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Matthew Joseph Medina

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Charles, IL

4.6   9 reviews

also known as Matthew J. Medina, Matt Medina

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Defending clients accused of offenses ranging from DUI and retail theft to armed robbery, juvenile crimes and sex offenses.

    25 years, 4,997 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    Misdemeanor, felony DUI, Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License, other traffic offenses.

    25 years, 4,003 cases

  3. Juvenile law
    Defending juveniles at every stage of the criminal justice process.

    25 years, 2,167 cases

Legal & Trial Experience


Mr. Medina has over 21 years of legal experience. He spent 14 of those years prosecuting cases as a Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. Mr. Medina uses his vast knowledge of the system to benefit his clients at every stage and every level of the criminal court process. He prosecuted over 4800 cases at various stages, from Class X Felonies to Misdemeanor Traffic and DUI matters.


Clients benefit from Mr. Medina’s inside-perspective as a former prosecutor as well his experience conducting countless jury and bench trials.  While assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, Mr. Medina was responsible for directing the prosecution of between 60 and 200 cases per month, prosecuting felony domestic violence cases including aggravated domestic battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, and felony domestic battery.


When Mr. Medina advanced to the Felony Review Unit of the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney, he gained first-hand experience analyzing cases and understanding police procedures with felony investigations. Among the thousands of cases Mr. Medina participated in approving for felony charges were first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated arson, armed robbery, aggravated dui, reckless homicide, felony DUI and many others. 


Legal Books Published 


Mr. Medina has authored three criminal law and procedure books and many law journal articles. His books include, Real World Search & Seizure [Second Edition] (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012); Winning Court Testimony For Law Enforcement Officers: The Law, Art & Science Of Effective Court Communication (Looseleaf Law Press, 2012) and Real World Search & Seizure (Looseleaf Law Press, 2006).


Legal Journals Published


His other law related publications include the very first ILCLE (Illinois Continuing Legal Education) chapter dedicated to teaching Illinois attorneys how to easily navigate through the order of protection process.  “Obtaining Civil Orders Of Protection Under The Illinois Domestic Violence Act” (Co-authored by Kimberly Silverman);Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999); “Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998); “Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997); Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act,” Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998).

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A seasoned courtroom pro will teach you how to:
- Thoroughly prep for court 
- Understand jury trial dynamics
- Be engaging & persuasive 
- Be an effective eye-witness
- Leverage precision & simplicity
- Navigate cross-examination
Since my First Edition 2006 the United States Supreme Court has decided 55 cases that involved search and seizure issues. This Edition incorporates the new case law regarding individuals' 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment Rights under the U.S. Constitution.


