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Lazar Scott Pejic

Criminal defense Attorney at Michigan CIty, IN

4.9   30 reviews

About Lazar

Learn Lazar’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    I represent persons alleged to have committed felonies, misdemeanor or infractions with an emphasis on alcohol related offenses.

    22 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%

    22 years, 200 cases

  3. Personal injury
    30%

    22 years, 100 cases

 

I was a science major in college.  I had planned to attend Medical School.  During my last year of college, I decided to enroll at the Valparaiso University School of Law.  Even though I did not pursue a career in medicine, I apply my knowledge in the sciences to the practice of law.  Specifically, my background in science has equipped me to successfully defend clients involving alcohol related offenses such as Operating While Intoxicated.  I have also applied my knowledge of the sciences as it relates to toxicology and autopsy findings to successfully defend persons alleged to have committed murder.  Of course, I also employ my understanding of science to representing those injured as a result of another person's negligent or intentional conduct.   

I wholeheartedly believe in the pursuit of justice.  Oftentimes in Criminal Cases, I see persons accused of crimes admit guilt in court to avoid jail, a more serious conviction or because they lack the finances to mount an effective defense.  Pleading guilty to a crime that one did not commit is not only an injustice, but a travesty.  I make sure that all my clients have all their questions answered about their cases.  I further make sure that my clients are aware that I have conducted a thorough investigation with respect to their case(s).  I go through all the findings of my investigation with my clients so they may make an informed decision as to how to proceed with their case.  

In Personal Injury Cases, I am aware of injured persons settling with insurance companies for compensation that does not adequately amount to their damages.  Equipped with my background in science, I pride myself on being capable of representing my clients in a manner that fully and adequately develops relevant issues to most effectively resolve their claim.

In all consultations, I advise all potential clients as to the weaknesses and strengths of their cases.  I do not tell clients what they want to hear.  I do not give clients false hope.  Unfortunately, I do have to decline to accept cases from time to time.  This is hard to do when the potential client is sympathetic.  I do my best to advise the potential client as to why I decline their case.  I have found over the years that sometimes clients just want answers more than anything. 

Thank you for reading,

Scott

 

 

