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Justin Panighetti

DUI and DWI Attorney at Erie, PA

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Panighetti Law

  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 14 years
    Massachusetts - MA 17 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2006
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

        The right experience matters. I haven't just been an attorney the last ten plus years. I've been a trial attorney. A prosecutor. A criminal defense attorney. Few if any can match that level of recent experience in the trenches. 

      My hard earned personal and professional experiences have made me a fiercely competitive, yet calm, calculated and practical attorney. I understand there are many nuances involved in effectively defending your case. There are and will be times when we will fight the other side through litigation. There are and will be times when your interests are best served by careful and timely negotiation. As an attorney, I approach every case with two goals.


 1.    You achieve the best result possible.


 2.    You are happy with how I represented you.


    Honesty is extremely important to me. I will never tell you what you want to hear in order to get you to hire me or to avoid having a difficult conversation. I will be honest with you, treat you with respect, and explain not just what I think we should do but why I think we should do it. I strongly believe that type of representation is required because if you are in a position to be reading this then you are likely going through one the toughest periods in your life. You need an attorney who understands that.


      I was fortunate to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County from August 2009 until January 2015. In that position I interacted on a daily basis with all members of law enforcement and the judiciary at both the Magisterial District Judge and Common Pleas Court level. That significant and detailed experience has allowed me to develop invaluable insight and professional relationships. Insight and relationships few if any other Defense Attorney can claim to have. I now use  these relationships and insight as a resource as a Defense Attorney to acquire tremendous results for my clients. In many instances, I can get outcomes no other defense attorney can get.

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Panighetti Law
3820 Liberty St
Suite 203
Erie, PA, 16509

