Santa Ana Criminal Defense attorney Karren Kenney serves Santa Ana residents. Located adjacent to the Santa Ana River in low plains, 10 miles from the Pacific Coast, Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County. Both the winds that fuel seasonal wildfires and the nearby mountains share the city’s name. It is conveniently located near Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and multiple beaches. The city is densely populated and has been known in Orange County for having high crime rates compared to other local communities, but it is considered one of the safest cities of over 300,000 residents in the country. If you have been charged with a crime in Santa Ana or the surrounding area, an experienced criminal defense attorney can explore the details of your situation and look for ways to fight the prosecution.
Unlike many other Santa Ana criminal defense attorneys who have worked as prosecutors, Karren Kenney has always worked on behalf of individuals facing charges. She has handled a wide range of criminal matters, including white collar crimes, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, and shoplifting.
The possession and sale of controlled substances are considered illegal in California. Under Health & Safety Code Section 11350, for example, it is a misdemeanor to possess controlled substances such as cocaine, GHB, ecstasy, crack , or prescription drugs that are not legally prescribed. Most first offenders qualify for something known as a drug diversion program. Under Health & Safety Code Section 11351, it is a felony to possess illegal substances with the intent to sell them. Therefore, if you are convicted under this code section, you will not qualify for a drug diversion program.
You may be tempted to plead guilty for a misdemeanor possession charge, but you should be aware of the multiple defense strategies that are available to you, and that having a prior conviction can substantially increase the penalties for any later charges. Police officers sometimes use faulty information to obtain a search warrant, they ignore constitutional requirements, they set up suspects in ways that violate the entrapment rule, often they rely on unreliable informants, or arrest suspects without sufficient evidence that the drugs they were caught with belonged to them. A Santa Ana Criminal Defense attorney can assist in fighting your charges
If the police do not get the search warrant in by using the proper methods or if they do not have a warrant when one is necessary then a Santa Ana criminal defense attorney may be able to get the evidence found as a result of that search or searches suppressed. Due to the fact that drug crimes have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, losing critical evidence because of the lack of a search warrant can result in the dismissal of a case.
Most people associate “DUI” with drunk driving, but it is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs under Vehicle Code Section 23152(a). In fact, you can be arrested for driving under the influence of prescribed drugs if they have impaired your ability to drive safely. There are many rules that the police have to follow in order to make their evidence admissible in their case against you. In many cases, an experienced criminal lawyer can show that rules were not followed or that an investigation was unreliable, which can lead to charges being reduced or dismissed.
Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney Karren Kenney regularly appears at the Central Justice Center is located in Santa Ana and is where crimes committed in Santa Ana, Orange, Villa Park, and Tustin are addressed.
An initial drug possession charge is a misdemeanor. However, for many people, a first offense can precede other charges down the road, and simply pleading guilty can prove to be a mistake. A criminal defense lawyer can help Santa Ana residents charged with drug crimes or other offenses protect their rights against the prosecution. Contact Santa Ana Criminal Defense firm Kenney Legal Defense Corporation for Santa Ana criminal defense at (855) 505-5588 or via our online form.