Law Office of Matthew J. Medina
901 Illinois Avenue
Saint Charles, IL, 60174
Law Office of Mathew J. Medina
901 Illinois Ave.
Saint Charles, IL, 60174
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Posted by Beth | March 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will Hire Again!
Mr. Medina recently helped me with my court case and I can't say enough about how pleased I am with the outcome. Mr. Medina always returned my calls in a timely manner (even on weekends) and would thoroughly address all my questions and concerns. In court, he was very professional and courteous - he explained everything to me along the way to make an otherwise unpleasant experience into a smooth one which ended up saving me time and money! I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Patrick | March 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great consultation experience
I contacted Matt after trying to work through an issue for my son. We anticipated potential legal charges. Matt got right back to me, explained what scenarios I might face and made me feel very comfortable that if I needed to hire him he would do the absolute best job to protect my son. Once we heard back from the police I contacted Matt to give him an overview. He explained what to expect going forward and refused payment even after I offered. Although I hope to never need him again, I know Matt is the guy I will call first.
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Posted by Beth | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Mr. Medina is a great attorney and handled my case with the utmost professionalism and respect. He's fees are extremely reasonable and he was a terrific advocate. He always explained everything to me very thoroughly and is highly knowledgeable about law. I highly recommend Mr. Medina.
Posted by Corey | May 22, 2015
really helped me
I dug myself into a hole and didn't have any of the days of swap done by the due date. With just a few days advance I called him and somehow the judge switched my swap into a fine at the last minute. Really was expecting to go to jail.
Posted by AMANDA | May 8, 2015
Wen i first recieved my disorderly conduct i was nervouse becouse i never had any thing like this before. I right away new i wanted an attorney to represent me in my case. I called a few attorneys B4 I Called Mathew & i just wasnt 100% confident with hiring the others becouse of the simple fact that they didnt give me enough knowledge on the whole thing Mathew took intrest in my case right away, he explained to me the law side of my case and how he would go about handling it. I actually talked to him twice over the phone then called back agian and asked to come in his office and see him in person to talk about the case agian. Altho i felt like i was Being a bother, matt was more than happy to answer any questions i had. All this was before i even retained him. Matt called me The day b4 my court date to remind me the time. also asked me if i had any more questions, or concerns. Witch i did not becouse he had already explained every thing clear to me but he recaped every thing any ways witch made me feel great & confident that i had some one on my side who new what they were talking about At my court date matt arrived early talked to the prosicuter, witch trust me i no she is not in any means ever willing to throw a case out, i no becouse of a speeding ticket i have recieved in the past. Once matt was done talking to her he came and explained what was said and what was going to happen. :) case was dismissed THANK YOU MATT! I most definantly recomend matt if you looking for an experienced attorney who will keep you updated and Give you a peace of mind
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Posted by Andrea | May 7, 2015
HIghly recomended
Matthew assisted me with having driving charges dropped and then removed from my record he was very informative and reassuring thru out the timely process-I could not have asked for better results-
Posted by Margaret | May 7, 2015
I Highly Recommend Mr. Medina
We had the opportunity to have Mr. Medina as our family lawyer just last summer in Kane County. Not only was he able to negotiate the best possible outcome for our case, he did so with respect to the court and to our family. Matt's knowledge of the law from both the perspective of prosecution as well as defense helps immensely when dealing with the courts. His experience, knowledge and confidence were evident during the entire process. I highly recommend Matt for any legal needs.
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Posted by Tom | January 31, 2013
Matthew Medina is a great attorney
I've known Matthew for most of my life. While growing up I always knew Matthew to be a great friend, classmate, and neighbor. It came as no surprise to me to find that he was also a great attorney. I found that out wholeheartedly when I contacted Matthew concerning a very sensitive situation which required "the right attorney". I did not know where to start, but I knew that finding Matthew Medina was paramount. Ultimately, Matthew Medina did not represent me, but with his assistance, we were capable of accomplishing a "not guilty" verdict over a charge that I was certainly not guilty of committing. I don't believe this would have been possible without Matthew Medina. Because of an overzealous, young, State's Attorney, Matthew knew that my case required a Stipulated Bench Trial. After some careful research, we found a reputable attorney who was familiar with that courtroom and judge, we got a Stipulated Bench Trial and beat the ridiculous charge. Thank You Matt!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Weird financial consultation policy
There is a very heavy emphasis on money with Mr. Medina's firm. I simply needed a law interpreted to understand how it applied to me and called to see if him or his law firm could help me. After briefly speaking with Mr. Medina over the phone, I set up an appointment to see him with his receptionist. At the time she made a point to ask if I wanted to pay over the phone. As I had not received any services at the time, I thought it was a little odd to ask me to pay several days before we met. I declined and said I would pay when I met with him. When I got there, even before his receptionist told him I was there, the first thing she asked me to do was to pay her. Since it was 4 PM on a Friday, I didn't think much of it, but it did reinforce her preoccupation of money with me. After I sat down with Mr. Medina, the very first thing he put in front of me to sign was a short, single paged document that stated i would not dispute any reoccurring credit card charges. Since I was only hiring Mr. Medina to explain a law to me, I only anticipated meeting with him once. I didn't understand why I would have to sign anything regarding reoccurring credit card charges, and I questioned how this document was applicable to me. At the time he said it insured I didn't dispute being charged for his services. I pointed out the document was not referring to someone disputing bills for services rendered, but rather reoccurring credit card charges. I repeatedly asked him to explain why I would need to sign a document of that nature. He was very polite but the only explanation he gave was he didn't handle the firms finances and stated it was required. I was only interested in hiring Mr. Medina to explain a law to me, and was rather baffled by his insistence it was required. Because I wasn't comfortable with signing it, I was fairly insistent he explain it's veracity. At one point Mr. Medina left the room, and I fully expected him to return either with a different document or to say I didn't have to sign it. Instead when he returned he began scratching out and initializing where it referenced reoccurring credit card charges. Which as the majority of this document. After he was done scratching out a large section of this document, I did view it as being relatively worthless as an agreement. His attempt to make me more comfortable with it had the opposite affect though. I remained confused by his insistence I sign something that appeared to be a worthless agreement that didn't apply to my situation. We went around and around about this document for about 5 minutes before I simply had to refuse to sign it. As soon as I told him that, he very politely thanked me for coming in and escorted me to the reception area. Once there we talked to his receptionist about refunding my money. After a very brief, but confusing discussion about returning my money to me via Paypal, his receptionist claimed my money had been refunded via my credit card. She explained that I could expect to see the money credited to my account in a few days. My meeting with Mr. Media lasted perhaps 10 minutes, and I'm still not entirely sure what happened there. He was very polite, and nice, and could be the best lawyer in DuPage county for all I know. Unfortunately, the heavy emphasis on money, and insistence I sign a financial document that didn't seem to apply to me hiring him destroyed my confidence in him and his firm.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Matthew J. Medina
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Matthew J. Medina
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney
  • Pro Bono Advocates
  • 1996 - 1998
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  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993
  • College of DuPage
  • Transfer to Loyola University
  • 1992


