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Joanna Marie Panici

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago Heights, IL

5.0   4 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defense Attorney concentrating in Criminal Cases, DUI's and Traffic Offenses. As a former Assistant Cook County State's Attorney, Joanna has the trial and practical experience that produces the results you need. From traffic to violent crime.

    10 years

  2. DUI and DWI

    10 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

  4. Estate planning

  5. Expungement

  6. Power of attorney

  7. Sex crime

  8. Violent crime

  9. Wills and living wills

I am an attorney dedicated to finding the best solution to a legal issue for a client. As a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, I have the acquired knowledge and practical experience to handle any criminal issue presented to me.  Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, look no further.  Hire the attorney that knows how the government operates.  As a former prosecutor, I not only tried numerous cases, both bench and jury trials, but also evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of cases.  I was, at one time, responsible for making charging decisions on cases.  If you are charged with a crime, you need an attorney who can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case and determine what the best option is for you.  Do not be victimized twice....hire an attorney who has the knowledge and experice to get you the best result. Consultations are free!

Licensed for 9 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2013
Updated 04/01/2023

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Law Offices of Joanna M. Panici, P.C.
12 West 15th Street
Chicago Heights, IL, 60411


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Posted by Stephanie | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joanna is the Best!
When I was referred to Joanna, I did not even have the courage to admit why I needed a lawyer (recent arrest DUI). After speaking with her, I felt a lot less ashamed and then after meeting her in person, I really had hope in the matter. Joanna is very professional while also being very compassionate and personal, she is very reassuring and confident and helped me see the light when I was really down. My case went to trial and Joanna did not back down, we won the DUI case and I kept my drivers license! She is very intelligent and knows her stuff! If you need help, you need Joanna!
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Posted by Charles | September 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever!
I had a case I thought would go the wrong direction but Joanna steered me back in position, and help me more than I could even imagine. This is not a joke and no I wasn't paid to say this, she is the best.
Posted by Angelica vega | May 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer Joanna Marie Panici’s
I had gotten a DUI ‘Child endangerment ‘And others cases . She’s the best . She did a very excellent job. Thank you Joanna M Panici’s
Response from Joanna Panici May 29, 2019
It was my sincere pleasure to be able to help you. We were successful in beating your suspension and getting you a FNG on all counts. It was a great day for Justice.
Posted by Phil | May 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
Joanna was great to woke with. She worked quickly and did everything in her power to get me the most positive possible outcome. She answered all questions I had and was a pleasure to work with! Highly recommend


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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2018


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010


  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship
  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Highly recommended. One of the most honorable and trustworthy attorneys I have ever come across. And a consumate professional."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Family member
"Joanna’s knowledge and competence of the law is second to none. As a former criminal prosecutor, she’s an expert in evaluating a cases strengths and weaknesses and uses this knowledge and ability to her clients advantage. A fierce advocate for her clients, Ms. Panici is experienced, driven, hard-working and goal oriented. While she is often successful at resolving cases prior to trial, she has the skills and ability to fight and win at trial should the need arise. Anyone charged with a crime would be well served to hire her."
Criminal defense
Chicago Heights Criminal defense Lawyer Joanna Marie Panici
Joanna Marie Panici
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago Heights, IL
Licensed for 9 years