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I have practiced in York County since 1999.  I clerked with Judge John S. Kennedy who was assigned a criminal court caseload and civil motions when I clerked for him. He later presided over all DUI and serious vehicle cases for several years, developing the "Target 25" program during that period, but he has since rotated out of adult criminal court.


I am a member of the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers, and I have presented at multiple education events offered by them to criminal defense lawyers on the Right to Confrontation as it relates to DUI law as well as how to defend DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) cases. I have trained all the Magisterial District Judges in Pennsylvania on Drug Recognition Expert testimony.


I was Treasurer for the York County Bar Association and later a member of its Board of Directors for about a decade.  


I served as Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resources Center (PIRC) and was member of its board for several years.  I did this because I value our country's immigration heritage as well as the freedom to pursue a better life that my ancestors enjoyed.  I also believe that legitimate refugees from human trafficking and torture must be offered sanctuary someplace in the world. 


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher J Basner

    Attorney Gothie is very knowledgeable and aggressive in defending DUI cases. He has won some very difficult cases.


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  • Jeffrey Andrew Rowe

    Joe is an excellent and knowledgeable advocate for his clients. His skill and dedication especially shine through in the DUI context where Joe doesn't hesitate to challenge the scientific evidence offered by the prosecution.


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Contact info

Gothie Law Firm P.C.

111 E Market St Ste 101
Gothie Law Firm Pc
York, PA, 17401-1274


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Service AwardYork County Bar Association2011
Technological Development Service AwardYork County Bar Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerGothie Law Firm P.C.2013 - Present
OwnerGothie Law Firm LLC2003 - 2012
AssociateAnstine & Sparler2000 - 2003
Law Clerk for Hon. John S. KennedyYork County Court of Common Pleas1999 - 2000
Senior Tax AnalystErnst & Young1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pennsylvania Immigration Resource CenterTreasurer2008 - Present
York County Bar AssociationDirector2005 - 2011
York County Bar AssociationPast Treasurer2004 - 2005
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
First trial in Adams County, PA involving a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert)My client, accused of DUI while on drugs, was acquitted of DUI.
Acquittal: False Reports and Criminal TrespassClient acquitted of all serious charges
DUI dismissed - Defendant refused alternate alcohol testCase dismissed on motion.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Lehigh UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
York County Bar Association CLE ProgramDrugs, DUI, and DRE: Practical Steps for Confronting a Drug Recognition Expert ("DRE") at a Drug DUI Trial2014
2014 DUI & Motor VehiclesDRE on the cheap: How to beat the DRE when your client has limited funds2014
2013 DUI & Motor VehiclesThe Right to Confront2013