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Paul Stanko

Criminal defense Attorney at Plymouth, IN

4.6   96 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Paul Stanko

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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1979
    Status
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2006

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Defense of persons accused of marijuana and other drug possession and dealing, and most other crimes (felonies and misdemeanors) throughout northern Indiana.

    45 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Representation of persons accused of drunk driving, drugged driving, boating while intoxicated, and related matters (habitual traffic violator, etc.) throughout northern Indiana.

    45 years

  3. Cannabis Law
    10%
    Defense of persons accused of possession or dealing of Cannabis

    45 years

  4. Drug Crime
    10%
    Defense of persons accused of dealing or possession of controlled substances

    45 years

  5. Sex crime
    5%
    Defense of persons accused of Rape, Child Molesting, and other alleged sexual abuse crimes in northern Indiana

    45 years

  6. Violent crime
    5%
    Defense of persons accused of domestic violence

    45 years

  7. White collar crime
    5%
    Defense of persons accused of economic crimes

    45 years

CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL OFFENSE IN MARSHALL COUNTY OR KOSCIUSKO COUNTY INDIANA? CALL PAUL STANKO FOR A FREE CONSULTATION & FIXED FEES!

Former Superior Court Judge Paul Stanko is one of Indiana’s most experienced and recognized criminal lawyers, serving the public for over 45 years. As a prosecutor, judge, defense attorney, and professor of criminal justice and constitutional law, he has counseled, educated, and helped thousands of persons with issues in Indiana criminal courts. He has vast 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 offenses. From his Plymouth offices, he serves clients with criminal cases in Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Miami, and Starke counties.

Paul Stanko has been chosen by his peers 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, Conference Site, and Court Security committees of that organization.

He is also a proud member of the Marshall County Bar Association, Kosciusko County Bar Association, Fulton County Bar Association and the (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) NORML Legal Committee.

Paul Stanko has practiced Indiana criminal law for over 45 years, since January 1979, when, at the age of 23, he was appointed a deputy prosecutor.  In 1985, at the age of 30, he was appointed a presiding judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, one of Indiana's busiest courts.  Since he returned to private practice in 1992, he has dedicated himself to the defense of persons accused of drunk driving, drug and other crimes.  Paul Stanko has also taught Constitutional Law and other criminal justice courses (some of which he created) at the university level.  He has been a prosecutor, judge, criminal defense attorney, or criminal justice professor his entire career. 

 

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Paul Stanko-Recognized for Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell
Marshall County Courts Building, Plymouth, Indiana. Home of Marshall Superior Court 1 and 2. Served by Attorney Paul Stanko from his Plymouth and South Bend offices.
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Location

Law Offices of Paul Stanko - Plymouth/Marshall County Office
214 West Washington Street
Plymouth, IN, 46563

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  96 customer reviews
Posted by Eric Coleman | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul Stanko superlawyer!
I first contacted Paul Stanko out of concern about what I considered to be police harassment. I live in a small town and everyone, including the cops, knows where I live, what I drive, and who my friends are. Unfortunately, some of my friends have been in trouble before, and guilt by association was my main problem. His advice when I first contacted him was very helpful, and free. He said I may not need a lawyer at all, but feel free to contact him if I did. Months later, police came to my house for what Paul told me is called a "knock and talk". I foolishly let them in and spoke to them before calling Paul back. They basically threatened me with continued surveillance if I didn't become a snitch against my friends. When they left, I called Paul in a panic. He said not to worry, he would take care of it. I retained Paul at once, he contacted the detectives who had been harassing me, and I never heard from them again!
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Response from Paul Stanko November 19, 2019
I greatly appreciate your kind words!
Posted by Frank | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GLADIATOR
Paul Stanko is not your average attorney. If you have a DUI or any related charges against you then you want Paul on your side. He will go to bat for you and use every resource and angle possible to help your case. I have had multiple DUI's (4) this could have been my 5th and Paul took on the job and got my case dismissed...Unbelievable!! I though for sure I was going to be charged and sentenced for something. Paul always reassured me that we were doing the right thing and that he had it all under control. Well, when it's you that is facing the charge you tend to feel differently but Paul always had a positive attitude about it and again...reassured me that everything was going to work out. Listen to Paul and let him do his job. If he says not to worry then don't worry, I know easier said than done. Paul has great experience in his field and knows what he's doing. Thank you Paul. You are appreciated. I highly recommend Paul Stanko.
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Response from Paul Stanko May 13, 2019
I honestly can say I have never been called a gladiator before! Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you as a client.
Posted by Jason | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great criminal defense lawyer in Plymouth
I can’t believe how great a criminal lawyer Paul Stanko is! He downplays his experience (“I have been practicing over 40 years, so sometimes I get it right!”--actual quote) but there really is no substitute for experience! One thing I noticed every time we went to court was how much respect everyone in the courts showed him. It was obvious that everybody in the system appreciates his knowledge and experience. I can't imagine that a less accomplished or respected lawyer would have gotten me the amazing deal he got. When he told me what he had accomplished, I thought he was joking at first. I hope I never need him again, but will tell anyone I know that Judge Paul Stanko is the one to see for criminal cases in Plymouth. He is brilliant, confident, professional, and an all around great human being.
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Response from Paul Stanko August 29, 2020
Thank you!

Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006.

Public Reprimand issued in IN, 2006
updated on 02/13/2024

A reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Paul's comment: “Over 20 years ago, when I had significant but temporary health issues, including sinus surgery and a mini-stroke, a couple of administrative details were missed on 2 cases (out of the many hundreds I handle on a yearly basis). Although the date of disposition is 2006, the dates of the supposed transgressions were in 2004 or earlier. ALSO, my temporary health issues were SPECIFICALLY recognized in the court's order.”

Work Experience

  • Contract Attorney
  • Superior Courts of Marshall County
  • 2019 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Paul Stanko-Plymouth/Marshall County Office
  • 2019 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Crown Point City Court
  • 2004 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Paul Stanko-Crown Point/Winfield Office
  • 1992 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor-School of Business and Economics
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Paul Stanko-South Bend (St. Joseph County) Office
  • 2005 - 2020
  • Appellate Attorney
  • Superior Court of Lake County Indiana
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor-School of Public & Environmental Affairs
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • 1997 - 2007
  • Presiding Judge
  • Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Paul Stanko
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lake County Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Office
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Starke County Indiana Prosecutors Office
  • 1979 - 1980
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Education

  • National Judicial College
  • Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate
  • 1986
  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)
  • 1978
  • Duquesne University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • P______ v. State
  • Not Guilty on all charges
  • Landis v. State
  • Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court reversed conviction. On remand, we obtained a dismissal of charge.

Associations

  • American Judges Association
  • Court of Appeals
  • 2019 - Present
  • Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Marshall County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Associate
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Judges Association
  • Chairman, Retired/Senior Judges Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Judges Association
  • Historian
  • 2011 - Present
  • NORML Legal Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Judges Association
  • Member, Membership Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Judges Association
  • Governor
  • 2009 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers-Indiana
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Client Satisfaction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DUI Attorneys-Indiana
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • 2003
  • Oustanding Young Men of America
  • US Jaycees
  • 1989
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • US Jaycees
  • 1984
  • Senior Award
  • Duquesne University
  • 1976
  • Senior Award
  • Duquesne University Debating Society
  • 1976
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • Alpha Phi Omega-Pi Chi Chapter
  • 1976
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Publications

  • ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT
  • Schmerber v. California (Article)
  • 2005
  • ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT
  • Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Article)
  • 2005
  • Computer Software
  • Instant OWI: Just Add Clients
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • 2nd Annual Bench and Bar Conference
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • DWI: Live CLE
  • Representing the Habitual Offender
  • 2001
  • DWI: Live CLE
  • Effects of Out-of-State Convictions
  • 2001
  • High School Graduation
  • Commencement
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (58)
Given (133)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Look at Paul Stanko's experience and credentials. Then look at the quality of the attorneys who have endorsed him. It is easy to see that Paul Stanko is one of the best in the business. I am honored to endorse Mr. Stanko. Andrew Mishlove Glendale, Wisconsin"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully and comletely endorse Paul Stanko. As a fellow DUI lawyer, I send him all of my clients when they are in his area."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a well known and respected criminal defense attorney for a reason!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Stanko is a knowledgeable and hardworking lawyer that I know."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Clearly, he is competent and experienced."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Aggressive representation in the court room is something every client needs. Look no further."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Other
"An aggressive attorney who represents clients well. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul has a great deal of experience and is well respected within the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Paul Stanko. I have opposed Paul in many cases and have aways known him to be responsive, knowledgeable, and prepared."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Paul. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top notch DUI attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stanko is a well-respected member of the legal community who has a significant amount of experience to draw on when helping his clients. I have no hesitation in recommending him to any needing legal services in the northern part of Indiana."
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Plymouth Criminal defense Lawyer Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko
Criminal defense Attorney
Plymouth, IN
Licensed for 45 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006. See details