Have you been charged with a criminal offense in Indiana? Call Paul Stanko for a FREE consultationHave you been charged with a criminal offense in Indiana? Call Paul Stanko for a FREE consultation.Have you been charged with drunk driving in Indiana? Call Paul Stanko for a FREE consultation.
I have practiced Indiana criminal law since January 1979, when, at the age of 23, I became a deputy prosecutor. In 1985, at the age of 30, I became a presiding judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, one of Indiana's busiest courts. When I returned to private practice in 1992, I decided to devote myself to the defense of persons accused of drunk driving, drug and other crimes. I have also taught Constitutional Law and other criminal justice courses (some of which I created) at the university level. I have been a prosecutor, judge or criminal defense attorney my entire career.
I serve every client PERSONALLY: no associates; no paralegals; no legal assistants; no investigators.
My practice is devoted to the defense of those accused of drunk driving, drug possession, and other offenses throughout north central and northwest Indiana. From my South Bend office, I serve clients with criminal cases in St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Miami, White, and surrounding counties. From my Crown Point office, I serve counties along the I-65 corridor, including Lake, Jasper and Tippecanoe counties. Besides drunk driving and drug law defense, I handle all other criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor charges.
I am honored to serve as a member of the Board of Governors and Historian of the American Judges Association, as well as chairman of the Retired/Senior Judges Committee and member of the Membership and Conference Site committees of that organization.
I am also a proud member of the NORML Legal Committee and the National Rifle Association, and a life-long civil libertarian and defender of the Bill of Rights.
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|IN||Active In Good Standing||1979||10/03/2016|
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Paul’s comment: “A decade 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 Criminal Defense Lawyers-Indiana||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Lawyers||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|
|Outstanding Senior Award||Alpha Phi Omega-Pi Chi Chapter||1976|
|Senior Award||Duquesne University Debating Society||1976|
|Senior Award||Duquesne University||1976|
|Owner||Law Offices of Paul Stanko-South Bend 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|
|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||Governor||2009 - Present|
|American Judges Association||Member, Membership Committee||2009 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society||Member||1974 - Present|
|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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|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||N/A||Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate||1986|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)||1978|
|Duquesne University||History||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|