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Paul Stanko

Paul Stanko

South Bend-Plymouth-Warsaw-Elkhart Indiana DUI, Criminal & Drug Defense
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Indiana
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Summary

Former Lake County Judge Paul Stanko is one of Indiana's most experienced criminal lawyers. As a prosecutor in Starke and Lake Counties, a presiding judge in the Superior Court of Lake County, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice professor at Indiana University, and criminal defense attorney throughout northern Indiana, he has helped thousands of persons with issues in Indiana criminal courts.

The three regional 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 and Plymouth offices, he serves clients with criminal cases in St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Fulton, Miami, Starke, LaPorte and surrounding counties. From his Crown Point office, he serves counties along the I-65 corridor, including Lake, Jasper, White and Tippecanoe counties. Besides drunk driving and drug law defense, he handles all other criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor charges.

Paul Stanko has been honored to serve as a member of the Board of Governors, Court of Appeals and Historian of the American Judges Association, as well as chairman of the Retired/Senior Judges Committee and member of the Membership, Court Security and Conference Site committees of that organization. Paul is also a proud member of the NORML Legal Committee, the National Rifle Association, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAM) & life-long 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, Paul Stanko is here to help you in your hour of need.

Call toll-free 888-778-2656 or email indianadui@yahoo.com 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
Fees
  • 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
Indiana
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner - Founder
Law Offices of Paul Stanko - Plymouth Office
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Practice concentrated in the defense of those accused of crimes in Marshall County and surrounding Counties (Kosciusko, Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties).
Owner - Founder
Law Offices of Paul Stanko - South Bend Office
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Practice concentrated in the defense of those accused of crimes in St. Joseph County and North Central Indiana.
Owner - Founder
Law Offices of Paul Stanko - Crown Point Office
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Practice concentrated in the defense of those accused of crimes in Northwest Indiana courts.
Appellate Attorney
Superior Court of Lake County, Appellate Division
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Responsible for dozens of appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
Presiding Judge
Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana
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Presided over criminal and civil cases in one of Indiana's busiest courts.
Attorney in Private Practice
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
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General trial and appellate practice.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Lake County, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney
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Successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases including serious felonies.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Starke County, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney
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Successfully prosecuted all types of criminal and juvenile cases.
Education
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate (1986) | Judicial Education
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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
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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
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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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Awards
Top 100 Trial Lawyers-Indiana
The National Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
Current
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NORML Legal Committee
Member
Current
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National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Member
Current
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National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS)
Member
Current
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Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Member
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Marshall County Bar Association
Member
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The National Trial Lawyers
Member-"Top 100 Trial Lawyers"
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American Judges Association
Governor (2009-2019); Court of Appeals (2019-Present)
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Activities: Elected to Board of Governors in 2009. Re-elected in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Elected to Court of Appeals in 2019. 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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Publications
Articles & Publications
Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Article)
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT
Schmerber v. California (Article)
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT
Instant OWI: Just Add Clients (computer software)
Paul Stanko
Speaking Engagements
Commencement Address, Crown Point High School
Crown Point Community School Corporation
Certifications
Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate
National Judicial College-University of Nevada
Dispute Resolution
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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
775 Questions Answered

Q. What does this mean Once a bond has been posted, if it is a cash bond, the money becomes the property of the defendant
A: Courts don't get involved in disputes between persons posting cash bonds and the defendants for whom the bonds are posted. Anyone posting a cash bond on behalf of a defendant must understand that the court will consider that cash an asset of the defendant that can be used to pay fines, court costs, restitution, program fees, etc. Absent a bond assignment from the defendant to another person, any remaining balance will be refunded to the defendant.
Q. The fayette county prosecutor isnt doing what she said&now refuses the plea deal that SHE made. I have PROOF in a record
A: All plea agreements have to either be in writing or stated on the record. A prosecutor can withdraw an offer at any time until it is accepted.
Q. Can I have a bond revoked just because I don't want my name on there anymore
A: The short answer is no. Only the court can revoke the bond.
Q. My case was dismissed under I.C. 35-33-7-1. 35 days later I have a warrant.
A: I would need more information to assist you. If you can provide a cause number or your name and date of birth (privately), I can look up your case. Do not post private information on the site.
Q. How do you speed up the process on getting charged or dismissed for a DUI?
A: This question comes up fairly often. There is no benefit to speeding up the process of filing of charges. Although it rarely happens, sometimes paperwork DOES get lost in the system. In that unlikely event, the prosecutor's case will never get better with age. If you contact me privately with details, I will be happy to answer your inquiry further.
Q. Can a confidential informant in the state of indiana do drugs
A: I would speculate that nearly all confidential informants are drug users. Otherwise, they would not be involved in the business of setting up supposed dealers. There is no code of ethics or behavior for snitches.
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.
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Contact & Map
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
South Bend (St. Joseph County) Office
205 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Suite 200
South Bend, IN 46601
USA
Telephone: (888) 778-2656
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
Plymouth (Marshall County) Office
214 W. Washington Street
Plymouth, IN 46563
USA
Toll-Free: (888) 778-2656
Law Offices of Paul Stanko
Crown Point/Winfield (Lake County) Office
10971 Four Seasons Place
Suite 213
Crown Point, IN 46307
USA
Toll-Free: (888) 778-2656