Felony Cases

Accused of committing a felony?

In Illinois, the most serious crimes are classified as felonies. These often consist of violent crimes and, depending on the nature of a charge, can lead to decades in prison. It is crucial that you seek a seasoned lawyer to defend you against these charges and help you maintain your freedom. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., our Wheaton criminal defense attorneys have more than more 42 years of combined experience handling cases in DuPage, Kane and Cook counties.

Our experience in criminal law includes many years working as former felony prosecutors, giving us a rich understanding of the criminal legal process. We understand the value of a strong defense, and are committed to helping clients win every case we take on. To learn how we can help, contact our firm and request a free consultation!

Understanding Felony Charges

State law classifies a variety of criminal activities as felony offenses. These are distinct from misdemeanors in that a conviction for a felony will always yield stricter penalties. Where misdemeanors are punishable by less than one year in jail, felonies will result in prison time and a handful of other penalties.

In Illinois, any of the following will yield a felony charge:

Felony Classification

These and other felonies are further classified by the degree to which they are punished. The most basic of these charges, a Class 4 felony, may lead to as much as one year in state prison; a Class X felony may result in 60 years of prison time. The team at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. is prepared to help you combat the harshest of these charges.

There are five classes of felonies in Illinois:

  • Class 4 Felonies are punishable by one to three years of prison time. With an extended term, a Class 4 felony may lead to as many as six years in prison.
  • Class 3 Felonies are punishable by two to five years in prison. With an extended term, a Class 3 felony may result in up to ten years in prison
  • Class 2 Felonies are punishable by three to seven years in prison. With an extended term, a Class 2 felony may lead to as many as 14 years in prison
  • Class 1 Felonies are punishable by three to 15 years in prison. With an extended term, a Class 1 felony may lead to as many as 30 years in prison.
  • Class X Felonies are punishable by six to 30 years imprisonment. With an extended term, a Class X felony may lead to as many as 60 years in prison.

An extended term is the result of aggravated sentencing. When a felony is committed as a hate crime against an individual who is 60 or older, or after a previous conviction, a judge may issue a harsher penalty. Fortunately, with a criminal lawyer at your side, you can work to avoid these harsher penalties and even see your charges reduced or dismissed. Our firm can help you learn more about your options in the face of a serious criminal allegation.

Trust a Firm with Experience in 10,000+ Cases

Though facing a felony charge is never pleasant, you can enter your case with confidence when you know that your attorney has helped thousands of clients achieve favorable results in court. Martin & Kent, L.L.C. offers counsel bolstered by experience and an expansive record of successes. We are ready to help you make the most of your case.

Our DuPage, Kane and Cook County criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Call now to discuss your case with a capable member of our team!