Joseph DiBenedetto

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Joseph DiBenedetto is an American criminal defense attorney based in New York City and founder of The Law Office of Joseph DiBenedetto, P.C. He has represented dozens of high-profile clients, including professional athletes, and has successfully advocated for fellow attorneys, law enforcement personnel, union officials, medical professionals, accountants and CEOs of major corporations at the federal and state level. DiBenedetto has been interviewed and quoted as an industry expert in a number of national media outlets.

Legal career[edit]

DiBenedetto is a member of the state bars of New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C.; The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; The Columbian Lawyers Association; and The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

DiBenedetto has been involved in a number of notable cases, including a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case against Peter Gotti alleging a conspiracy to murder mafia turncoat Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.[1] He also represented and attained downward departure for a former All-American and Buffalo Bill football player who was charged as the lead defendant in an international counterfeit Marlboro cigarette ring.[2]

He has also had extensive experience in white collar criminal defense, having attained either dismissed charges or significant downward departures for numerous cases including an individual who allegedly defrauded Sprint for over $1 million, a broker charged with multi-million dollar securities fraud, an attorney alleged to be responsible for an $80 million mortgage fraud, and a business owner charged with defrauding the Internal Revenue Service of over $2 million.[3]

Media appearances[edit]

DiBenedetto has been interviewed and quoted as an industry expert in a number of national media outlets, including Fox News, The New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, Reuters, Financial Times, New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Time.com, Variety, and Newsday.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

DiBenedetto has been criticized for an appearance on Fox News on October 17, 2013, when he was critical of an alleged victim of rape, accusing her of lying.[10]

DiBenedetto commented on Fox News that "There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up,” and further added,“when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught by her mom, she’s embarrassed and the easy way out here is, ‘Mom, someone took advantage of me.'" DiBenedetto has been criticised for not acknowledging that a doctor had confirmed the child had been raped. He also failed to consider any facts pointing to how the accused may be guilty. His focus on the possibility that the child was lying caused the media to question his knowledge of the law. [11]

“But what did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out?” DiBenedetto said. “I’m not saying — assuming that these facts are accurate and this did happen — I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but knowing the facts as we do here including what the prosecutor has set forth, this case is going nowhere and it’s going nowhere quick." [12]

Personal life[edit]

The son of two Italian immigrants, DiBenedetto credits his parents’ hardships and language barriers as the driving force in his decision to become a lawyer. He wanted to speak for people unable to speak for themselves. An alumnus of St. John's University and St. John's University School of Law, he is married with two children.[2]

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