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John Elbert Cutler

DUI and DWI Attorney at Idaho Falls, ID

5.0   52 reviews
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  • Licensed for 33 years
    State ID
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Misdemeanor and Felony cases in State and Federal Courts. Administrative License Suspension Hearings and Refusal hearings

    30 years

  2. Criminal defense
    40%
    All Misdemeanor and Felony cases in State and Federal Courts

    30 years

  3. Federal crime
    10%

    20 years

HIGHLY-RATED, PROVEN RESULTS!

 

 

Mr. Cutler has 30 plus years’ experience having graduated from Brigham Young University’s, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1989. Immediately following law school Mr. Cutler served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert G. Mooreman, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Arizona. As a law clerk Mr. Cutler further polished his legal research skills and learned how judges view cases and what helps them make their decisions.

In 1991, Mr. Cutler joined the Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Office, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, as a deputy prosecuting attorney. As a deputy prosecutor, he handled both misdemeanor and felony prosecutions and tried numerous jury trials. Mr. Cutler also spent a significant time prosecuting and trying Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases.

In 1995 Mr. Cutler took his clerkship and prosecution experience into private practice. First, with the law firm Cooper, Wetzel, Avery, and Lee and then in 2003 opening his own law firm, the Cutler Law Office, P.A. The Cutler Law Office, P.A. is primarily a criminal defense litigation firm, with an emphasis on the area of DUI defense. Mr. Cutler has had numerous jury trial in State and Federal Court along with numerous motions to suppress evidence and other motions. Mr. Cutler is also a member of the Federal CJA Panel and is appointed to represent people charge with federal crimes.

Mr. Cutler seeks to educate himself with frequent attendance at seminars on criminal defense, DUI defense and trial skills. Mr. Cutler has completed both the Student and the Instructor’s Courses of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing” and is a qualified practitioner and instructor of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Mr. Cutler believes that knowing how law enforcement is supposed to do their job helps both in analyzing and preparing a case and cross examining the officer on the stand.

Mr. Cutler has also been recognized by his peers with an AV Preeminent professional rating by Martindale-Hubble and has a “Superb” 10.0 rating by . His clients have also given him the AVVO Clients Choice award for 2017 and 2018. Mr. Cutler also stays active in his profession by participating on the board of directors for the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Federal Defenders’ Services of Idaho and is the State Delegate for the National College of DUI Defense.

Mr. Cutler enjoys his work and helping people with their problems. He wants to put all his experience, education and skills to use in defending you and your reputation.

Mr. Cutler was born and raised in Long Beach California where he loved the outdoors, camping and backpacking. He now loves the outdoor opportunities Idaho has to offer and his 10-minute commute. He is married (33 years and counting), with four child, and four grandchildren (and counting).

Education:
• B.S. in Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1986
• J.D. in Law, Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, 1989

Court Admissions:
• All Idaho State Courts
• Federal District Court of Idaho
• Federal District Court of Arizona
• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Organizations

Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National College of DUI Defense (Currently Idaho's State Delegate)

Founding Member - DUI Defense Lawyers Association

National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers (Idaho)

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2018,2017,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 5 ...

