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Jonathan Nelson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bentonville, AR

5.0   138 reviews
  • State Years
    Arkansas - AR 13 years
    Texas - TX 20 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Jonathan

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During his sixteen-year legal career, Jon Nelson has represented clients in numerous trials in both Arkansas and Texas. After practicing law in Texas, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Northwest Arkansas. Jon has handled many thousands of criminal cases. He also became a certified law enforcement instructor with the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and has taught more than 60 hours of police training to more than 300 local area law enforcement officers. Through this experience, he has developed a keen awareness and understanding regarding the way in which police officers and prosecutors work to convict people charged with crimes. Jon loves putting that knowledge to work for his clients to find ways to win!

Mr. Nelson has dedicated the last several years of his career to defending people charged with crimes.  

Mr. Nelson graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and he then graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he obtained a law degree. While in law school, Mr. Nelson served as a member and an editor of the ARKANSAS LAW REVIEW. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Texas. He is the author of a published article concerning federal and state constitutional protections against cruel and/or unusual punishment. 56 ARK. L. REV. 229 (2003). Mr. Nelson also has served as an adjunct professor for the Northwest Arkansas Community College. He is married, and he and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter and a son.

Location

Jonathan D. Nelson, Attorney at Law
1202 NE McClain Road
Bentonville, AR, 72712

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Posted by krystal | May 6, 2023
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the best
my name is krystal and i was facing alot of time in arkansas for drugs and for fraud and a few other cases i got in contact with mr nelson and he explaned everything to me in a way i would understand he shot it to me stright dident beat around the bush and super hooked it up on a payment plan hes a sweetheart but when in court hes a beast will for sure fight to get u the best possiable outcome ... thank u johnathan for everything u did and got me back home to my son in califorina .... if u need a good laywer hes the man for the job .... thank u again no words can express how greatfull for u .. my case was started at 30 years and droped to 6 years.. suspended and 6 years peobation .. ur amazing .......
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2022
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Exceptional
Not sure how to put in words what Jon has done for me. Cant express the amount of respect and gratitude that l have and will always owe to him. He is without a doubt the only person that has held me together through some unjust things. No matter what he is doing he has been the blocks to a bridge that I didn't think could get built. Through covid and me losing family and just dealing with prosecutors leaving and new ones coming and having to basically do the entire show over and over I'm sure can be a task. But he is always ready and has a smile on his face. There is no other one to call for your criminal justice needs then him! Thank you Mr Nelson !
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Posted by Sean | May 27, 2021
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Flexible and Professional
Jon and I were working on a consultation while there was a miscommunication, he communicated and worked to create the best possible solution. I would recommend and request his representation for future help.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2020
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Super attorney
Best lawyer ever he is very talented and solved the dv criminal case very easily without jail time
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great!!
Jon always took care of me and was always by the phone or ready to meet whenever I had any question or concerns! He is professional and a great attorney. I highly recommend this man to anyone who is need of legal help! Thank you again Jon!!
Posted by Zach | September 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great!!!!!
Jon represented me on a probation revocation and several misdemeanor charges and did an excellent job. I have had a lot of bad past history with law enforcement so they are kind of fed up with me and Jon managed to avoid any jail time whatsoever and my felony revoke was completely dismissed. Of all lawyers I have used for various reasons Jon is by far the best at always keeping me in the loop and updated I could go on and on but I highly recommend Jon to anyone needing legal council. Very honest and respectful and extremely understanding and easy to work with.
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Posted by Charles Griffin | July 11, 2019
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Assault investigation
On July 10th 2019 at around 4 pm I received a phone call from one of north west Arkansas police departments regarding a very serious assault and battery case that could've been a lot of trouble for me had I not had the proper attorney to be there to help me clear up the waters that we're getting ever so muddy. At 21 years old and being on felony probation it doesn't take much for someone like me to end up in a bad situation with law enforcement or to be incarcerated for something I didn't do. On July 10th I was called to the Bella vista police department and asked to come up there and speak with them on an assault case I was involved in the call took place at around 4pm and I try to make it a rule not to talk to law enforcement without legal council but at that time of night what are the chances you can get a lawyer on the phone to address a situation like that and as if reading my mind my mother told me to call her attorney Jonathan Nelson. I googled his phone number and he picked up and at the crack of a whip dropped everything he was doing asked me to come up to his office and explain the situation before going to the police department and I did just that. I explained what happened and asked Jon to please go with me up there and represent me. And with out question he closed down his office looked me in my eye told me not to worry about a thing because he had my back and followed us to the PD to answer questions. He was very informative walked me through the whole process before we ever even went inside gave me a full walk through on the do's and do nots then walked side by side with me into the police station. We sat down with the officer Jon handled every question and cautiously guided me through the investigation. The crazy thing was the whole thing was in such short notice he had less then 45 minutes to prepare for the it but watching him handle the situation it was like he'd been working this case his whole life. You can truly tell he sits back and sifts through every detail on both sides of the table and has a counter move for what ever they are trying to hit you with. Walking in with Jon I felt as if I had a personal shield to defend me against whatever they wanted to charge me with and 20 minutes after walking in we walked right back out of that police department side by side and he acted like it was a walk in the park. When I say at the crack of a whip this man was there to defend me and that he dropped everything to do so I truly mean it. Jon cares about his clients and they're rights and freedom and I would recommend him to anyone to handle any case. He's reliable he cares and he knows the laws and your rights backwards and front. If you. Want someone who's going to memorize every fact on both sides and who is going to organize an incredible defense for you with out a doubt I would recommend him for any case no matter how big or small. Jon I cannot thank you enough for what you did for me yesterday you have no idea what it means to me and my family. You truly are one of the best.
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Posted by Colton | January 23, 2019
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Public Intoxication Dismissed
Jonathan Nelson was very diligent in my particular case! He found all the facts he needed to ensure I did not have anything on my record that could affect my future endeavors. He made sure to get my opinion on the options and kept me well informed.
Posted by Tim | August 31, 2018
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DWI Reduction
I was facing a DWI #2 plus 7 days in jail. Jon was able to get it dropped down to a DWI #1 and no jail time!
Posted by Jason | August 20, 2018
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Amazing
I was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The case was continued for six months, and I was never left out of the loop. Jon did an absolute stunning job of getting the fairest deal/outcome I could have wanted. Very professional. Very personable. Excellent service.
Posted by Astin | May 9, 2018
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Very Experienced and Knowledgeable
Jonathan handled my speeding ticket case with great expertise and knowledge. The case was resolved beyond all reasonable doubts in my favor and the case was dismissed! Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2018
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Ambiguous Traffic Accident
Mr. Nelson is very attentive and patient towards his clients. I consider myself high maintenance, but he made my case painless. The prosecutor originally wanted more than $3,000 in fines and restitution, but I ended up paying only $175!
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2018
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Charges Dropped!!
I was arrested on Labor Day weekend and blew .20. My blood also came back .20. With that and a reckless driving charge, I felt doomed. Mr. Nelson was very diligent in taking care of things for me. After 6 months, he called to say that the charges had all been dropped!!
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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Kept me out of jail!
Jon used his knowledge of the law and managed to save me from doing any jail time. I should have done 10 days in jail. Thanks to Jon, I'm a free man.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2018
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Drug possession/public intox
Jon helped me out so much. He was able to keep all charges off of my record, and most importantly, he kept me out of jail. The outcome was everything I hoped for and more.
Posted by Tony | January 26, 2018
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DWI Victory
I was charged with DWI and three other charges. Jonathan Nelson not only kept me out of jail, but because of him, I was found not guilty of everything.
Posted by Cynthia | January 26, 2018
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Awesome Attorney, Polite and Compassionate
I had a very tricky possession charge. Jon clearly had my best interests in mind, and he negotiated a deal where my charge will be dismissed! I highly recommend Jon. Thank you very much Jon. Keep up your hard work!
Posted by Angel | December 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional attorney that won my DWI
Jon Nelson is an exceptional attorney. I was charged with my second DWI and not only was he able to keep my license from getting suspended for two years but he also WON my DWI. I can tell Jon is an honest and knowledgeable attorney who's not afraid to fight for his clients! Thank you, Jon, for resolving my case so quickly!
Posted by Will | November 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
He is very helpful, nice, willing to fight for your case no matter what, and he never gives up. He got my case dropped from a driving on a suspended license for dwi to just a regular driving on a suspended license, which means I received no jail time.
Posted by Josiah | November 17, 2017
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Domestic
My wife and I got into a dispute. It escalated into several things getting broken. I got arrested. Jon Nelson made me feel at ease for court and trial days, and my case is getting dismissed.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Norwood & Norwood, P.A.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • 2012 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Springdale City Attorneys Office
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Matthews, Stein, Shiels, Pearce, Knott, Eden & Davis
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Travis & Calhoun
  • 2003 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. B.C.
  • Jury found client not guilty.
  • Meeks v. State of Arkansas, 479 S.W.3d 559, 2016 Ark. App. 9 (Ark. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Conviction reversed - client found not guilty
  • State v. P.R.
  • Jury found client not guilty on all charges.
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Associations

