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Scott Andrew Kent

Criminal defense Attorney at Wheaton, IL

5.0   53 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Throughout the last 16 years, I have handled cases ranging from simple traffic tickets to misdemeanors like DUI and thefts to felonies like drug possession/delivery to first degree murder. There is simply no substitute for the extensive experience of a long-time prosecutor who also has years of work defending cases.

  2. Juvenile law
    Juvenile court is where we have a unique chance to really make a difference in a young person's life. It is a great opportunity to turn them away from a pattern of trouble and get them back on the right track to maturity and success. It is perhaps the most rewarding area of law.

  3. Personal injury
    Most minor accidents can be resolved without the need for expensive and time-wasting litigation. Our office has settled many cases like these quickly so our clients get their settlement funds sooner than later.

As a former prosecutor who worked in all ares of the State's Attorneys Office for 13 years, I have a very rounded knowledge of the criminal justice system. I've worked with thousands of police officers over the course of my career, and feel that I know what they look for when they investigate and arrest defendants. The best way to know how to win a criminal case is to know what the State needs to prove in order to win the case. I prosecuted every type of case, from traffic tickets to first degree murder. That is excactly why I am skilled at defending all types of criminal cases.

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Martin & Kent, L.L.C.
610 East Roosevelt Road
Suite 200
Wheaton, IL, 60187-5870


