Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon gave a Streamwood woman a break Tuesday when she sentenced the defendant, Tiffany Hernandez, to 30 months probation in exchange for Hernandez's guilty plea to delivery and possession of cocaine.
But Hanlon made it clear that if Hernandez doesn't complete probation -- which includes 12 months intensive probation accompanied by a curfew and random drug tests among other requirements -- or if she picks up new charges, it will be the last break Hernandez receives.
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"This is the last stop before the penitentiary," said Hanlon, who referenced the defendant's lack of a criminal background as a factor in her decision to impose probation.
Police arrested Hernandez in February during the execution of search warrants at a Hoffman Estates sports bar where the 32-year-old once tended bar. She was charged with the class 1 felony of delivery of a controlled substance after she sold an undercover police officer between 1.4 and 2.2 grams of cocaine on three separate days in February, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Mike Andre.
She was charged with cocaine possession, a class 4 felony, after police recovered 1.4 grams from her purse following her arrest.
Hernandez could have faced between four and 15 years on the class 1 felony and one to three years on the class 4 felony.