Murder-Suicide in Sacramento County

When working in the world of criminals, criminal defense, the criminal justice system, prosecutors and strict judges, long-standing, experienced criminal defense attorneys have seen it all. However, the tragic crime of murder-suicide is in its own special category. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Granite Bay sheriff says a federal prosecutor is suspected of murdering his wife, then killing himself. It just goes to show you that all sorts of heinous crimes can be allegedly committed by all sorts of people, no matter their societal standing. If you have been charged with a serious crime, securing a top criminal defense attorney in Sacramento could be the difference between years in prison or a much lesser charge.

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Sacramento

It’s one thing to be charged with a crime within your community that is handled by the state and state prosecutors. It’s another thing entirely when you’re facing federal criminal charges, no matter the type of case it is, no matter if it is violent or nonviolent. The bottom line is that federal prosecutors don’t play around, and federal charges tend to be of a stricter nature. When you’re looking down the barrel of a criminal charge that could be handled in the federal courts, you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who knows how to navigate the federal court system and who knows how to negotiate with federal prosecutors, never mind having the trial skills in the event that a plea bargain cannot be reached.

Types of Federal Cases we Defend

The Law Office of Steve Whitworth has taken on and defended the constitutional rights of many criminally charged clients, no matter their serious alleged offense. Cases involving white-collar crimes, drug offenses, sex offenses and even violent crimes all fall under the extensive federal crime defense portfolio of Mr. Whitworth. Determining whether or not a crime can be charged federally is key when seeking the best criminal defense attorney in Sacramento for your particular charges and circumstances.

White-Collar Crime

Even though we’re all used to the phrase “white-collar crime,” it still may surprise most people that it was “coined in 1939.” It just goes to show you how long federal prosecutors have been pursuing perpetrators of financial crimes, and the penalties have only increased and become harsher over the many decades. Crimes such as bank fraud, mortgage fraud, SEC violations and Ponzi schemes have become a major focus of the federal justice system, so hiring the right federal criminal defense attorney is a must if you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges of any kind.

Bank Fraud

Being accused, then charged, with any federal crime can be intensely stressful and scary, and financial crimes are taken very seriously by the U.S. government. Bank fraud, which is defined as “any illegal act that involves the use of deception to obtain money or other property from a financial institution, or from a bank’s depositors, is a crime that, if convicted, carries substantial penalties and even possible prison time. Hiring the right criminal defense attorney can make all the difference for you and your family.    

Mortgage Fraud

Similar to bank fraud, mortgage fraud is a serious federal crime that can lead to serious fines and prison time if not defended successfully. The risks of committing mortgage fraud are plentiful, and the pursuit by the federal prosecutors to convict is steadfast. “Mortgage fraud occurs when a potential homebuyer, seller, or lender lies or omits key information that leads to a mortgage loan approval or terms that the applicant wouldn’t normally qualify to receive,” which basically means it’s a clear and purposeful decision on the part of the perpetrator, at least according to authorities.

SEC Crimes

When discussing federal white-collar crimes, SEC violations and crimes are in their own special category, as the investigations work slightly differently. Regardless, as you know by reading about the various headlines in the past, the government and federal prosecutors want consequences for those found guilty. Bringing an experienced criminal defense attorney who has the skills to navigate a complex SEC case may be the best decision you ever make.

Ponzi Schemes

Some of the most publicized white-collar crimes have been monster Ponzi schemes. It seems that many people don’t really know exactly what a Ponzi scheme is, even though it is so simple in its concept. Basically, “a Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that pays existing investors with funds collected from new investors.” See, simple, yet brilliant, yet highly illegal on a federal level. If you’re facing charges of running a Ponzi scheme, a competent criminal defense attorney could be your new best friend.

Drug Offense

There are so many different types of drug offenses, whether they involve marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine, but they quickly become very serious and potentially federal crimes when the possession amount indicates the likelihood of distribution, the intent to sell or even evidence of manufacturing. It is important to have smart legal counsel to fight to keep your charges down as much as possible, as it could mean no jail or prison time versus years behind bars.


Drug charges can vary, depending on the type of drug and whether or not the charge is merely possession or if it is one of the more serious charges of distribution and trafficking. Distribution is deemed serious and can be charged as a federal crime sometimes if state lines are being crossed or based on the number of drugs discovered in your possession. Either way, you will need the expertise of a federal criminal defense attorney. Otherwise, you’re at the mercy of the federal prosecutors.

