Carl Benoit


Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology


Carl Benoit is a senior attorney manager with 20 years of experience providing legal counsel, advice and training to FBI field and FBI headquarters personnel. He has significant field experience in conducting complex fraud and white-collar investigations.  He was appointed a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma, and served in two FBI field offices and three FBI headquarters divisions during a 24-year career as an FBI Special Agent.


His recent accomplishments include establishing and managing the first legal unit embedded within the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group and responding to critical incidents as counsel to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team; leading a team of attorney instructors that designed, developed, and implemented new legal instruction curriculum at the FBI Academy; and serving as chair for career boards for the selection of field legal personnel. Mr. Benoit teaches a masters level course in the FBI National Academy program.  He is recognized as an authority within the FBI and DOJ in deadly force training and instruction. 


Mr. Benoit is the unit chief of the FBI’s Legal Instruction Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  He is a member of the bar of the state of New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


  • Detaining Individuals at the Scene of a Search (2006)
  • Vehicle Pursuits and the Fourth Amendment (2007)
  • Questioning Authority: Fourth Amendment Consent Searches (2008
  • Confessions and the Constitution (2010)
  •  The ‘Public Safety' Exception to Miranda (2011)
  •  Picketers, Protestors, and the Police (2012)
  • B.S.: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, N.Y. (1988)

  • J.D.: Albany Law School, Albany, N.Y. (1991)


Phone: 724-938-4424

Office: Azorsky Hall Room 117