Aggressive Chicago Litigation And Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Mark Almanza works to uphold fairness and serve justice. He will aggressively defend your rights when there is a protective order against you or when you are facing allegations of drunk driving (DUI) and other criminal violations. He can help you with general civil litigation matters such as breach of contract defense or when a landlord-tenant issue threatens to destabilize your home.

Exceptional Legal Representation For Clients Throughout Cook County And Illinois Courts

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The Firm’s Practice Areas

Orders Of Protection

Defending your rights when allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking undermine your relationships

Criminal Defense

Protecting your right to due process when you are facing an arrest for suspicion of drunk driving, drug violations, weapons charges and other criminal offenses

Tenancy And Real Estate

Resolving landlord-tenant issues and shielding your civil liberties under state and federal housing laws

Civil Litigation

Advocating for our clients through all stages of litigation and trial with the experience to achieve the best results in your lawsuit

Have You Been Served

A Protection Or No Contact Order?

You must take allegations of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking seriously in Cook County. Do not ignore service of a protection order or no contact order, even if it seems like the filing party has no grounds. If you fail to appear in court, you will not be able to tell the judge your side of the situation. Speak with attorney Mark Almanza right away to understand the full scope of your rights and for assertive legal representation. He will help you tell your side of the story.

There is a long list of people who could file a domestic violence order of protection against you, including anyone related to you by blood, a former spouse, someone living with you now or in the past, someone you had a child with or were dating, among others. A victim claiming nonconsensual sexual conduct with you may file a civil no contact order. A victim claiming your actions amount to stalking and they fear for their safety may file a stalking no contact order against you.

If a judge grants a domestic violence order of protection, you may have to stay away from your family members, property and pets. You could lose your firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card and your gun ownership rights. If you violate a domestic violence order of protection just once, for example, to contact your children while the order is in effect, it is a Class A misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A second violation is a Class 4 felony with a steeper penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Criminal Defense Focused On

Protecting Your Rights

If you have been arrested for suspicion of a criminal violation, facing the Illinois criminal justice system on your own can seem terrifying. A conviction could remain on your record and limit your job and housing opportunities unless you obtain a pardon or qualify for record expungement. But you do not have to contend with criminal charges on your own. Call Almanza Law in Chicago right away for a free consultation to learn how an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help. Attorney Almanza understands how frightening your situation may seem at the moment. He will take the time to listen to your side of the story. He will help you understand the laws and what legal options you have going forward.

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Cook County have been known to overstep the boundaries of their legal authority and violate your rights when upholding the law. If you have been arrested for suspicion of drug and narcotic violations, weapons charges, homicide, sex crimes, white collar offenses or drunk driving (DUI) in Chicago or anywhere in Cook County, you have a right to due process and equal treatment. If a police officer uses excessive force, uses discriminatory language or fails to inform you of your rights, attorney Almanza is not afraid to stand up and ensure justice is served.

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Dedicated To

Serving The Community

Almanza Law provides pro bono services and partners with Lawndale Christian Legal Center, FDLA, Justice Entrepreneurs Project, CARPLS, and Legal Assistance Foundation.

Lawndale Christian Legal Center Loving God. Loving People.
LAF Equal justice starts here.
FDLA First Defense Legal Aid
CARPLS everyday justice
jep justice entrepreneurship project
Illinois State Bar Association
The Chicago Bar Association Founded 1874
VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars