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John C Nelson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Ellicottville, NY

4.9   44 reviews

also known as John Nelson


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About John

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In representing clients, I always take the approach to represent a client the way I would want to be represented in his or her situation. I always evaluate, research, investigate and zealously defend a case as the client requests as long as it complies with my ethical duties.

 

Frequently, I compare the attorney-client relationship to that of a taxi cab driver-passenger relationship. The taxi cab driver knows the fast roads, best routes and has the skills to get where the passenger needs to go. Like the passenger, the client decides what direction the case goes. I try to do everything in my power to get my clients to their destination.

 

The majority of my experience is in criminal law, with some prior family law experience. For the past year, I have focused my practice on DWI, Criminal and Traffic Defense. Instead of dabbling in many areas of law, I practice only what I know best, so I can give my clients the best possible representation.

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Licensed for 11 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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The Nelson Law Firm
8-10 Washington Street
PO Box 595
Ellicottville, NY, 14731

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Joshua | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony DWI/AUO
After hiring a different lawyer in February 2018 that was diligently working on my case, we ended up pairing with John about 9months into the case. John was diligent, informative and took a real interest in my case. We spoke about my options and listened to my requests. John worked throughout the weekend before my probable cause hearing to find holes in the officers story. I was facing prison time as it would have been my 3rd DWI. After the hearing John was able to get my felonies reduced to one misdemeanor DWAI and a conditional discharge. I would highly recommend John to anyone as he takes a true interest and doesn’t just go through the motions.
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Posted by Vicki | August 3, 2018
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JOHN NELSON SAVED MY LIFE!!
John saved my life and my job! I have a habit of getting huge speeding tickets. I got yet another one and this was MAJOR! I was going to lose my license, my job, and I was going to have to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars in driver responsibility fees along with the fires and surcharge on the ticket as well as all of the points on my license. John and his staff were super polite and professional throughout the entire process. Any questions I had were immediately answered. When we went to court, I was thinking my best case scenario was going to be 2 or 4 points and a huge fine. Somehow John got me a PARKING TICKET! 0 POINTS!!! I don’t know how he did it but John Nelson’s Number is now in my speed dial. He was worth every penny, I would highly recommend him, and I would definitely call him again ! Thanks John!
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2017
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John was a great lawyer
John Nelson was a fantastic lawyer. His office was on top of everything for me throughout my legal affair and when it came time to deal with the actual court he deivered as positive a result as possible. If you ever find yourself in legal trouble as I did (a misdemeanor) you would be smart to use Mr. Nelson's services. His expertise, experience and decorum were of the highest level and I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Rachel | October 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
John Nelson got my husband out of his first ever DUI and got it reduced tremendously. He is military and had limited time for the court case but John dealt with it all amazingly. He has great skill and knowledge in this area. Would highly recommend him!!
Posted by Ashley | June 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Could not have asked for more!
John was incredibly professional and helpful! he asnswered all my questions and was available anytime I needed him! If you are looking for an attorney who will give you the personal touch you need...john is the attorney for you! I would HIGHLY recommend John to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by Jawad | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer -- Worth Every Penny -- Above and Beyond Customer Service
I got 6 points, while traveling from Maryland to Buffalo New York. Initially I had no hope but after searching online I found John C. Nelson office. I hired Mr. Nelson as my lawyer, and against every odd he got ticket to 0 point. He himself and his all staff is extremely helpful, and explain exactly what to do. I experienced the best customer service ever. I'd definitely/sincerely recommend him to everyone. v/r Jawad
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Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2016
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Above and Beyond. Proffesional and Personable.
Without question, I would recommend John be the FIRST person to call for any offense. I contacted Mr. Nelson regarding my brother who was facing a felony. From the moment I called his practice, he and his office were the MOST attentive out of anyone I had spoken with previously, by far. Not only did he call me back within 30 minutes, but expressed a true concern over the case and took time to listen, consider, and advise. I called on a Friday afternoon around 3:30pm to hire him; within that time he took the case and cleared his weekend to prepare for trial that Monday. Things turned out great in my brother's case and everything was handled not only professionally, but with the care that people sometimes need in times of desperation. He listens. He commits. He delivers. Yes, without question I would recommend John be the first person to call for any offense.
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Posted by Kari Frances Knopp | November 19, 2015
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John Nelson saved my life
