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Joel D. Peppetti

DUI and DWI Attorney at Altoona, PA

4.8   29 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Attorney Peppetti has extensive experience handling legal issues in Criminal Defense, Driving Under the Influence, Child Custody, Divorce, Protections From Abuse, Support and Juvenile matters.  His trial experience includes defending clients against significant Felony charges including the Delivery of Controlled Substances, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Rape and Sexual Assault; as well as Misdemeanor charges including Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Possession of Controlled Substances.

Licensed for 18 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 02/26/2023

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

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Law Office of Joel D. Peppetti, P.C.


4.8 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not hesitate to hire Joel for all of your legal needs
Joel is an amazing lawyer, as you can see from all of the reviews on this page. He is professional, yet down to earth. I always felt like he had a firm handle on what my case entailed, and answered all of my questions in a straightforward and prompt manner. I have always felt like my case was of his utmost concern. Hire him for all of your legal needs!
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Knowledgeable, Empathetic and Fair.
Total Professional, that handled my Case with dignity, empathy, and sound legal advice. He and His Staff were Courteous, Professional, and handled my case in a Timely manner. Fair Fee structure. I definitely felt like I received "Bang for the Buck"... Complete understanding of "How it Works" in Central Pennsylvania. Well respected in the local Legal Community. Highly Recommend!
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Posted by Tim | April 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Most Honest, Straight Forward Attorney
I recently went through a devastating period in my life where I was charged with 2 felony charges and a misdemeanor related to my business. I turned to a friend who is a well respected prosecuting attorney and asked who the best defense attorney is in the area...without hesitation she said Joel Peppetti. The prosecuting attorney said that he was the most prepared, the most knowledgeable, and will research the facts of your case. I immediately made the call to Mr. Peppetti's office and I am so grateful that I did. I appreciated Joel's professionalism throughout my case. He was very patient in letting me explain the circumstances of my case. He was very straight forward, he never over promised, didn't "sugar coat" anything. I was concerned with the legal fees I was going to incur, but Joel was very honest with his fees. He explained how the fees would be assessed, and there were no hidden charges. Even after paying my legal fees to his office, I needed additional appointments to discuss my case. Joel met with me without charging me additional fees. The best news of all is that, through his legal expertise, I reached an agreement with the Commonwealth of PA to dismiss my felony charges, and plead "no contest" to the one misdemeanor. Even though this event was horrible and turned my life upside down, I will always be forever grateful to Attorney Joel Peppetti and his staff!
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2016
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Grateful Family
We highly recommend Joel to anyone seeking legal representation. Upon learning that our son, who was a freshman at PSU Altoona, had been arrested and charged with drug offenses we were devastated. Not being from Altoona and having never had the need to retain an attorney we were completely lost as to how to protect our son. Through a series of references we were introduced to Joel. He immediately took our case, calmed our fears and gave us hope for a positive outcome. Joel was true to his word. Our son has returned to college full-time while working part-time. We were amazed at the care and attention Joel paid to us. He was responsive, sensitive to our fears, articulated every step of the process & his approach and coached us. We truly felt that Joel had our best interest at heart.
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Posted by Kim | October 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Joel represented my son and he was found not guilty by Intervention in Lieu of Conviction. Joel will be hired for the expungement of his criminal charges. He did a terrific job with the case and was always available to talk and explain the process. Also, he maintains a good relationship with local judges, which is important. I highly recommend Joel!
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Posted by Michael | December 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Joel Peppetti is in my opinion, one of the best if not the best lawyer Altoona has to offer. His communication once you hire him is second to none. He always keeps you informed - good and bad- every step of the way. Joel is respected by the DA, Judges, and his peers. I felt confident every time I was with him during legal procedures. Joel has a "NO LOSE" attitude and this means a lot when going through a difficult time/case. If you want a lawyer you can TRUST, will do everything and anything to help you win your case, and will stand by you and fight until the end, Joel Peppetti is the lawyer for you. THANK YOU JOEL for everything you did for me during my case, you have earned my trust and admiration. You will be the only lawyer I ever use, the rest of my life.
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Posted by Rick | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
Joel represented my daughter in a retail theft case and she was found not guilty. Joel was also hired for the expungement of the criminal charge. He did a terrific job with the case and was always available to talk. Also, he maintains a good relationship with local judges, which is important. I highly recommend Joel!
Posted by eddie | September 11, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
second dui offence
joel is the best with out a doubt. everything he said he was gonna make happen he did. the nicest guy you would every meet, cares about his clients just not there money. i had knee sugrey while this was going on. he called me and my dad to make sure i was ok, truly a careing person and now a friend. i still use him to this day and all my friends use him as well. i was looking at some serious offences needless to say he got everything dropped so i wouldnt get fired from my job, i got stuck with the dui do refusing a blood test. the cops didnt like that gave me a beating the video wasent clear enough to bring them to justice but everyone knows altoona cops are horrible people and abuse there power. joel got me off everything but the dui. made everything smooth had everything pushed back so i didnt have to go to jail after surgery like the judge wanted me to. joel knows duis inside and out. he was worth every penny. to anyone reading this use joel he is #1. he will work with you and see to it that you are taken care of. will be my lawyer till death! eddie s
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Posted by John | August 28, 2015
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DUI Case
I was completely satisfied with Joel. He was very professional, and knowledgeable in this field he handled everything. I only had to make the mandatory appearances at court. Everything was completed that was ordered by the court and my record expunged without delay. Thanks Joel; Job professionally done.
Posted by Chuck V | July 20, 2015
Joel is like dealing with family.
Joel made me feel so comfortable from the first time we talked on phone till the end of my nightmare. I'm from outside Altoona area and needed a lawyer for daughter's situation, Joel was like a brother taking care of his sister. Put me at ease on phone, never once had to drive the 4 hours to Altoona for pre court or court hearings, Joel handled it all and kept me informed as soon as hearings where over. If in Altoona area I HIGHLY recommend Joel D. Peppetti for his services!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Will | April 24, 2015
Call Joel
Joel Peppetti is a terrific lawyer! He helped me get through one of the hardest times in my life. Thanks to Mr. Peppetti I am now able to pursue my life dreams without any legal obstacles. If you live in Blair County, Pa and need legal services CALL JOEL. It is men like him who re-estalish my faith in justice and in the American criminal justice system.
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Posted by Andrew/Stephanie | January 7, 2015
Divorce / Harassment
Joel is a very knowledgeable attorney! He was able to handle my divorce in a timely fashion. At anytime during the divorce, that I had questions, he was ALWAYS there for me. He returned any call that I ever made. He even gave me his personal cell phone number. During the time that Joel was taking care of my divorce, my fiancé needed an attorney for a harassment claim. She hired Joel! Her charges were dropped! WE cannot THANK YOU enough Joel for your services!!!! WE will recommend you to anyone seeking legal counsel! Thanks again......
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Posted by Cynthia | December 8, 2014
Excellent Excellent Excellent Attorney
Joel goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is well informed and knowledgeable. He researches, chronicles facts, and is well prepared in court. He even prepares for any unforeseen possibilities that may occur during the trial. Anyone looking for an exemplary, TRUSTWORTHY, professional attorney: Joel is your man. I am EXTREMELY lucky I hired him.
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Posted by Maura | August 28, 2014
Definitely Hire Joel Peppetti
I hope I never need a lawyer again, but if I do, Joel will be the person I contact. He handled my daughter's underage drinking citation with utmost professionalism and compassion. He was very knowledgeable about our options, and took time to explain the legalities of the case to both myself and daughter. He answered all our questions and was very responsive to get back to us when we called. Thankfully, our case had a very successful outcome, and I truly believe it was because we hired Joel.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2014
Excellent choice
Joel was very sensitive, kind, non judgemental and knowledgeable. Honest and trustworthy in a very stressful time. I recommend him highly!!
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2014
Excellent, Reliable Attorney
Attorney Peppetti represented me for 2 separate incidents, simultaneously involving multiple charges each. My results were fantastic and more than I could have asked for. He was always very reliable and always available to reach by phone. I really appreciated the way he always kept me on the same page as him as to what the plans are. He was always extremely clear with how explained my situation and my options, and really knew what he was doing. I trust and recommend Mr. Peppetti to anyone looking for great advice and superb defense.
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Posted by Lindsey | September 22, 2013
Highest Quality
Joel delivered the highest quality of service in my custody hearing. He was always available by phone if I had a question that I wanted answered right away. He worked around my hectic work schedule to set up meetings to prepare for court. He reviewed the case with me making sure I had no anxiety before we went to court. After meeting with Joel about my custody hearing I finally felt relieved. He was well prepared for every obstacle that arose during the hearing making sure that I was completely comfortable with every decision. Joel is an amazing attorney who cares about his clients!
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Posted by Pat | September 21, 2013
One of a kind
very knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Joel was very familiar with the states laws. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a good honest lawyer.
Posted by Michael | July 17, 2013
Joel has been outstanding, prompt, informative, no BS, Joel has assisted me both personally and professionally. I would recommend him (and I have) to anyone.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas M. Dickey
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Blair County Public Defender's Office
  • 2004 - 2006


