Paul G. Stracci

State and Federal CRIMINAL DEFENSE
at trial, appellate, and post-conviction levels

Paul Stracci is a uniquely experienced criminal trial attorney.  Known for his passion, hard work, and trial skills, Paul Stracci has had remarkable success in the courtroom.  He successfully tried his first murder case, resulting in an acquittal on all charges, a mere ten months out of law school.  Since that time, he has defended clients from all walks of life who have been charged with various criminal offenses, ranging from misdemeanors to all types of felony and death penalty offenses.  In recognition of his hard work and accomplishments, Cohen & Thiros, one of Lake County’s oldest and most highly regarded criminal defense firms named him partner and changed the firm’s name to Thiros & Stracci.

Mr. Stracci often represents clients in complex and high-profile criminal cases.  He has been admitted to practice in all Indiana courts as well as in various State and Federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Stracci has had particular success in defending high-profile clients charged with drunk driving offenses.  As a long-time member of the National College for Drunk Driving Defense, Mr. Stracci has successfully completed numerous comprehensive drunk driving courses at Harvard Law School. In addition, he has completed the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner’s Course and the 12 Step Drug

Recognition Expert Mini-Course. His training and experience in defending drunk driving cases has enabled him to successfully challenge breath tests and blood draws for intoxication. He has also been successful in challenging the constitutionality of drunk driving roadblocks.

Mr. Stracci defends forensic-intensive criminal cases, including cases involving allegations of pediatric head trauma and shaken baby syndrome, fingerprints, ballistics and firearms identification, handwriting exemplars, hair and fiber analysis, eyewitness identifications, origin and cause of fire determinations, voice stress analysis, forensic computer examinations, sexual assault cases with scientific and medical evidence, and cases involving DNA evidence.

In addition, Mr. Stracci often represents clients charged in complex federal multi-defendant drug conspiracy, firearm, and criminal gang activity cases, most of which involve extensive amounts of audio and visual surveillance, cell phone tracing and recordings, and global position tracking. He also defends federal child pornography and sex cases, most of which involve computer forensic examinations, and large-scale white-collar fraud and billing fraud cases, including medicaid and medicare billing, political corruption and honest services, and identity fraud cases.

The value of different skill sets and perspectives when evaluating a case cannot be overstated, it is for that reason Mr. Stracci works with all the attorneys in his office as a team and is thus able to utilize their combined legal knowledge and courtroom experience to help each client. His combined approach is unique as typically law firms, no matter the size, assign one attorney to represent each client.  However, at Thiros & Stracci, since the attorneys work on cases together, each adding their own specialized knowledge and experience, the law firm is able to provide each client with the best possible resolution.

200 East 90th Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 769-1600

Fax 219-738-3769

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Peer-Elected Board Member of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission, responsible for selecting Lake County Superior Court judicial applicants for appointment by the Governor

Co-Chairman, Criminal Defense Section of the Lake County Bar Association

Appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Federal Community Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana

Appointed by the Federal Judiciary to serve on the Federal Magistrate Selection Committee for the Northern District of Indiana

Appointed by the Federal Judiciary to serve on the Federal Court Rules Committee for the Northern District of Indiana

Appointed to the Seventh Circuit Honor Roll of Attorneys for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Criminal Justice Act Counsel for the Federal Community Defender’s Office, Northern District of Indiana, defending clients charged with federal offenses

Calumet American Inn of Court, served in various leadership roles such as Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Chairman

National College for Drunk Driving Defense, Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Indiana State Bar Association, Member

Former Public Defender for the Lake County Superior Court, defended clients charged with felonies and misdemeano


The law firm of Thiros & Stracci, P.C. represents clients from throughout Northwest Indiana including Lake County, Porter County, LaPorte County, Jhtmler County, Newton County, Starke County, and especially from communities including Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Crown Point, Merrillville, Hobart, Highland, Griffith, Dyer, Schererville, St. John, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Valparaiso, Portage and Chesterton.
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