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Christopher Jude Pelli

Criminal defense Attorney at Utica, NY

5.0   39 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Everything from traffic infractions to murder

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    50%
    All types of accidents (car, bus, taxi, motorcycle, airplanes trains, bicycle, etc.).

    25 years

I'm a 49-year old life-long resident of upstate NY.  I've been practicing in the areas of personal injury and criminal law for the past 21 years.  And believe it or not, I have almost always wanted to be a lawyer - ever since the fifth grade!

I know that I made the right choice.  While practice in these areas can be very stressful, at times it can be extremely rewarding.  I have yet to experience a feeling greater than winning a criminal trial, hearing the words, "not guilty" and walking a client out of the courthouse, a free person.  If you ever get the chance to do that, I highly reccomend it :)

 

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Location

Christopher Jude Pelli
3 Derbyshire Pl
Utica, NY, 13501-4705

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended attorney!
Christopher helped me with my speeding ticket. Instead of me getting 4 violation points and huge speeding ticket he was able to convert it to "1Opening and closing vehicle doors" ticket. So, I paid lesser for ticket and got 0 violation points. Besides, Christopher was extremely responsive and transparent throughout the whole process. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Steve. | January 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied.
I hired Chris Pelli based on a friends recommendation and I am very pleased with his representation. Chris helped take away my worries in the process and I came away with a very good outcome. My experience working with Chris was excellent and I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Vanessa P | December 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
I don't even know where to begin to explain how grateful we are we hired Chris Pelli. My husband & i went to several consultations with different attorneys trying to find one that we felt that really understood our case, one who showed compassion, drive, professionalism, knowledge, & we were blessed to find Chris he treated with the utmost respect, he showed full interest in our case. At all times we felt very confident in our decision to hire Chris, we didn’t any promises, he simply shared his knowledge & we felt like he was the right person to take on our case! & time after time he showed us that we had made the right decision. I would absolutely recommend Chris to anyone who’s looking for an attorney in his field!
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Posted by Todd | November 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Honest, Reliable Attorney Who Cares About The Rule of Law
In April 2019 I was falsely arrested based upon perjury. I was fortunate to find Christopher Jude Pelli’s website during a Google search. After speaking to him on the telephone, I set up a consultation at his office. Upon meeting with Mr. Pelli, I found him to be very kind, intelligent, knowledgeable about the law and an excellent advocate. Mr. Pelli is not about the money, but is genuinely interested in justice and the rule of law. Upon hiring Christopher Jude Pelli, he promised to do everything in his power to defend me to the best of his ability, and he delivered. Mr. Pelli knows the law and is quick to counter anything a prosecutor can throw at him. At one point, I was dealing with both dishonest police officers and judicial misconduct, and Mr. Pelli was calm and focused. He would often draft letters at night after a hearing regarding my case. Mr. Pelli called me and kept me informed via text and email. The prosecutor was no match for him, and the false charge against me was dismissed without prejudice. I have nothing but praise for Christopher Jude Pelli and I highly recommend him as an honest, capable, reliable attorney. Mr. Pelli will probably be a Judge someday. I consider him luck’s last match, struck in the pouring down rain. 5 STARS!
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Posted by Daniel | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
True
This man is true . He is true to his promises, and true to his word . He will not lie to you . He will not misguide you. He loves what he does to make a living . However , with Chris it’s more than a living . If any one is reading this you may be currently thinking to yourself “this guy didn’t get me off “ “hey I served time with this guy as my lawyer” well yeah . He isn’t God , but he will represent you to the fullest extent he can master as your lawyer . This man has been in my life since I was 18 years old , I am now 30 . From speeding tickets to prison time , no matter how innocent or guilty I was , this man has had my best interest in his view . He isn’t like the other lawyers who take your money and listen to the other side . He will listen to you , and he will fight for you . Mr. Pelli has been my lawyer since the day my family retained him 13 years Ago , and I took over since . He is my first thought when I see those blue and red lights in my mirror BUT not because i feel as if he can work miracules but rather because I know he will fight his best fight proving every angle of the truth . I have recommended Mr. Pelli in my past and I will continue to do so.
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Posted by Amy | January 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Help
He was very fast in responding and he felt honest with his advice! Very great professional!!
Posted by N.C. | November 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Counsel!
I just left the Courthouse relieved and very grateful because the disposition of my case was beyond what I could have ever hoped for. I was facing a very serious charge and I admit I was worried, but my decision to go with Chris Pelli was one of the best decisions I've ever made. His confidence, skills and expertise in Criminal Law got me the results I needed. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a top-notch lawyer that will give them the best defense possible! On a more personal note, the last time I got in trouble, I went with a court-appointed attorney-what a mistake! Not only did that guy not fight for me, but he talked me into taking a plea which resulted in my getting pretty much the maximum sentence. This time around however, I paid for a real attorney and let me tell you Chris was affordable and well worth every dime. Several lawyers had been reccommended to me but of the 3 or 4 I called, only Chris called me back almost immediately. I got nothing but answering machines for all the others. Even before I paid him a retainer, Chris took the time to thoroughly inquire about the particulars of my arrest, asked me about myself and answered all my questions. He didn't blow smoke up my *** instead he explained to me what I was facing and how he could help me. His personality is warm, compassionate and empathetic, but more importantly he is a sharp, enthusiastic and extremely competent litigator. In researching him, I learned that his colleagues and other members of the Bar hold him in very high regard -and justifiably so. His record is impressive-even for murder cases. He has a very good rapport with local Judges and DA's and believe me, that's very important. Instead of my case dragging out for months and racking up legal fees, Chris's shrewd negotiating skills resulted in my walking out a free woman on the day of my arraignment having only to pay a small fine. He told me he was prepared for trial if that's what I wanted and if it had gone that far, I have no doubt that he would have been a bulldog in court. I recommend Mr. Pelli to anyone who finds himself in serious trouble because he's definitely the professional you want next to you when facing a judge. Thanks to him, I can move on with my life and stay out of trouble-period. I have no doubt that Chris will continue to build upon his great reputation and help many more people like myself in the future. Thanks again Chris!!
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Posted by Ethan | October 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful and Professional
Mr. Pelli was very helpful during my case and I now have a great burden lifted off of my shoulders. He was very professional and fully explained the case to me so I was aware of my situation. I highly recommend him to anybody looking for legal help.
Posted by Cameron | November 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no Further
