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Joseph N. Gothie

Joseph N. Gothie

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I have practiced in York County since 1999.  I clerked with Judge John S. Kennedy, who currently presides over most vehicle and DUI criminal cases in York County, Pennsylvania.


I am a member of the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers, and I have presented at an education event offered by them on thr Right to Confrontation as it relates to DUI law.


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


I am the Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resources Center (PIRC) and a member of its board.  I do 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

Licensed since 1997

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



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Christopher J Basner

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


    Christopher Basner Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • 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.


    Jeffrey Rowe Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gothie Law Firm P.C.

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




Professional Misconduct

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 - 2013
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

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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