If I could rate more than 5 stars I would! John Nelson was my attorney when I was caught with a Fake ID at a concert at Darien Lake. I was facing tremendous charges, AA classes, and a possibility of my license being suspended for 4 months, but with John's intelligence and hard work put into my case, he was able to get it reduced to a parking ticket. Not only did he save me from a huge ticket and a chance of this going on my record, but he was very kind and pleasant to be around! I HIGHLY reccomend him!
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2015
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Amazing Lawyer
I received a parking ticket for driving at 100mph in a 55mph zone. It would have got my license suspended for sure. Thanks to John, it got reduced to a parking ticket. John was really caring and guided through the entire process.
Posted by Tim | September 22, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
When the judge said I got a good deal, I knew I had the right lawyer
As a 62 year-old retired professional from out of state, I was in near panic when arrested on a 5th degree marijuana possession charge. The closest I had previously come to the criminal justice system were a few stints at jury duty. Attorney John Nelson handled everything in the best way possible - always respectful, competent and reassuring. I never once questioned his judgement or his commitment to me as his client. And when the judge said I got a good deal, I knew I had the right lawyer. My highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2015
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Highly Recommend
John explained everything to me very clearly when I was charged with a DWI. Thankfully I was not convicted because of him. He had me adjourn the first time we were scheduled for court and when we returned to court the second time he was prepared for trial. We did not go to trial and the judge agreed to a plea. Also after my refusal for BAC I had a refusal trial and he urged me to go even though we had a slim chance winning. John found some discrepancies in my original ticket and he won the judges favor. John is one of the best lawyers out there I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2015
Miracle worker
After being charged with an Aggravated DWI, I was well aware that my case would be difficult. John managed a plea deal to the lesser charge of DWAI, an outcome I thought was impossible. John was very attentive and supportive throughout my entire ordeal. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jessica | March 17, 2015
Excellent!!!!
Recently I sought out guidance from Attorney John Nelson. I was involved in a legal matter that is not something he typically choses to represent but after talking with me he decided to take my case. I am so thankful for how professional, personal, and caring he was during this very stressful and difficult time for myself and my family. John is an attorney that will go above and beyond for his clients. He’s passionate and energetic and truly cares about the client he represents. He took the time to listen to the past events and legal experiences I had already dealt with in the past. Working with John made me feel like he was really invested in helping me and I wasn’t just another client. Due to John’s dedication and hard work my case was dismissed quickly. I’m very grateful again for his help and I would recommend him to any of my friends and family in the future.
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Posted by Ken | February 24, 2015
Responsive, Timely & Professional
My traffic issue was addressed promptly and professionally, and John's office always communicated in a timely manner. Most importantly, the overall outcome met the expectations set in our initial consult. No surprises! Thank You.
Posted by Peter | January 26, 2015
Excellent
Both John and Ryan were great to work with. I would recommend tem in a heartbeat
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2014
Excellent Attorney
John Nelson represented me in a DWI case and refusal. Not only was he trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable, he did everything from start to finish to get me the best results possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone that may find themselves In a similar situation.
Posted by Kathleen | September 3, 2014
I am an extremely satisfied Client! Read on and trust Mr. Nelson to protect your civil rights!
Contacted John via Avvo and he responded immediately and took me in. I had four pending charges, two serious in nature. #1. Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree. Not only did John earn me complete dismissal of the charges, but the Court also requested an order for the return of my pistol, including the mags and ammo. Which was miraculously successful! #2. Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a vehicle in the 3rd Degree (Misdemeanor). That charge was reduced to a simple Unlicensed Driver Violation with a fine of $300. #3. Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. John successfully got that charge totally dismissed. #4. Speeding 79 in a 65. This charge was also dismissed in the lieu of successful completion of an online Traffic Diversion Program. For all four charges.... absolutely NO points were applied to my license. Was I just a lucky gal, OR is this a fantastic lawyer? You be the judge! Though personally, I don't believe in luck!
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Posted by Christina | May 7, 2014
Awesome
EXCELLENT lawyer....You can always get a hold of John, he is the best at his job....Thank you very much, worth every penny.....
Posted by N | March 9, 2014
Hire John C. Nelson To Get The Results You Deserve.
I hired John shortly after being arrested for DWI. Having no prior run-ins with the law, it was a very stressful time but John greatly eased the burden. He is well versed in DWI law and used it in an advantageous way to get a result that I did not fathom to be possible. At the first two court appearances, John negotiated with the District Attorney (DA) to get my sentence reduced to a DWAI, which is considered to be a Traffic Infraction (not a Misdemeanor), but the DA was resistant considering the nature of the offense. However, John saw an opening when the DA failed to provide him with discovery documents. All the evidence he asked for was precluded from the case, as per the right to a fair and speedy trial. At my next appearance the case was DISMISSED. John is very knowledgeable and always available to provide clarification for any question or concern you may have. He even took the time to answer my questions while he was away on vacation for the week. John explains your case in a realistic manner, and I found it very admirable to hear it the way it was and the possible outcomes. Everything in the courtroom was executed flawlessly and not only did John save me thousands of dollars in fines and auto-insurance premiums but he kept my record clean. I will be forever grateful for John Nelson.
