Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney Karren Kenney aggressively represents individuals under investigation or charged with crimes in state and federal courts throughout Southern California
Attorney Kenney was a Deputy Public Defender for almost 12 years where she became one of the best Orange County criminal defense trial attorneys . She has defended every type of criminal case, including driving under the influence (DUI), vehicular manslaughter, theft, three strikes, domestic violence, gang cases, aggravated white collar crime and murder. She works closely with her clients and aggressively litigates in court. Attorney Kenney is not afraid to battle it out in the courtroom in order to obtain the best possible result for her clients.
Over her career, she has had hundreds of favorable results, the following are a few:
-Client was charged with felony DUI with 2 prior felony DUI convictions. After the preliminary hearing, Ms. Kenney filed a motion to dismiss (995 motion) due to insufficient evidence presented during the prelim. The 995 motion was granted and the case was dismissed.
-The client was charged with misdemeanor DUI with 2 prior DUI convictions. This case was tried in front of a jury, which resulted in a conviction. However, due to the prosecutors misconductÂ, the appellate court reversed the conviction during the appeal.
White Collar Crime
-The client was charged with grand theft with the aggravated white collar crime enhancement. The case was tried before a jury. Ms. Kenney presented a stellar mistake of fact defense and the jury found the client NOT GUILTY as to all charges. The client avoided a substantial prison term.
-Client was charged with multiple felony counts involving grand theft, computer access fraud , filing false deeds and the aggravated white collar crime enhancement, all resulting from real estate loans. This matter proceeded to trial by jury. Ms. Kenney successfully impeached the alleged victim, resulting in a NOT GUILTY verdict on all counts. By fighting the case and proceeding to trial, the client avoided punishment for crimes he did not commit.
-Client was charged with securities fraud, grand theft, forgery and aggravated white collar crime enhancements all resulting from an alleged investment scam. This matter was tried before a jury which lasted 2 months. Cross-examination was extensive for all 11 alleged victims. The jury deliberated for several days and ended up hung as to all counts.
-The client was charged with grand theft with the aggravated white collar crime enhancement. Ms. Kenney filed a motion to suppress evidence that was allegedly seized at the Canadian border, including $40,000 cash the client had stuffed in his underwear before attempting to get through customs. Because the police reports never stated who exactly seized the evidence, the D.A. was unable to figure out the necessary witnesses for the motion. Ultimately, the case was DISMISSED.
-Client was charged with 118 felony counts involving theft by false pretenses with the aggravated white collar crime enhancement. After a 6 week preliminary hearing, the client was only held to answer on 4 of the 118 counts. After aggressive negotiations, the client ended up pleading guilty to only 1 misdemeanor charge without any probation.
Serious and Violent Felonies (strikes)
The client was charged with one count of murder facing 25 years to life in prison. The case went to trial where Ms. Kenney presented a defense of Âimperfect self-defense. After several days of deliberation, the jury came back with a Ânot guilty verdict on 1st degree murder and was hung on 2nd degree murder. Due to the passionate defense presented, the client will not be serving 25 years to life in prison.
Client was charged with felony criminal threats (strike) with 2 prior strikes. He was facing a potential sentence of 25 years to life in prison. This case went to trial where Ms. Kenney was able to successfully undermine the alleged victims testimony. The jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on the strike charges.
Client was charged with felony domestic violence, Penal Code section 273.5, which carried a potential prison sentence. This case proceeded to jury trial where the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on the felony DV charge.
The client was charged with possession of drugs for personal use. Ms. Kenney filed a motion to suppress evidence which was heard concurrently with the preliminary hearing. The officer lied on the stand about evidence he claimed he booked. Ultimately, the evidence was suppressed and the case was DISMISSED.
Client was charged with possession of drugs for sale in a hotel room. Ms. Kenney filed a motion to suppress evidence which ended up lasting 3 court days. Ultimately, the evidence was suppressed and the case was DISMISSED