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James Panagis

James Panagis

Experienced litigation attorney taking on traffic, criminal, & Appellate
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, Traffic Tickets ...
  • Virginia
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James Panagis has spent his legal career in criminal and civil litigation in the state and federal courts of Virginia. With 15 years of trial experience, he has done jury trials in state and federal courts all over Virginia.

James is a former Assistant Commonwealth Attorney with Fairfax County and the City of Virginia Beach and has been lead counsel on countless bench and jury trials having litigated Murder, Manslaughter, Robbery, Rape, Malicious Wounding, Embezzlement and a number of other white collar and computer offenses.

James has significant appellate experience and has conducted oral argument before the Court of Appeals of Virginia. With appellate experience in the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Supreme Court of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, James can use his experience and help with any appellate matters that his clients have.

A graduate of the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law, since moving to Hampton Roads in 2015, James and his family are active in their community, and they enjoy the wide range of outdoor and fine arts activities that Hampton Roads has to offer.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
Juvenile Law
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia State Bar
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  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
City of Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Fairfax County Office of The Commonwealth's Attorney
Whitestone Young, P.C.
George Mason University School of Law
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University of Virginia
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COVA Business Managize
Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 73295
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Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
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Virginia Beach Bar Association
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Speaking Engagements
Lecturer, Virginia CLE Series
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2 Questions Answered
Q. Can 3rd degree theft be removed from a record in Alabama? And how much will cost?
A: The laws of expungement in every state are different. You will need to contact an attorney licensed in the state of Alabama.
Q. Am I able to give Commonwealth of VA evidence that I think will help a case?
A: There is no prohibition against individuals speaking to law enforcement or Commonwealth Attorneys in Virginia. There is also no requirement they use or act on the information provided to them.
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Wolcott Rivers Gates
200 Bendix Road, Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 554-0224
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