White collar crimes
White Collar Crimes
The Kenney Legal Defense Corporation is an Orange County white collar crime law firm that represents clients throughout the region who have been charged with a wide range of state and federal offenses. Ms. Kenney has developed extensive trial experience over her nearly two decades 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.
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:
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.
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.
Attorney Karren Kenney is an accomplished trial lawyer who has represented clients in more than 60 criminal trials, including 10 on aggravated white collar crime charges. She has also been certified as a fraud specialist by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. 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 Orange County criminal defense attorney on your side. 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.