  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Prosecutors Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Article of the Month
  • Illinois Family Law Journal
  • 1999
  • Appellate Oral Advocacy Distrinction
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • 1994
  • Deans List
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • 1992
  • Deans List
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • 1991
  • President's List
  • College of DuPage
  • 1990
  • President's List
  • College of DuPage
  • 1989
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  • Pro Bono Advocate (Jan. 1998)
  • Slipping Through The Cracks Of The Illinois Domestic Violence Act"
  • 1998
  • IICLE Handbook
  • Obtaining Orders Of Protection,” Chapter #13, ILCLE Family Law Handbook (1998)
  • 1998
  • Illinois Family Law Report
  • Article Of The Month, Illinois Family Law Report, Volume XXII, Number 5 (May, 1999);
  • 1998
  • Pro Bono Advocate
  • Rule 14.5: Another Weapon In The Fight Against Domestic Violence,” Pro Bono Advocate (Dec. 1997)
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Privacy: From the Patriot Act to the Present
  • The Law Of Privacy (Speech)
  • 2014
  • Eloquence: Persuasive Speech And Writing From Aristotle To Jay-Z
  • Persuasion & Communication (8 week seminar)
  • 2014
  • Armchair Lawyer: Police Investigations Expressed In Popular Police Dramas
  • Criminal Investigations & The Media (6 week seminar)
  • 2014
  • Armchair Lawyer: Miranda Expressed In Popular Police Dramas
  • Constitutional Law (6 week seminar)
  • 2014
  • A "God In Ruins;" Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essays Explored
  • Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson (8 week seminar)
  • 2014
  • Citizens’ Police Academy
  • Search and Seizure Law & Legal Updates
  • 2007
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2006
  • Citizens’ Police Academy
  • Criminal Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (24)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt Medina was opposing counsel on many of our criminal and traffic cases while he was employed as a Cook County Assistant States Attorney. I found his knowledge and experience on legal matters to be of very high caliber., so when the opportunity arose to hire Matt to join our defense team, we immediately did so. He's an excellent attorney and a team player who always looks out for the best interests of our clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Medina was a highly intelligent, experienced prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for many years and now brings that wealth of experience to his career as a criminal defense attorney. There is no question that if you choose to retain Mr. Medina, you will be well represented and your interests will be fully protected. He cares about people and strives to do the right thing. As a result, I wholeheartedly endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for many years, going back to his days as a successful prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. I went up against Matt numerous times and he was one of the most skilled and professional attorneys in the Office. Matt has continued to fine tune his skills in private practice and he is a zealous advocate who truly fights for his clients. I highly recommend Matt."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Matt Medina since the very start of his career. As a private attorney for defendants, he continues to exhibit the same great qualities he showed as an honorable attorney entrusted with the power to prosecute those accused. He acted with sensitivity, wisdom and diligence, and still does to this day. I am proud to know him and to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matthew Medina personally and professionally for many years. It is without hesitation that I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Medina, has more information at his finger tips that any other attorney I have met. Attorney Medina's strategies are resourceful and inventive. Attorney Medina works well with his clients in explaining the law, the circumstances, and likely outcomes or options. Mr. Medina has the ability to speak to his clients clearly no matter the education or background so that the client is able to understand and is able to ask questions. Attorney Medina is an excellent trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Medina is a legal scholar and an expert on the 4th Amendment. He has literally written the book on police procedures and criminal law. He is professional, knowledgeable, and reliable. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Matt for many years. First as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. Matt is a skilled attorney and someone who can be entrusted with the most serious of matters. I endorse this lawyer."
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Saint Charles Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew Joseph Medina
Matthew Joseph Medina
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Charles, IL
Licensed for 27 years
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