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Edward Martin Panzica

Criminal defense Attorney at Largo, FL

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Edward Panzica is committed to applying his nearly three decades of experience and training as a criminal defense lawyer into effective, aggressive, and affordable legal representation for all his clients.

Since entering  private practice in 1992, Edward Panzica has appeared as lead counsel in a variety of criminal and civil litigation matters, including family law and commercial litigation.  His practice currently concentrates on criminal law, as well as dependency law, juvenile law and termination of parental rights cases, and concentrates his practice in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.


Edward M. Panzica, PA
1601 East Bay Drive
Suite 2
Largo, FL, 33771-5616

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Posted by Catherine | April 28, 2018
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Representation by Edward Martin Panzica
I hired Edward Martin Panzica because I had two charges, one was a traffic moving violation and the other a Criminal Charge for leaving the scene of accident. I was very satisfied in Mr. Panzica attention to the case and it was resolved in an efficient and professional manner. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2018
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DUI case
He was reassuring and handled my case well. He promptly replied to me and addressed issues. He was able to get a court date rescheduled for me within a couple days of notice and this was over a holiday weekend...All good.
Posted by Luis M. | March 13, 2018
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Criminal case
I hired Mr. Edward M. Panzica for 2 misdemeanors. I am extremely satisfied with his work ethic, as well as, the results of the case. I would recommend him not only for the experience, but for the results. I recently hired him again for a custody case. I am truly blessed to say that Mr. Edward M. Panzica is my Attorney at Law.
Posted by Connie | June 13, 2017
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Child custody
Mr. Panzica is very knowledgeable with the laws and statutes. He did everything within his power to obtain custody of my grandson, that had been awarded to the state of Florida. I would recommend his services to anyone. Thank you, Mr Panzica for bringing my family together again. God bless!
Posted by Pauline | September 16, 2016
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Great Attorney!!
Attorney Panzica was very professional, caring to my needs and able to answer all my questions. All responses and forms were handled in a timely manner. The staff was very pleasant and made me feel at ease. I would not hesitate to return with any future issues.
Posted by Sally | August 29, 2016
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Smart and effective
I hired Mr. Panzica to handle two cases for my daughter, He was able to get one dismissed and the other reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and was able to keep everything off her record. I was particularly impressed with the relationship he had with the district attorneys and the judges, who definitely seemed to respect him. Have recommended him to a friend and she liked him as well. Would definitely hire him again.
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Posted by Robert | August 10, 2016
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I was referred to Ed Panzica by a friend who raved about him. Ed is known as a criminal lawyer, but I had him handle a delicate family matter. My issue was urgent and time sensitive. He managed to get me a successful result faster than I could have imagine. Ed negotiated very effectively, he acted very professionally, he was knowledgeable, and he communicated with both parties in a timely manor. I hold him the highest regard and I Highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mick | August 9, 2016
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Great lawyer!
I hired Mr. Panzica to represent me for felony DUI in Pinellas County. He was able to get the case reduced to a reckless driving. Shortly after that, I got another DUI in Pinellas County. They wanted jail time. We went to trial and the jury found me not guilty in just under 10 minutes. He was attentive and responsive, and definitely knows his way around the courtroom.
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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Terrible DUI lawyer, does not know the basics.
I first talked to Edward Panzica when I was arrested for DUI, which was a questionable arrest. Talking to Mr. Panzica at first time he seemed experienced. Little did I know this is not true , he is mostly a family law lawyer. -Mr. Panzica directed me to a DUI school, even though I wanted a hearing to challenge the DMV suspension. I asked numerous times and he left me a nasty voicemail just saying go to the DUI school. Little did I know the DUI school controls your life and holds your drivers license hostage until you jump through hoops , shell out huge cash , and concede to being an alcohol abuser , even if you are not. -I ultimately fired him because he has no knowledge of how anything works, has never defended someone at a DMV hearing and has never filed a writ of certiorari. - He is a terrible DUI lawyer, a basic records search shows he has little to no success ever defending DUI charges. His lack of help during the initial process has wrecked my life. I am still dealing with DMV issues and it has been well over a year. Everything Mr. Panzica told me about the process is completely false. If he had only helped me when I asked on numerous occasions this would have turned out differently.
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Response from Edward Panzica October 29, 2019
Edward Panzica has been handling DUI cases in Florida since 1989, and over the past 30 years, has handled literally 100s of them in multiple counties. He has more than sufficient experience to represent any client in a DUI case from the moment after arrest through resolution. This may be a good place to remind anyone who has recently experienced a DUI arrest that after such arrest, there are actually two entities that can interfere with your driver’s license – the Florida Court system and the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are stopped and arrested for a DUI, it is very likely your license will be suspended long before a judge – or a prosecutor- is even assigned to your case. The law provides for an automatic license suspension if you refuse submit to a breath or blood test. If this happens, the arresting officer will confiscate your license immediately, and the DMV (after a 10-day period) has the power to administratively suspend your license for a certain period of time There is a way to keep your driving privileges with no administrative restrictions on your license, but it requires that you request a formal administrative hearing before the eleventh day after your arrest. This hearing is held before a hearing officer employed by the DMV (not the judge!) and if that hearing is successful, you may get your license back – at least until your court case works its way through the system. However, the burden of proof at these administrative hearings is very low, and an experience DUI attorney will tell you that although formal Review hearings can be an important tool in DUI defense, there are potential downsides to requesting one, and potentially big benefits to waiving the hearing. If you elect to ACTIVELY waive your right to have that hearing, (and if you have never had a prior DUI suspension) the DMV now allows you to get a Business Purposes license immediately. If you request the hearing and the hearing is lost, the 90-day “hard” suspension for refusing will be applied. In any case, when his clients have the 10-day rule option in front of them, Edward Panzica will always tell his clients that during that period of time the absolute worst thing you can do is nothing. He will not tell them to "just go to DUI school" without a full, if somewhat complex, explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of either option. The bottom line is, attorneys cannot and should not request a formal review hearing without clear and timely instructions to do so.
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Work Experience

  • President
  • Edward M. Panzica, PA
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hillsborough County Public Defender
  • 1998 - 2003
  • Principal
  • Law offices of Edward M. Panzica
  • 1994 - 2006


  • Stetson University
  • J.D.
  • 1987
  • University of Massachusetts
  • B.A.
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Freitas
  • Not Guilty
  • State v Sherman
  • Not Guilty
  • State v Denson
  • Not Guilty
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Psychosocial Evaluations
  • Psychosocial Evaluations
  • 2006
  • Annual Public Defender Conference
  • Lawyers as Actors
  • 1992

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (12)
Endorse Edward
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ed wholeheartedly. He is an excellent attorney to have on your side. He knows the law and will fight for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He has been in practice for over 25 years. Tried many cases. He is someone I would recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Panzica is as good a criminal defense and dependency lawyer as you could ask for. Knowledgeable, intelligent, and a zealous advocate."

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