About Martin Doorhy, Criminal Defense Attorney
Martin Doorhy is a member of The Law Offices of Thomas W. Lynch since 1992. His practice is concentrated in Criminal Law and Traffic Law. His Traffic Law practice is composed of extensive experience in DUIs (Martin has represented clients in over 600 cases), Secretary of State Hearings (more than 300) for permits and licenses, CDL Drivers (over 200), and Driving While Revoked/Suspended, Criminal Speeding, and Leaving the Scene. His Criminal Law practice is wide and varied. He has represented clients in more than 2,000 total criminal cases. He has tried over 300 cases. These include Felonies which range from Rape, Attempt Murder, and Child Molestation, to Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery, and Sale/Possession of Drugs. At the Misdemeanor level, Mr. Doorhy has tried cases involving matters such as Battery, Retail Theft, Cannabis Sale and Possession, and Domestic Battery.
Martin practices in northern Illinois, with almost 70% of his criminal and DUI cases in the Bridgeview and Markham courthouses, where he normally appears three days per week and has come to know the judges, prosecutors, and police departments very well.
After attending St. Rita High School on an academic scholarship, Martin Doorhy enrolled at DePaul University with advanced standing based on his exceptional test scores. Martin completed his Bachelor's degree in three years at DePaul, and graduated summa cum laude. He became one of the youngest people ever to teach in the History Department at DePaul when he was selected at the age of twenty-one, from among thirty-six applicants, as the Teaching Assistant in the History Department. He obtained his M.A. with distinction with a GPA of 4.0/4.0.
As a student at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Martin was selected as a member of the school's National Mock Trial Team, which finished fourth in national competition in Houston, Texas. In addition, he worked as a law clerk for over a year with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where he was allowed to examine witnesses during felony trials while still a student. After he received his J.D., Martin obtained a two-year fellowship which enabled him to engage in research and organize a symposium concerning the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.
Martin entered the United States Air Force in 1987. While in the USAF he graduated from the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course after three months as a distinguished graduate. For five years, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force JAG Department. He prosecuted at over forty courts-martial and discharge board cases involving offenses that ranged from rape and child molestation to armed robbery in his capacity as Chief of Military Justice at two separate bases. Based upon his extensive experience as a prosecutor, Martin taught criminal law and procedure to members of the USAF Security Police, the Office of Special Investigations and unit commanders.
In 1992, Martin returned to the Chicago area where he became a member of The Law Offices of Thomas W. Lynch in Hickory Hills. His practice is limited to criminal defense work, which includes traffic cases, throughout northern Illinois.
As an adjunct professor at DePaul, Martin taught courses in Constitutional Law and The History of the U.S. Supreme Court for seven years.
I was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery in Markham Courthouse. A coworker referred me to Mr. Doorhy. He did his best with the prosecutor to have my charge reduced to misdemeanor simple battery but they refused. So he tried the case and won it. Had he lost, I would have been a lifetime felon and, even if I had been found guilty of Domestic Battery, I would have lost my FOID card. (I work in security.) I never will forget how he saved my job and my future because I was dead in the water as a security guard with a felony conviction or a Domestic Battery conviction. This guy is smart and really cared about me. He spent a long time on my case and was a real gentleman. He never made me feel like other lawyers sometimes did--I mean feeling that I was a dirt bag. I would send any family member of friend to Mr. Doorhy. -Leo C.
Kind & Very Knowledgeable Lawyer
I had retained two other attorneys to represent me in attempting to regain my driving privileges in hearings in downtown Chicago w/the Secretary of State's Office. The first prepped me for my hearing by phone for about 30 minutes and I lost. The second prepped me in his office for an hour and I lost again. Mr. Doorhy spent five hours preparing me for my third hearing and I finally won a Restricted Driving Permit. Within one year, at my next hearing with Mr. Doorhy, I was fully reinstated. This man seems to really care about his clients and he knows just what he is doing. I recommend him highly. -Charles S.
This Lawyer Saved Me
I recently got my fifth DUI arrest. I have a supervision and 3 convictions. I told my buddy that I was desperate cause with 4 DUI convictions you are banned for life from driving in IL. He referred me to Martin. The two things I shall never forget about him are that he always treated me with kindness when other attorneys yelled at me and even made fun of me. Second, he knew exactly what he was doing, and he always explained what he was doing and why he was doing it --something my other lawyers never did. The State's Attorney had already made it clear he was asking for plenty of jail time if I was convicted. Martin prepared me and my witness for hours for trial, and then he won it. So now I have had my life handed back to me. I am in AA and I have not felt this good in 10 years. But if I had lost that trial, I would never be able to drive again, and I would be in jail. Thanks a million, Martin.
A Very Fine Man
My husband and I retained Mr. Doorhy to represent our son, Jimmy, in a Class X felony case in which he was selling drugs out of our house. Both the Public Defender and our previous lawyer told us that the police raid was based on a legal warrant and that the best they could get our son was the minimum sentence-6 years in prison. Mr. Doorhy spent hours reviewing the case with our son, with us, and with the State's Attorney. He allowed us to call him at night on his cell phone up till 9:00 p.m. One night he stayed on the phone with my me until 10:00 p.m. Finally, the State's Attorney agreed to let Jim work with the police and the result was he did no time in jail and received Special Probation for a Class 4 Felony which does not even count as a conviction if Jimmy stays out of trouble for 2 years. I would recommend this lawyer to anybody.
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