Intent to Sell

If you’ve been charged with drug possession with the intent to sell, no matter the particular drug the police found on or with you, it means that the amount reached a specified weight to make the authorities believe that you’re not simply using it recreationally. Now the charges and the potential penalties become much more severe and scary, so hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney should be your next immediate step. It may very well be the difference between jail time and probation.


Drug cultivation and manufacturing are in play when any person is involved with any part of the illegal drug production process. In case you were wondering, the charges that accompany such alleged illegal acts are quite serious and can become federal charges, depending on the specific circumstances. Taking on the federal prosecutors by yourself or with the use of a public defender has serious risks. These types of cases require the skill and reputation of a long-standing federal criminal defense attorney who knows how to deal with the federal system.

Sex Offenses

Over the last many decades, the charges and penalties for the various types of sex crimes have evolved significantly, as the public outcry for harsher punishments and much stricter laws has been heard. Whether you’ve been charged with possession of child pornography, rape, or even child molestation, the need for proper legal counsel is high. When sex crimes take on a federal level charge, the penalties and punishments can be life-changing, including the possibility of losing your basic freedom by being incarcerated. Securing the right criminal defense attorney may keep you out of prison and sometimes net your probation.

Possession of Child Pornography

Needless to say, the possession of child pornography is considered vile, despicable, reprehensible behavior by any decent and “normal” person’s standards and carries serious federal punishments and penalties if found or pleading guilty. However, every person has the right to legal representation, no matter how egregious or heinous the crime, including the possession of child pornography, which is “considered to be any depiction of a minor or an individual who appears to be a minor who is engaged in sexual or sexually related conduct.” If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of child pornography, choosing the right criminal defense attorney in Sacramento is a must move.


As with countless other types of crimes, rape had been defined the same way since 1927. It is now properly defined as “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” This new, revised definition has significantly broadened the capacity for rape charges to be filed, which has seriously increased the number of active federal cases. If you have been charged with rape, then securing legal counsel in the form of a seasoned criminal defense attorney is a necessity.


Like all sex crimes, especially those involving children, the public voice to pass harsher laws and penalties has affected major change to various laws. Believe or not, not everyone knows what constitutes child molestation, which is “the sexual abuse of a minor usually perpetrated by someone in a position of trust.” That sure seems straight forward but not so much if you’ve been charged with the horrific crime. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has the skill and history of possibly getting charges dropped or, at least, lessened, is a legal ally you want defending your rights.

Violent Crimes

As to be expected, violent crimes cover a wide array of acts against another person or property, which is why the legal definition, according to U.S. Code, is two-pronged and reads, “an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or prop­erty of another OR any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.” Whether you facing RICO charges or a murder charge, your legal counsel should be a top priority, as you are looking at the potential for major prison time, including life in prison.

RICO Cases

Now we’re talking about as serious a federal charge as exists, if you’re being charged in a RICO case. Unless you’ve caught it in the movies or you or someone you know has been or is presently being accused of RICO crimes, then you probably don’t even know the exact nature of a RICO case. Firstly, RICO stands for Racketeer and Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, and it is specifically in place to increase the penalties of crimes coinciding with the presence of a crime organization. The bottom line is that you need a competent federal criminal defense attorney that knows how to manage such a complex federal case.


It doesn’t ger more serious than murder, right? I get it, we all know what murder is, but it’s not that simple. If it were, we wouldn’t need experienced federal criminal defense attorneys defend the rights of accused and alleged murderers. Murder is basically an intentional killing that is unlawful and committed with malice and forethought. For that reason, it has severe penalties, including the potential for life in prison without the possibility of parole or even death. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges, your need for a skilled federal criminal defense attorney has never been higher.

Call a Sacramento Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

As you can see, the benefits and the criminal charge scenarios requiring the hiring of a Sacramento federal criminal defense attorney are many. But the main benefit and clear reason is the experience. It is the experience that puts a criminal defense lawyer, especially when defending a client against federal criminal charges, in the position to successfully achieve as favorable an outcome as possible, considering the seriousness of the case. If you, or someone you love, are facing daunting federal criminal charges, call Steve Whitworth now at 916-943-4607 for a real consultation about the charges and the case. He will give you the professional and honest assessment that you’re seeking.