In Illinois, possession and delivery of cocaine is considered a felony. Depending on the following factors involved with your charge, you may face extreme penalties:

  • Amount of drugs
  • Prior offenses
  • Aggravating factors
  • Severity of the crime

At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., we understand how frightening it can be to face drug charges, which is why we have made it our goal to assist everyone who seeks our assistance. No matter if this is your first or third drug charge, our DuPage drug crime lawyers can work hard to ensure you receive a successful outcome for your case.

Our attorneys have more than four decades of combined criminal law experience, have handled over 10,000 criminal cases, and have statewide recognition as being amongst the best criminal trial lawyers in Illinois. If you are looking for the best, you don’t have to look any further.


Even if you are caught carrying or selling small amounts of cocaine, you may still be facing serious legal penalties.

Specific charges of cocaine range from:

  • Possession
  • Sale
  • Distribution
  • Manufacture
  • Intent to distribute
  • Trafficking

Our firm handles all types of cocaine-related charges, from personal possession charges to allegations of large-scale trafficking schemes. Your defense can begin as soon as you are arrested, as you have the right to an attorney. You also have the right to remain silent, which means you do not have to answer questions from police once you are in custody. In fact, it is wise to not answer any questions until you have called one of our attorneys and are represented during the interrogation. We can ensure that you do not accidentally say anything incriminating and that police do not violate your rights.

This only the beginning of the defense process, however, as our skilled defense law firm stays with our clients through every step of their case. We can engage in the following and more, depending on the circumstances of your case:

  • Argue for reasonable bail at a bail hearing
  • Investigate the circumstances of your arrest to identify any 4th Amendment violations
  • See if you qualify for any diversionary programs or alternative sentencing, such as drug court
  • Try to get any unlawfully obtained evidence kept out of your case
  • Identify whether the forensic lab made any errors processing the drug sample
  • Present legal defenses as they apply to your case
  • Challenge the prosecutor’s evidence against you
  • Negotiate for a favorable plea agreement, which may include a lesser charge or sentence
  • Provide mitigating factors and challenge any aggravating factors presented by the prosecution
  • Represent you in all necessary court hearings
  • Advise you of your options, including whether to plead guilty or take your case to trial
  • Represent you at trial if needed
  • Represent you at a sentencing hearing if needed

At Martin & Kent, LLC, we know the criminal process can be confusing and intimidating – or even downright frightening. We have led clients through this process for many years and can help you navigate the criminal justice system while providing valuable advice every step of the way. Do not wait any longer to call if you have been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Possible Penalties for Cocaine Offenses in Illinois

As mentioned, the penalties for drug crimes in Illinois are based on several factors. One important factor is the quantity of drugs that were found and alleged to be in your possession. The following are some examples of penalties defendants may face in cocaine-related cases:

  • Less than 15 grams = Up to a year in jail
  • 15 to 100 grams = Four to 15 years in prison
  • 100 to 400 grams = Six to 30 years in prison
  • 400 to 900 grams = Eight to 40 years in prison
  • 900 or more grams = Ten to 50 years in prison

The more drugs involved, the greater chance the drugs were possessed with the intent to sell or were involved in large-scale trafficking scheme, so the penalties become significantly more serious for larger quantities. You should never discount charges for smaller quantities, however, as those penalties can also affect your freedom and finances.

Courts can also impose fines up to $200,000 in some cases, and they usually base fines on the street value of the drugs in question. All cocaine-related charges are felonies in Illinois. This means that you may also have a felony conviction on your record for the rest of your life.

With our experience, however, our DuPage County drug crime lawyers know how to challenge your drug charges and potentially either minimize or eliminate said charges. We can challenge the legality of the drug search or prove that you had no knowledge of the drugs found in your possession. For first-time offenders who are facing charges involving small amounts of cocaine, we could fight for probation or drug school instead of jail time and fines.


With our extensive experience and unparalleled results, judges, courthouse personnel, and police officers often recommend our firm to family members and friends in need of a criminal defense lawyer. Your wellbeing is our number one concern and we can fight to ensure your permanent record is kept as clean as possible.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense lawyers to learn how we can help you, please contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C., at (630) 474-8000 today.