5.0 stars 44 totalReview Russell Pietryga
Posted by a client
I unfortunately was charged criminally with Domestic Violence - Electronics Communication Harassment by my roommates while I was out of state and for the completely absurd reason I may or may not have burned a tea kettle, even after calmly attempting to rectify the situation, it exploded into a long drawn out argument which I stopped taking seriously and started responding to with humor/meme's after all my attempts at rectifying the situation were met with more anger and vitriol. I didn't expect criminal charges or a Protective Order to follow when I returned back to Utah, but they did and had proven some of my concerns regarding my roommates trustworthiness and desire for me to move out, especially my fear the would attempt a forced eviction which the Protective Order essentially was. Now I am not a violent person and never was violent in any of my communications, I honestly had tried my best to handle the situation offering to replace the tea kettle, which looking back I doubt I was responsible for as I was at work all day, and then the validity of the charges as I was out of state during the alleged "DV-ECH". Because of the severity of the crimes I was charged with and the long term effects they would have on my life personally and professionally I decided to search for legal defense, and found Pietryga Law after a few days of searching. From experience I have learned that you can measure the competence and capability of a professional based on how well they treat you before you have even hired them, and based off my experience before choosing and signing any paperwork, Mr. Pietryga and Pietryga Law's Attorney Mark Brown were completely open and honest and took the time to explain to me everything I could expect and need to know, proving in my mind they were the professionals I was looking for to handle my case; and the same can be said for the civil attorney they recommended to me Justin Ashworth who proved himself the same. My Protective Order hearing came first and Mr. Ashworth came down on a 4 hour drive, where he managed to have the Order Dismissed with Prejudice in my favor; and afterwards the D.A. notified Russell they were dropping the charges. Unfortunately they only did this to refile them 1 day before a scheduled court hearing, at which point Mr. Pietryga had an awesome local attorney show up to help me enter a Plea of Not Guilty, and owing to the distance having moved to Salt Lake City for the previous 5+ months the Judge waived my requirement to show up until the Jury Trial. Upon the day of the Trial Mr. Pietryga had shown up early for deliberations, and throughout the entire process made sure I was kept aware of the situation and defended me against the D.A. as perfectly and professionally, and aggressively as I could imagine. After a long trial, and after having stood testimony myself, the jury broke for deliberations and returned a Unanimous Verdict of Not Guilty of all charges. This whole situation taught me to trust my gut instincts, and be more careful in who I choose to invite into my life; there are some incredibly foul and loathsome individuals, particularly who care nothing for others and only seek personal gain, without regards to the toll it might have on others. Mr. Pietryga understood this and I believe, believed in my total innocence, and I couldn't recommend a better Criminal Defense Attorney in the State of Utah, he was the perfect professional for the job and made sure all my rights were restored in full, against such a foreign legal process. I'm glad to have been a witness to the trial and how the law works, but if you are charged with a crime, I can't stress enough the value of a good lawyer and as far as I can tell, Mr. Pietryga and his firm, and legal network are as professional and hard working as you could ever hope for. In my opinion he is the absolute best, and I have no regrets in hiring him, nor would I be in recommending him in the future.
Posted by Karsten Hansen
For contacting Russ the day before I had my first hearing in court for my dui he was amazing, he contacted the prosecutor and court and obtained an extension (mind you this is 4pm the day before court, so way short notice) and continued to keep me updated and appear at my preliminary hearings. I live in Moab so for him to come down on a four hour drive to go to court with me was very reassuring. Even the judge commended him for showing up to the court, apparently a lot of lawyers from salt lake city don't show up, Russ did and he performed, as I was buttoning up my dress shirt to go to court I received a call and he told me all my charges were dismissed, such a relief off my shoulders, if any of my friends or family, myself included, get in any legal trouble I can guarantee I will be going to Russ or they will!
