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Matthew Michael McClenahen

Criminal defense Attorney at State College, PA

5.0   29 reviews

Licensed for 25 years

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EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AND PENN STATE ALUMNUS IN STATE COLLEGE, PA.

Matt McClenahen grew up in Mifflin County, PA, and graduated from Penn State University in 1994, and the Dickinson School of Law in 1997.  McClenahen learned the art of criminal defense while serving as a trial attorney at the busy York County Public Defenders Office, where he quickly devleoped a reputation as a formidable presence in the courtroom.  McClenahen returned to Happey Valley in 2006 and founded McClenahen Law Firm.  McClenahen concentrtaes his practice almost exclusively in the area of criminal defense. Most of McClenahen's clients are college students, and he fully understands the collateral consequnces, which a criminal conviction may entail for a student.   

Licensed for 25 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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McClenahen Law Firm
315 South Allen Street Allenway Building Suite 321
Suite 321
State College, PA, 16801

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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
After coming up to Penn State as an alumni, managed to get into some trouble. Left messages for several attorneys on Monday morning. Matt was the only one to return my call, so I hired him. It took a while to get through ARD, and expungement - but every step of the way he was available to take my calls and return emails promptly, and even more important with correct information. He seemed to have very good relationship with prosecutors, probation department, judges, etc. - which was beneficial for me as I needed some help from them to get everything wrapped up by a specific date. Best possible resolution to my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2017
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Expungement
Imagine my horror to find a charge from 2006 on my record that I was promised would not become public. Well, that was before the days of the internet and all of the sudden, there is was. My employment could have been terminated if that charge wasn't expunged. He did it quickly for a very fair price and even had to work outside of his county. Highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2016
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Matt McClenahen Saved My Reputation & Record!
I was referred to Matt by a friend after being charged with involuntary theft over a bike purchase that I had made from a street vendor in the area. Turns out the bike was stolen and I didn't have a clue after the initial 3 months of riding all over state college with it. They were gunning for me but Matt after a quick chat with the Judge got my misdemeanors taken down to ARD & SAVED MY LIFE! I was able to get everything expunged and now have a clean record. His legal advice is top notch! Not only is he caring about his clients needs but he also understands the legal system in PA and has built many close personal relationships with the officials in the area. If you want the best of the best I HIGHLY recommend McClenahen Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2016
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DUI-ARD experience
That was my first experience dealing with criminal charges; Matt gave me a free, detailed consultation about the necessary steps and consequences. It was very comfortable speaking with him as he didn't give me a hard time for having that kind of experience. He is very professional, experienced, knowledgeable and responsive to any questions I had via email or calls. I was extremely anxious at that time cuz I thought it would affect my future career opportunities, but now I have successfully completed the ARD program, DUI charges are dismissed and I just landed my dream job. Matt was extremely helpful in all the steps throughout the process.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2016
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Best of the best, true professional
I was a Penn State student from out of state and I was facing jail time with felony drug charges. Matt helped get my charges down to misdemeanors. I had an on going case that occurred in my final year at Penn State and I felt hopeless until I consulted Matt. Mr. McClenahen made himself reachable at any time and also helped me avoid traveling far distances if it was not necessary. He is a very diligent and knowledgeable professional who genuinely cares about his clients. I highly recommend Matt to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Felony drug charge
Serious charges with no knowledge of the legal system. Matt explained the process and helped me make sure I did not have to keep coming back and forth to do small procedures. Ended up with misdemeanors
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2015
Great Lawyer
I was accused of harassment and this was my first encounter with the law. I had no knowledge of the court system or what I was supposed to do in the situation. Matt McClenahen informed me of the entire process and how the case would be handled. I was very distraught because I would be finishing school and looking to start my career. Matt helped me feel better about the entire predicament. At the trial, Matt was very effective in his actions. His experience and knowledge of the law was far superior to the arresting officer. He went beyond all of my expectations and I was found not guilty. I was extremely satisfied with his professionalism, knowledge and abilities in the courtroom. I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Our son was charged with an underage drinking violation. I was very distraught because our son has a CDL that he could not lose. He is enrolled in a community college program where it is a requirement that he have his CDL. I called Mr. McClenahen's office on a Sunday thinking that I would have to leave a message for him. To my surprise, he actually answered the phone and gave me advice. The same day, the day after the incident took place, the officer from BLCE contacted me and told me that I had a son that I should be proud of, that he was very respectful of the officer and that he would agree to change the charge to a Disorderly Conduct for him and work with him. 1 1/2 days before my son was scheduled to go before the district magistrate, Mr. McClenahen contacted me to inform me that the BLCE officer had contacted him and told him that "the policy changed" and he was unable to change the charges. Basically, we had two options, my son could plead guilty and lose his license for a minimum of 90 days (nobody had information on how long his CDL would be supsended if this happened) or he could go to trial. We decided to go to trial before the district magistrate. The BLCE officer was unbending and would not agree to change the charges even though he knew how detrimental it would be to my son's career. During the trial, the BLCE officer gave his testimony. The district magistrate asked Mr. McClenahen if he had anything to which he replied that he didn't. I was so angry at this point because it seemed to me that he wasn't trying to plead my son's case. The BLCE officer gave his closing remarks with the suggestion of the Youth Offender's Program (which would have imposed a minimum 90 day license suspension). When the district magistrate asked Mr. McClenahen for his closing remarks, he requested that my son be found not guilty since the officer had not stated HOW he came to find out that my son was, in fact under the age of 21. The officer tried to explain himself but Mr. McClenahen interrupted and told him he had already given his testimony and closed. The district magistrate had to find my son "Not Guilty" -which in fact came with no fines or costs and no license suspension! Thank goodness Mr. McClenahen was aware of the fact that BLCE had to prove how they knew my son was underage. This is the only thing that saved his career because, without his CDL, he would have been removed from the college program. Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. McClenahen for everything you did. Our son has certainly learned his lesson and now knows how close he came to losing a career that he LOVES. In closing I'd like to just point out that many people mistakenly believe that a charge of Underage Drinking "is no big deal" and feel that they don't need attorney representation. Too many people do not consult with a defense attorney and instead take legal advice from the officer or the court staff. Such people may intend to provide good advice, but they often are not aware of all aspects of a case to fully advocate for the client's best interests, or the "policies change" and when the time comes to go before the court, you think you don't have any options. I highly recommend Mr. McClenahen for anyone in a similar situation as my son's.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Professionalism at it's finest!
