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Joseph D. Caraciolo

Criminal defense Attorney at Harrisburg, PA

5.0   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Including all levels of criminal prosecution including Magisterial District Court, Court of Common Pleas, and United States Federal Court. Violent crimes, Drug Crimes, Traffic and alcohol related offenses.

    19 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    Including parents, grandparents, military, same-sex, and guardianship.

    19 years, 500 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    Including DIvorce, Alimony, Spousal Support, Alimony Pendente Lite, Equitable Distribution and other Property rights.

    19 years, 500 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    Driving After Imbibing or Under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. Including Driving under suspension related to DUI and other drug and alcohol offenses.

    19 years, 500 cases

  5. Child support
    Including Domestic Relations matters in support court, divorce court, alimony, alimony pendente lite, spousal support.

    19 years, 500 cases


Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal
  • Family
  • General Civil Practice
  • Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, 2004

Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, 2000
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Philosophy Student of the Year
Major:  English
Major:  Philosophy

Published Works:
Updated and Edited Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Defense, Revere, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Cumberland County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:
Law Offices of Patrick Lauer, Jr, 2002 – 2005

Pro Bono Activities:
Dauphin County Bar Association, 2005 – 2008

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Contact Joseph

Caraciolo Law Group, P.C.
200 N 3rd St
Ste 1600A
Harrisburg, PA, 17101


5.0 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Shendi | July 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best 2019
Joseph Caraciolo was thorough and helpful. He made sure that I understood the process of which we were working through. He was friendly and professional and worked very hard to achieve my desired outcome. I would highly recommend him to ANYONE in need of an excellent attorney. He far surpassed all of my expectations! Thank you Joseph Caraciolo.
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Posted by Claudia | May 31, 2019
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Excellent Representation
excellent! Throughout my entire case Attorney Caraciolo was attentive, professional, knowledgeable and no fuss. With the utmost professionalism and integrity he defended me in court. He was a pillar of strength and support throughout my testimony. Attorney Caraciolo’s presentation of the facts of the case and his knowledge of the law ultimately left no doubt of my innocence and we won! Throughout my professional career I been working with many attorneys and from start to finish of my case I been impressed with his professionalism, knowledge, integrity but most of all his zest in defending me . Many grateful and heartfelt thank you to Attorney Caraciolo and his awesome staff! as well.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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Best Lawyer !
In my time of urgent need, Joseph immediately took over my case and helped fix what my previous lawyer couldn't. He spent countless hours on the phone with me and treated me like a client he has for years. I needed a lawyer to assist with providing additional background to a charge to HR for a new job opportunity. He immediately took the time to understand my background, my previous case, my needs and provided a solution. I have now retained Joseph to assist with helping me rectify this previous case and I appreciate how he always makes time to speak with me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2019
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Helped clear a falsely accused person
With a week to go before our initial hearing and with zero support from our current attorney, Joseph took over our case. Our old attorney provided no support and was simply bleeding our money. Joseph was able to work promptly to secure a continuance. Over the next 9 months Joseph’s professionalism and knowledge more than adequately prepared us for the hearing. The case was ruled in our favor thanks very much in part to the work and preparation that Joseph put in. I would recommend Joseph for all those falsely accused.
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Posted by Jen | October 3, 2018
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Joseph is an exceptional lawyer. My experience with him had me at ease the entire time we were working through my case together. All of my questions were answered in a timely fashion. His staff is very welcoming when entering the office. He is better than tacos and beer!
Posted by Erica | August 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful to have retained lawyer in long run
In all honesty without the good ethics and patience to see through my case in the long run I wouldn’t be where I am today. Attorney Caracciolo is a dedicated, knowledgeable, and thorough lawyer with a sense of justice and I am forever grateful for his dedication to my family and I in our pursuit to our truth in court. He is worth the money to have represent your case.
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Posted by EricaElizabethBlanton | September 3, 2016
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He saved my life
Although I wasn't afford to retain Attorney Caraciolo to the end due to my financial state in the time we did work together he was professional and courteous. He shed light into the darkness and I give him credit for saving my life and opening my eyes to so much. I will forever be grateful to have worked with him and his for his help in my life. A wonderful lawyer, one of the finest in the area. He saved me from conspiracy and corruption.
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Posted by Axel | April 3, 2015
Professional and knowledgeable. He is there by your side.
I have worked with attorney Caraciolo for several years and his learned mastery of the law at court has impressed me on many occasions. Should you require an attorney for criminal defense or family law he would be my first recommendation. Also, he is part of a full-service firm, so even if you have a different legal issue someone at this competent firm will be able to help you.
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Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2014
He represented us in one of the worst times of our lives.
Thanks to the great job Mr. Caraciolo did we were able to fight false charges against and clear or names. Also helped us to improve our granddaughter's life. He helped us to put her in a better living environment by living with us.
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2011
He Is There For You!
After several years of being divorced, my ex husband breeched our Divorce Decree, affecting my kids monetarily. You know what they say, "you can mess with me but don't mess with my kids." Attorney Caraciolo handled my case in a very professional and timely manner, ending in a positive outcome. He was able to the retrieve a monetary settlement as requested. I highly recommend Attorney Caraciolo! He will be dedicated to your case and be there when you need him! He returns calls quickly and rates are very reasonable! Thank you very much for your dedication and help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2011
Excellent Choice
Mr. Caraciolo has represented our family in a few matters, and every time we have used him, the results were positive. We highly recommend him.
Posted by Bob | May 25, 2011
Glad I found him
My divorce was an extremly trying time to go through as my ex wife would get very indignant with anybody trying to deal with her, got physically violent with me and did all she could to make things miserable for me including trying to get me arrested on trumped up charges, etc. I believe Attorney Caraciolo did everything in his power to achieve the desired results and although she made it last for almost 5 years, I finally got the results I wanted. I am not sure most attorneys could have addressed or dealt with her as calmly or effeciently as Attorney Caraciolo. He is a Godsend and will use him again if need be
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Posted by Ashlee | May 17, 2011
Above and beuond
I highly recommend Joseph. Child custody is very trying and tends to bring out all types of emotions. Having an attorney who is patient and listens as well as keeping us moving in the correct path helps more than words can express. Joseph is not one to mess with in the court room either! I'm very glad I have him on my side!
Posted by heather | May 17, 2011
best divorce attorney
I'm so glad I decided to go with attorney caraciolo.
Posted by Pam Malfara | May 16, 2011
A very hard working attorney who is there for you.
We have had Joseph Caraciolo since late 2005. He has seen us through a very rough time. He even was there for me when I had to do a polygraph test. He is very knowledgeable in law and helped me make some important decisions. He listened to me rant and rave and cry. He even put up with the rantings of the other party. He taught me patience to take all the right steps to make things better for my granddaughter. You see because of his great advice we now have our granddaughter living with us in a safe and peaceful environment. She is adjusting well living with us. So if you are looking for a responsible attorney you will get your money's worth by hiring Joseph Caraciolo.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Foreman & Caraciolo, P.C.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Family and Criminal Firm, Camp Hill, PA
  • 2002 - 2005


