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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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Paul has a great deal of experience and expertise in DUI/OWI matters.
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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
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  • 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
  • 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.
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
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)
Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Indiana
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Marshall County Bar Association
- Current
The National Trial Lawyers
Member-"Top 100 Trial Lawyers"
- Current
American Judges Association
Governor (2009-Present)
- Current
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
Indiana State Bar
Admitted to practice in January 1979
- Current
Articles & Publications
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Article)
Schmerber v. California (Article)
Instant OWI: Just Add Clients (computer software)
Paul Stanko
Speaking Engagements
Commencement Address, Crown Point High School
Crown Point Community School Corporation
Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Case Management: Reducing Court Delay
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Judicial Writing
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Advanced Evidence
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Special Court: High Volume Proceedings
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Handling Capital Cases
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Dispute Resolution
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
712 Questions Answered

Q. Can you actually be cited if you were just sleep deprived and not drunk?
A: Yes. Charges are filed based upon probable cause. If the case goes to trial, the State will have to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. If the defendant was neither intoxicated nor had alcohol or a controlled substance in the body in violation of the per se statute, that would be a defense. An experienced OWI defense attorney is needed to adequately defend this case.
Q. my daughter has an ominbus hearing set for 1/18/2019. she doesnt have private attorney. what happens?
A: Eventually, the court will want to set a trial date unless she negotiates a plea agreement with the prosecutor. It is essential that she have legal representation if she wants a favorable outcome.
Q. My friend is being charged with f5 intimidation, is it likely she'll have to serve time
A: The range of penalties for a Level 5 felony is 1-6 years in prison. If convicted, she is facing significant jail time.
Q. what will happen for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia
A: The marijuana charge is a misdemeanor. You can't just pay the ticket. Get a lawyer--you may be eligible for a diversion.
Q. What happens when you get violated on probation while currently incarcerated?
A: The judge can impose a number of sanctions on a PTR, including imposing the entire suspended sentence. That is up to the court.
Q. Does anyone know if a class A misdemeanor (conversion) hold up to jail time on a first offense
A: The possible sentence is up to 1 year.
Q. How much time can u receive in indiana for a first tile leve2 felony. Its for dealing meth
A: The range is 10 to 30 years.
Q. Can a prosecutor stop a defendant from reviewing his discovery without violating due process?
A: Probably not. It is possible for the prosecutor to redact the discovery to exclude information that would endanger witnesses, such as addresses and phone numbers. Any evidence the prosecutor intends to rely upon at trial should be disclosed, as well as any exculpatory evidence that could be of use to you.
Q. Is it illegal for a 24 year old to date a 16 year old in Indiana
A: 16 is the age of consent, so "dating" is not illegal per se. Contributing to deliquency is an entirely different matter. That, of course, would be illegal.
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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