Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Law deals with behaviors that are illegal and punishable by imprisonment and/or fines. Criminal charges are brought by the state against individuals for conduct that is against the law because it is damaging or harmful to property, and/or the safety, well-being, and moral-welfare of people. Crimes are usually categorized as felonies or misdemeanors based on their nature and the maximum punishment that can be imposed.

JEP lawyers working on Criminal Law provide services that may include:

  • Felonies, including assault, aggravated battery, burglaries and murder
  • Misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct, public intoxication, theft and trespassing
  • DUI
  • Garrett Thomas

    The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

    www.garrettthomaslaw.com

    Garrett Thomas is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. His firm focuses primarily on helping clients navigate the criminal legal system across the Chicago area. He has successfully handled a wide variety of cases up to and through trial and regularly obtains positive outcomes for his clients. If you or a loved one has been arrested, subjected to court proceedings, or is dealing with a related issue, contact Garrett’s office at 872-256-1228 or info@garrettthomaslaw.com.


  • Phillip Sprouse

    Sprouse Law Office

    www.sprouselawoffice.com

    Phillip J. Sprouse is dedicated to providing client-focused representation and increasing access to justice. His practice is concentrated on Criminal Defense and he represents both adults and juveniles on all classes of felony and misdemeanor cases. He offers a range of fee agreements to help clients afford legal representation. Phillip believes that to achieve the best outcome in a case, a defense attorney must be willing and able to take a case to trial if appropriate. He also understands that being involved in the criminal justice system can affect every part of a person’s life and he believes that an attorney should inform their client what to expect during the process of a criminal case. Phillip is proud to volunteer part of his time with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation to people in Chicago Police Department custody. Phillip can be reached at 312.550.5869, or at phillip@sprouselawoffice.com.


  • Roya Samarghandi

    Carmel Law, LLC

    www.carmellawchicago.com

    Roya H. Samarghandi seeks to recalibrate the balance of justice for her clients, regardless of means or circumstance. She has committed her career to reducing the justice gap for low and moderate income clients in their criminal and  and family law matters. She addresses her client’s needs through honest representation, committed advocacy and the option for alternative fee arrangements. Roya is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating cum laude. She also holds a Masters of Law Degree in International Human Rights from University of Nottingham School of Law (U.K.), receiving merit honors. She enjoys volunteering with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the Family Defense Center and First Defense Legal Aid.  Roya can be reached at (312) 945-6250 or at RHS@CarmelLawChicago.com.


  • Nikki Donnelley

    Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC

    https://rightsandrestorationlawgroup.com/

    Nikki Donnelley is a zealous advocate for individuals coping with the impact of their criminal records, as well as those who are still behind bars. Her passion for working with people impacted by the criminal legal system began while studying public policy at DePaul University, where she studied the implications of local laws on Chicago’s residents. Since this time,Nikki has continued to fight against systemic injustice in her role as a staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). At CGLA, she represented hundreds of clients in successfully mitigating their criminal records through sealing and expungement, executive clemency, healthcare waivers, certificates of good conduct, and at hearings in front of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  Notably, in 2017, Nikki successfully argued and won a petition to seal her  client’s conviction for murder- one of the first of such convictions to be sealed in Illinois history.  While at CGLA, Nikki co-launched a project assisting over twenty-five incarcerated survivors of domestic violence file motions to reduce their sentences after there was a change in sentencing laws, allowing domestic battery to be considered by Judges in sentencing. In addition to directly representing clients, Nikki has trained and supervised hundreds of pro bono attorneys representing clients in their petitions for executive clemency. Nikki can be reached at (872)239-4533 or  nikki@rightsandrestorationlaw.com.


  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    www.almanzalaw.com

    Mark Almanza is an alumnus of University of Chicago Law School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mark is committed to working with clients to obtain affordable access to the legal representation they deserve. Prior to founding Almanza Law, Mark worked at Lawndale Christian Legal Center, a non-profit law office representing youth in juvenile and criminal court, and has handled numerous felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases ranging from DUI through First Degree Murder. Mark currently works with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation during arrest and investigations by the Chicago Police Department. As a child of immigrant parents, Mark understands the difficulties the immigrant community faces and is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Additionally, Mark has experience in real estate issues including handling mortgage foreclosures during the housing crisis and landlord/tenant issues. Mark focuses his practice on criminal defense, immigration, and residential real estate. Mark can be reached at (312) 380-9012 or mark.almanza@almanzalaw.com.


  • Paul Lytle

    Lytle & Milan, LLC

    www.lytlemilan.com

    Paul Lytle is a partner at Lytle & Milan, LLC. Paul’s mission is to provide legal representation that is accessible, responsive, and accountable to the unique needs of individuals and families throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. In a divergence from traditional billing practices, Paul seeks to fulfill his commitment to accessibility by offering clients a range of customizable solutions that includes flat rate fees, unbundled services, and limited scope representation. Paul provides clients with comprehensive representation in the areas of Criminal Defense Law and Family Law. Paul also provides limited representation in matters of Consumer Law. As an active member of the community, Paul is extremely proud to provide pro bono services in conjunction with such notable non-profit organizations as CARPLS, LAF, and Universidad Popular. Paul can be reached at (312) 690-4111 or paul@lytlemilan.com.


  • Courtney Kelledes

    Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC

    www.rightsandrestorationlawgroup.com

    Courtney Kelledes fights for individuals with past records and criminal justice system involvement to restore their rights and opportunities. Before co-founding Rights and Restoration Law Group LLC, Courtney was the Director of Employment Training at Growing Home in Englewood. There she led a multidisciplinary team in providing holistic employment support to motivated job seekers. Prior to Growing Home, Courtney was Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Lead Attorney of Collaborative Partnerships where she successfully represented hundreds of individuals in petitions for Sealing and Expungement, Certificates of Rehabilitation, Health Care Worker Waivers, Executive Clemency, and Professional Licensing. Courtney currently volunteers with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, John Howard Association C-Number Project, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, CARPLS, and DePaul’s Neighborhood Legal Assistance Project. Courtney graduated from DePaul University College of Law cum laude, with a certificate in public interest law, and earned her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Eastern Michigan University. Courtney can be reached at (312)672-9967 or courtney@rightsandrestorationlaw.com.