Licensed for 23 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Lazar

Pejic Law Group, P.C.
1000 Washington St.
Michigan CIty, IN, 46360

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An awesome attorney
I Hired Scott to to defend my case twice and both times he did an outstanding job ! I recommend The Pejic Law Group to anyone who has legal problems. I"m sure they will come through for you as well!
Posted by Greg | February 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When you need a great attorney.
I got in a bit of trouble with the law. Going on a recommendation from a colleague, I called Scott, explained my problem and he immediately put me at ease about my situation. He is very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case will be his top priority. Proving, as time went on, that in fact, it was. Always promptly returning calls and answering any additional questions I had. Short of it all? If I ever need a lawyer?(hope not) Scott will be the one I will call. Anyway, a big thanks Mr. Pejic. Keep up the great work!
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Posted by dan | October 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney
Had a great experience working with Scott Pejic. He really understood nuances of personal injury law and helped advise me with my best options. He is very approachable and focused on providing the best for his cliencts. Highly recommend!
Posted by Shawn | April 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
This areas best.
Absolutely the best attorney I have ever had represent me hands down. Mr. Pejic is dedicated and extremely knowledgeable in his area of expertise, he even found a mistake my previous attorney Made in the handling of a case some five years previous. I would and do recommend him to anyone looking for a personally and motivated Paraclete.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2018
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Lawyer
Scott was very accommodating and efficient with my case. He met me outside of normal office hours in order to take care of the issue. I was extremely satisfied with my outcome.
Posted by Christian | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever
Scott was there for me every step of the way. Any phone call I had was answered by his office with an immediate answer. Not only did he take care of my case and lower any charge I had, He got them knocked down to the fullest extent to where I didn't even need to show up. He took care of everything and made sure I didn't miss work if I didn't need. 100% will be back if I ever need it. Hopefully not.
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Posted by Marc | October 11, 2018
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DUI
I contacted scott in August 2014, about a DUI case. I met with him and discussed the case. I then hired scott and to his success due to his relations with the court and professionalism, the case got dismissed couldn't be more happier with him. Great person and even more so as an attorney, highly recommended from me!!!
Posted by Darlene | September 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Attorney Pejic is amazing! No one else would/could have done what he did for us. It was a legal nightmare for us and things were looking really bad. Attorney Pejic got on our case immediately and did everything possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible. He talked with us on his cell phone and kept us informed every step of the way. He got the BEST possible outcome for us. I hope he can do the same for you. WOW
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
hands down the best
I can’t say enough good things about Scott. He is hands down an excellent attorney. My son was arrested on a Saturday I called Scott, and he answered even thought he was at his sons swim meet. My son was looking at life in prison, so needless to say my motions where all over the place. Scott was honest and straight forward every step of the way. He answered every question we had no matter how small or simple, he was never short with us or annoyed with us he just answered our questions. He kept us focused and mentally strong. I know he had other cases but he made us feel like we where his main focus. Due to his diligence the out come of my son’s case was the stuff of movies. He went from looking at 147 years in prison to all charges dropped!!! Scott is an amazing attorney I will never use anyone other than Scott for any legal matter.
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Posted by Justan Thomas | June 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Handled my owi and can't complain about the outcome. In fact represented me in a few cases after. If you need a lawyer around northwest Indiana this is your guy.
Posted by Dylan | May 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A1 like the steak sauce
Scott has handled atleast 15 to 20 legal issues for me from tickets to criminal offenses. Many resulted in dismissed, or deferrals. I got arrested in MC while on probation in Porter county, would have been totally screwed but he got the charges dismissed at my very first court date and probation couldn't do anything. Tickets always dropped to NMV, no points. He will always get you the the best deal possible. A few times i figured i was at the end of my rope and he can only go to bat for me so many times but luckily i kept hiring him and even though i let him down he surely never let me down. He's an extremely busy guy though so dont freak out if you can't get a hold of him, he will get back to you when he can, just relax you have hired the best.
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Posted by Billy | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui
After a night out at a bar in Chicago with some friends one of my buddies talked me into going to the boat in Indiana so we all left to go there but I didn't want to leave my car behind so I was going to meet them up there ! dumb move on my part I was tired and I had a few beers I should of called it a night and went home ! but not wanting to miss out on any fun I went but on the way up there I got to tired to keep driving so I pulled off and parked behind a gas station I thought I'd sleep for a bit then get some coffee and go home well a few hours later I woke up to someone knocking on my window asking for a cigarette then b4 I knew it he tried to rob me and I panicked and drove off and I jumped the curb and just drove to get away well my plastic bumper got caught on the curb and was dragging but I kept going just to get away then I pulled over to try and fix my bumper but before I knew it there were cops behind me then the cop asked me what I was doing in that neighborhood? So I said I'm not from around here I just stopped at the gas station on my way to the boat then he asked if I'd been drinking and wanted me to do a field test and blow but I refused and said I'd rather not and I would rather not answer anymore questions without a lawyer present! well the officers got a lil upset because I lawyered up and had a field day writing me tickets and arresting me for a DUI and a few other things ! But I knew after