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Justin David Maines

also known as J.D. Maines

About me

If you are facing serious, life-altering criminal charges, who do you want standing next to you in court?  How about a former prosecutor who use to bring those charges.  That lawyer is J.D. Maines.

Born in Savannah, J.D. graduated from Clemson University (cum laude) in 2004 with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School Of Law (top 1/3 of class) in 2007.   

An experienced trial lawyer, J.D. has been a prosecutor in both South Carolina and Georgia.  First, he served as an Assistant Solicitor in SC’s 16th Judicial District. Most recently, he was an Assistant District Attorney for Chatham County, Georgia.

While serving in these highly prestigious positions, J.D. was one of two special attorneys assigned to work only the most serious drugs cases, asset forfeitures, and wiretaps for the Chatham County Narcotics Team (CNT). In South Carolina, J.D. was selected as the senior felony drug prosecutor for the York County Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).

Facing a DUI? J.D. was the former DUI prosecutor in the State Court of Chatham County, Georgia and a special DUI Assistant Solicitor in York County, South Carolina.

Why does this matter?  Experience. If you can build a criminal case, you know how to defend it.

J.D. is admitted to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina and defends clients throughout the low country’s Coastal Empire.  J.D. is Of Counsel with The Nye Law Group, P.C.

J.D. Maines is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the Georgia State Bar, and in federal courts including the Southern District of Georgia.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 90%
    9 years, 200 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    9 years, 100 cases



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Payment types:

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  • Katie Ann Brewington

    Justin is a great attorney that will work hard to get you a positive result.


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Contact info

25 Clarks Summit Dr.
Suite 102
Bluffton, SC, 29910


GAActive Member in Good Standing 201007/15/2016
SCGood Standing200703/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Under 40American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselThe Nye Law Group, P.C.2014 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Justin Maines, LLC2013 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyChatham County District Attorney's Office2011 - 2013
Assistant SolicitorSouth Carolina 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office2007 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chatham County Juvenile Court BarExective Board Member2014 - Present
National College of DUI Defense, Inc.Member2014 - Present
Savannah Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Savannah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. DoeAcquittal of all charges for my client
State v. Quarterman CR14-0795Attempted Murder of a Police Office case where ALL evidence against my client was suppressed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Clemson UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Prescription Narcotic Abuse: A Presentation and Case Discussion by CNTLegal Requirements for PHI Disclosures2012