From the moment I received a referral from a professional colleague until present day, Matt has been very sincere, knowledgeable, trustworthy, approachable and highly professional. I highly recommend him, especially for DUI cases.
Posted by Keith | January 23, 2015
Helpful and Professional
I had a difficult case of a second DUI, driving with a suspended license, and children in the car. Starting with the first phone call Matt took the time to explain everything, to thoroughly explain my options, and to calm me down and assure me that we would get the best possible outcome. He is very knowledgeable on PA laws and has a great relationship with the DA's and the judges in Centre County. He was able to negotiate a plea deal and then arrange for me to have house arrest for 4 months when I could have spent years behind bars. I will be forever grateful and I strongly recommend that anyone with a DUI or related charges to seek his help. My family and I were very impressed with his presence in court and his overall demeanor. I am now able to save my employment and provide for my family instead of sitting in a jail cell.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2015
Responsive and Effective
Matt recently represented me in my hearing to terminate probation early. He was upfront about my chances, took me step-by-step through the process, and molded an effective argument for early termination. Matt was patient with my myriad questions and quick to return my phone calls. Matt made a process that would have otherwise been very stressful as painless as it could be. And, of course, I couldn't be more pleased to have a successful outcome in my case. I highly recommend Matt's services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2014
Great Lawyer!
This past year, I had the unfortunate task of having to find a Criminal Defense Attorney for my son. After checking around and talking to some people I decided to set up an appointment with Matt McClenahen. At the appointment, he spent time going over the charges and most importantly explaining exactly what they meant. Not having any idea about the law and the way the court system worked, Matt patiently answered my questions and did so in a way that I could understand. Anytime I had questions he got back to me right away and he never left me waiting. In the court room, I got to see how he performed; I was not disappointed. He did not back down from the older lawyers who had been around the block and they did not intimidate him for one second. Matt was able to get my son into the ARD program, even after they had denied him initially. I am so thankful for all that he has done for my family. I would recommend him to anybody who is looking for a good Criminal Defense Attorney.
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Posted by Francisco | December 16, 2014
Food stamp fraud
Matt worked hard to help me out with the case and was able to get my charges dropped. Always kept me informed of everything detail going on with the case. I highly recommend to use his services.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2014
Under 21 drinking
My son was charged with underage drinking while visiting a friend at Penn State. He would have lost his driving license but Matt worked out an arrangement that was acceptable with everyone. My son can now continue to drive to school and keep his job.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2014
What's good for the goose is good for the gander!
From the very start, Mr McClenahen was upfront, honest, and knowledge about the details of my case. He explained the punishments I was facing, and helped me through each step. I also appreciated his mention of "Goose Day" during one of the hearings, because it showed that he had a personality, and it also helped ease at least a little bit of the tension in the courtroom that day. I would definitely recommend you hire Mr McClenahen for your criminal case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Solid effective defense
I retained Mr. McClenahen for a DUI case. He was immediately engaged in the case, providing a spirited defense. He shared his knowledge and experience and patiently listened to & answered all of my questions and concerns then provided a clear direction forward, staying in close contact and working with me during the whole process. From making clear to me the facts of my case, and the law, through laying out a series of steps we would take with the goal of a fair and reasonable sentence, he provided calm, clear, everyday-language guidance even when I was in a panic. I will gladly recommend his services to any one I find who is in need.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2014
State College, PA Criminal Defense Lawyer
Mr. McClenahen was retained in connection with a criminal citation issued by the State College Police. In addition to making himself available immediately to handle the case, he was extremely knowledgeable, experienced, articulate and practical....everything you want in a criminal defense attorney. Moreover, he has been extraordinarily responsive, and kept me fullyinformed every step of the way. I am particularly impressed with his follow-up. Mr. McClenahen is a first-rate criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2014
Wow Matt McClenahen went above and beyond
We live 1,000 miles from State College and sent a great kid to PSU on an academic scholarship to the Engineering school. He was a varsity athlete, honor roll student, did community service and was very involved in school so when he was arrested at PSU I was not only shocked but never saw it coming. I found Matt McClenahen and others on the internet. The reason I hired him was because he picked up the phone late at night and returned every single call for a week while I was panicking. He assured me he would help get my son to various locations and followed through on every commitment he made to me. In the state of PA when arrested with alcohol (in his dorm room) and you are under the age of 21 you automatically lose your driver’s license in PA. Fast forward to his community service date which arrived in mid-summer (6+ months after the incident) and the parole officer would NOT move the date. Matt stepped in AGAIN. He sent a petition to the judge and went back to court to have the date moved to a more reasonable time when our son would be returning to school. Our son not only could not drive to State College he had no place to sleep and Matt had to go to bat for him again. I hope we never need Mr. McClenahen but if we did I would not hesitate to hire him again!
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Posted by Kent and Brandy | June 16, 2013
Nothing but the Best
Matthew from the beginning knew the Law without looking in the books. Even though the Judicial system didn't follow the Law. Which made it diffcult for Matthew. He always stuck to what was right and fought the Law with Law in confident and in the End we are VERY GLAD we had Matthew as our Lawyer. Matthew having the confident gave us confident.We could see his confident when he spoke. We where glad that Matthew spoke in our language for us to understand and kept our hope and spirits high. He never gave up and fought all the way to Superior Court with the end result of winning our case of Illegal search and seizure in a unanimous decision. We would highly recommend Matthew McClenahen for your Criminal Defense Case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2013
Legal Eagle
I have been personally recommending Mr. McClenahen to friends and family members for years. I have never once heard one complaint about his services. He's professional, experienced, and very well versed in matters of law. I have been represented by him on several occasions and I must say that every time I have been more than satisfied with the results of the case. His staff is friendly and reliable. Anytime I have been faced with legal issues I have been overwhelmed with anxieties due to the fear of not knowing what may happen. After speaking with Mr. McClenahen I have a clearer understanding of my rights under the law, what my options are, and what I am up against. It sets your mind at ease knowing you have a Lawyer you can relate with, that is truly on your side. His years of experience with Criminal Law are self evident. I would and still do highly recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McClenahen Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • York County Public Defender's Office
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Clerk
  • Honorable Timothy S. Searer, Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Ron Turo
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Services, Inc.
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University Park Campus of Penn State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Mazzetti
  • Supreme Court ruled in favor of defendant

