Paul Stanko

Northern Indiana drunk driving, drug and criminal defense lawyer
Law Offices of Paul Stanko, Attorney at Law

214 W. Washington Street, Plymouth, IN 46563

Former Lake County Judge Paul Stanko is one of Indiana’s most experienced criminal lawyers.  As a prosecutor, Superior Court judge, Constitutional Law professor and criminal defense attorney, he has helped thousands of persons with issues in Indiana criminal courts for over 40 years.  He has extraordinary knowledge, expertise and experience in criminal matters.

Paul was born and raised in a steel town in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Both of his grandfathers were coal miners and his father was a steelworker.  During college and law school, Paul worked summers in steel mills and warehouses to support himself.  Paul has a deep and life-long respect for hard-working people; good people, like his clients, who are facing a bad situation.

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 criminal 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, LaPorte, Fulton, Miami, and surrounding counties. From his Crown Point office, he serves counties along the I-65 corridor, including Lake, Jasper, and Tippecanoe counties. Besides drunk driving and drug law defense, he handles all other criminal cases, including felony and misdemeanor charges.

Paul Stanko has been honored 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, Court Security and Conference Site committees of that organization. Paul is 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.

With over 40 years of experience in Indiana criminal law and recognized expertise in defending persons accused of crimes, The Law Offices of Paul Stanko, Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney, are here to help you in your hour of need.

Call toll-free 888-778-2656 or email [email protected] for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Bar Admissions:

Indiana, 1979


National Judicial College (Reno, NV):  Special Courts Jurisdiction Certificate 1986

Valparaiso University School of Law:  Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) 1978

Duquesne University:  Bachelor of Arts (BA) 1976


American Judges Association:  Chairman, Retired/Senior Judges Committee; Historian; Governor; Court of Appeals; Membership Committee

NORML Legal Committee

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society

Honors and Achievements:

Nation's Top One Percent National Association of Distinguished Counsel

10 Best for Client Satisfaction American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers-Indiana American Society of Legal Advocates

Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Top 100 Lawyers American Society of Legal Advocates

Client Satisfaction Award Martindale-Hubbell

Top 100 DUI Attorneys-Indiana National Advocacy for DUI Defense

Top 100 Trial Lawyers The National Trial Lawyers

Adjunct Professor of the Year Indiana University Northwest 2003

Oustanding Young Men of America US Jaycees 1989 & 1984

Duquesne University Senior Award  1976                                                                 

Outstanding Senior Award Alpha Phi Omega-Pi Chi Chapter 1976

Senior Award Duquesne University Debating Society 1976


ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT Schmerber v. California (Article) 2005

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart (Article) 2005

Instant OWI: Just Add Clients Computer Software  1994