Whiting Criminal Defense Lawyer


Criminal Defense Attorney Shane O’Donnell, a former Lake County prosecutor, has successfully represented countless Whiting residents in both criminal misdemeanor, traffic, and felony cases.  Attorney O’Donnell also has numerous criminal cases in the Whiting City Court.


Whiting is a city located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in Lake County, Indiana, which was founded in 1889.  The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan.  It is roughly 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and two miles from Chicago's South Side.  Whiting is home to Whiting Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Midwest.  The population was 4,997 at the 2010 census.


Pierogi Fest is held each year on 119th Street in downtown Whiting to honor the venerable pierogi dumpling.  Spanning over three 3 days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during late July, the event draws in crowds from around the Calumet Region with guests coming from all over the globe.


The city was featured in an episode of MTV's High School Stories.

Whiting, Indiana is also home to the world famous "Rib Fest", hosted by Randy Balko since 2009.  A philanthropist, Mr. Balko uses the proceeds of Rib Fest to help support local business.


Scenes from the movie Rudy, starring Sean Astin, as well as the 1981 drama Four Friends, were shot in Whiting.


City of Whiting, Indiana website- (http://whitingindiana.com/)

Whiting Police Department- (219) 659-2131 (non-emergency)

Whiting Fire Department- (219) 659-1069

Whiting City Court- (219) 659-4688




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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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