
Awesome lawyers great people and they get the job done and they know what they are doing. I would recommend them anytime
Posted by James | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Krystal Harrington
On 4/14/21 Krystal Harrington Was my attorney on a DWAI And she did A awesome job Representing me She did everything I needed and more Thank you so much for your help I would certainly recommend her to anyone who needs A very good attorney
Posted by Travis | March 5, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Tom Anelli gets it done
I would highly recommend Tom Anelli . I had one of the most complicated cases with many moveing parts , and thanks to Mr. Richard Berger I have my job and CDL back in 6 months . If you need someone to go above in beyond Rich and his Team are who you want in your corner . He will get things done , and is always available day and night . I cannot thank him enough. You want results get in touch with Mr. Richard Berger you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Anthony !
The entire team has been helpful but Anthony Sokolowski treated me like a human and not just a case and for that I will always be thankful. All of my questions and concerns were answered and addressed thoroughly. I made a terrible mistake and having never been in any actual trouble with law like this, I knew nothing about what to expect and how to deal with any of it. I will always and forever regret my decision to drive but having Anthony as a lawyer really helped me overcome my fears of facing my judgement. I would recommend him to anyone for any endeavor he wishes to embark on.
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Posted by Anne | November 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Richard Burger
I am so grateful to have had Richard as my lawyer through this. I never thought it would end or end as it did. Rich was very informative and fought to get me the best possible outcome. My calls were always answered and all my questions and concerns addressed. He put all my fears to rest. Again thank you so much.
Posted by Kimmie | August 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Anthony Sokolowski!
I trusted the dwi guys to handle my case because I'm a hard working person that never foresaw a situation where I'd make such a colossal mistake as being under the influence of alcohol while behind behind the wheel. I had a circumstance in my life where I fealt it was ok to drive after two drinks thinking I was sober enough to drive to take care of my situation. It has made a huge impact on my life and still. The best thing that had come of my situation thus far was the results I have received from Anthony. He got me the outcome I was dreaming of and saved me my job and future and embarrassment! My family is so relieved and I am I. I truly didn't think I'd get out of a misdemeanor! I fealt so ashamed of myself and my family was truly hard on me throughout and this is a life long relief. A lesson ofcourse to have better judgement at such high stakes times! Nothing is worth driving under the influence...that's my wisdom to put out there! I'm blessed to of chose the right firm in my hard situation! Thank you Anthony and Tom Annelli and team for your quick responses late night responses and flexibility! 10 stars! good work and thank you!
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Posted by Sandy | August 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Martin Wolfton
Martin Wolfton was my lawyer from Aurora at Tom Anelli and Associates. He was very quick to answer all my questions. Martin helped me through everything. I was given great directions to what I had to do before I went to court. I was very pleased with what Martin did for me. Also, if I had any questions I could text them and they would get right back to me. I would highly recommend Martin or anyone from Aurora at Tom Anelli and Associates.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2015
above & beyond
I reached out to Anelli & Xavier on recommendation of my friend. I was given a great deal! Additionally they handled a Cell Phone ticket at no additional cost. Although their fee usually is higher for traffic violations it was explained to me that the reason being is because their focus is handling clients charged with a DWI. It is worth the investment as their firm proves the quality of their DWI practice is premium and they deliver their service with professionalism. Additionally, they were able to clear up prior suspensions for a BARGAIN as they would normally charge higher fees than other attorneys & courts combined. The whole situation honestly was a God send. I don't know where I would have turned without them. They reduced my original fee as a courtesy, they handled an additional traffic ticket as a courtesy, they offered a payment plan for legal fees as a courtesy, and they pulled my drivers abstract as a courtesy (saved me the trip to the DMV). So, they give extreme detail, time and attention to not only me but each person that comes to them. They really do work hard for all of their clients!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Member
  • Tom Annelli & Associates, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Anelli Xavier, PC
  • 2003 - 2017

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Smith
  • Dismissed in the interest of justice.
  • State v. Scubsci
  • Dismissal on Motions

Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top New York Lawyer
  • Arrive Magazine
  • 2011
  • BV Rating, Distinguished Lawyer, Very High Legal Ability
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Certfified in the Science of Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing
  • National Patent Analytical Systems
  • 2008
  • Certified Instructor Field Sobriety Testing
  • Walden Platt & Associates
  • 2007
  • DUI Award of Excellence
  • DUI-Help.com
  • 2006
  • Certified Practioner In Field Sobriety Testing
  • Walden Platt & Associates
  • 2005
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Publications

