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About me

I bring to my practice a wealth of life experience from my years in the military and in the medical field.  As a military medic and later as a paramedic, I was trained to handle complex and stressful situations and to think on my feet.  

This training and expereince has translated into my law practice and has allowed me to provide my clients with informed and intelligent advice during what it usually one of the most stresssful moments in their life.

My time as a medic also taught me the importance of compassion and understanding.  I understand that my clients are often faced with daunting circumstances and that they are usually in the middle of a life-altering situation.  As such, I strive to be as accessible to my clients as possible.  I do my best to maintain open lines of communication and to answer my clients questions efficiently and promptly.

Being faced with criminal charges, civil liability and/or damages or being involved in a family crisis is very stressful.  The role of a good attorney is be there not only with legal advice, but with counseling that will put the client's mind at ease.

Whether I am standing next to you in front of a judge while you face criminal charges or whether we are sitting across from your ex-spouse's lawyer at a deposition table, you can be assured that you will be getting sound legal advice. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    8 years, 100 cases
  2. General Practice: 20%
    8 years, 25 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 10%



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Enrique A. Latoison

    Joel is a fierce defender of client rights. Joel does not hesitate to stand up for what's right and to represent his clients with the personal attention that clients desire. His reputation in the community is that of excellence, professionalism, and knowledgeable of the law.


    Enrique Latoison Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael F. Maroto

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Contact info

212 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA, 19380


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award for Excellence in Trial AdvocacyWapner Newman Wigrizer & Brecher2008
Award for Excellence in Appellate AdvocacyTemple Law Alumni2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/OperatorLaw Offices of Joel E. Benecke2009 - Present
AttorneyThe Benari Law Firm2011 - 2012
Associate AttorneyKolsby, Gordon, Robin Shore and Bezar2008 - 2009
Judicial Aide/TipstaffFirst Judicial District Of Pennsylvania2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. James FerryAcquittal on all felony charges and all but one 3rd degree misdemeanor.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Science and Arts of OklahomaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Georgetown UniversityPolitical Science/EconomicsN/AN/A
Virginia Military InstituteHistoryN/AN/A