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Federal criminal defense attorney Karren Kenney is an experienced federal defense attorney who defends clients in a wide range of federal cases. A former public defender, Ms. Kenney has dedicated her career to defending people who have been criminally charged and ensuring that they take full advantage of the protections available to them under the law. Ms. Kenney is a tenacious litigator who is well-respected in the legal community and has been acknowledged by peers for her commitment to clients and ability in the courtroom.  Ms. Kenney specializes in handling all types of federal fraud matters and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


Federal criminal offenses run a broad spectrum of criminal activity, encompassing more than 100 different types of infractions. Those include:

  • Bank fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Computer fraud
  • Drug crimes
  • Conspiracy
  • Racketeering
  • Health care fraud
  • Espionage
  • Investment fraud
  • Antitrust
  • Wire fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • RICO

No matter where they occur, these cases are prosecuted in federal courts by federal prosecutors because they involve federal laws. A person convicted of one of these offenses and sentenced to imprisonment will do time in a federal facility, whether it’s an actual penitentiary or another type of detention center.  That’s why you need a federal defense lawyer Karren Kenney to represent you in federal court.


“White collar” crime is one of the larger areas of federal criminal law, and one on which law enforcement has increasingly focused in recent years. White-collar crimes are those in which a person or group uses commercial situations for financial gain. The perpetrators often rely on sophisticated means to conceal their activities, usually through a series of complex transactions.

Prosecutors and judges take these cases very seriously, and the penalties for white-collar crimes can be severe. Those penalties are likely to be even harsher in the event that a court finds that the accused has engaged in an “aggravated” offense, or what the law defines as a “pattern of related felony conduct.”


The good news is that there are a number of legal tools available to help criminal defendants fight the charges against them when they are represented by an experienced federal defense attorney. One is the statute of limitations, which creates time limits under which the government must charge a person with a crime. Federal white-collar cases typically operate under a five-year statute of limitations, meaning that the government must charge a defendant within five years of the time that the crime was “completed.” Some offenses, however, may be considered “continuing crimes.” That includes crimes for which the effects continue long after the criminal work is finished and those that take place over several states. In these cases, the statute of limitations is often considered to be extended in order to allow prosecution.


If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime, it’s important that you seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer in order to consider the charges, weigh the options, and develop the strongest possible defense. Criminal Lawyer Karren Kenney has been defending the criminally accused for 18 years, representing clients in more than 60 criminal trials. She is also a Certified Fraud Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner conferred by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Federal Defense Attorney Kenney is a seasoned and accomplished litigator who prides herself on providing personalized and comprehensive services to the people she represents. That means keeping clients fully apprised of the charges against them and fighting tirelessly to reach the best possible outcome in each case.

Recently, Ms. Kenney successfully defended a client who was charged with federal wire fraud. The case involved a total of 5 defendants who proceeded to have a jury trial. Ms. Kenney’s client was acquitted of all charges and the other 4 defendants were convicted. The client avoided a substantial federal prison term.

From our office in Costa Mesa, the firm serves clients throughout Southern California, including in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Fullerton, Santa Ana and Los Angeles. Call (855) 505-5588 or contact us online for a free consultation and to learn more about how Orange County federal defense attorney Karren Kenney can help you.

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