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Joshua Maines, Esq.

Joshua Maines Esq.


  • Licensed to practice law since 2007.
  • Successfully provided a wide range of criminal defense services for the past 8 years, including jury trials and appeals for charges ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder.
  • Previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting a wide range of matters at jury trial and appeal. Served as Chief of the Appeals unit at Clearfield County DA.
  • Appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to sit on the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Advisory Commission, advising on law enforcement policy for agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction, including PSP. Recommended changes to “use of force” policies at PSP and other agencies, many of which have been adopted into practice. Drafted proposed legislation to reform the definition of police “use of force” within the PA Crimes Code.


  • Juris Doctorate – Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg, PA.
  • Bachelor of Arts – Political Science – Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Indiana, PA
  • American Chemical Society: Certified Lawyer-Scientist
    • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society.
    • President of Pi Gamma Mu, International Social Science Honor Society, IUP Chapter.
    • University Senate and served on Academic Affairs Committee.


  • Forensics: It Isn’t What It’s Cracked Up to Be, April 2023
  • Pardons in Pennsylvania: The Straightened Path to Second Chances, April 2023
  • Probation and Parole Advocacy in the Time of Mass Incarceration, April 2023
  • Sentencing Mitigation – Channeling El Mago, April 2023
  • 2023 DUI and Motor Vehicle Update, April 2023
  • Annual Search and Seizure Update, April 2023
  • Medical Records Review, April 2023
  • Defining Reasonable Doubt After Commonwealth v. Drummond, April 2023
  • Taking Your Appellate Advocacy in the PA Courts to the Next Level, November 2021
  • Criminal Law Update 2020, May 2021
  • Hate Crime Law: An Overview, August 2020
  • The Ethics in Cannabis Legal Representation, August 2020
  • Criminal Mitigation: Rethinking Presentencing Strategies, August 2020
  • The Laws and Challenges of Human Trafficking, August 2020
  • Presentence Investigation Report Critique, August 2020
  • Common Issues in Wrongful Convictions with Innocence Project, August 2020
  • Supreme Court Review – 4th Amendment, July 2020
  • Penn State Criminal Justice Reform Conference, March 2018
  • Penn State Law – Justice Reform Conference, February 2017
  • Cross Examination Skills, November 2016
  • License Suspensions and the Collateral Consequences of DUI, April 2016
  • Defending DUIs, April 2016
  • Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing in Pennsylvania, March 2016
  • Winning Your Case Before Trial, April 2015
  • Appellate Review of Criminal Cases, April 2015
  • Sentencing Guidelines and Sentencing in Pennsylvania, October 2014
  • Driving Under the Influence: Skills that Win Cases, April 2014
  • Evaluating the DUI Case, December 2012
  • Criminal Jury Trial Criminal Trial Series – Cross Examination II, April 2012
  •  Basic Prosecutor’s Course, December 2011


  • Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Member of Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member of Clearfield County Bar Association