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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
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Best law practice
Kent handle my case with a breeze. He is well respected lawyer and i felt safe with his guidance. If ever you need good lawyer, contact Martin and Kent law office. You will not be disappointed! Thank you Scott Kent!!!
Posted by Bill | March 12, 2019
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Happy Client
I've never reviewed anyone on line before because I never felt it was necessary, until I met Scott Kent. Scott far surpassed my expectations. I found Scott to be exceedingly competent and professional. I was extremely impressed with the high level of skill and experience he demonstrated in handling my case. Scott took the terrible situation that I was in, and turned it completely around 180. Again, far exceeded my expectations, easy to contact, reliable, and great to work with.
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Posted by JAMES | September 5, 2018
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Patience is a Virtue with Scott Kent
Scott represented me in 2018 for driving on a revoked license. I was in the wrong and with Illinois Law after the third conviction there is a mandatory sentence of 6 months first Offence was driving on an expired BAID device due to my review was delayed. The second offence was speeding going to the Hospital while the passenger of the owner of the car was injured. Both of these offences was my fault knowing that it was illegal to operate a vehicle. On the 3rd Scott Kent represented me over a 7 month time frame. We rescheduled the court date 3 times and on teh 4th time he was able to negotiate from a 6 month time frame of jail to a 1 month time frame. This 30 day of incarceration will allow me to save my job and house. I thank Scott Kent for helping me. Jim
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Posted by Mike | July 10, 2018
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Helpful and professional
This was my first encounter with the criminal justice system. Scott walked us through what was going to happen and what was the best, second and least desirable outcomes. With his help we obtained the best result. It was clear that he knows the process and how to handle clients.
Posted by Nakaya | April 7, 2018
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Stellar Service!
Scott Kent did a fantastic job with my case! He was always knowledgeable and professional. Anything i did not understand, he took the time to explain to me. I did have to go to trial, where he put on quite a performance, case beat.. not guilty on all charges.. this law firm is worth every penny & they’re reasonably priced! Would recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2018
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Great lawyer
Scott Kent was a great lawyer he represented me like a real lawyer should was very professional help me get my case completely dismissed definitely would strongly recommend him to others thanks Scott.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2017
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The obvious choice
I had the pleasure of being represented by Scott Kent through a DUI charge, a Driving while Suspended charge and a few other cases, all with successful results. Scott is a true fighter in the court room. He knows the criminal law like the back of his hand. He deals with his clients and his colleagues in a calm and reassuring manner, suggesting that this line of work comes completely natural to him. On top of that, he is highly respected and very well known around the DuPage County Courthouse. That being said, I would definitely recommend this attorney to anyone in need of a criminal Justice attorney or anyone with cases within the realm of his practice.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2017
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Hardworking, knowledgeable, and a winner
He is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met about the law. He was always open to listen to my many, many questions concerning my case (and I'm sure it was annoying to hear) but he never ignored me or made me feel like he was too busy or didn't care. He has extreme attention to detail and is very passionate about helping others. I was completely impressed with his focus on my case and his understanding of the law and how it impacted me specifically. My situation was very dire but he knew exactly what he was doing. He helped me win and I'm forever grateful. I would not only recommend him to friends and family but I would hire him again if the need arose. Thank you for all of your help Scott. I'm finally able to breathe easy again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2017
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Very Kind, Knowledgeable, and Professional!
When I first contacted Scott with my case, he was very open and welcoming and showed me great empathy! He guided me through the legal process and made things very easy for me to understand! He got the charge against me dismissed thus saving my future and I cannot thank him enough for it! I will remember his excellent service so long as I live on this good earth and I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of a superb defense attorney who is also kind and compassionate to those who consult with him! Keep up the excellent work Scott!
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Posted by Kelley | September 21, 2017
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Civil Matter
Reasonable price, very professional, walked me through entire process. Was a great help and made sure I kept my temper in check during court proceedings
Posted by Adam | July 21, 2017
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When I was afraid of the process, Scott Kent made a difference.
I live in Cook County. A warrant was issued for my arrest in DuPage County for injuring a small child. I was scared, confused, and didn't know what to do, because I didn't believe I caused the injury. I was afraid the police or the investigation would be unfair to me, as it looked like a David versus Goliath scenario. Why would anyone believe a large, unmarried man from Cook County over the word of a parent of a small child? I did not know the evidence against me. I did not know anybody in DuPage County who would care. But Scott Kent and his partner Tim Martin cared. Mr. Kent's law firm gave me the confidence to walk right into the police station knowing I had nothing to fear. All throughout the process, and at every court date, Mr. Kent and his partner Mr. Martin would fight to give me the evidence I needed to determine if I was guilty of a crime. When the evidence showed I committed no crime, Mr. Kent personally represented me in a trial. I could not be more pleased with his case on my behalf. Without making accusations or ascribing blame against my accusers, he simply pointed out to a jury of DuPage County citizens that the crime did not happen. Nobody is perfect, but Scott Kent sticks to the facts of the case, and not the character of the parties involved. The jury decided in my favor, but even if it didn't, I would still give Mr. Kent a superior rating. He let all the decisions be my own, informed me of the risks, and supported me in whatever decision I believed to be the right one. He has good relations with everybody in the courtroom, from the attorneys, to the witnesses, to the judges. If you are fortunate enough to have Mr. Kent working on your case, you know you have one of the finest, most decent men in DuPage County working on your behalf.
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Posted by Esteban Robles | April 5, 2017
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A true professional
Scott was very attentive and helped me with my aggravated speeding case for driving 70+ over the limit. Great guy and very professional attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2017
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Forever Grateful
I want to begin by thanking you for recently representing my grandson in DuPage and Kane County. I cannot put into words how grateful I am that you were willing to take his case. My grandson made several bad decisions just after turning 18 years of age which resulted in his arrest. Facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, my wife and I were at a loss on how best to help our grandson. After contacting your firm, a good deal of our burdens’ were lifted. For almost two years, Mr. Kent worked on my grandson’s behalf. Dealing with aggressive prosecutors, guiding us thru numerous court proceedings and appearances, and answering all of our questions. Due to your firm’s efforts, the felony charges were reduced. Although my grandson is currently doing minimal jail time, the potential outcome could have been far worse. My family and I will forever be grateful. Thank you Julie, Mr. Martin and Mr. Kent.
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Posted by CD/ND | October 19, 2016
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Fantastic attorney/person
Scott basically gave us 3 free consultations over an issue. Never acted like we were bothering him, gave us great advice and was extremely warm about it. Seems like a fantastic attorney and an even better guy. Thanks Mr. Kent...appreciate it.
Posted by AS | August 12, 2016
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Needed Advice
I didn't need representation but just advice about a domestic violence case.I told Mr. Kent I was willing to pay for the advice but he happily just gave it to me.He never made me feel like im just wasting his time and reassured me that there was nothing to fear from what I was planning to do. If ever I get myself in trouble again I would definitely hire his firm. (I previously talked to his partner Mr. Martin, who is equally kind and easy to talk to).I appreciate the fact that they treat you like a person and not a dollar sign.
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Posted by Brad | February 18, 2016
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Mr. Scott Kent is hands down the best lawyer you will ever have. Outside of his outstanding legal help and advice, I can honestly say he's a great friend. Mr. Kent has helped me on a number of cases and I'm telling you, he crushes it. I won't get into specifics about my recent case but I will tell you this. The state gave me a mandatory 180 day jail sentence. ( mandatory ) I serve 15 days. This gentleman is a straight shooter and a true professional, very passionate about what he does. To Scott and everybody at the law office of Martin Kent and Reidy, my family and myself truly thank you all. Sincerely, Brad
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Posted by Peach | September 2, 2015
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case of Robert Niccolai
Mr. Scott co defended Mr. Niccolai. He was instrumental in researching and documenting the necessary information to help defend Mr. Niccolai. The family was pleased with his professionalism & how the case was handled.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2015
Fantastic Attorney
Definitely would recommend Scott. Did a fantastic job with my case - got it dismissed. Very responsive and encouraging. Felt confident with him on my side. Will always go to him for any legal need.
Posted by Jay | June 1, 2015
He Is a wonderful DUI Lawyer
These lawyers did a wonderful job with my cases. They help me Keep my license. They keep me informed abut everything to do with my cases. They are very friendly to all their clients and there families. But in the Court Room there Sharks and they handle business. I was blessed with their presence . So if you need a great lawyers call them or email Mr. KENT @ MR. MARTIN . And thank u guys so much I appreciate u both.
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Posted by Craig | April 22, 2015
Happy as a Clam
I just got back from a bench trial. My daughter filed charges because I reprimanded her for acting foolishly. Attorney Kent laid out the case for me, told me exactly how it would go down and what the results would be. He was right on every count. I was acquitted! We were before a female judge. Knowing she would be sympathetic to my daughter, he was very gracious and even tender when cross examining her. At the same time, he didn't pull any punches. Although I got a lecture from the judge, she had to dismiss the case because it had no merit. Scott did a great job and I would recommend him highly.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Martin & Kent, LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Felony Prosecutor
  • DuPage County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1993 - 2006