Chris is the epitome of what all lawyers should emulate. I was in high-speed motorcycle accident in mid July 2016. A few days after the accident, I contacted Chris about representing me. He was honest and concise about what to expect during the process. It was not long into our initial sit down that I noticed Chris' moral compass was set for due north. I could go on for days about Chris' character, but it will be evident to you within minutes of speaking to him. The truth is, Chris produces results. My accident was July 16, 2016. A large settlement check was issued to me on November 17, 2016. The best part you ask? No court. No hearings. No testifying. No back and forth. Chris literally handled everything. He always returned my calls within 24 hours. Chris is determined to get you what you deserve. Do yourself a favor. Choose Chris Pelli.
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Posted by Victor | August 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Christopher Pelli is an outstanding professional and that's an understatement! I contacted Chris after being accused of a horrible crime I did not commit. He responded within 30 minutes of my call and was very polite and gave me excellent legal advice. I hired him and will never regret it. My charges were dismissed today and I thank him for obtaining justice for my family and me. The best lawyer in town!!
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Posted by Sandra | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work
Christopher Pelli presented himself in a very professional, yet welcoming manner! He was able to resolve my issue, along with a very reasonable outcome. I now feel a big weight lifted off my shoulders. Highly recommend him, thank you!
Posted by Mikayla | August 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Two thumbs up!!
Highly recommended, resolved any issues I had for me quickly and very nice, understanding and helpful. Also helped me to obtain a reasonable outcome when in a tough spot. Thank you for your help and services it is much appreciated.
Posted by Matthew | May 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely satisfied!!
I was needing help understanding what I should do in a legal situation I was involved in. Christopher Jude Pelli went well above and beyond helping me understand everything that was going on, calling me back with updates as well as txing me to keep me informed every step of the way. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone looking to be represented with the utmost care and attention to detail.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
the best lawyer in the area...
So I got myself in a mess of trouble, auo and driving without an antilock device. I was on probation at the time so was looking at doing time. Chris took on my case for a very reasonable amount and I really needed to stall court for 3 months so I could be released from probation. I accidentally missed my court date and court putout warrants. Chris worked it out so I got let off r.o.r. and paid bail. At court he pretty much got my charges dropped. I was looking at several hundred in fines and 1-3 years in jail. I only got 3 weekends and court surcharges. All over. Chris Pelli saved my life.
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Posted by Rachele | November 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
When I recently found myself charged with a crime and needing a lawyer, I was beside myself. I worked for a couple lawyers to put myself through college and I know first hand that most of them live up to the bad reputations that lawyers in general have. But NOT Chris Pelli. He was professional, courteous, and I genuinely felt that he cared. He worked hard to get a satisfactory outcome for me. I am VERY happy with my choice to hire Chris. I hope to never again need an attorney, but if I do, I would not hesitate to hire him. I also would highly recommend him to any of my friends and family.
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Posted by Carrie | September 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer EVER
First let me start by saying NO I'm not a bad driver, and NO I don't have any DWI's, I just sometimes forget to check my mail which led me to missing a court date..Or 2or 3 for speeding tickets..I sought out to find a lawyer and ended up getting one of the best. I had a suspended license with several tickets not only did he get my suspension lifted Chris went to court for me, I wasn't able to get the time off from work so instead of rescheduling and putting it off,he took care of everything called me with the details and within a short time(very short) I was back to being a licensed driver. I would definitely recommend Chris, he is professional & he knows his sh×t!!!!! That's why I say Chris is the BEST LAWYER EVER!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer!
I contacted Chris about 2 weeks after I made the biggest mistake of my life. It took me so long to contact a lawyer because I kept hoping it was all a very bad dream. I've never had a run in with the law before. My anxiety was through the roof. When I consulted with Chris, I felt a weight of my shoulder. Chris helped me get the charge dismissed, so it wouldn't affect my future or any career opportunities. If I ever need to hire another attorney again, Chris would be my first choice. Thank you for everything, Chris!!
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Posted by jessica | July 29, 2015
Very Happy
I feel so bad for the late review... About a year and a half ago I woke up to find myself in Oneida County Jail. I was staying at the Turning Stone and took my normal dose of Ambien as well as a new script given to me by the VA. Apparently I slept walk and damaged a plastic camera dome and a bedside light. I soon found out they claimed my damages were $280, which is felony criminal mischief. They were holding me on $20000/ 40000 bail because I was from PA! My finance retained Chris, who immediately met me in jail and made sure I was seen ASAP for a bond reduction. They lowered it to $2000, the cost of extradition and I went home that day. In the end, he got me a plea bargain for a misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine. I recommend Chris to anyone who needs intelligent, competent representation. If I could give him 100 stars I would.
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Response from Christopher Pelli August 7, 2015
Thank you, Jess!
Posted by Matthew | October 25, 2014
Criminal defense case
Chris Pelli is a life saver. I made a mistake that probably most people do everyday to help out a family member or a friend. I contacted Chris Pelli for help with my charges. I'd never been in serious trouble before but this matter was a serious one. From the start Chris Pelli helped! The day I hired him my stress was thru the roof! Chris put my mind at ease right away!! Hands down a life saver! If you need a great lawyer def contact Chris Pelli. One more thing anytime I needed to get ahold of Chris I could!!
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Posted by Lisa | June 5, 2014
Court employee recommends a highly qualified, personable, reasonable, knowledgeable and caring attorney !
As a current court employee working and residing in another county, I may know who to hire locally, but had no idea for Oneida county. I reached out to peers in Oneida County Courts and Chris was highly recommended. Working in the court system, you learn to not retain the cheapest or pick from tv ads. You want the best for your loved ones at a reasonable fee who is respected by his peers in the Courts, DA's office and Judges. That is when the best outcome can be reached. He handled my son's matter efficiently and helped my son receive a disposition that did not affect his career choices. If Chris worked in our county, he'd be recommended to everyone, but for those who need a competent, knowledgeable, respected and personable attorney in the Utica, Oneida area, please consider him. You will be taken care of and know that he cares about his clients immediately upon speaking with him and that he will do his very best representing you or your loved one who needs legal representation. I will honestly state that after initially talking with him, I immediately with great confidence, retained him to represent my son, as I knew based on my experience with criminal attorneys that my son was in good hands and that was a huge sigh of relief that any parent would want for their child. I was not wrong and he exceeded our expectations. Highly and confidently recommending to anyone who needs a competent, knowledgeable, respected and yet a caring and personable attorney !
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Christopher Jude Pelli, Esq. PLLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Counsel
  • JETNET, Ltd.
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Legal Aide
  • New York State Attorney General
  • 1997 - 2000

