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John M. Ogden has over than 20 years of courtroom experience in trying cases, including DUI, Criminal Defense, Real Estate cases as well as handling Wills and Estate matters.  We are focused on finding ways to creatively solve legal issues in an effective and efficient manner, and we are ready to work for you.

The Law Firm of John M. Ogden is a full-service general practice law firm in York, Pennsylvania. In addition to trial defense, we handle all types of buisiness matters from partnerships and corporations to LLCs.  We have handle plaintiff and defendant cases in all business matters and contract disputes. 

We have a full service title insurance service for commercial and residential real estate transfers.  Attorney Ogden has been a Pennsylvania licensed Title Insurance Resident Agent since 2003.   (Title #268742).

Attorney John Ogden recently won a major DUI (Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or controlled substances, or both) sentencing decision in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The highest Court in Pennsylvania unanimously agreed with Ogden that the way the trial courts were sentencing subsequent DUI offenders was illegal. In its unanimous decision, the high overruled three prior Superior Court opinions. The issue was whether a DUI offender may be sentenced as a repeat offender if there was no conviction between the first offense DUI and a subsequent offense DUI.This occurs when someone is arrested on a DUI charge, but not yet found guilty. If that same person is arrested for another DUI before the conviction on the first DUI, this opinion will apply.  Commonwealth v. Haag, 603 Pa. 46,981 A.2d 902 (Pa. 2009).

Attorney Ogden recognizes that a DUI is a very serious crime and does not in any way condone multiple DUI offenses. However, he believes that everyone in entitled to Equal Justice Under Law and the law should be followed. Attorney Ogden has been fighting for his clients' rights since 1993.

 Attorney Ogden graduated from Dover Area High School in 1979. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1987 with an Associate of Science Degree and in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems.

Attorney Ogden served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard rising from an enlisted private in 1983 to being a commissioned Officer in 1987.

Attorney Ogden graduated Cum Laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1993.

 Attorney Ogden began his career practicing with Law Firm of Kain Brown & Roberts, (which later became known as Rhoads & Sinon, LLP), from 1993 until 1999.

In 1999, Attorney Ogden formed the Law Firm of Holt & Ogden, LLP  with Attorney Farley G. Holt, Esquire.

 After twelve years, John M. Ogden formed the Law Office of John M. Ogden located at 257 East Market Street, York, PA 17403.

 Call today to hear how John Ogden can guide you though the legal system! 



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 35%
    23 years, 120 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    23 years, 250 cases
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    23 years, 100 cases
  4. Business: 10%
    23 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



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  • Charles Jason Hobbs

    John has a great mind for Criminal Defense law. Provides guidance and advise to many of the lawyers in the community in this area of expertise.


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  • Kathryn I. Nonas-Hunter

    I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent example of a great lawyer!


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Contact info

Law Office of John M. Ogden

257 East Market Street
York, PA, 17403

Law Office of John M Ogden

257 East Maket Street
York, PA, 17403



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Businessman of the YearNational Republican Congressional Committee2005
Excellence in the study of JurisdictionAmerican Jurisprudence1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LawyerLaw Office of John M. Ogden2012 - Present
LawyerHolt & Ogden, LLP1999 - 2012
LawyerRHOADS & SINON, YORK1996 - 1999
LawyerKAIN, BROWN & ROBERTS, LLP1994 - 1996
Litigation InternMICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Association for Drunk Driving Defense AttorneysFounding Member2012 - Present
National College for DUI Defense - Member GotDUI.COMAttorney Member2010 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. HaagSupreme Court of Pennsylvania Reversed Lower Court. Successfully argued to change the way the court was sentencing DUI offenders
DAVID LEASE v. HAMILTON TOWNSHIPReversed the Township, Allowed the Development
Citizens For Responsible Development v. WalMartSuccessfully decided in favor of my client, Special Exception Denied.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
York College of PennsylvaniaInformation SystemsBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Dover High SchoolN/AN/A1979
York College of PennsylvaniaN/AN/A1979