  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Benton County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • NHTSA approved SFST course
  • 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • 2012
  • Certified Instructor
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • 2011
  • Editor
  • Arkansas Law Review
  • 2002
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Publications

  • City Attorney Law Letter
  • A Discussion Regarding the Charging of DWI and DUI Offenses in Arkansas
  • 2012
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Eighth Circuit Upholds District Court's Decision Requiring the City of Fayetteville to Pay Attorney's Fees and Costs
  • 2012
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Eighth Circuit Upholds District Court's Decision Finding that a Land Use Ordinance Requiring the Enclosure of Racing Vehicles is not a Regulatory Taking Requiring Compensation
  • 2012
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds Circuit Court's Decision Finding that a City of Hot Springs Ordinance Authorizing a Stormwater Utility Fee Did Not Constitute an Illegal Exaction or a Tax Requiring Voter Approval and that the Fee was Fair and Reasonable
  • 2012
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals Upholds Jury's Decision to Award Compensation to a Tenant in an Eminent-Domain Case but Reverses the Circuit Court's Decision Granting Attorney's Fees to the Landowners
  • 2012
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals Upholds Circuit Court's Decision to Deny a Landowner's Request to Set Aside an Annexation of Property and to Deny a Request for Nonconforming Use Status
  • 2012
  • City Attorney Law Letter
  • A Discussion Regarding the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Enforcement in Arkansas
  • 2011
  • City Attorney Law Letter
  • An Overview of Orders of Protection, Restraining Orders, and 9.3 No Contact Orders
  • 2011
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Supreme Court Reverses Circuit Court's Decision to Apply a Rational Basis Standard When Reviewing a Decision by the Jonesboro City Council to Deny a Conditional Use Permit
  • 2011
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals Confirms that the Planning Commission is Authorized to Approve Preliminary Plats Within Little Rock's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction but Reverses Circuit Court and Finds that There was Substantial Evidence to Indicate that Little Rock Failed to Follow its Own Procedures in Approving a Subdivision Application and Preliminary Plat
  • 2011
  • The Municipal Attorney Periodical
  • Arkansas Court of Appeals Upholds Circuit Court's Decision to Treat the Grant of a Conditional Use Permit as a Legislative Act When the Granting of the Conditional Use Permit Amounts to a Change in the Existing Lane Use Authorized by the Zoning Ordinance
  • 2011
  • Arkansas Law Review
  • Cruel and/or Unusual Punishment
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Criminal Law - Nuts and Bolts
  • 2016
  • 2016 Last Chance CLE
  • Officer's Forget; Videos Don't - Winning Criminal Cases with Dash Cam Videos
  • 2016
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Overview of Criminal Law
  • 2015
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Testifying in Court
  • 2012
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Civil Liability
  • 2012
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Civil Liability
  • 2011
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Constitutional Law
  • 2011
  • Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Testifying in Court
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jon Nelson was a Prosecuting Attorney in Northwest Arkansas. He was a great trial attorney, always prepared and had a wonderful knowledge of the law. As a criminal defense attorney, he is winning a lot of cases because he is very prepared and very sharp. He also treats all of his clients with respect and keeps them informed on their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jon is passionate about the law and fighting for his clients. He always remains professional and respectful, yet does not back down from getting the best outcomes for his clients. He's knowledgable about the law and I feel fortunate to learn from him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jon is a great trial attorney and is one of the best people to have on your side. He is incredibly knowledgeable and fights hard."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very skilled at defending his clients. He puts his heart and soul into achieving the very highest results for each client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jon does a great job for his clients. Having tried many cases against Jon, I know that he is always going to be prepared for trial. He does a superb job of identifying relevant issues and then building his case around those issues. If there is an argument to be made, Jon will find it. He is also a really good person to work with. He is always vigilant but never overly aggressive. Jon puts his client’s needs first and it shows."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have served as opposing counsel to Mr. Nelson on 3 trials and he displays the utmost professionalism and highest quality of representation for his clients of any attorney in Northwest Arkansas. His reputation in the legal community is without question. I would recommend this attorney to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jon is a thorough and knowledgeable attorney who would be an asset to any individual faced with the uncertainty of criminal or DWI charges. Having him in your corner means you have a better chance of winning, period."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Bentonville DUI and DWI Lawyer Jonathan Nelson
Jonathan Nelson
DUI and DWI Attorney
Bentonville, AR
Licensed for 20 years