The criminal defense team at Pittsburgh’s Worgul Law Firm recently represented a young man when a driving under the influence of drugs charge placed his criminal record and his freedom in substa...
Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorney
Having the right defense attorney working to minimize your charges can make all the difference in whether or not your criminal charge plagues you for years to come. You might be scared and stressed, but we can help alleviate your worries and demystify the consequences.
What sets us apart from other defense lawyers? We will never convince you to take a plea or settle if you want a trial. We will help you understand all of your options so you can make the best decision for your situation. If you want a trial, we will fight for you. When you’re a client, we’re a team.
Dedicated DUI Defense
Whether you are facing your first DUI offense or subsequent charges, you need an experienced DUI attorney by your side. You may be facing significant jail time, costly fines, and other criminal penalties and unexpected collateral consequences that will impact every aspect of your life. We will evaluate every side of your case and work to have your charges minimized and penalties reduced. Let us handle the legal issues while you move forward with your life.
- 30 Dec 2016
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- 28 Dec 2016
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Successfully handling every aspect of the criminal spectrum – ranging from disorderly conduct to murder and manslaughter. I treat every case as though it will go to trial.Learn more about Mike Worgul
An experienced litigator who has successfully taken over 20 jury and bench trials to verdict, and argued criminal appeals before the Superior Court.Learn more about Samir Sarna
A passionate advocate for his clients’ rights with extensive trial experience, focusing on providing the client with the attention and compassion they deserve.Learn more about Matthew Ness
Pittsburgh is my home – I grew up here, went to school here, and settled down and started a family here. This is why I’m committed to helping people in our area. We all make mistakes, but your mistake shouldn’t dramatically change the rest of your life.
Don’t Delay on Protecting Your Rights
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Effective criminal defense starts with a careful analysis of the situation
In some instances, you may have already been charged with a crime and you’re looking to hire a defense attorney before your court date. In other cases, the police might be asking you questions about your whereabouts or any knowledge you may have about a crime. Both of these situations require immediate action to maintain your rights and ensure that you’re not put into a worse situation.
If you’ve already been charged
I can review your case and situation, learn about the circumstances of the charge, and learn the prosecution’s evidence for charging you. The first few days following an arrest or summons are critical. With over a decade of criminal defense experience, I know the law and can help demystify the process for you and your loved ones. Having an attorney on your side can help you minimize life-changing negative consequences.
If you haven’t been charged with an offense yet
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me for a free initial consultation. Your chances are better if we can work together before formal changes are filed against you. This is an important opportunity to learn why law enforcement might be contacting you about your knowledge of an offense and get a head start on reviewing evidence against you. Ultimately my goal is to build the strongest and most compelling defense for you.
If a family member or friend is in jail following an arrest
Please contact me. I’m happy to meet with potential clients in jail while they’re awaiting bail. If the bail has been denied or is set unreasonably high, I can work to fight this on your loved one’s behalf. Knowing that someone you care about is in jail is stressful and worrisome, and I can help alleviate these concerns.
Facing the Consequences
If you don’t hire a Pittsburgh defense lawyer to handle your case, you could be facing the maximum penalties for your charge – thousands in fines, jail or prison time, rejection of child custody rights, and more. Don’t let the cost of defense deter you from calling. We can work out a payment plan that suits us both.
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Charged with a Pittsburgh DUI?
If you have recently been pulled over, you need experienced counsel to protect your rights.
Even for a first offense DUI charge, you may face hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines, probation or prison time, and other penalties if convicted. You may have heard about restricted driving privileges or Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) as potential alternatives to maintaining your rights. The best way to negotiate these options is to have a skilled Pittsburgh DUI attorney on your side to help defend you.
What happens when you hire a Pittsburgh DUI lawyer to handle your case? The first thing we do is request police reports and any footage from your traffic stop. This will show us if there are any errors with the evidence that can be thrown out in court. We also use this information to start crafting your DUI defense. We have over 15 years of combined experience in analyzing chemical and physical evidence to help our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their DUI cases. To learn how we have successfully represented individuals with their serious DUI cases, read our successful DUI results.
The good news is you don’t have to do this alone. We can answer your questions and much more. At Worgul Law Firm, our Pittsburgh DUI attorneys are skilled at evaluating evidence, building an effective defense, and fighting to reduce your charges. Need help fighting your Pennsylvania DUI? Call us today for a free consultation at . We are here 24/7 to learn the details of your case and fight for your rights.
Don’t Talk to the Police
They may ask you leading questions that could hurt your case or be used against you out of context. You shouldn’t talk back to the police or become argumentative, because that could lead to other problems, but it’s in your best interest to have your attorney present when you’re speaking with law enforcement.
Your Right to Trial
Many criminal defense attorneys will shy away from a trial. In all honesty, they tend to be more costly for attorneys to prepare for a trial since they’re more complex. On the other hand, I’m an experienced Pittsburgh trial attorney who enjoys representing clients in trials and would never encourage you to take a plea if a trial is what you want.
Once you become a client, I’ll work with you to evaluate your case and the Commonwealth’s evidence against you. We’ll discuss every possible option so you can make the right decision for your situation. If – after reviewing the options – you decide you would like to go to trial, I’ll start preparing your defense for court. I will also guide you through the Pennsylvania criminal trial process so you know exactly what to expect, when to arrive, and more.
Most importantly, I believe in your rights. You have a right to a fair and speedy trial under our nation’s Bill of Rights, and I feel strongly that protecting your rights and your life is important.
Hiring Your Defense
Hiring a defense attorney can be stressful, and you might be asking yourself why it matters who you hire and if you should even bother. It’s simple – when your rights, your life, and your future are in danger, it matters. I can offer my years of criminal defense experience, in-depth understanding of the law, and my ability to fight for your rights to their fullest. I keep my fees reasonable so that I can help you diminish the lasting impact of these charges.
You might think that your criminal conviction is a permanent stain on your record. In some instances, this is true – but in others, it’s possible to have your conviction appealed or your record expunged.Contact us today
If you’ve been convicted of an offense and you feel that you have been wrongly convicted or sentenced, I can review your case to determine if there are legal grounds to appeal your criminal conviction and preserve the legal issue for appeal. If this is the case, I can walk you through the Pennsylvania criminal appeals process and work to improve your legal situation to the best possible outcome I can achieve. This is a complex process that can take up to a year, so a knowledgeable Pittsburgh criminal appeals lawyer (like myself) can be useful.
As you might already know, having a criminal conviction on your record can be problematic for keeping your job, getting hired, obtaining or maintaining security clearances, and more. You might not be able to drive your car for months or years, and you have a shadow following you for wrongdoing. I work with clients to see if they’re eligible for pardons and records expungements. I can assist you in gathering the exhibits to clear your record and your name. Your past doesn’t have to be your future.
We’re a Team
When it comes down to it, you are likely worried about what your future holds if you’re convicted. After years of working as a Pittsburgh criminal attorney, I can help reduce some of your worry by working to get the best possible outcome for your legal situation.