  • New York Law Journal
  • Only Half of Interlock Devices Ordered After Leandra Law Violations Are Actually Installed
  • 2011
  • Syracuse Post Standard
  • DWI prevention, not penalty.
  • 2011
  • New York DWI Survival Guide
  • A Citizen's Protection Manual
  • 2010
  • What You Need To Know Right Now If Your Charged With A DWI In New York
  • A Guide To Those Charged with DWI
  • 2010
  • The DUI Book, New York Edition
  • Book for DUI Clients
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Strategies in Defending DWI
  • DWI Defense
  • 2011
  • Joran Van Der Sloot Documentary
  • Criminal Law
  • 2011
  • DUI Masterminds Group
  • DWI Defense
  • 2011
  • The Learning Channel
  • LIve Commentary on Natalee Holloway Documentary
  • 2010
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Ward Case
  • 2009
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Nauman Case
  • 2009
  • DWI Update
  • DWI Defense
  • 2008
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Hough Case
  • 2008
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Walker Case
  • 2008
  • News Ten Now
  • Legal Expert Analysis Police Chief Charged with DWI
  • 2007
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Haq Case
  • 2007
  • Court TV / Tru TV
  • Live Trial Commentary Expert Analysis - Entwistle Case
  • 2007
  • WTVH News Channel 5
  • Expert DWI Commentary
  • 2006
  • WSYR News Channel 9
  • Expert DWI Commentary
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (16)
Endorse Tom
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Anelli is a dedicated, tenacious advocate who fights for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Experienced and dedicated attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"There is a reason he's known as The Dui Guy."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Thomas Anelli is better versed in DWI defense than any attorney I have ever met or spoken with. His practice combines years of experience and hundreds of cases. He has completed a significant amount specialized training usually reserved for prosecutors, policemen, or members of the scientific community. His firm employs experts that are able to explore every possible avenue of DWI defense. In sum, if you are charged with a DWI in New York State, Thomas Anelli is the man you want to speak with to assist you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom Anelli is one of the best DWI Lawyers in the country. His knowledge of DWI Law is very impressive and I highly recommend him to any perspective clients who were arrested in New York for DWI."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Tom for over 15 years. He is precise, skilled, knowledgeable and competent."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Atty. Anelli for a number of years and he is my NY State resource for all issues related to DUI. I wholeheartedly endorse his work - and would recommend him to any family member of my own that needed DUI representation in NY. I have seen, in person, the dedication he has to mastering the defenses he raises for his clients and know that anyone trusting their case to Anelli Xavier is in the best of hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is the go to DWI guy in New York. I have spent many hours discussing DWI defenses and tactics with Tom at various national DWI seminars over the last several years and continue to be amazed at the cutting edge approach Tom and his DWI team take to defend his clients. If I had a loved one facing DWI charges in New York, Tom is who I would hire."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is the clear choice for who I would send a client needing help in New York. He is a skilled attorney who also cares about his clients. He is constantly working to improve his already impressive wealth of knowledge. Tom is the man for sure"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no reservations about endorsing Tom Anelli and his amazing practice in New York. Not only is he a great attorney who gets wonderful results for his clients, but he is also a man who has respect from his peers. That's not so easily earned in our field. I would not hesitate to recommend Tom to a friend or a family member."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thomas Anelli is a hardworking fighter. If you have been arrested for DWI, then call Tom now!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Tom for many years. We have been to DUI seminars together and I have the utmost respect for the way he practices law and represents his clients. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI I highly recommend Tom he is an exceptional attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tom Anelli is at the top of the DWI and criminal defense field in New York state. Any prospective client would be wise to hire him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have to admit that I am biased in my endorsement of Tom Anelli. Tom and I have been friends and colleagues for about seven years. I met Tom while attending a top national DUI seminar and was immediately impressed by his legal knowledge, intensity of personality, experience in our field and his total committment to victory. More important was Tom's level of character and honesty. Tom and I exchange ideas on trial tactics and trial strategies and I am the better for it. Throughout my network of nationally known DUI attorneys Tom is known as a hard hitting trial lawyer and a master of cross examination of arresting officers. Tom has worked hard to attain the top level of respect as a trial lawyer in the Syracuse area and is my "go to guy" when I am asked for a referral there. As a former cop and judge, I know how to spot a winner in the courtroom. When you have to win your case or attain an alternative result that keeps you employed and out of jail Tom is your man. - the DWI Dude"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Anelli is a superb DUI defense lawyer. He is the one I turn to when I need help with NY law."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom has spent his entire career creating one of the largest, most sophisticated specialty firms in the United States. I know his work and i know him personally. Tom makes sure that all of his clients receive personal attention and their problems are his problems. Even at social gatherings Tom is talking in confidence to his fellow attorneys to determine strategies to help his clients. I wholeheartedly recommend Tom to you and unhesitatingly send my own clients to him when they need these services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is an excellent DUI attorney. He possesses the highest ethics and abilities, and he puts his clients' interests first. I fully recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is an exceptional lawyer. His commitment to excellence in the defense of his clients is second to none. When you need the best New York DWI lawyer, Tom is the lawyer you need."
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