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216 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Office: (520) 622-1222
Toll Free: (520) 622-1222
Fax: (520) 624-7817
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About Me

Member of the Recognition Committee and Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee.

 

James Nesci

 

 

James Nesci is a 1994 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law and was a solo practitioner for ten years in Tucson, Arizona, before becoming the managing partner in the firm; Nesci, St. Louis & West, P.L.L.C. in January, 2005. On January 1st, 2010, he and Joseph P. St. Louis created Tucson’s premier firm for DUI Defense: Nesci & St. Louis, P.L.L.C..

 

 

 

In addition to writing books on DUI Defense, Mr. Nesci works on large-scale challenges to DUI laws and investigatory techniques. He is AV Preeminent-Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell, has been continuously named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White since 2010 [www.bestlawfirms.usnews.com ].

 

 

In 1999 Mr. Nesci became a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense [www.lawyersandjudges.com]. He is co-author of DUI Defense books for Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He is a contributing author to the 5th Edition of the treatise: MedicoLegal Aspects of Alcohol which is a text used by forensic toxicologists across the world and serves as the text for the Borkenstein School at Indiana University. He also authored a consumer book titled: How to Beat a DUI, which is also available at www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

His firm’s practice is devoted primarily to defense of vehicular crimes. At any one time, he typically defends up to twenty DUI cases in several jurisdictions.

 

Mr. Nesci often defends cases well into the .30 blood-alcohol range. He has caught more than one police officer lying during cross-examination and some police officers have even refused to grant pretrial interviews to him without a prosecutor or their own counsel present. He was one of the lead attorneys on the Intoximeters® RBT-IV breath-testing issue in Southern Arizona which resulted in the suppression of breath tests in over 7,000 cases and the removal of the RBT-IV from the streets of Arizona. He also spear-headed the effort to obtain the manufacturer’s source code and software for the CMI Intoxilyzer 8000. Although the source code was never obtained, he almost single-handedly ground 90% of all DUI prosecutions within the City of Tucson to a halt for nearly three years and obtained breath test suppressions and dismissals in hundreds of DUI cases.

 

In addition to “traditional” DUI cases which involve alcohol, Mr. Nesci is a recognized expert on the defense of DUI/Drugs cases. Whether they be legal, prescription medications or illicit drugs, such DUI cases are far more complex and present cutting-edge issues for the courts.

 

Mr. Nesci is a team-player within the Southern Arizona DUI Defense Community. He is often involved in large-scale challenges to DUI investigative methods and chemical testing. His opinion is sought by DUI Attorneys across the nation on various issues. He is one of only a handful of attorneys in the country who has ever held a DOT-Compliant Permit to operate an Intoxilyzer® 8000. He owns both an Intoxilyzer® 5000 & 8000 which are used for in-court demonstrations and for research purposes. He is qualified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests under National Highway Traffic Safety Administration & International Association of Chiefs of Police Guidelines.

 

Mr. Nesci has lectured from coast-to-coast for such organizations as The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Arizona State University College of Law Alumni Association, University of Mississippi CLE Department, South Texas College of Law CLE Department, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Arizona Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, City of Phoenix Public Defender’s Office, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Indiana Public Defender’s Council, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maricopa County Bar Association, Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Mexican-American Bar Association at Loyola National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, the Nevada State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Pima County Bar Association, Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Tucson City Public Defender’s Office, Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice.

 

He has taught seminars on the subjects of Ethics, 4th Amendment Law, Drug Recognition Evaluations (DUI-Drugs/DRE), Cross-Examination, Trial Tactics, Jury Selection, Field Sobriety Testing, Blood Alcohol Calculations, Opening & Closing Arguments, Source Code Litigation, Frye & Daubert Challenges, Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator’s Course, Headspace Gas Chromatography, Blood and Breath Testing. He is a frequent guest of the John C. Scott radio program in Tucson. The Tucson Weekly named Mr. Nesci “King of the DUI Defense” (December 19, 2002). He has appeared on CNN, Inside Edition, Celebrity Justice, Fox News, Access Hollywood, Court TV and National Public Radio.

 

He has represented former Supremes lead singer Diana Ross and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tight-End Jerramy Stevens on Extreme DUI charges and fitness guru Richard Simmons on an assault charge.

 

Mr. Nesci is married with twin daughters. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy where he spent much of his time working as an electrician in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards. His interests are traveling, fine wines, vintage port and fast cars. He is an amateur race car driver, mechanic, and a Corvette fanatic.

 

 

Admissions:

 

 

Supreme Court of the United States, 2010

 

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1995

 

United States District Court for the District of Arizona, 1994

 

State of Arizona, 1994

 

 


Current Publications:

 

 

Legal Treatises:

 


Arizona DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2006.


 

 

Author: James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Arizona DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice, 2nd Edition. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2009.


 

 

Author: James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Arizona DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice, 3rd Edition. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2012.


 

 

Author: James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Colorado DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2013


 

 

Authors: Jay Tiftickjian & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Florida DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2012


 

 

Authors: Alan S. Bernstein & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

New Hampshire DWI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2010


 

 

Authors: Ryan Russman Wagner & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Oklahoma DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2008


 

 

Authors: Bruce Edge, John Hunsucker & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Texas DWI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2009.


 

 

Author: Mimi Coffey & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Utah DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2010


 

 

Authors: Glen W. Neeley, Jason Schatz & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Utah DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice, 2nd Edition. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2013


 

 

Authors: Glen W. Neeley, Jason Schatz & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Virginia DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2011


 

 

Authors: Robert Battle & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

West Virginia DUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2010


 

 

Authors: Harley Wagner & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Wisconsin OUI Defense: The Law & The Practice. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2013


 

 

Authors: Andrew Mishlove & James Nesci. www.lawyersandjudges.com

 

 

Contributing Author:

 

 

 

Garriott’s MedicoLegal Aspects of Alcohol, 5th Edition. Chapter 15: Defense of Driving Under the Influence Cases Editor: Dr. James C. Garriott. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. ©2008

 

 

Drinking/Driving Litigation.

 

Chapter 20, Intoxilyzer 8000. Thompson/West ©2007 Authors: Nichols & Whited

 

 

 

 

 

Articles:

 

 

The Slope Detector Does Not Always Detect the Presence of Mouth Alcohol, The Champion, Vol. XXX, No.2, March, 2006, Authors: Michael P. Hlastala, Wayne J. Lamm, & James Nesci. Publisher: NACDL.

 


 

 


 


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