  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Juniata College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • American Inns of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Blair County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hometown Favorite Attorney Nominee
  • Altoona Mirror Subscribers
  • 2016
  • Hometown Favorite Attorney Nominee
  • Altoona Mirror Subscribers
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Hometown Favorite Attorney Nominee
  • Altoona Mirror Subscribers
  • 2011
  • National Political Science Honor Society
  • Sigma Epsilon Chapter - Juniata College
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Joel Peppetti. He is one of the finest practioners in the entire State. Joel has a reputation for being fierce and aggressive in the courtroom yet compassionate and supportive of his clients outside the courthouse. If you or a loved one are arrested in Altoona, you are truly missing out if you don't consult with him and utilize his talents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It gives me great pleasure to endorse attorney Joel Peppetti. He is a top-notch trial attorney who primarily focuses on criminal defense and family law matters. While his office is in Blair County, he handles matters throughout Central Pennsylvania. I have referred clients to him in the past and will continue to do so based on his zealous representation and protection of individuals' constitutional rights. If you or a loved one need a criminal defense attorney in Blair, Cambria, Bedford, Huntingdon or other Central Pennsylvania counties, your first call should be to Mr. Peppetti. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a great criminal defense lawyer. I feel confident in Joel's abilities and often refer cases to him. A Penn State parent once asked me if I would trust Joel enough to represent my own children, and without hesitation, the answer is yes. Joel knows the law and knows the system in the counties in which he practices. I highly recommend that anyone charged with a criminal offense in Blair, Cambria, or Bedford county should call Joel."
Criminal defense