Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Northwest Indiana


Criminal Defense Attorney Shane O’Donnell has proudly served Northwest Indiana for several years.


As a former Lake County prosecutor, Attorney O’Donnell has been on both sides of the spectrum, which gives him a unique perspective in being able to think like a prosecutor, yet perform as an excellent defense attorney.


At the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell, we handle criminal misdemeanor, felony, and traffic cases primarily in the counties of Lake and Porter, but also in Jasper, LaPorte, Newton, and Starke Counties in Northwest Indiana.


Our law offices also serve the communities of:


Crown Point







East Chicago



Cedar Lake



St. John


New Chicago







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Five Steps to take when charged with a crime

#1 Do not talk  about your case with anyone Police and other authorities are trained to coax information and details from you about your case. You have a right granted by the U.S. Constitution to  remain silent. Friends and family don't have the legal training to give advice.

Hire a qualified attorney to represent you

#2 Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious circumstance. Find a lawyer who is qualified and experienced in dealing with matters that you are charged with. (See our practice areas)

Remain Calm

#3 We understand that you and your family family are under a  considerable amount of stress. Don't panic. If you have legal questions only receive advice from your attorney. Your case will be fully reviewed and analyzed by your lawyer.

Activate your support network

#4 Dealing with legal issues can require time away from your family, job or business. Have a support network that can help with non legal personal issues. Children need to be cared for and bills will need to be paid.

Think Long Term

#5 While the legal system is often not speedy, it has many provisions to protect your rights.  It's important that you to let your attorney address your cases issues in a detailed and deliberate manner. It's in your best interests to remain patient.

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