White Collar Crime


Attorneys use specific defense techniques depending on the charge and unique characteristics of the white collar case. Top lawyers working in white collar defense use strategies and tactics, and know how to develop facts and use witnesses. Because of the time and specialized skills involved, mounting a successful defense requires a team of top criminal attorneys and experts, not just a single federal criminal lawyer .

Criminal lawyers specializing in white collar defense also have a very deep understanding of court proceedings, rules of evidence, negotiations, interviewing witnesses, company personnel and more. Prosecutors only pursue cases they feel they can prove in trial. Therefore, it is critical to dig deeper than the prosecuting attorney and inject reasonable doubt to win in trial, if necessary.



Your lawyer should always consider the possibility of a trial, particularly if you did not commit the alleged crime. Lawyers from LibertyBell Law Group have extensive experience in white collar trial defense in state and federal courts across the nation, in the toughest jurisdictions with the most feared and ruthless prosecutors.

A trial does not only establish whether the crime was committed, but it is also used by lawyers to mitigate the dollar amount of loss. For example, you may stipulate or admit to committing fraud of $300,000, while the defrauded individual may claim a $500,000 loss. The amount of actual loss may be an issue for trial.

White collar defense is won and lost based on pre-trial preparation by attorneys. Your team of criminal lawyers must have the expertise, resources, and time to conduct their own investigation.

It is up to the prosecution to prove the amount of actual loss. Aggressive attorneys along with their team of forensic accountants and experts can make all the difference in the world.

Your Life is in the Balance

Pre-trial preparation by top attorneys is the key to a successful white collar defense. To get the best ending on your case, criminal attorneys and experts need to have the experience and expertise to determine which records are relevant and analyze them for fact development. Our criminal defense attorneys are also highly skilled in making split-second decisions during trial and are adept at reading juries and the judge and their reactions to both sides.

Federal Defense Lawyers for White Collar Crimes

Most white collar criminals are tried in federal courts . Federal defense is different than that occurring in state courts and requires criminal attorneys experienced in federal trials, agencies, and investigations. In the wake of the recession, Federal and white collar offenses are prosecuted ever more aggressively. As of late, courts are handing out the most severe mandatory prison sentences. If you suspect you may be charged or are under investigation by the federal government, it is critical you obtain an experienced team of top criminal lawyers.

Prosecuting attorneys seek the harshest sentences in prison time, restitution, and fines. Federal courts also impose interest. This can create a lifelong financial burden for the defendant. Even the accusation of a white collar crime, regardless of the evidence, can be detrimental to your professional reputation and future employment. All the more reason to hire the best criminal defense attorneys to protect you in court and from the public eye.

An experienced team of attorneys is vital in minimizing penalties and fines. Our top attorneys have a history of obtaining successful and favorable settlements, very low restitution payments and penalties, while also keeping the defendant out of federal prison. Learn more top rated federal criminal defense lawyers .

Best White Collar Criminal Attorney FOR FRAUD CRIMES

The best criminal defense attorneys know how to find holes in the prosecutor’s arguments, regardless of the charge. Our lawyers are creative thinkers with sharp analytical skills. They know how to effectively communicate with juries and judges. LibertyBell Law Group’s lawyers have the resources, technologies, and experts and are best in class in complex litigation. You can be assured you are getting the top trial lawyers.

The obvious goal of our attorneys is to get the case dismissed or, barring that, obtain the absolute minimums. In the past, our lawyers have been proficient at getting sentencing way below the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines and fines. The complexity of white collar defense creates many opportunities for plea bargains that LibertyBell Law Group attorneys are champions at.

At LibertyBell Law Group, we have assembled the best team of attorneys with experience in white collar defense, state courts across the country, and federal trials. Our criminal defense attorneys have a track record of success in white collar defense involving millions of dollars and multiple years of work. Read more about los angeles criminal defense attorneys .



Early intervention is the key to our mutual success. Call us now at 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys.

Gina Tennen


At A Glance

  • Expert legal strategist.
  • Experienced in both prosecution and defense.
  • Relentless fighter for her clients with results to prove it.
  • Received the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
  • Featured in Time Magazine’s “Leaders of Criminal Defense” in the 100 Most Influential People edition.

Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney,lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

You demand the best defense. Take hold of your life and speak to our defense attorneys by calling 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) now.

Founder Gina Tennen and all the defense attorneys at LibertyBell Law Group like Irena Shut attorney uphold that when the bell rings, it rings for life and liberty for all.



Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub.


I hired Gina and her team for my son who was facing 10 years for something they said he did when he was 17 years old. Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub. She did not stop. She fought hard and was able to defend the charges. We are so grateful to her and her team. They gave us our son. He recovered his life!

