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Andrew Louis Bennett

Criminal defense Attorney at Valparaiso, IN

4.9   29 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Criminal Defense of misdemeanor and felony cases at the trial level.

    10 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Defense of all OWI/OVWI/DUI cases including resulting in serious bodily injury & death. Completed courses in NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Training on the ECIR II used by law enforcement for breath testing, training in drug recognition.

    10 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

  4. Expungement
    5%

    10 years

I am an experienced trial attorney, with over 23 years practicing law. My trial experience includes high level felony drug cases, reckless homicide cases, felony OWI including serious bodily injury, burglary, armed robbery, indimidation, domestic battery, theft, and fraud as well as numerous misdemeanor cases.  The majority of my first 16 years of practiuce was spent as a deputy prosecuting attorney where I concentrated on OWI cases including OWI causing death cases.  In my capacity as a deputy prosecuting attorney I would routinely go to crash scenes at all hours of the day or night to assist law enforcement.  Additionally, many times throughout the year I would conduct training for law enforcement officers in the areas of OWI law, search & seizure.  I also participated in law enforcement training in the areas of NHTSA Field Sobriety Testing, the ECIR II, which is used to obtain a breath test in an OWI case, Drug Recognition Expert training.  This has provided me with a unique experience as a defense attorney and great insight into and knowledge of the criminal justice system.

My passion to do my best, to put the hours needed into a case, is now brought to defending my clients in Northwest Indiana including the counties of Lake, Porter, La Porte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Marshall in a variety of criminal cases including misdemeanors and complex felonies. In one of my first cases as a defense attorney I was able to show the State that my client was innocent through my own investigation which revealed the true perpetrator.  

I rely upon my honesty and integrity, presenting the facts in a straight forward manner.  I maintain a strong rapport with my clients, other legal professionals and the bench.  I would like to put my knowledge, dedication and experience to work for you, please call for a free consultation. 

Location

Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
205 East Jefferson Street
Valparaiso, IN, 46383