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Committee Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Centre County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Pennsylvania County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure
  • 2015
  • Centre County Inns of Court
  • Evidence in Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Centre County Bar Association Bench Bar Day
  • Obscure Crimes
  • 2013
  • Introduction to Criminal Law Class. Guest Lecturer
  • The Art of Jury Selection
  • 2012
  • Live Broadcasts
  • Jerry Sandusky Trial Analyst
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an excellent criminal defense attorney who works hard to achieve the best result for his client, including taking matters to trial when necessary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for years and he is an extremely competent lawyer who is dedicated to his clients. In fact his office is near mine and he practices in the some of the same areas that I do. That does not matter to me because I have no problem endorsing him because I have seen him in action and he is extremely good. The people who hire him are in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a dedicated criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a dedicated client advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a dedicated criminal defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a very talented criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mathew for his work in criminal defense law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Matthew for his work in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Matt when he was in the office of the pubic defender. Matt has a passion for criminal law and is a very strong advocate. If you have the need for a criminal attorney, Matt is a great choice!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've been delighted to know Matt since our Penn State days. Matt is a sharp litigator and excellent advocate for his clients. He is smart, diligent, and someone I would want to represent me in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is one of the most aggressive and zealous defense attorneys I've ever encountered. His knowledge and courtroom presence provided an excellent example for our colleagues in the Public Defender's Office and the entire criminal bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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State College Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew Michael McClenahen
Matthew Michael McClenahen
Criminal defense Attorney
State College, PA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation