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Paul Stanko

Paul Stanko

Attorney Paul Stanko, Northern Indiana Criminal Defense and DUI Law
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Indiana
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Former Lake County Judge Paul Stanko is one of Indiana's most experienced criminal lawyers. As a prosecutor, Superior Court judge, Constitutional Law professor and criminal defense attorney, he has helped thousands of persons with issues in Indiana criminal courts. He has extraordinary knowledge, expertise and experience in criminal matters.

The Law Offices of Paul Stanko, Attorney at Law are focused on providing high-quality client service and superior outcomes. Paul Stanko's practice is devoted to the defense of those accused of drunk driving, drug possession, and other criminal offenses throughout north central and northwest Indiana. From his South Bend office, he serves clients with criminal cases in St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Miami, and surrounding counties. From his Crown Point office, he serves counties along the I-65 corridor, including Lake, Jasper, and Tippecanoe counties. Besides drunk driving and drug law defense, he handles all other criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor charges.

Paul Stanko is honored to serve as a member of the Board of Governors and Historian of the American Judges Association, as well as chairman of the Retired/Senior Judges Committee and member of the Membership and Conference Site committees of that organization. Paul is also a proud member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Rifle Association, and a life-long civil libertarian and defender of the Bill of Rights.

With over 40 years of experience in Indiana criminal law and recognized expertise in defending persons accused of crimes, The Law Offices of Paul Stanko, Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney, are here to help you in your hour of need.

Call toll-free 888-778-2656 or email for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Boating While Intoxicated
  • Breath Test Refusal
  • Cocaine possession defense
  • Drug Dealing defense
  • Drug Law Defense
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • Habitual Substance Offender
  • Habitual Traffic Violator
  • Impaired Boating (BUI/BWI)
  • Impaired Driving
  • Marijuana law defense
  • Operating While Intoxicated
  • OWI
  • Sentence Consulting
  • Probation Violations
  • Free Consultation
    Free no obligation initial consultation by telephone, email or in person.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat fees are quoted in advance in almost all cases. Fees are based on type and seriousness of the case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney in Private Practice
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
- Current
Practice concentrated in the defense of those accused of crimes, at the trial and appellate levels.
Appellate Attorney
Superior Court of Lake County, Appellate Division
Responsible for dozens of appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana
Presided over criminal and civil cases in one of Indiana's busiest courts.
Attorney in Private Practice
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
General trial and appellate practice.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Lake County, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney
Successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases including serious felonies.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Starke County, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney
Successfully prosecuted all types of criminal and juvenile cases.
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Special Courts Jurisdiction Cerificate (1986) | Judicial Education
Attended and successfully completed numerous courses offered by the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno.
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Valparaiso University
J.D | Law
Honors: Tribune, Rentner Senate, the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
Activities: Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; Radio (WVUR-FM disk jockey and newscaster); Intramural football
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Duquesne University
B.A. | History Major; Speech & Communications Minor
Honors: Duquesne University Academic Scholarship; Duquesne University Outstanding Senior Award; Debate Outstanding Senior Award; Alpha Phi Omega Outstanding Senior Award; Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta International Honorary Society in History
Activities: Student Judicial System (Judge-1 term); Student Government Association (Senator-three terms; Chairman of Appropriations, Constitution, Rules, and Parking Committees); Duquesne University Debating Society (Vice-President; Varsity Debater); Phi Alpha Theta International History Honorary Society; Alpha Phi Omega National service Fraternity; Intramural football; Radio (WDUQ-FM)
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Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Indiana
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Marshall County Bar Association
- Current
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The National Trial Lawyers
Member-"Top 100 Trial Lawyers"
- Current
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American Judges Association
Governor (2009-Present)
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Activities: Elected to Board of Governors in 2009. Re-elected in 2012 and 2015. Chairman, Retired/Senior Judges Committee. Conference Site Committee. Membership Committee. Historian-2011-Current
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Indiana State Bar
Admitted to practice in January 1979
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Articles & Publications
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Article)
Schmerber v. California (Article)
Instant OWI: Just Add Clients (computer software)
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Speaking Engagements
Commencement Address, Crown Point High School
Crown Point Community School Corporation
Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Dispute Resolution
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Case Management: Reducing Court Delay
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Constitutional Criminal Procedure
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Judicial Writing
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Advanced Evidence
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Special Court: High Volume Proceedings
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Handling Capital Cases
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Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
769 Questions Answered

Q. I would like to know if I have a case on my hands. I was arrested for Auto Theft in Sep. 17, 2019 between 5-6pm.
A: You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you were questioned by police, you more than likely made incriminating statements that will be held against you.
Q. If a law officer runs your plates and the registration comes back correct but the paint color is different
A: Yes. I had this exact issue arise in an Elkhart County drug case.
Q. The police want to question my son in connect with a shooting that happens in Gary,IN
A: He must not give any statements to police. Police are trained to obtain confessions.
Q. I got a dui,I was not the driver cop walked up and we where out of the car he ask who drov she had key and pointed at me
A: You haven't asked a question. The judge or jury will have to decide whether they believe you or the other witnesses if this goes to trial.
Q. Can i take my case back to court for early home detention dismissal
A: Your question does not contain enough facts to facilitate an answer. If your sentence was agreed to as part of a plea agreement, it can only be modified by agreement of all parties and approval by the court.
Q. Hi, I was lost and I took my anxiety medication because I was lost and I blew a 0 on multiple breathalyzers.
A: If you are charged with operating with any level of controlled substance in your body, sobriety is irrelevant. It is not a defense. You should discuss your concerns with your current attorney.
Q. Do you still have a jury trial if you plead guilty at the first court date?
A: When you plead guilty, you admit your guilt and waive your right to any trial.
Q. Would my husband and I wrestling over my phone be something that can convict him in Indiana because I had scratches?
A: All that needs to be proven in a battery case is that the defendant knowingly or intentionally touched the other person in a rude, insolent or angry manner. Whether or not your husband should do time, if the State proves the elements, a conviction is certainly possible.
Q. 14 year old Daughter being charge with posession of a electronic cigarette when she only took 1 puff of it,
A: If she took a puff on it, she was in possession, at least for that moment.
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Contact & Map
South Bend Office
205 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Suite 200
South Bend, IN 46601
Telephone: (888) 778-2656
Crown Point/Winfield Office
10971 Four Seasons Place
Suite 213
Crown Point, IN 46307
Toll-Free: (888) 778-2656