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Northern Illinois University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • People v. Mahmoud Saleh
  • Conviction reversed and case remanded for further proceedings.


  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Trial lawyers Association
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • DuPage Coutny Attorney Resource Center
  • Illinois Concealed Carry Review
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott is whip smart with a wicked sense of insightful humor."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Scott as a fellow prosecutor. He has the experience and skills to know how to win a case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott Kent is one of the sharpest criminal defense attorneys in the business. Astute, well-prepared, and personable. All of the things qualities you want your attorney to possess. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on several cases with Mr. Scott Kent. He is a very skilled, knowledgeable, and aggressive litigator. I highly endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott Kent is an exceptional trial attorney. He has experience both prosecuting and defending high profile crimes and serious criminal matters. I have referred numerous clients to him and all have reported that they were impressed with his abilities."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott earned a strong legal reputation serving as a prosecuting attorney for over a decade. Now that he's in private practice, he's been just as impressive. Scott is a tremendous advocate for his clients and I have no reservation in giving him my highest endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Scott Kent is one of the most skilled trial attorneys in the area of criminal law. As one of the counties top prosecutors he was the best in cases ranging from DUI to Murder. AS a defense attroney he has proven to be even more successful representingg his clients! He is a lawyer you can trust to win the most difficult cases"
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