Before starting the criminal defense practice of Matthew T. Hoffman P.C., attorney Matt Hoffman spent almost six-and-a-half years working as a prosecutor. As a former Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney, Matt worked in and was a member of every major division of that Office. These divisions include the:
During his tenure in the State’s Attorney’s Office, Matt built a reputation as a lawyer who was not afraid to go to trial in even the most complicated and high profile cases. Many of the cases he tried were followed and reported by various news agencies, including the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald and the Lake County News Sun.
In his more than 10 years as an attorney, at one time or another Matt has either tried or handled virtually every type of criminal charge and traffic offense that exists in Illinois. Just a sampling of the wide range of cases Matt has actually tried before judges and juries includes:
attempted first degree murder, reckless homicide, armed home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, armed violence, aggravated battery with a firearm, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual assault of a child, attempted first degree murder of a police officer, unlawful possession with the intent to deliver 10 pounds of cocaine, mob action, harassment of a witness, internet death threats, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of cannabis, domestic battery, violation of an order of protection, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated unlawful possession of stolen tractor equipment, aggravated battery, aggravated discharge of a firearm, theft, retail theft, prostitution, disorderly conduct, public indecency, DUI, reckless driving, battery, and aggravated assault.
As a direct result of his dedication to trial practice and trial law, Matt also has amassed a great deal of experience working with complicated evidence and expert witnesses. Expert witnesses he has actually questioned at trial have testified in the following areas:
DNA analysis, bullet wound and stabbing injuries, blunt trauma, firearms and ballistics, fingerprint identification, crime scene preservation, sexual abuse and molestation, trauma surgery, accident reconstruction in vehicular homicide, chemical breath testing, field sobriety tests, narcotics distribution, drug trafficking, and drug analysis and identification.
Matt has a particularly high level of experience handling serious drug cases. As a felony narcotics prosecutor, he worked closely with members of tactical drug enforcement agencies, such as the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group, the Waukegan Neighborhood Enforcement Team, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Matt was personally assigned to handle some of Lake County’s biggest drug busts. These included multi-kilo cocaine and cannabis seizures, and two of the largest seizures of ecstasy in Lake County history.
In addition to his work in adult court, Matt has substantial experience with all aspects of juvenile court. He prosecuted cases involving juvenile delinquency for almost two full years. As a result, he is familiar with the personnel and procedures that are unique to this area of the law. He also is sensitive to the worries, stresses and concerns that can arise in families involved in juvenile court proceedings.
Matt’s firsthand knowledge of and insight into the methods of the prosecution translates into success for his clients today. Having spent years working with members of law enforcement in building criminal cases from a prosecutorial perspective, Matt now is capable of quickly identifying flaws in those cases in order to build strong defenses. He has won a number of cases recently on the strength of well-planned and effective cross-examinations of police. He also has convinced judges to enter not-guilty verdicts at trial and to throw cases out of court for lack of evidence.
It is Matt's belief that the most effective criminal, DUI and traffic defense is provided by real trial lawyers. While Matt frequently obtains successful negotiations for his clients, he does not lose sight of the guiding principle that real trial lawyers get the best results. An attorney who is known and respected for his trial abilities always is taken more seriously by the opposition than one who is not.
Matt Hoffman concentrates his practice on the defense of criminal, DUI and traffic charges in the Lake County and Cook County circuit courts. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since May 6, 1999. He is a graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Marquette University, and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.