they started questioning me and searching me and my car I better not say anything because if I would of said anymore they would of tried to turn things around on me ! So after 3 days in Laporte county jail I finally made bond and then when I came home I started looking for a lawyer and I hired 1 guy but I could tell he was shady and I didn't trust him everything was money money money and he wanted half down b4 he would do anything but I did it but I still had a bad feeling about him but I had a court order to have the smart start installed in my car while I was there talking to the guy we started talking about lawyers and he said to give this guy Scott a call and just talk to him it couldn't hurt ! So I did and that guy was Scott Pejic after talking to Scott I hired him and fired the other guy ! Scott was honest and upfront about everything and turned out to be such a good guy he cares about his clients and when you call him you don't get the run around like at other places were you have to leave a message and then the Secretary calls you back and you go back and fourth ! Not with Scott he calls you back he even will take time out of his weekend to help you out and he didn't play no games he got right on things I'll admit I was scared I have a CDL LICENSE and that's how I make my living my life was on the line if I lost my CDL I would get fired from my job and loose everything but Scott calmed me down and he was not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work and he really put in the work he's a very smart man and he knows his way around the courtroom and he knows the law ! He saved me ! I can't thank him enough so if you need a law firm you can trust and your life is on the line Scott is the guy you want because he will fight for you ! Don't get scammed by them lawyers that promise you things they can't do or tell you there half the price of everyone else and will get you the same results it's a scam they will not put in the work for you like Scott does and you can't put a price on your livelihood and Scott will work with you on paying him he's fair and he is honest and most of all he cares about his clients he really does so try and find someone like that ! If you need a lawyer and your life depends on it don't be a fool and fall for them scammers ! Scott did way more for me then what he charged me for he's a good man and I can't thank him enough he saved me and my job so thank you Scott !
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Posted by Thomas | November 30, 2013
asleep at the wheel!
Scott took my case on a Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. Scott has a great working relationship with all the local courts. Scott was very up front and honest about the case. Scott was the only attorney out of the many I tried to reach that afternoon before a Holiday weekend still working!!!!!! I am very happy with the results of my case!!!!! Thanks Scott and your staff!
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Posted by Jennifer :) | January 25, 2013
Excellent
He is amazing! Im so proud of you Scott. He took my brother's case and he was nice and kept my mother informed about his case as well.
Posted by Ryan | January 31, 2012
He's the best
Scott really puts one on one time in. Did the best job ever for me, couldn't have asked for a better turn out. He doesn't leave you hanging, he always kept me informed and he is very real and honest. Couldn't have gotten luckier finding him.
Posted by JasonCrum | December 13, 2011
You won't find a more honest hard working attorney!!
I first used Attorney Pejic services about 8 years ago I was on probation and found myself in another situation needing to retain a attorney I called a lot of attorneys in the Michigan City area and all of them said the same thing 14 day hold and then we can work on bail. I was very discouraged to say the least, then after a brief phone conversation and a prompt follow up office consolation I retained Attorney Pejic and the out come was wonderful I had never been so comfortable talking to an attorney and Scott did everything he said he would do. I spent 8 hours in Jail before I saw the judge and was given bail, ever since Attorney Pejic has been my Attorney not only for criminal but personal injury ect. Thank you Scott you set the Bar for what honest hard working Attorneys should be like.
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Posted by Peter | October 1, 2011
Great attorney
Great attorney, really goes out of his way to help you. I would recommend him to anyone. He really helped me. Thanks scott!!
Posted by Susan | November 19, 2010
Outstanding
My Son had/has very serious Charges in different Counties. Scott has worked harder than any Lawyer should be expected to. So many Charges and different Courts/Judges. He was able to sort it all out and work Miracles. He was honest and straightforward every step of the way. He was always available to explain what was happening and what to expect. He never gave up and wanted the best possible outcome for my Son, not only Legally, but for his future. Scott helped him on the right path to being able to stay clean. He cares about his Clients and their Family. I would never recommend any other Lawyer. Scott is the best that there is! He kept us focused and mentally strong. We couldn't have gotten through this nightmare without him.
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Posted by Shannon | June 8, 2010
Shannon highly reccomends
Scott conducted a thorough investigation of all the facts regarding my case. He did not leave a single avenue uncovered and went to extensive length to make sure he had all the facts. Although, I'm sure Scott had many other cases going during my case, he made me feel that mine was on the forefront. The outcome of my case was bettter than I could have even imagined and I believe that was solely based on Scott's thoroughness and intuition. I would highly recommend Scott to any one in the future.
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Posted by Angie | December 22, 2009
Good Defense Attorney
Who would have ever known the way I have met my attorney was he was yet a student at the time while coming inside a Credit Unon doing his business I asked what was he going to school for, he stated an attorney,I stated whos knows I may need you one day I will look for you, in Lord be hold I did need his assistance he was just starting his postion at time I heard of a couple of cases he had done for others, in so I thoght I would give him a try. I have had nothing but a pleasant experience with Scott I would recommend him to anyone thats in need of assistance very very understanding.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Pejic Law Group, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • President
  • Pejic & DiMartino, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Managing Partner
  • DiMartino & Pejic, LLP
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Sweeney, Dabagia, Thorne & Pagos, LLP
  • 2006 - 2010
  • President
  • Law Offices of L. Scott Pejic, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Bernacchi & Pejic
  • 1999 - 2002
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Education

