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John Stewart Benson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Doylestown, PA

4.8   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 24 years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1998
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About John

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As a former Bucks County Prosecutor, John Benson worked on more than 50 homicide By Vehicle cases and over 1,000 DUI and personal injury cases.  He was appointed Chief of the Homicide by Vehicle Unit and a trial coordinator.  Due to his trial skills and experience with DUI, accident reconstruction and criminal cases John was also appointed to the faculty of the National Advocacy Center in Columbia South Carolina where he taught trial skills to attorneys from around the country.

Bringing his experience as a prosecutor in the Bucks County’s District Attorney’s office, in 2005 John became a founding member of Penglase & Benson, Inc.  John and his partner Craig Penglase founded the firm under the belief that people deserve respect and should not be treated as a number. To this day John has lived by this code. John always wants his client to have contact with him regardless of the time of day or day of the week. John believes that every client deserves personal attention. Since founding the firm John has handled criminal, DUI and Personal Injury cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His approach is to deal with both the legal and emotional aspects of these cases.

John S. Benson is a lifelong resident of Bucks County. He was raised in Buckingham and graduated from Central Bucks High School East. John later graduated with degrees in finance and real estate finance from American University in Washington DC. After a brief stint in banking he attended Widener University School of Law. Following graduation John served as the Law Clerk to Judge James P. MacElree II in the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County before being appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney for Bucks County.

He served as an Adjunct Professor at Widener University School of Law and is presently an instructor at their nationally recognized Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. John is an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Valley University where he teaches Business Law and Macroeconomics. Recently he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Bucks County Community College where he teaches courses on the Civil War.

John is a past president of the Bucks County Civil War Roundtable and was responsible for directing the Roundtable’s efforts in purchasing a home for the Civil War Library and Museum. He has personally led more than 1,500 people on tours of the Gettysburg and Antietam National Battlefields and has authored more than 45 book reviews for two internationally recognized Civil War publications. John is an Eagle Scout and serves as an Executive Board member of the Washington’s Crossing Council of the Boy Scouts of America. John is an avid classic car collector and long distance runner. He has completed more than 12 half marathons and 4 marathons and is an assistant track coach at Tohickon Middle School where he works with the long distance runners.

Despite his professional achievements, John’s personal accomplishments of raising his two sons with his wife of 18 years is dearest to his heart.

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Penglase & Benson, Inc.
18 North Main Street
Suite 100
Doylestown, PA, 18901


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Posted by Michael | May 25, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Maloney Mechanical Engineering LLC, Principal
John has helped me a number of times. His advice regarding a health related injury my child sustained to timely business advice regarding my business have given me peace of mind. John is a consummate professional who has always addressed my issues without judgement. Always kind, having John as your lawyer is like having a lawyer in the family.
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Posted by Bob | March 23, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
We've been dealing with Penglase & Benson for many years. Every time we've contacted them, they're service has been prompt, accurate & very helpful. We recommend them to any one who needs an attorney!
Posted by Bruce | March 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Creative Services
John has a way of communicating some of the most complex legal terms into simple understandable language. His calm demeanor and experience is an asset in providing a confidence with his clients. A pleasure to work with John and his firm for counsel.
Posted by William | March 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
John Benson
John updated my and my wife's respective wills and power of attorney and created a trust for our estate. John took the time to explain every element of each document and answered all our questions thoroughly. He also pointed out things we were not aware of and helped us anticipate potential problems under a variety of possible circumstances after our lifetimes. As a result, we have made some significant changes in our thinking for estate planning purposes. We will continue to consult with John on any future legal needs.
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Posted by Thomas | March 22, 2021
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Dedicated and professional Lawyer
We have worked for many year with John in our company and have found him to be a very dedicated and professional lawyer partnering in all legal needs. John is very assessable and easy to work with. We highly recommend him for Business and personal legal needs.
Posted by Stephen | March 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Clear advice- good execution
Went to John for estate planning. Received very clear advice and education in this area- helping me to correct some misapprehensions that I had. Nevertheless, John managed to construct a will which was very much according to my wishes. I hope and expect this to be the beginning of a long term relationship with the firm.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2021
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Employment contract review
I was referred to John by a client that has used John in the past. I asked him to review an extensive employment contract for a new employee. He reviewed it in one day and provided suggestions and added a few key parts that the contract was missing.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2021
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Professional, courteous, short turnaround
We used John & his team for our wills. They gave us clear advice, and helped us with what should be in those wills, giving us the ability to make educated decisions.
Posted by Sharon McMillan | March 21, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Mrs. Sharon McMillan
I went to John looking for help with a medical malpractice suit against the facility my husband died in. I had the letter from the head nurse stating that my husband caught E.Coli in their facility and the coroner's report stating that he died from sepsis (3 infections) but John couldn't help me because the end of time on the statute of limitations was too close. I wish I had found him right after Bruce had passed away. Sincerely, Sharon McMillan
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Penglase & Benson, Inc.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Widener University School Of Law
  • 2000 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Delaware Valley College
  • 2000 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1999 - 2005
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • American University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate Finance
  • 1991


  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 2021 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Doylestown DUI and DWI Lawyer John Stewart Benson
John Stewart Benson
DUI and DWI Attorney
Doylestown, PA
Licensed for 24 years
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