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
  • Latoyia Kimbrough

    The Law Office of Latoyia Kimbrough

    Latoyia Kimbrough is a native of Cook County, IL, who grew up in Englewood. She has a passion for the law and seeks to provide those who would otherwise go unrepresented with real legal services at affordable prices. Latoyia helps families going through difficult times, including divorces and custody disputes, by providing thoughtful counsel and caring advice at all times, and zealous advocacy when necessary. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from North Central College and graduated Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. While in law school, Attorney Kimbrough worked as a legal extern for the Illinois Innocence Project and clerked with a Cook County Circuit Court Judge, where she assisted in researching legal issues and questions of law in the Criminal Department.  After passing the bar in February 2015, Attorney Kimbrough worked with a solo family law and criminal law practitioner. She has also worked  with the Chicago Teachers Union in their Labor Law department. Latoyia can be reached at (312) 772-6727 or

  • Paul Lytle

    Lytle & Milan, LLC

    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

  • Roya Samarghandi

    Carmel Law, LLC

    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 domestic relations 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 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline. Roya can be reached at (312) 945-6250 or at

  • Timothy J. Walczak

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    Timothy J. Walczak’s primary legal focus includes criminal and real estate law. His criminal law experience includes twelve years of law enforcement as a police officer entailing the execution of countless search warrants, crime scene processing from robberies to murder, and numerous DUI arrests. He represents clients who have been victims of the criminal justice system. Additionally, Timothy has experience in real estate negotiations comprising leases to purchases. This allows his clients to feel comfortable navigating the complex areas of real estate. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez, P.C., Timothy worked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois. He also worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm. Timothy can be reached at or (312) 442-2225.

  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    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

  • Phillip Sprouse

    Sprouse Law Office

    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

  • Garrett Thomas

    The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

    Garrett Thomas is a trial lawyer and an alumni of the JEP. Based in Chicago, Garrett’s practice is focused primarily on criminal defense and issues related to criminal justice. He recognizes that obtaining quality legal representation right away is critical if you’ve been arrested by police or accused of a crime. Some attorneys, in an effort to get cases over with as quickly as possible, pressure clients to accept the first offer the State makes—Garrett doesn’t. Recognized for his trial skills, Garrett works tirelessly to develop a winning trial strategy whenever possible. Where a pre-trial resolution is most appropriate, he fights just as hard to secure the most favorable offer for his clients to mitigate the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. If you need representation, contact Garrett by phone at (872) 256-1228 or by email at