Location

John Elbert Cutler
101 Park Ave, Suite 203
Idaho Falls, ID, 83402

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Khun Ron | July 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
John is very experienced, polite, personable and knowledgeable. He has worked on the prosecuting side and now the defense side. He knows the local industry. He listened to me and my case facts, gave fair and experienced advice, and we made smart steps during the process. Ultimately, "my railroaded trumped up charges as an out of stater - my take", were reduced. I was given a reasonable fine and the case can be dismissed. Very fair and I am satisfied.
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Response from John Cutler July 25, 2019
Ron - I really appreciate those kind words. It was a hoot to work with you and I am glad we were able to get things taken care of in a way that met your needs. Shauny, also appreciates your kind words that you sent her off line. I know hat she is preparing the paper work for me to have this matter dismissed at this time. I hope all goes well for you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, great results!
Mr. Cutler and his staff were a pleasure to work with. Mr. Cutler clearly knows his stuff. Passing through Idaho on my way home to California, I picked up a marijuana and paraphernalia charges during a routine traffic stop. The whole encounter with the officer shook me up, but I was confident after speaking to Mr. Cutler. He outlined all approaches and outcomes to the case and discussed the possibility of dismissal. Less than a month later, Mr. Cutler delivered the most ideal outcome, which was dismissal of charges. Mr. Cutler and his staff are professional, friendly, communicative, and fast. If you ever find yourself in a situation after an unpleasant encounter with law enforcement, I highly recommend you give Mr. Cutler a call before doing anything else!
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Response from John Cutler October 22, 2018
Thank you for the kind review. I am always trying to help relieve the stress that comes with being involved in the criminal justice system and I was grateful that I was able to achieve a great result for you. I look deeply at each case to find the right strategy that will work for each client. I hope thinks go well for you moving forward.
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Posted by Jesse | January 24, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Being charged with a DUI? Mr. Cutler is your guy.
Mr. Cutler is a compassionate and patient person, and a knowledgeable, thorough and dedicated attorney. When you find yourself going through the criminal court process, especially for the first time, it can be seriously overwhelming, and there are seemingly pitfalls everywhere (forgetting or not knowing about the ALS hearing can have big consequences, for example). On top of that, the amount of shame or embarrassment one might feel to find one’s self in such a position can be intense. Mr. Cutler, as well as his staff, treated me with nothing but dignity and respect, and essentially held my hand through the entire court process. It was huge for me to not feel so alone, caught in a system that, until you are in it, many of us do not understand or have intimate knowledge of. This is a man who has spent the hours and hours to not only completely understand but also maintain official certification in police DUI procedure. He will turn over EVERY rock and exhaust any and all leads in establishing if it was or was not handled appropriately and by-the-book (even down to requesting calibration logs for police breathalyzers, and ensuring the right amount of time had passed between breath tests). While I have continued to make the life choices to not find myself in such a position ever again, I can say with absolute certainty that I would hire Mr. Cutler again in less than a heartbeat. Shout out to Shauny for also being a rockstar! Shauny is so kind and nonjudgmental. She goes above and beyond in ensuring you, as the client, are always well in-the-loop. Getting to chat with her at the office was a silver lining in an otherwise bleak situation. I cannot begin to thank you both enough for the work that you do.
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Response from John Cutler January 29, 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. I am grateful that we provided you with the care, service and legal work that helped you and your case. This is what we strive for. I wish you good luck in all your future endeavors. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer
John was courteous and professional. He helped me through a legal process that was very unpleasant and confusing.
Response from John Cutler December 25, 2023
Thank you for taking time to review our firm, I appreciate that. We do our best to help our clients through what is a very difficult time in their lives. I glad we were successful in your case. I hope there is smooth sailing for you from here on out. Again, thank you!
Posted by April | December 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Communicative and Focused
I worked with Cutler Law Offices earlier this year and they are amazing. Shauny is a wonderful paralegal and on top of things. She is a clear communicator and responds in a timely manner. Mr. Cutler took time to explain the situation, analyze outcomes and figure out the best solution for me and my circumstances. He is a very through communicator and ensured that I understood things every step of the way. He also took the time to communicate with me when delays occurred and why they occurred. He was reassuring and was able to take care of my legal issues with the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Cutler Law to anyone who needs representation in the state of Idaho.
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Response from John Cutler December 17, 2023
Thank you so much for the great review. We strive to provide top legal services and provide top customer service. I am glad we were able to meet these goals on your case. I hope that all is going well for you now. Thank you again for the review.
Posted by Pangburn | November 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
John Cutler is a wise Attorney
I hired John Cuttler to smash a big money ticket. DWI , with refusal to take a DWI test as well as the results of my my blood drawl . He dunked it. Thank you John!
Response from John Cutler November 30, 2023
Thank you for this great review! It was great working with you and I am grateful we achieved a very positive result. I hope all goes well for you moving forward and with all your good ventures you are doing.
Posted by Michael | April 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
10 Star Experience
Mr. Cutler and his legal team are absolutely the best when it comes to taking care of you, if you need help call Cutler Law Office. They were very respectful to me and helped me out out in each step of the way, they deserve a 10-star review.
Response from John Cutler April 30, 2023