Posted by a client
Russell has been a tremendous help with my case. I was pulled over and charged with a minor traffic infraction while in Utah. I live in New York and the court was requiring my presence at the court date. Without the financial means or time to get back to Utah, I contacted Russell. Russell was excellent in explaining the outcomes of the situation and expressed sincere interests in ways he could help me. Within a couple hours Russell was able to contact the prosecuting attorney and helped me to resolve the case without a return trip to Utah. It was evident in talking to Russell that he is highly experienced and has a strong network of connections in the legal field. The thing that stood out to me, was that even with being unable to meet with him in person, he truly cared about helping me to resolve this situation in a timely and cost effective manner. I would highly recommend Russell to anyone in need of legal consult as his level of dedication goes above and beyond.
Posted by Kelly
I was referred to Russ Pietryga by a friend who had hired him and was very satisfied with him. Russ made time to meet with me very soon after I initially contacted him. He took my concerns seriously and explained what I could reasonably expect to happen In a court process that was otherwise totally foreign to me. He has extensive knowledge of law and worked effectively with others in the court room. He followed up with me afterwards to make sure I felt that results were satisfactory. And they were!
Posted by a client
I couldn't ask for a better defense attorney than Russ Pietryga. You can tell he really takes pride in helping his clients and fighting for them. This is not a lawyer that is just going to stand next to you while you plead guilty! I was amazed how quickly he was able to get my case resolved, I thought my life was ruined and I was going to jail. Hopefully I won't need a criminal lawyer again, but if I do I will call Russ. He is awesome!
Posted by Roger
When I selected Russ as representation for a domestic violence case, I partially relied on the reviews here at Avvo. Because of that fact, I wanted to add my own thoughts for others to read. Right after calling Russ he began filing all necessary documents. So he jumped right on it. Right from the start Russ kept telling me not to worry but to let him do what I hired him for and that was to do the worrying and to take care of things. That impressed me and meant allot to me and I knew I could trust him. He brought up the main points that needed to be discussed in court and what was the key issues that we needed to talk about and ultimately how my case would be dismissed. He was right on. I wanted someone who would be very forceful and loyal in representing me and should be part of Russ’ resume. Thanks Russ.
Posted by John n.
I have use Mr. Pietryga twice in my lifetime so far, and never had a second thought on if I was hiring the wrong person or if I was wasting my money. I was very confident and trusting of Mr. Pietryga abilities and knowledgeable of our court system.
The one biggest quality that draw me back to Mr. Pietryga, was always up forward and honest person and still down to earth, so the whole lawyers being all greedy thing was nothing but only a joke.
In the end I'm grateful for finding his law firm, cause now I know who I can trust and know he will do everything in his abilities to fulfill my needs in my case.
Posted by a Domestic Violence client
I called Russ after I was wrongfully charged with Domestic Violence. Because these cases are treated very seriously (and quite rightly so) it is necessary to have Legal council and a Lawyer that knows the ins and outs of the system and how to get you the best results. Russel was confident from the get go and very reassuring even when my relatively simple case took several appearances to resolve. I was happy and relieved when my charges were dismissed without prejudice, thanks to Russel's hard work.
If you need a competent Attorney to resolve your DV case Russel is the right guy for the job.
Posted by Tyler
I called Russ a couple days after I was arrested for a DUI. He immediately wanted to meet up and go over everything that happened. He asked me what I wanted the outcome of this to be. I said "I want this to stay off my record." It was a long process but in the end I couldn't be happier. My record is clean and I owe it all to Russ! He does great work!
Posted by Corey
I called Russ one day after getting booked overnight for a DUI. After listening to my version of what happened and looking over the police report he developed a gameplan that went through perfectly. My case was dismissed! It only took 3 weeks and minimal effort on my end. Russ contacted me whenever new information was available and kept me in the loop, but also kept me out of the courtroom and even handled my license hearing for free which was great because it was held over an hour away from where I live. Communication and timeliness were top notch. I recovered the fee to for having my car towed and got my license back before the temporary license expired. My driving record remains clean! I could not be happier with the end result. A+++ overall.