  • 17th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • EC/IR II Training
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • EC/IR II Training (Second Course of 2010)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2010
  • NHTSA/IACT DUI Detection & Standardizing Field Sobriety Testing Instructor-32 Hour Course in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • BAC DataMaster Breath Instrument Training-National Patent Analytical Systems
  • Certificate of Competency
  • 2009
  • 16th Annual Mastering Scientifc Evidence
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • NCDD Winter Program-DUI Defense
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2009
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training-Practioner Course
  • Certificate of Training
  • 2005
  • BAC DataMaster Breath Instrument Training
  • Certificate of Competency
  • 2005
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Valparaiso University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996
  • Harvard University
  • Organic Chemistry-Summer Session
  • 1994
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • LaPorte County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI: Pre-Trial & Post Trial
  • Case Law Statutory Update
  • 2017
  • Tavern Owner's Association
  • Alcohol and the Law
  • 2013
  • Current State of DWI Defense
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2013
  • Defending the DUI Client
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2012
  • Tavern Owner's Association
  • Alcohol and the Law
  • 2011
  • NWI Lawyers Inc/Valparaiso School of Law CLEM Seminar
  • Evidential Breath Testing: The Basics
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (23)
Endorse Lazar
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The go to guy for DUI defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is highly skilled in his practice areas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is very active on the NCDD listserve and is a resource to other lawyers when we have questions about Indiana laws."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pejic is well known as an excellent attorney. He is well-respected in the legal community. You will be well-served with Mr. Pejic on your side."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend Mr. Pejic's services to a friend or family member in need of some very serious legal attention. I am very familiar Mr. Pejic's work through our professional associations and his reputation as a tireless and compassionate advocate is simply outstanding."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott and I worked together as co-counsel on a case in La Porte County. I recommend him for his knowledge of the local legal environment in La Porte County."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are looking for a true champion of justice, then look no further. I recently attended an EC/IR workshop with him and I tell you, there's no one better to take apart the government's junk science in defending you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Scott Pejic. His reputation amongst attorneys as a hardworking and successful, is well known in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Pejic is dedicated to defending clients charged with DUI and other criminal offenses. He is an active member in the nation's premiere DUI defense organization. He has excellent knowledge about the intricacies of DUI law and fights hard for his clients. I have enjoyed getting to know him through our national organization."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a lifetime member of the National College for DUI Defense, I have been privileged to work with and know many of our nation's finest DUI attorneys. Mr. Pejic is without question amongst this group. He has a national reputation of being a thoroughly well trained DUI defense attorney who zealously fights for his clients. I proudly endorse Mr. Pejic."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pejic is an outstanding leader in DUI/DWI defense in Indiana. He devotes a significant amount of time to learning the most he can regarding defending DUI/DWI cases despite having many years of experience in this area. He has most recently spent time at an intensive training course for the EC/IR II breathalyzer machine, one which Indiana is about to start using, thus putting him at the forefront of his field. I have worked with him in relation to IL DUI cases with IN driver's license issues and he has been of the utmost help. I would not hesitate to recommend this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While attending a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course, I had the pleasure of meeting Attorney Pejic. It was clear that he is wholeheartedly committing to the pursuit of justice for his clients. Attorney Pejic uses his vast knowledge of DUI law and underlying scientific knowledge to fight for his client's rights. I recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lazar Scott Pejic, is one of the finest attorneys I am happy to recommend. His command of the scientific, legal, evidentiary, and constitutional issues helps him stand out from the other attorneys in the community. He is nationally recognized through his membership in the National College of DUI Defense, and I would hire him if charged in Indiana."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pejic is an active member of the country's finest DUI defense organization, the National College for DUI Defense. Scott is a regular at national conferences covering advanced DUI defense topics. He is an aggressive and zealous advocate whom I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member to."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Pejic knows his stuff. He works to stay current and is constantly in touch with other lawyers and helps educate others. You cannot go wrong by trusting your case to Mr. Pejic."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I know Scott Pejic for his excellent work with the National College for DUI Defense. www.NCDD.com Scott is a regular contributor to this Nationwide network of attorneys, often providing support and encouragement to attorneys all across the USA. I am a Fairfax, Virginia DWI Attorney, and I'm lucky to have attorneys like Scott Pejic who I can call on for assistance on short notice, no matter how complicated the legal issues."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott and I have been colleagues for over 13 years. He is a dedicated and committed attorney who works tirelessly to represent his clients interests."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the distinict pleasure of seeing L. "Scott" Pejic in action. --He is truly a committed and dedicated attorney who will stop at nothing to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. His reputation precedes him, --as I know of Scott and I practice in Tennessee. I recently participated in the Standardized Field Sobriety Test INSRUCTOR course in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to the fact that Scott traveled all the way from Michigan to receive this specialized training confirms that Scott is truly committed to obtaining every edge he can at all costs in order to provide his clients with the very best representation!"
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Michigan CIty Criminal defense Lawyer Lazar Scott Pejic
Lazar Scott Pejic
Criminal defense Attorney
Michigan CIty, IN
Licensed for 23 years