Thank you Michael, it is good to get this feedback. We strive to provide our clients with both solid legal advice and representation, but also with a good experience while they go through a very difficult time. I know your future is bright. Go forward and keep making the next right decision.
Posted by Jim | April 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
They do as they say.
Would highly recommend this firm. Solid advice and always followed up with me.
Response from John Cutler April 23, 2023
Thank you Jim!! This is what we strive for. John Cutler
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Cutler is very knowledgeable about the law, and with his due diligence on finding mistakes by the arresting officer he got my charges reduced. He's there to answer any questions you may have. He is worth the money
Response from John Cutler March 18, 2023
Thank you for your kind review. We strive to do a thorough review of the evidence against our client and to fully represent them through the criminal process. We are excited for our clients when we find the grounds for dismissal or reductions like in your case. We also strive to keep our clients informed and involved. I am grateful we were able to help you. And again thank you for taking the time to leave this review.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and The Best!
John and Shauny are one of the best and most collaborative professionals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. As I found myself in a difficult situation in Idaho sometime ago, I feel so lucky to have found cutler law office by chance. While I was scared at times about how the case would affect my future I worked so hard to build, not only John and shauny gave me hope for the best outcome possible but they also maintained constant/timely communication through out the proceedings and made sure I would get the best deal possible without impacting my professional career. I am grateful to both for persistent effort in putting my only mistake behind and move forward. There is not a single doubt that if someone close to me would ask for a reliable and determined law office in Idaho, I would recommend Cutler Law office. Thank you so much, John and Shauny. God Bless you both. :-)
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Response from John Cutler January 7, 2023
Thank you so much for this kind review. We strive to have a great team working on your case and to keep you informed along the way. We strive to give you our best efforts and to use our knowledge, experience, and work, to provide the best outcome for our clients. Again, I appreciate your kind review and wish you the best going forward.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer in Idaho
John Cutler is not the kind of lawyer that has his paralegal do everything for him. His front office is great to work with, don't get me wrong. But when working with John, you'll be able to speak with him directly and he'll speak to you honestly, and kindly. He won't be too busy for you. And he's available for a consultation before hiring him. If you want a lawyer that will be there when you need him, charge a fair price, and work diligently to get you the results you're hoping for in the case, hire John.
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Response from John Cutler November 7, 2022
Thank you for your kind words. We do strive to provide first class service for our clients at the Cutler Law Office, P.A. and I always want to be available for clients. I hope you have not set the bar to high, but if so we will strive to meet it. =) Thank you again.
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing office!!
John was great! Not only did he get my entire case dropped but he was so caring and kind! His front desk lady was so quick to get me any information on my case and explained everything to me very thoroughly. I would recommend this office to everyone.
Response from John Cutler October 15, 2022
Thank you for this kind review. I was excited for you that we found the problems in the case and was able to get it dismiss. It was great working with you and I am glad you found our office and staff responsive to your needs. We strive to be a client centered office. Again thank you for the review.
Posted by Christopher | May 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Highly recommend John Cutler. Not only was he very skilled and saved me money in terms of the court and bail, he also was very understanding and genuinely a good guy to talk to. He was able to talk me off a cliff on numerous occasions and ended up getting me a much better deal than what we thought would happen. Worth every penny
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Response from John Cutler May 9, 2022
Thank you Christopher! It was great working with you and I was glad we were able to get you through this as well as we did. I know you will do well and good luck going forward. Thanks John Cutler
Posted by Westin | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
DUI expert attorney
I recently found myself In some trouble in Idaho falls, not knowing what attorney would be the best to hire for my case I can truly say making the decision to hire Mr. Cutler to represent me in my case was definitely the best decision I could have made. He got me a better deal on my case than I could’ve ever dreamed of. He is very professional about his work and does not leave you in the fog about anything, his work is nothing less than stellar! He is truly a knowledgeable and very respectable attorney, and very honest! Would highly recommend to anyone that has ran into any legal trouble in eastern Idaho.
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Response from John Cutler March 23, 2022
It was great working with you Westin. I believe we were able to avoid a lot of problems for you. I know you will doing great going forward. Thanks John Cutler
Posted by Brandy | March 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I am very satisfied with Mr. Cutler and very glad that I hired him to defend me in my criminal case. I unfortunately have numerous felony convictions a long criminal history, and as a parolee Mr. Cutler fought for me and advocated for me in every way possible. While sitting in jail for only a few months (parole hold) for a new felony, I was released with a treatment program! I thought I would be going back to prison. During my incarceration John was always very responsive and easy to get ahold of. I never had unanswered questions and always felt like a priority. His secretaries are definitely knowledgeable, professional and polite. They we’re so helpful and always knew what was going on in my case even while John was away from his desk. Thank you Mr. Cutler! And thank you Shauny!
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Response from John Cutler March 9, 2022
Thank you Brandy for this kind review. Your case wasn't easy, but I believe we got a good outcome and I know you will do great going forward. Keep making the next right choice.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer/law office
