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John Elbert Cutler

DUI and DWI Attorney at Idaho Falls, ID

5.0   44 reviews

Licensed for 32 years

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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

    28 years

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

    28 years

  3. Federal crime
    10%

    18 years

 

 

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 AVVO.com. 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)

Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 32 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/20/2022

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

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

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
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 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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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.
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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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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Posted by Brandy | March 7, 2022
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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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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2022
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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.
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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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.
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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Posted by James | March 14, 2021
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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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Posted by Joseph | January 18, 2021
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Fantastic lawyer! Worth every penny.
Mr. Cutler was able to arrange a dismissal for my case. I was a young, dumb college student who got into a tiff with local law. Working with Mr. Cutler was easy and smooth, and communication with him was excellent. Not to mention, he is affordable, even to a college student. You can tell he really cares about his clients by the way he communicates, always making sure that everything is where it needs to be.
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Response from John Cutler February 12, 2021
Thank you Joseph for those kind words, I am glad I could help! Compared to me, you are young, but I know you are not dumb. Keep up in your studies. Thanks again, John E Cutler
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend highly enough
Was arrested on DUI charges after not using turn signal, with breathalyzer evidence of being over the limit - I thought I had no chance to fight it, but I still needed to try so my career wasn't affected. Mr. Cutler was able find several procedural faults of the officer during my arrest and breathalyzer testing, and ultimately got my charge reduced from DUI, past reckless driving, all the way down to Inattentive driving (on par with driving with a phone in hand). So instead of license suspension, probation with vehicle lock system, and all of those costs, I had to pay $300 and accept a few points on my license. I truly owe Mr. Cutler more appreciation and gratitude than I could ever put into words.
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Response from John Cutler January 14, 2021
I greatly appreciate your kind review. I am grateful that we were able to have the success we had in your case. We always strive to put in the work necessary to find the defenses if there. I am also happy for you and know that your future is bright. Keep up your hard work too.
Posted by Chris | December 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Cutler exceeded my expectations
I had a special case because I am from CA but I got entangled with Idaho law enforcement during a short vacation Mr. Cutler did not sugar coat my situation, He gave it to me straight. What I admired most about Mr. Cutler was his integrity and perseverance, he was also easily accessible during the months leading up to the court hearing. He is VERY knowledgeable about his profession and he has proven his skills by exhibiting great wisdom throughout the whole process. I had never been in any legal trouble before and this was my first time hiring a lawyer. I felt like I was wandering in the dark when I was looking for assistance for my case until I stumbled upon Mr. Cutler's profile. I'm glad I made a smart choice by factoring in Mr. Cutler's experience, knowledge, and his previous client's testimonials. Not only did he guide me through the whole process, but he also taught me everything I needed to know AND what I should have known about the justice system so that I could make more informed choices in the future. I salute you on this day Mr. Cutler and I am grateful for working with you and I wish you the best!
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Response from John Cutler December 25, 2020
Chris - Thank you for this kind review. I enjoyed getting to know you and working with you. You have a bright future and I am grateful that we could help keep it that way. I hope to someday see you discovery\create something that changes the world. Keep working hard you will go far.
Posted by Markelle | December 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient and professional
John took care of a ticket I got early this year. He has great communication and took care of it fast and efficient!
Response from John Cutler December 17, 2020
Thank you Markelle for the kind words. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Ashlie | October 20, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney!
John Cutler is knowledgeable and patient. He and his staff are incredible and are always welcoming and understanding.
Response from John Cutler October 23, 2020
Thank you Ashlie!! And thank you for recognizing our staff and the great work they do.
Posted by Deb | July 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
John is a very kind person. He did not judge me for my wrong doing, and represented me very well, and I am very satisfied with the outcome.
Response from John Cutler July 30, 2020
Thank for this kind review. It was a pleasure working with you. I always strive to do my best work for all my clients and not to judge them in anyway. But what I learned about you, and all the good things you are doing, I would judge you to be a very kind, caring and compassionate person who has a bright future and can overcome a lot. Hope all goes well for you.
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Posted by Cameron | February 24, 2020
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Better than expected!
I had a felony dui in which John did better than I would have ever expected. First, he spent hours just looking for errors in the video. That in itself is something no other lawyer would have done. Second, he got to know me as a person and of my past. He found that I am really a good person which made some errors. In all and all, he kept me out of prison, and I am so happy with the results. I get to see my children and be outside! I could not complain one bit for the outcome. I would be glad to pay more for his services. Well worth every penny!
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Response from John Cutler February 26, 2020
Thank you Cameron for the kind words. I am so happy you are doing well and active with your family. It took some work but I was happy with the outcome too. Good luck in the future.
Posted by Douglas | April 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best criminal defense in the state!!
I have had many criminal attorneys in my life time. John Cutler is the best!! I was facing felony drug charges with prison looking like the only outcome. John listened and studied my case and new every detail of my case. In the end i got only probation. John is very honest and his retainer was very reasonable. Douglas M.
Response from John Cutler April 15, 2019
Thanks Doug for those kind words. It was a pleasure working with you. I am grateful for how things turned out and to get to know you. I think your future is bright. Keep up your good work.
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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

Legal Cases

  • State of Idaho v. B.T.
  • Dismissed by Judge after granting our Motion to Suppress
  • State of Idaho v. S.C.
  • Excessive DUI reduced to Inattentive Driving
  • State v. C.B.
  • Not Guilty of Unlawful Possession of Wildlife after Jury Trial
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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

Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyer for Idaho
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 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)
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 32 years
Virtual consultation available