Matthew Medina, Attorney at Law
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Matt is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of criminal law. He's a well established lawyer within the system and highly respected by other lawyers. Although my outcome wasn't what I wanted (discovery revealed something we couldn't fight), I avoided harsher fines and punishments thanks to Matt. I highly recommend Matt for any criminal matters.Feb 2, 2016Verified
Great at keeping in contact via email, phone, or text. Nice guy. Promises more than he delivers. Wish we had been presented with reality so we were better prepared for outcome.Dec 16, 2015VerifiedMatthew M.'s reply
thanks for your honest and thoughtful feedback. I am sorry that you were unsatisfied with my services. I always try my best to communicate all possibilities and leave it up to the client to decide which outcome he or she wants me to pursue on their behalf. My legal counsel is based on experience with similar cases in the past, as well as factors impossible to know in advance (e.g. push-back by complaining witness, new prosecutors, substitution of judges etc...). I give my clients all their legal options. It is ultimately the client's choice what outcome he or she wants me to pursue. I fight hard to pursue best interest of my clients based on each client's unique circumstance. Nevertheless, if any client feels I oversold what was possible in their case, then it is entirely my fault. It is never my intention to do this, however; I am the lawyer, therefore, it is my job to make sure my client truly understands what their choices are. It's not enough for me to instruct my client of their possible choices (I did this), it is incumbent upon me to make sure they truly understand what is possible in their case. Thank you very much for your candid criticism. I will strive to communicate more effectively in the future. Very truly yours, Matt Medina
The feeling I walked away with after meeting with Matthew Medina was relief. He understood my situation, explained my options, and what to expect. He is knowledgeable, polite, friendly and easy to talk to.Nov 14, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For most misdemeanor cases I charge a flat fee (sometimes there will be a much smaller per court appearece fee). In felony cases I generally charge an hourly rate. The client provides a retainer from which I draw my hourly rate as the defense progresses to conclusion. I generally require payment in full before I file an appearance in any case. In some circumstances, however, I will make an exception and require 1/2 payment before filing an appearance, the remainder due the following court date. The only other fees that might arise would be if a bench or jury trial become necessary. Very often these charges are included in my flat fee arrangement. There are no mysteries, surprises or hidden charges. I explain my rates upfront and thoroughly. It's important to me that my clients are fully informed about every relevant issue of their case. This includes fees and charges.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I have found that I can help my clients most effectively when I get to know a little about them as a person before jumping into the details and minutia of their case.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I was a Cook County Prosecutor for over 14 years. During this time I prosecuted well over 4000 cases, from traffic tickets to first-degree murder, from retail theft to residential burglary. My clients benefit from my ability to draw from the knowledge and insight gained by handling thousands of cases. My clients also benefit from my depth of experience as well (not just the number of cases). I have vast experience handling every stage of the process from the pre-charge or investigation stage; the charging stage; negotiations; motions; up to and including the bench or jury trial. I have over 20 years combined experience prosecuting and defending people accused of committing offenses in Illinois.