White Collar Crime Defense
Southern California White Collar Crime Defense
Kenney Legal Defense Firm white collar crime law firm that represents clients throughout the region who have been charged with a wide range of state and federal which collar offenses. Ms. Kenney has developed extensive trial experience over her 20+ years practicing law, and has been recognized by peers for her aggressive and personalized approach to representing clients. She is fearless in the courtroom, and works tirelessly to build the strongest possible defense for clients. More importantly, Attorney Kenney is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) who specializes in developing a white-collar crime defense strategy for each case that is case-specific and effective in defending the firm’s clients.
What is White Collar Crime?
The term “white collar crime” refers to a variety of nonviolent offenses – including different types of criminal fraud – that are usually committed in commercial settings and for financial gain. Those accused of these types of crimes are often alleged to have relied on sophisticated means to try to conceal their activities, including through a series of complex financial transactions.
Some of the most common white collar criminal offenses include:
- Investment fraud
- Computer and internet fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Phone or telemarketing fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Tax evasion
- Healthcare fraud
- Money laundering
Penalties for Aggravated White Collar Crimes
These cases may be prosecuted in federal or state courts. The penalties for white collar offenses include fines, community confinement, home detention, paying the cost of prosecution, forfeitures, supervised release, restitution, and imprisonment.
The penalties are more severe for white collar crimes that are considered “aggravated,” which means that the accused has been shown to engage in a “pattern of related felony conduct.” A defendant is likely to be found to have committed an aggravated white collar crime where he or she is convicted of committing two or more related felonies, against either different victims or on separate occasions against the same victim, which caused losses of at least $100,000.
The sanctions may be reduced, on the other hand, if a person accused of white collar crimes takes responsibility for his or her actions and assists the authorities in any related investigations.
Searching Bank Records in White Collar Cases
Whether it’s at the state or federal level, these cases often include very large investigations that may be focused on several targets and carried out by a wide variety of law enforcement officers. The bottom line is that prosecutors need evidence – usually a lot of it – to put together all of the pieces in a white collar crime puzzle and secure a conviction.
For defendants in these cases, it’s important to remember that you’re afforded a number of legal protections. Just as a police officer can’t search your car or home without either a warrant or a specific level of tangible suspicion, cops typically can’t go digging into your bank records without your approval, a court-issued warrant, or the permission of a bank that has been victimized by the alleged crime. Similar protections are also in place for credit card and telephone records.
In many cases, officers are required to notify the target 10 days in advance of using an administrative subpoena or warrant to search bank records. If you have been so notified, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
How we can help you?
Attorney Karren Kenney is an accomplished trial lawyer and certified fraud expert who has represented clients in more than 80 criminal trials, including aggravated white-collar crime charges. Ms. Kenney is well-respected among members of the legal community and by her clients for her dedication to those she represents and her tenacious, unrelenting practice style.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a white collar crime in California, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Call (855) 505-5588 or contact us online for a free consultation.