Divisions & Programs

Adult Pre-Trial Diversion Program

The diversion program is intended to give a second chance to offenders who commit a relatively minor criminal offense. Diversion is a privilege and not a right. There is no guarantee diversion will be granted in any given case. The needs of the offender are less important than those of public safety and the rights of the victim(s).

In determining whether or not to grant diversion, the prosecuting attorney will consider whether the defendant demonstrates a genuine sense of remorse and is prepared to acknowledge the act(s) charged and accountability for the consequences of their actions.

If you have further questions or need assistance with the adult diversion program, you may contact our office at 219-465-3415.

Check Deception Program

Local merchants and private individuals in receipt of checks, returned for insufficient funds, or on a closed account are provided direction and assistance for collection. In the event payment is not received after notice, the case may be referred to a deputy prosecuting attorney for the filing of criminal charges.

Contact Check Collection Specialist Nancy Wise at 219-465-3415.

Child Support Division

Please view the Child Support page.

This office is responsible for the enforcement of child support orders in divorce and paternity cases. In appropriate cases, blood tests are performed and paternity actions are filed.

Contact Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Laura Bernacki-Stafford, at 219-465-3405.

Citizens Complaint Program

The Prosecutor's Office receives and follows up on criminal complaints made by the public, which are not forwarded by local law enforcement agencies. A conscious effort is made toward mediation, often involving restitution and/or counseling. Other cases are referred to a deputy prosecuting attorney for the filing of criminal charges.

Contact Judy Johnson or Alex Martinez at 219-465-3415.

Criminal Division

This division handles felony and misdemeanor prosecutions in the six Porter County courts. That includes everything from minor consuming to capital murder.

Domestic Violence Unit

Please view the Domestic Violence page.

Established in 1996 as part of the Violence Against Women Act, the Domestic Violence Unit includes two deputy prosecuting attorneys and a victim advocate whose mission is to handle all domestic violence cases filed by the Porter County prosecuting attorney.

Contact Victim Advocate Krystal Cano at 219-465-3422.

Infraction Deferral Program

The Porter County Prosecutor's Office, in accordance with Indiana Code 34-4-32(f) has created the Infraction Deferral Program for the benefit of primarily law-abiding individuals who have been charged with a moving traffic offense.

Those who are eligible and successfully complete the program will have their violation dismissed and will avoid a conviction, possible points on a driving record and insurance ramifications.

For information contact Judy Johnson or Alex Martinez at 219-465-3415.

Juvenile Division

Please view the Juvenile Justice page.

Indiana Law generally requires the crimes committed by those under the age of 18 years be treated differently. For any child under 18 years of age who commits a crime, or who is considered a truant, a runaway, incorrigible, or has committed a delinquent act a delinquency petition may be filed.

All delinquency petitions are filed in the Juvenile Court located at the Juvenile Services Center. All delinquency petitions are supervised by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tim Haraminac 219-465-3415.

Porter County Narcotics Unit (PCNU)

Please view the Drug Abuse page.

The Porter County Prosecutor's Office assumed responsibility for supervision of the PCNU in 1995. The Unit includes a Porter County prosecutor investigator who acts as coordinator for the officers from area law enforcement agencies who specialize in the investigation and prosecution of crimes relating to controlled substances and legend drugs.

Contact the Unit Coordinator and Porter County Investigator Robert Taylor at 219-465-3629.

Victim Assistance Program

Please view the Victims Assistance section.

Established in 1985, the Victim Assistance Program serves as an advocate for victims, keeping them informed on the progress of their case through the criminal justice system, assisting in the application for crime victim compensation, and acting as a liaison with other social service agencies.

Contact Victim Advocate Ona Torres at 219-465-3433. Or, for sexual assault victim issues contact Jaclyne Humphrey at 219-465-3408.