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I made a stupid decision and Andrew patiently fought for me for 3 years to dismiss an OWI case. He is extremely affordable and makes you feel like your case is his first priority from beginning to end. Couldn’t be happier with how he treated me as a client. He is very respectful, understanding, and shows with his actions that he cares and wants the best for each of his clients. I’d recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Matthew | June 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Bennett Gave Me Hope For My Future And My Potential
After making a potentially life-altering mistake in a moment of weakness and fear, I was at one of the lowest points in my life, facing the unknown, and I wasn't sure I had the fortitude to figure it out. After making the professional connection with Attorney Bennett, I quickly felt motivated to make the most of my situation through deep soul-searching and the ability to pull strongly from within myself to find my true potential immediately. Attorney Bennett requires effort of his clients, and he gave back that effort ten-fold in his advocacy for me as someone he understood truly wanted to change. Responsive, encouraging, and knowledgably competent in his profession, the outcome of my legal troubles were ultimately resolved and I was able to regain my path toward realizing my dreams. I'm proud to say that I am now well on my way to finding my purpose in life, of which I've been so long to identify. I could not recommend anyone of more character than Attorney Bennett when it comes to legal representation, because as far as I'm concerned, he's second to none, both in professional acumen and humanity.
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Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2022
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Andrew and his staff were amazing
First time getting in trouble, total misunderstanding blown out of proportion during the pandemic and he handled it amazingly for me. Ended up with the best results possible. Affordable and worked with me on the cost and ended up getting everything taken care.
Posted by Angela | September 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Out of state
I live out of state and mr. Bennett accepted my case his office and staff were very kind and courteous they were honest and did everything they claimed they would do resulting in a dismissal of my case I would recommend mr. Bennet to anyone that asked he is a great attorney
Posted by Kristy | July 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was recommended Mr Bennett from a friend due to the nature of my super high speeding ticket. I am very thankful he represented my case. I felt instant relief after our first conversation. Mr Bennett and the staff were very courteous and professional. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
Posted by Alan | July 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Definitely recommend
Mr Bennett was great. He was very helpful and did everything in his power to help me. I greatly appreciate all that he did for my case and I highly recommend him and his staff. Thanks so much again for your help.
Posted by Aimee | February 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I have hired Andrew Bennett to represent me twice and he did not disappoint. For my first case he was able to have it dismissed, and my second case, being an OWI, brought to a very favorable outcome. Throughout the processes he was consistently updating me and ensuring that I understood the information. Every time I went in person to his office the staff and Andrew were all welcoming and I wasn’t afraid to ask any questions. I am very happy that I chose Andrew Bennett to represent me and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
A little stupidity on my part
Mr. Bennett and staff are great. He helped me when I got an OWI in Porter County. He was very helpful with getting things rolling before the initial court date and also in getting me special driving privileges since I was working out-of-town at the time. My case was also knocked down to a reckless driving.
Posted by Mytarious | June 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.Bennett and his staff cared about a little guy from Georgia
While working in Indiana from out of state I found my self in serious legal trouble.I had never been arrested or in trouble before.I was confused scared and lost.By the grace of God I found Mr.Bennet after hours of searchOmg online for legal defense.I called his office and theses people really cared.I Came into his office very frantic and scared but he saw me and I saw him.In his eyes I saw A stern serious and yet very caring human being.We worked out the paper worked and he kept it very real with me but promised to do his best.After looking at my case and working with the prosecutor he was able to get my charges dismissed.He and his wonderful assistant kept in touch with me and it was one of the best things I’ve ever experienced.After being patient and doing my part everything worked out perfectly.He is a great man,attorney and human being and if your innocent this man will represent you very well.Thankyou so much Mr.Bennet and Ms.Cheryl your Indiana’s finest.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2020
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100% Effective
Mr. Bennett was the consummate professional. He was readily accessible through phone and email. Most importantly, he was successful in moving my case to pre-trial diversion and then to dismissal. Given the circumstances, it was a pleasure working with him. Thank you!
Posted by Scott | January 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Trouble with the Indiana DNR
I was ticketed unjustly by the Indiana DNR for an alleged fishing violation.  I did some thorough research for defense attorneys and found Mr. Bennett.  I contacted him via email and he called me the next day.  He understood my situation and all of the facts surrounding the matter.  He told me that he would likely find a favorable outcome and boy did he come through.  He was able to convey to the prosecutor's office of my intentions to fight this case to the very end and that I would be willing to go to trial - because the facts were on my side and I was innocent.  Mr. Bennett successfully presented my case and it was promptly dismissed, saving everyone's time.  Yes, it would have been cheaper to just pay the ticket, but my name is clear and a wrong has been righted.  If you believe that you have been wronged by the DNR, I highly recommend Andrew L. Bennett.  He understands fishing and hunting regulations and is highly respected by the prosecuting districts.  I will tell you that his name will be on my speed dial as my representation.  I did my research on the ramifications of DNR charges and they can do some damage.  There is a "points" system which can even affect your driving privileges.  It's no laughing matter, get Bennett before you ever step foot in a Courtroom. 
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2019
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Recommended
While visiting some friends and family from out of state I got myself into trouble with a trespassing charge. He was clear and honest with me every step of the way. Not only did I not have to return to Indiana to appear in court, he was also able to get my case dismissed. Very professional and I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2019
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Exceptional, professional, and personable lawyer.
I hired Andrew Bennett as representation for my DUI/OWI case. He spent time with me on the phone and in person working through my case and options with me. He conducted research on my behalf, made recommendations, and ultimately was able to work out a plea deal which lessened the overall impact and resulted in a very generous and satisfactory resolution. I am very grateful for Andrew's counsel, and would highly recommend him to anyone for any of his services offered if needed. I spoke with a number of attorneys before choosing Andrew, but his attention to detail and being a down-to-Earth, understanding, and attentive person made me choose him. I am very glad I did. Thank you very much, Andrew, for a best-case-scenario situation, considering the circumstances. Take care and all the best to you and yours.
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Posted by Jeff | April 11, 2019
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Top Notch Attorney
I received a ticket for disregarding a traffic signal in Kosciusko County. I am from Porter County and was not sure what to do because I have a CDL license and I did not want points on my driving record. I immediately contacted Andrew Bennett and he advised that he would contact the Prosecutor and see what type of deal he could get. I am extremely happy to advise that he was able to get my ticket reduced to a non-moving violation, which is no points on my driving record. This is exactly what I needed. I would recommend Mr. Bennett to anyone that needs an attorney for any type of criminal/traffic ticket. He goes above and beyond to satisfy his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Thank you Andrew!!
Andrew Bennett was an inspiration of hope when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was he able to defend me from an unjust accusation, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional relief to myself and my family. We are grateful for his service and I highly recommend Andrew Bennett without reservation
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2019
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Highly Recommend!! Settled Criminal Case out of court
Attorney Bennett was amazing! I live an hour away in IL and he was able to take care of everything in IN all through phone and email correspondence. We didn't even actually meet until the case was finished, and we had to sign the settlement agreement. He got us a very favorable result in my SO's criminal case. Highly recommend!
Posted by Kevin | October 18, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Appreciation
Andrew was professional, efficient and very effective. I would highly recommend him. I appreciated greatly his communication style.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding ticket
Mr. Bennett took on my case and helped me out of a speeding ticket. He was incredibly professional and got everything done in a timely manner. He is incredibly competent about his work. I would highly recommend him if one ever is in need of an attorney
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2018
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Thank you Mr. Bennett
I hired Mr Bennett after he informed me a have a warrant to be arrested due to domestic violence with my ex husband. He took my case seriously started the plan immediately. he is so proffesional. efficient and kind. he answers his phone and returns emails in a timely manner. if it was not for this guy working so hard I could have lost my Nursing License. I will recommend him 100% without hesistation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2018
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Thank You so very much Andrew!!!!
I was recommended Andrew by a family friend, He has done above and beyond what I could have ever asked for. Andrew is a very kind and understanding person, he did what was needed and got me the best result! I highly recommend Andrew and I couldn’t ask for a more professional lawyer! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bennett & Catsadimas, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Lake County Public Defender Office
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Andrew L. Bennett, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Public Defender La Porte County Indiana
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Bockman & Associates, LLC
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Ruman Clements & Holub
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Porter County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lake County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Law Clerk
  • Lake County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Ball State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Glassman
  • Not Guilty at Jury Trial

Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Porter County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Calumet American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 1999 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law class at Ivy Tech College
  • Panel discussion on Criminal Law
  • 2018
  • Introduction to Courts class at Ivy Tech College
  • Panel discussion for Introduction to Courts
  • 2017
  • Fall Conference
  • Prosecutor Perspectives in Operating While Intoxicated cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (16)
Endorse Andrew
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Experienced, knowledgeable and professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Given that Andrew has worked both as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney, he has a unique perspective that allows him to gain positive results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had positive experiences in dealing on the opposite side of matters with Mr. Bennett. He is intelligent and diligent, which are great qualities to have in criminal defense law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is dedicated to helping his clients through their problems."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andrew and I spent many years as adversaries while he served as one of Northwest Indiana's most knowledgeable and committed prosecutors. Since he became a defense attorney he has brought that knowledge, experience and commitment to achieving the best result for his clients to his private practice. He is an asset to the defense bar and someone I truly enjoy working with. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Andrew for years and rate him A+ as an attorney for criminal and traffic defense among other legal matters. His experience in the criminal arena provides his clients with an attorney who is familiar with the landscape of the Courtroom and an effective manner of presenting available defenses. I recommend Andrew without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Andrew both as a Prosecutor and Defense Attorney and he is both competent and motivated to get results fro his clients; for this I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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