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Attorney Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko

105 E. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 800
South Bend IN 46601
(888) 778-2656

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Attorney Paul Stanko


Please Call : 888-778-2656

Indiana DUI DWI, OWI, Drunk Driving, Impaired Driving defense Attorney Lawyer ~ Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Valparaiso University, December 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, Duquesne University, May 1976
  • Post-Doctoral studies:
    • National Judicial College
    • Institute for Court Management-National Center for State Courts
    • Judicial Conference of Indiana
    • American Judges Association
    • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
    • Indiana Public Defenders Council

Admissions, Certificates & Honors

  • Admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1979 at the age of 23.
  • Appointed Judge in 1985 at the age of 30, re-elected in 1990.
  • Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest.
  • Twice chosen one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America”-(1984 and 1989).
  • Member, Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Indiana University Northwest.
  • Former member of Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission.
  • Death penalty qualified under Indiana Criminal Rule 24.

Professional and Academic Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • American Judges Association (AJA)
  • National Association for Court Management (NACM)
  • American Constitution Society (ACS)
  • National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
  • Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA)
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (? T F)
  • Phi Alpha Theta International History Honorary Society (F ? T)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (? F O)
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)

Please Call : 888-778-2656

Education

Indiana DUI DWI, OWI, Drunk Driving, Impaired Driving defense Attorney Lawyer ~ Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Valparaiso University, December 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, Duquesne University, May 1976
  • Post-Doctoral studies:
    • National Judicial College
    • Institute for Court Management-National Center for State Courts
    • Judicial Conference of Indiana
    • American Judges Association
    • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
    • Indiana Public Defenders Council

Admissions, Certificates & Honors

  • Admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1979 at the age of 23.
  • Appointed Judge in 1985 at the age of 30, re-elected in 1990.
  • Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest.
  • Twice chosen one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America”-(1984 and 1989).
  • Member, Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Indiana University Northwest.
  • Former member of Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission.
  • Death penalty qualified under Indiana Criminal Rule 24.

Professional and Academic Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • American Judges Association (AJA)
  • National Association for Court Management (NACM)
  • American Constitution Society (ACS)
  • National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
  • Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA)
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (? T F)
  • Phi Alpha Theta International History Honorary Society (F ? T)
  • Organization of American Historians (OAH)
  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (? F O)
  • National Rifle Association (NRA)

Do's and Don'ts

 

There are certain things you absolutely must not do if you are arrested or become a suspect in a criminal or traffic case:

Do's

  • Do…insist upon your right to speak to an attorney before answering any questions, making any statements, signing any documents (other than a traffic citation, which is not an admission of guilt), consenting to any search, or providing any physical evidence. There are certain exceptions to this rule, such as breath, urine or blood tests pursuant to the Indiana Implied Consent Law, which requires that you submit to such tests or lose your license for one year; you have no right to consult with an attorney before submitting to tests under the Implied Consent Law.
  • Do…obey the law enforcement officer's reasonable commands. The officer's primary concern will be "officer safety", so he will want to secure the area, "frisk" you for weapons, and restrain you with handcuffs and/or by placing you in the back seat of his vehicle. Be cooperative and courteous without making any admissions. You don't need to add resisting law enforcement to your charges.
  • Do…tell the police officer very calmly, if you are armed with a weapon. I would use the following words: "Officer, I have a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Indiana. My handgun is located _____. I will keep my hands where you can see them while you retrieve my handgun." Remember the officer is armed and by now possibly afraid. Let him direct you as to how to make him feel safe. If you keep your weapon in the glove box, tell the officer before reaching for your registration (better yet, keep your registration somewhere else), and let him get out your registration.
  • Do…give the officer the basic information necessary to identify you, issue tickets, and fill out accident reports, without discussing any facts concerning the alleged offense. Rather than saying "I don't know" or "I don't recall", which may be used to impeach your testimony later, it is safer to say "I won't make any statements without my attorney present".
  • Do…cooperate in being "mugged" (photographed) and fingerprinted.
  • Do…read all of these do's and don'ts together. Reading one out of context with the others may be confusing, or even hazardous to your legal well-being.
  • Do…print these out for future use or study. Knowledge is power!

