Charged with a criminal offense in 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 40 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 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 Winfield office, he serves counties along the I-65 corridor, including Lake, Jasper, Newton, Tippecanoe and White counties. Besides drunk driving and drug law defense, he handles all other criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor charges.
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 Marshal 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 40 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.
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1979||10/12/2021|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
updated on 02/12/2019
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 15 years ago, when I had significant 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). My health is no longer an issue, since I am far healthier now than I was then! Although the date of disposition is 2006, please be aware that the dates of the supposed incidents were in 2004 or earlier. ALSO, my temporary health issues were SPECIFICALLY recognized in the court's order.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Owner||Law Offices of Paul Stanko-South Bend (St. Joseph County) Office||2005 - Present|
|Contract Attorney||Crown Point City Court||2004 - Present|
|Owner||Law Offices of Paul Stanko-Crown Point Office||1992 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor-School of Business and Economics||Indiana University Northwest||2007 - 2007|
|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 Offices 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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.|
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