– L. W.
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I hired this law firm in 2014 for my son who was facing 16 years in prison for a felony robbery. Lina Helou answered all our questions. I was extremely distraught regarding what my son was facing but Lina comforted me and told me that it would be okay. And thank goodness LibertyBell saved my son from going to jail and they were able to obtain only 3 years of probation. I could not have hired a better law firm for my son and if you want the best defense call LibertyBell Law Group. Thank God for this great group of lawyers.

– V. J.
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I do not have enough words to describe how incredible the experience with this firm was. They work very hard to make sure you have winning results. I could not have asked for better service from the moment I called, until my case was over. I was glad I made the right choice. Thank you again LibertyBell Law Group!

– S. O.
She took her time to review all of my evidence and proved my innocence.


My father had found this group through his company and coworkers. I was assigned Gina Tennen and I cannot explain in just a review on how gratefull I am to be working with her. My case was an accusation of unlawful sex. This had looked extremely bad on my part since I was in a fraternity and she was in a sorority. During these times with Greek life, there are too many bad stigmas surrounding these organizations. Gina had believed in me and knew that I was innocent and that these accusations just were not true. She took her time to review all of my evidence and proved my innocence. I totally recommend this law group because they are willing to put in the work to help your situation.

– C. D.
Gina always kept me fully aware of how the case was proceeding.


When I first heard I was under a criminal investigation, I initially thought I would try and resolve this in the best way possible, without legal representation, as we were all interested in a "just" outcome. I quickly discovered that was not the case and contacted Gina at LibertyBell. She clearly described the expectations and the choices available to me. She was always available to me, and when I called, if she couldn't talk with me at that time, she would quickly get back to me. Gina always kept me fully aware of how the case was proceeding. Her fee's were stipulated up front, as well as what those fees covered and what they did not.

– S. B.
Attorney Gina Tennen was on point from day one.


Attorney Gina Tennen was on point from day one putting pressure on the sherrif's office to get things handled. With Child molestation accusatinos being thrown around Gina and Attorney Castro were great at keeping the pressure on and had no charges filled. The DCFS indications were appealed and we won with flying colors. Great service, great work, and will use again for all legal matters.

– A. B.
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Being involved in legal matters can be scary. When researching who to put my trust in, I came across Liberty and I am glad that I did. From the first time that I met with Gina and her team she made me feel comfortable and listened to all that I had to say. She assured me that her team would be on it and that they would do everything that they could! A little while in, Alan took over my case. When meeting with him you can tell that this is his passion and I immediately knew he was going to do everything in his power to make the outcome right! He was relentless and worked day and night working on the case. He kept in constant communication with me and truly cared not only about me but about my family as well. I am forever grateful for the support that this whole team has given me and would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for truly the best lawyers!

– L. B.


Frequently Asked Questions About Our White Collar Crime Lawyer

  • What are the defenses to fraud?

    There are several potential defenses for fraud that experienced lawyers will employ.

    One of the most common is the lack of intent to commit fraud. Fraud convictions depend upon the intention to defraud someone and either gain benefits for yourself or else harm another person. If you didn’t intend for either of these results, you can argue that there is no criminal intent.

    Another is mistaken identity. There are a few situations that can lead to mistaken identity, including mistaken eyewitness accounts or being mistakenly identified by assumption.

    Many defense attorneys will focus on the need for the prosecution to prove that a situation meets all the criteria for fraud. Insufficient evidence can be the basis for having a case dismissed.

  • Can you go to jail for fraud in California?

    Yes, it’s possible to go to jail for fraud in California. Depending on the nature of the fraud committed, the crime can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, which will affect the penalty associated with it. Since most fraud is done for financial gain, it often carries a fine as part of the punishment.

    Since there are many types of fraud, the possible jail time varies. For most types of fraud cases, five years is the maximum. However, fraud cases can quickly add up to multiple counts of fraud, compounding the jail time. Though fraud is a nonviolent crime, it can come with steep penalties.

  • What charge do you get for fraud?

    Some fraud cases are charged under theft laws, others as forgery laws, and others as perjury laws. Others are considered cases of identity theft. There’s also financial fraud, such as check, credit card, and securities fraud.

    Whatever type of fraud case you’re dealing with, it’s a good idea to get professional insight from an attorney before moving forward. Any type of fraud can result in jail time and hefty fines.

  • Is fraud a federal crime in California?

    Fraud can be a federal or state crime, because they violate both state and federal laws. They can be prosecuted by both courts, which leaves defendants vulnerable to more penalties.

    If you are charged with intent to defraud a financial institution like a bank or obtain financial assets from them, you will likely be prosecuted at the federal level. If your charges are smaller in scale, your case may remain at the state level.

  • What should be proven in any investigation of fraud?

    In any fraud investigation, it’s essential to prove that the defendant had the intent to defraud someone by purposefully misrepresenting the facts to a victim who will suffer as a result. The prosecution needs to prove that the defendant had the intent to commit fraud.

    This is why many legal defenses of fraud focus on proving that there was no intent to commit fraud, which means the defendant did not commit fraud.