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  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Larry | November 17, 2019
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Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Erie, PA
I met Justin in the courthouse asking for directions and weeks later found myself tirelessly seeking a criminal defense attorney for my caregiver. He is just as nice and helpful when you meet him as he was when I had no idea who he was when I asked for directions. Justin goes out of his way, telling you the truth, not what you want to hear and will fight to achieve the goal you are seeking. He is not only Erie’s top Criminal Justice Attorney but a caring concerned man who isn’t afraid to go up against anyone, cities, anyone who uses Justin can be assured he will fight for you with his extensive knowledge of the law, he’s been a former prosecutor, knows all the court system and will definitely put you at ease. You never can predict the outcome of any situation, but Justin will guide you through the most scary time in your family’s life like a friend, not just someone who called his office, only to find out his webpage had been spoofed and directed my call to another law office. He was able to get information about his profile and how I was tricked into thinking he was “never available”, when he actually answers his own phone, or has a service answe his calls and he returns his calls very quickly. I won’t use any other attorney in Erie, thank you Justin your one great attorney in a town that had tons of attorneys but nobody calls back, well he does and meets you, he had me in his office in less than 24 hours after our phone conversation and had already found the case on the docket, studied it, and had a plan of action ready when I met with him at his office for a free consultation! Don’t go into court without consulting Justin Pangehtti!
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Posted by Kathleen | August 15, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Attorney Panighetti gave us excellent service. He was dependable and efficient. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Doug | August 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely knows how handle strange cases with great results
Justin is outstanding in his understanding of criminal cases in Erie and how to best handle them. My case involved 2 misdemeanors and a summary offense that happened during a medical episode where I had no idea of what I was doing. Justin looked at the 100+ pages of medical information I provided him and he explained that although that was the circumstance the incident still happened. Although I was never physically arrested charges were filed. While I was ready to have doctors come to testify, Justin reassured me that was the “Hail Mary” if we needed it. The day of the preliminary hearing Justin spoke to the officer beforehand and I don’t believe he mentioned the medical issue but he and the officer agreed that I have a clean history so the incident was reduced to the lowest summary offense. Justin also spoke with the Judge and the lowest possible fine was imposed. Justin’s preliminary work, history in the Erie criminals courts and most importantly his communication with me throughout the process has made me completely dismiss the notion that lawyers are evil. I never in my life would have thought I would need a criminal lawyer, but unfortunate circumstance can happen to anyone. If you find yourself in one of these circumstances do yourself a favor and talk with Justin.
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Posted by Bill | November 14, 2018
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my review of Justin Panighetti
Justin represented me recently and I found him to be honest and straight forward. He treated me with dignity and respect and was very supportive. He believes in building positive relationships with clients as well as everyone in the court system. He is able to use these relationships to achieve good outcomes for his clients. He is smart, kind and non judgmental, he helped me through a very difficult time. I would highly recommend Justin without reservation. He is not only a great lawyer but also a wonderful person.
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Posted by Krissy | March 19, 2018
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Exceptional Lawyer
Exceptional representation! Knowledgeable, professional and always available when needed. Justin was always truthful and straight forward with me through my entire process. Highly recommended.
Posted by Robert | November 20, 2017
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criminal case
I retained Attorney Panighetti to represent me in a criminal case. It was an extremely frightening time in my life. Because of Justin's preparation, knowledge of the law and his presentation on my behalf we had the more serious charge dropped. I was very happy with the outcome of my hearing and the professional manner in which it was handled. Thank you Attorney Panighetti for representing me with respect and compassion.
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Posted by Matt | October 23, 2017
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Great lawyer
Justin has been a wonderful lawyer, he was straight forward, smart and a hard worker. Very open minded to what your thoughts are compared to the common agreeing eith everything you think. Great lawyer eould reccomend to any and everyone!
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2017
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So far so good very pleased . First lawyer I talked to said "good luck with that" Justin has guided me through everything ! Extremely responsive . Last attorney I had , I had to actually schedule a hearing or show up at his office to get a response outta him . And when I seen that his office is in with some of the best attorneys in the state , I was extremely happy . That says something right there !
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Posted by Kara | December 20, 2016
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Child Custody Case
I hired Justin Panighetti for my custody case. He is very knowledgeable and helped me through the entire process. Every phone call and email I made to him was returned very quickly. He was always there to answer my questions and help with whatever I needed related to my case. I am very thankful for Justin and do not believe I would of had the same outcome without him. I would highly recommend him with any case!
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Posted by Adam | December 19, 2016
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Custody Case
I retained Attorney Panighetti for a child custody case. First off, he is one of the most knowledgable attorneys in the area and is very well rounded. I have personally watched him prosecute for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as defend clients in the court room. He is an expert in his field. He gave me a honest assessment of my custody case and did not procrastinate when it came to meeting with me about the case as other attorneys have done in the past. He was very prepared when it came time to enter the courtroom and so was I thanks to him. The outcome of the case was in our favor due to his preparation, knowledge of the laws, and ability to present his case in a professional and expert manner.
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Posted by Ryan | December 18, 2016
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great service excellent guy
hired Justin for my drug case was looking to 2-4 yrs in state prison and have 10 felonies on my record. Justin was very helpful very knowledgeable and new what they had done wrong. he was able to get all my felonies dropped and ended up with an ungraded felony by a plea deal without going to trial. he is an excellent attorney and would recommend to anyone for any case. my father was also very greatful for what he had done and what he knew and how he helped me thru all of it. GREAT GUY
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Posted by Tyler | December 14, 2016
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Bad thing into good learning experience.
Justin was straight forward, honest and helpful. Providing great value with his services, he is very knowledgeable. I was in court for several drug related felonies and misdeamnors. Justin was able to look at the problem, see what laws were broken and had the case dismissed with no charges being filed.
Posted by Annie | December 11, 2015
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Experienced, honest, trustworthy and fair
Justin helped me deal with a very upsetting accident and successfully navigate through all of its legal implications. He was responsive and available, and also gave me the time and information I needed to make decisions. None of my questions went unanswered, and he showed compassion for my emotional state. With his expertise, I experienced a fair outcome. I respect Justin and thank him for his professional services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2015
First best lawyer
This lawyer really well a great guy and kept me informed ahead of schedule and was honest with me about what could happen to me and was very well helpful this guy is 5/5 i recommend you get this lawyer and to meet him its free unlike other lawyers.
Posted by Sean | December 16, 2016
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Great guy
Hired justin for both of my drug cases, was looking at a year or two in prison. Justin got it dropped to summary offenses and i walked away both times with just a paraphernalia charge and small fines. Highly recommend for drug cases dude knows what hes doing
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Panighetti Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Part-Time Public Defender - Juvenile
  • Erie County
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dependency/OCY - Parent Attorney
  • Erie County
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Of Counsel
  • Melaragno, Placidi, Parini & Veitch
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Erie County District Attorney's Office, Erie Pennsylvania
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Legal Recruitment Coordinator
  • New England School of Law
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Contract Attorney - Family Law
  • Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & Fink, LLP
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. R.J.
  • After the filing of a Suppression Motion and targeted negotiation the felony Possession with Intent to Deliver was dropped to a misdemeanor possession and R.J. merely received one year of probation.
  • Commonwealth v. J.L.
  • After a contested Preliminary Hearing and targeted negotiation all charged with withdrawn.
  • Commonwealth v. T.P.
  • The case was thrown out and all charges were dismissed after a lengthy Omnibus Pre-Trial Motion in which I successfully showed that the Commonwealth had violated T.P.'s Constitutional Rights.
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition of Exemplary Performance
  • Erie County Detectives Bureau
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Justin
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Panighetti is an excellent advocate who is well-respected in the legal community. His knowledge, skill, and reputation allow him to help his clients obtain fair results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Attorney Panighetti. He is a skilled and effective attorney who practices with the utmost honesty and integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Justin is an excellent lawyer - very knowledgeable and provides excellent service to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Justin is an intelligent, hardworking, conscientious lawyer. His no-nonsense approach to cases results in the prompt resolution of his client's matters without unnecessary expense or delay."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Justin is an exceptionally gifted trial attorney. I have worked with Justin on several matters and have seen him get amazing results in cases where many attorneys would not have had the ability or tenacity to win. I give Justin the highest endorsement and expect him to be a top trial attorney in NW PA for many years to come."
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Erie DUI and DWI Lawyer Justin Panighetti
Justin Panighetti
DUI and DWI Attorney
Erie, PA
Licensed for 17 years
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