ORANGE COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
Karren Kenney is an Orange County Internet crime attorney who represents clients charged with a wide variety of offenses, including fraud and other white-collar crimes. A former Senior Deputy Public Defender, Ms. Kenney has dedicated her career to defending the accused. She is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is well known for fighting aggressively on behalf of those she represents, and she has been recognized by the legal community for her personal commitment to clients and ability in the courtroom. She works tirelessly to build the strongest possible defense and keeps her clients informed of the process, as well as their rights and options, every step of the way.
WHAT IS INTERNET CRIME?
Internet crime is a general term used to describe a broad range of offenses. Also referred to as “cybercrime,” the prohibited behavior that falls under this category includes:
- Identity theft
- Internet-based scams or fraud
- “Phishing” for sensitive and personal information
- Computer sex crimes, like solicitation, luring minors, and downloading or viewing child pornography
Although this area of the law is still relatively new, Internet crime is one of the biggest and fastest-growing types of criminal charges in California. Law enforcement agencies pursue these cases aggressively, and many of them dedicate a specific unit to prosecuting alleged offenders.
Internet crimes often carry significant penalties, including potentially costly fines and long stretches behind bars, not to mention lifetime registry on the state’s sex offender list for those convicted of Internet sex crimes. In addition, a conviction for an Internet crime will give you a criminal record. That’s likely to cause problems when you next go looking for a job.
LEGAL DEFENSES IN CYBERCRIME CASES
Fortunately, California law gives a person charged with an Internet crime a number of tools that can help them mount a strong defense. Prosecutors need evidence to convict someone of an Internet crime, and often it comes directly from the person’s own computer. But the police can’t just invade your house and take whatever they want.
Police officers generally need to have a warrant to enter a home. Otherwise, they will need an exceedingly good reason, like an emergency or being in close pursuit of a suspect, to enter a home without a warrant. Officers also cannot stop you on the street and pat you down or pull over your car and look inside without a certain amount of tangible suspicion to support their actions. If the police fail to prove that such suspicion existed before the search, any evidence gained will be thrown out and not considered by the judge or jury.
Attorney Karren Kenney is a seasoned Internet crime lawyer who has successfully defended clients in these and other cases. Ms. Kenney understands the legal nuances in these cases and the myriad of potential defenses that can be raised. She has been certified as a fraud specialist by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. Among other successes, Ms. Kenney gained a favorable verdict for a client charged with computer fraud, grand theft, and filing false deeds.
If you or a loved one has been charged with an Internet crime in California, contact Orange County cybercrime defense lawyer Karren Kenney. From our office in Costa Mesa, we serve clients throughout Southern California, including in Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles. Call (855) 505-5588 or contact us online for a free consultation.