  • Widener University
  • J.D.
  • 2003
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Vermeersch
  • Mistrial
  • Commonwealth v. Morgan
  • Not Guilty
  • Bingamen v. Bingamen
  • Our Client was granted the divorce despite now ex-wife's claims.


  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Case Spotlight
  • Imhoff & Associates
  • 2013
  • PA CLE
  • 6th Annual Family Law Institute
  • 2011
  • Pa CLE
  • 14th Annual Family Law Update
  • 2010
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  • Revere Publishing
  • Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Joseph
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Established attorney in the community who works with clients to create realistic goals and achieves them!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe is a talented trial lawyer and consummate professional. He is at home in the courtroom and his willingness to fight on behalf of his clients leads to favorable results. Most importantly, Joe treats his clients with respect and they appreciate his down-to-earth demeanor and practical approach to practicing law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Caraciolo is an extremely aggressive and knowledgeable attorney in criminal defense and family law matters. He has served as a mentor to young lawyers such as myself and is well respected throughout Central Pennsylvania. I have personally observed the care he puts into each case and the passion he brings to the courtroom. I highly recommend Attorney Caraciolo."
Unknown Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Caraciolo and his firm are very knowledgeable and skilled attorneys in the field of Family Law and Criminal Defense. Foreman & Caraciolo strives to handle each and every case personally and responsibly and with the utmost professionalism."
Criminal defense
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