Man Accused Of Possessing A Firearm While On Parole Misses 5-10 Year Sentence
Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys recently represented a 61-year-old man from Allegheny County who was accused of possessing a firearm. To make things worse for the man, he was on parole at the time of his arrest. Facing five to 10 years in prison, he was taken to the State Correctional Facility in Pittsburgh, where solitary confinement awaited him for one week’s time.
At the end of the week, a parole agent was sent to question our client. He was asked to sign a few documents but was not given his glasses. Unable to read what he was agreeing to, the 61-year-old man unknowingly admitted to the crime. Criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness strongly represented him during the suppression hearing at the court of common pleas.
After cross-examining the prosecutors, Ness fought the suppression. At the end of the hearing, he requested to write a brief for the judge. By doing so, he argued that his client’s right to counsel and right to remain silent were violated. Soon after the hearing, Ness received a form from the judge, granting the suppression and ultimately agreeing to throw out the invalid confession. It was understood that the man could not be linked to the gun. Our client widely missed the maximum ten-year jail sentence. With that, the case was dismissed.
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