I would highly recommend John cutler. He has great rapport with his clients and always makes himself available to answer any questions. He gets everything done in a timely manner and has exceeded my expectations.
Response from John Cutler March 5, 2022
Thank you for that kind review it is our goal to provide great service. I really hope things go well for you in the future. Thanks John Cutler
Posted by Abdel | January 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very Happy
I hired John three years ago to handle a case for me. He was very patient and unlike most attorneys , I’m actually able to get a hold of him. He handled the case very professionally. The case has long ago ended but I still call him occasionally for legal advice. I’m very pleased. I hope I never need an attorney ever again but if I do, I’ll definitely hire John again.
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Response from John Cutler March 1, 2022
Thank you Abdel. I enjoyed working with you too. And look forward to working with you in the future as your case progresses. You are doing great, Keep up the good work.
Posted by Amy | December 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
I would highly recommend John. He was very thorough with my case and gave me the best outcome.
Response from John Cutler December 4, 2021
Thank you very much Amy, I appreciate the review. You were great to work with and very professional. I hope the best for you as you now move on. Thanks again.
Posted by Doug | November 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Cutler Law Office is Outstanding
John Cutler did an outstanding job representing me in a recent DUI case in ID. John has a very thorough and in-depth knowledge of the law, procedures, processes and provided me with specific counsel and advice throughout the entire process. He worked very well with the court/prosecutor/dept. of transportation/judge and was able to negotiate the best outcome possible for me. He was very good about explaining each step of the process to me ahead of time, and had good counsel and recommendations. He is optimistic but also pragmatic. Most of all he has a kind, patient, non-judgmental and compassionate demeaner which is invaluable during such a difficult process. And Shauny, his assistant, is the glue that holds everything together. She is always prompt, responsive and on top of the entire process. She makes sure you are always informed and have all the documentation needed and helps you through the process of completing steps you need to take. They really are a winning team and I would HIGHLY recommend Cutler Law Office to anyone needing legal representation. Doug
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Response from John Cutler November 12, 2021
Thank you Doug for your kind review and for recognizing our staff, they do help keep things organized and running smooth. I enjoyed working with you and hope that all goes well for you in the future. Thank you again for taking the time to review me.
Posted by James | March 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Happy with John
After contacting several attorneys while looking for one to assist me I chose John because I appreciated his honest and soft spoken demeanor as well as his willingness to take the time to thoroughly explain my options to resolve my issue the best of which wound up being a rather novel process called Criminal Mediation. He knows the law and the local Judges/DA's and I found his billing is very fair. I would unreservedly recommend John for handling any criminal issues you may have.
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Response from John Cutler March 15, 2021
Thanks James - it was a pleasure to work with you and I was happy we got a resolution that worked for you. Good luck with all your endeavors. John E Cutler
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Cutler Law Office, P.A.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cooper Wetzel Avery & Lee
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Office
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona
  • 1989 - 1991
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. D.T.
  • Acquittal (Not Guilty) at Jury Trial of Felony Injurying Government Property
  • State of Idaho v. J.C.
  • DUI Dismissed
  • State of Idaho v. L.J.
  • Acquital (Not Guilty) on 2 counts of Sexual Battery
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • State of Idaho Delegate
  • 2019 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Ambassador for Idaho
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Eagle Rock American Inn of Court
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Eagle Rock American Inn of Court
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Idaho State Bar, Business and Corporate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Idaho State Bar, Law Practice Management Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Scenic Falls Federal Credit Union
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer for Idaho
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer for Idaho
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Summer Session Graduate
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers for Idaho
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Invited as a Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers for Idaho
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor Course
  • Robert F. La Pier & Associates
  • 2010
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobreity Test Practitioner
  • Robert F. La Pier & Associates
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Headline News seminar, Idaho Falls
  • Criminal Law Update - 2018
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (14)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor I have had dozens of cases against Mr. Cutler. He always represented his clients zealously and professionally. He was always able to get good results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Cutler is an intelligent, diligent, and experienced defense attorney. Not only does he fight for his clients, but his ethics are above reproach. It is without hesitation that I endorse John."
Administrative law Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John does a great job and is a great advocate for his clients. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Other
"John is well respected by his peers and for good reason. I recommend him with your dui/criminal case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great guy and a terrific attorney. We met as members of the National College of DUI Defense at Harvard Law School. DUI defense is a field that requires a level of constant learning that is unlike any other developing practice area. John is the consummate student --staying ahead on DUI trends and scientific analysis. I would heartily recommend John to anybody facing a serious DUI charge."
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Idaho Falls DUI and DWI Lawyer John Elbert Cutler
John Elbert Cutler
DUI and DWI Attorney
Idaho Falls, ID
Licensed for 33 years
Virtual consultation available