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Posted by DWI Client | March 7, 2014
DWI; Received minimal sentencing thanks to John
John handled my case very professionally. He made no promises but after all was said and done, he successfully closed the case in my favor.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of John C. Nelson
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Genesee Community College
  • 2010 - Present
  • Town Justice
  • Ellicottville Town Court
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • The Trbovich Firm
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Ward & Kutzuba
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Extern Law Clerk
  • Dekalb County Superior Court
  • 2010 - 2010
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Canisius College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Tonawanda Scrapper
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Wildflower Association
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Delegate
  • 2011 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Arcade Lions Club
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lions Club
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Curriers Rural Cemetery Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wyoming County Bar Association
  • Past Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Cattaraugus County Bar Association
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Student Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of New York
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Leadership Achievement Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2010
  • Cum Laude
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2010
  • Dedicated Service to the Student Body
  • Cooley Student Bar Association
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Delta Kappa Gamma Meeting
  • A Child's Perspective to Court Proceedings
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a hardworking and responsive attorney. He and I have worked together on the NYSBA House of Delegates for some time now. He is valued member of the bar and I do not hesitate to endorse him at all."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"John Nelson is a stellar attorney. I have witnessed him in practice and interacting with clients, and I have to say, he goes above and beyond what is required of an attorney. He is dedicated to providing his clients with the best defense available and he truly lives up to the term “zealous advocacy.” Not only is John an excellent attorney, but he is a well-rounded individual and has been a personal mentor to me as well. Although we no longer work in the same office, I still look to John as a source of guidance and information. John has gone out of his way to help me gain experience in local courts and his insight has been invaluable. I highly recommend John for any criminal matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Nelson works tirelessly for his clients. If you need a great attorney in Cattaraugus County, look no further than Mr. Nelson."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally observed John's unwavering dedication and attention to detail when it comes to his client's needs with regard to their cases. He has a seemingly endless amount of energy, drive and determination, which most assuredly benefit each-and-every one of his clients. I hold John in the highest regard and endorse him completely."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I always enjoying speaking with John while waiting to speak with the District Attorney as John is a sharp individual who knows the ins and outs of DWI Defense. You will have a smart, down to earth, and hard working lawyer fighting for your legal rights."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know John for years and see him frequently throughout various justice courts. John and I consult with each other from time to time regarding various criminal defense issues. I see John represent his clients effectively and zealously in Court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I highly recommend this lawyer's work. John is extremely knowledgeable about complex criminal defense issues. He is very hard-working and provides excellent representation for his clients. No one will work harder to achieve the best results!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is competent, attentive, responsive. Everything you want in a lawyer. He has my endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John Nelson for over a decade and he is intelligent and works hard for his clients. He is professional and treats his clients with respect. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Nelson is a knowledgable attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John’s passion and commitment to his clients is unmatched. He is an outstanding attorney who consistently obtains exceptional results. I would not hesitate to send family or friends to Mr. Nelson. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When it comes to defending against an accusation of drunk driving in New York state, I don't know anyone better than Mr. Nelson."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known John since law school. He always stood out as an intelligent student and he's a great advocate for his clients. He is a very knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney. He is caring, trustowrthy, and works with determination. Above all, he knows the law, and is not afraid of stepping in a courtroom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known attorney Nelson for years; throughout that time, he has systematically gone 'above and beyond' for all endeavors he has taken on, while maintaining a charismatic, kind, and honest approach when achieving these results. Without hesitation, I would recommend him to anyone looking for top-notch legal representation with their criminal law or DWI issue."
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