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Utica College of Syracuse University
  • English
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Derrick Carter
  • Indictment dismissed.
  • People v. Skelton
  • Plea bargain
  • People v. Auchmoody
  • Plea bargain
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Associations

  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Herkimer County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • NYS Attorney For Children
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Oneida County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Herkimer County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Technology Committee - Oneida County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Preeminent 4.5 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • 40 under 40
  • 2005
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • The Law and Advancing Technologies
  • Law and technology
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was fortunate to have Mr. Pelli assist me in resolving a case . His professionalism and the respect he garnered from everyone in the legal system was essential to the successful outcome we received . I will not hesitate to seek his opinions on all future matters . Mr Pelli is a very rare attorney who is caring , yet extremely knowledgable at the same time ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pelli's answers on Avvo show a great deal of knowledge of criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Chris for many years and always found him to be professional and hard working."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire and respect Chris as a colleague. He is very knowledgeable of the law and takes great pride in his work."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a wonderful attorney, who zealously fights for his clients rights, in and out of court!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris's reputation as an experienced and skilled courtroom lawyer is well deserved. As a prosecutor, I had an opportunity to appear against a number of defense attorneys from across the State of New York and Chris was consistently among the most effective. I would strongly recommend Chris to anyone who is seeking qualified counsel for any type of criminal action."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Pelli dedicates his time to answering and consistently providing sound advice to the questions posed here on Avvo. It demonstrates his knowledge and expertise as well as his commitment to helping others. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have long maintained that if I were ever in trouble, Chris is the lawyer I would hire to represent me. Recently I needed Chris' services on a civil matter and he went above and beyond the call of duty. He did research which wowed the Court and opposing counsel and got the relief we were seeking. Outstanding work!"
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