Don'ts

  • Don't…speak to anyone, in any way, at any time, under any circumstances, concerning any facts of the case, without your attorney present and at his direction. You are not obligated to assist the police in convicting you…so don't.
  • Don't…take any so-called "field sobriety tests". The Indiana Implied Consent Law only applies to an approved chemical test for intoxication (breath, urine, or blood). You must submit to any number of the approved tests within three hours of your driving, or your license will be suspended. You may even refuse to submit to the approved tests (and suffer the consequences), but there are no penalties for refusing other "tests". Common Field Sobriety Tests include the "Standardized" tests: a) Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus; b) One Leg Stand; and c) Walk and Turn; and numerous made-up tests police use to trip you up. Don't agree to take any Field Sobriety Tests. They are not reliable even when properly performed and very few police know how to perform them. Tell the officer: "I am not going to perform any field sobriety tests".
  • Don't…take the "Alco-Sensor" or PBT ("portable or preliminary" breath test). This is a portable breath testing device carried by most Indiana police officers. Its results are only admissible to show probable cause to offer the approved test or to arrest you. While it is possible that a low result may prompt the officer to let you go, it is far more likely that the result will be used against you in the arrest decision. Remember, the only tests covered by Implied Consent Law are approved breath, urine or blood tests. The breath testing machines are normally located at police departments or jails. If in doubt, ask the officer: "Is this a breath test approved by the Indiana University Department of Toxicology?" If the answer is no, decline to take it.
  • Don't…agree to appear in a line-up or a show-up, give a handwriting, hair, fingernail, body fluid, or other sample, submit to a polygraph ("lie detector") or any other examination, or say any phrases ("Hand over the money", etc.) without first consulting with counsel.
  • Don't…waste your one phone call on telling your boss you won't be in tomorrow. Firmly insist on your right to call your attorney, then do so. I may be reached at 1-888-PSTANKO. This is a Toll-Free call.

Credentials, Experience and Practice

Indiana DUI DWI, OWI, Drunk Driving, Impaired Driving defense Attorney Lawyer ~ Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney

Credentials:

Indiana DUI DWI OWI lawyer Paul Stanko tried and won his first OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) case as a 23 year-old prosecutor in January 1979. He has practiced criminal law ever since, as a prosecutor, a Superior Court Judge, and now a defense attorney. His familiarity with Indiana's criminal justice system, law enforcement tactics, field sobriety tests and BMV procedures is at your disposal and only a Toll-Free call away. The police and prosecutor's job is to convict you. You need a skilled and knowledgeable advocate to stand by your side and protect your rights, because no one else will!

Experience in the Trenches:

  • Nearly 30 years practicing criminal law, including serious traffic violations, misdemeanors, felonies, appeals, and post-conviction relief, as a prosecutor, judge and defense attorney.
  • Nearly 30 years handling Bureau of Motor Vehicle hearings including Habitual Traffic Violator (HTV), Petitions for Judicial Review, Petitions to Reinstate, and Petitions to Expunge.
  • Over 7 years as a presiding judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, one of the busiest courts in the State of Indiana, responsible for tens of thousands of criminal and traffic cases annually. Most highly rated judge in his division in every bar association judicial evaluation.
  • Author of computer software used by other attorneys in representing their clients.
  • Consulting attorney and co-counsel to other attorneys handling drunk driving and other criminal matters for their clients.
  • Adjunct Professor at Indiana University (Northwest Campus), teaching Constitutional Law, Death Cases, and Great Trials courses.
  • Author and presenter of DUI continuing legal education to other attorneys.
  • Death Penalty defense qualified under Indiana Criminal Rule 24.

Practice Devoted To:

  • DUI defense and related criminal and traffic matters, from initial hearing through trial, appeals and post-conviction relief.
  • BMV hearings.
  • Constitutional law.

Finding the Right DUI DWI OWI Defense Attorney

 

10 questions to ask attorneys during your first consultation concerning your DUI:

  1. How many years have you handled DUI cases?
    (You need a DUI lawyer, not a general practitioner. Ask about experience as a prosecutor or judge as well as defense experience.)
  2. Do you devote most of your practice to the defense of drunk driving cases?
    (Indiana does not recognize “specialties”. Ask whether the attorney “concentrates” his practice in DUI defense.)
  3. Have you tried (and/or presided over) at least 25 DUI trials?
    (DUIs are different from other criminal cases.)
  4. Are you familiar with field sobriety tests, breath testing, and constitutional law involving vehicle stops and defendants’ rights?
    (Drunk driving defense involves many complex constitutional issues. This knowledge is an absolute must.)
  5. Have you obtained any special training in criminal defense since law school?
    (All attorneys must get CLE (continuing legal education) each year, but has this attorney gone above and beyond the minimum? Has his training been in criminal defense as opposed to other areas of the law, like divorce or real estate?)
  6. Have you taught criminal law courses, given seminars, or trained other attorneys?
    (Your attorney should be respected by others for his knowledge of his field.)
  7. Have you handled criminal appeals?
    (Appellate attorneys are skilled at identifying and arguing legal issues, which is especially important in pre-trial motions.)
  8. Do you charge “flat fees” based upon the type and seriousness of a case?
    (Many attorneys charge “retainers” that only cover so many hours of work, or charge extra for trials. When the retainer is used up, they bill you hourly.)
  9. Are you a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers?
    (Ask about other professional and academic associations as well.)
  10. Will you be handling my case personally?
    (Surprisingly, some attorneys “pawn off” their clients to “associates” and “assistants”. “Less important” hearings may be handled by other attorneys. If the answer to this last question is not “yes”, none of the previous answers matter!)


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