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    Pittsburgh Man Facing Decades in Prison Only Gets 76 Months in Federal Case

    Apr 13 2018 in Case Results, Drug Crimes, Weapons Crimes

    In a federal case, attorney Samir Sarna recently defended a client who was facing charges for possession of a firearm. While the man was on bail for a state-level offense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) obtained a search warrant and raided the home of the client and his wife. During this search, the agencies discovered large amounts of drugs and guns. This was particularly bad for the client, as he had a prior conviction for drug delivery. Knowing he needed an experienced attorney with a deep understanding of the federal and state criminal processes, he retained attorney Sarna.

    Upon finding the drugs and guns, the government filed an 851 notice, which indicates they were planning to seek higher penalties because of the man’s prior conviction for similar conduct. Because of the client’s criminal record, and the 851 filing, he was looking at a lengthy prison sentence. In addition to all of this, there was also a possibility that the client’s wife could be charged, since there was evidence that she was involved.

    Through swift negotiation and aggressive defense, attorney Sarna got the government to agree to forego charging the wife or not seize their house. They also returned nearly $10,000 and three firearms to the wife, which were seized in the raid.

    The client ultimately received a sentence of 76 months rather than the decades he was facing. This encompassed a five-year mandatory sentence for the firearm, and a mandatory 16 months for the drugs. In regard to the state charges, attorney Sarna was able to get his client time served. This was a good outcome for the client, as it prevented the seizure of his home, and his wife did not get charged.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Man Sees Reduced Penalties For Drugged Driving

    Jan 04 2017 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, DUI

    The team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently represented a young man when a driving under the influence of drugs charge placed his criminal record and his freedom in substantial jeopardy. Apparently, officers pulled the man over and a blood test showed heroin in his system. This turned out to be the man’s second drugged driving offense; therefore, he now needed to deal with the possible penalties of a $1,500 fine, spending 90 days in jail, an 18-month license suspension, and a 12-month requirement to have an ignition interlock device placed in his car. Not knowing what to do or where to turn for help, he eventually came to attorney Matthew Ness for a consultation.

    Through attorney Ness’ ability and extensive knowledge regarding new trends in the drug and DUI laws, he was able to argue on the man’s behalf. Attorney Ness showed that because blood tests are not included within the implied consent law and since the police did not obtain an official warrant to collect his client’s blood, the results could not be used. Attorney Ness leveraged his findings in a series of negotiations with the prosecutor and all those involved agreed to plea agreement where his client would be sentenced to 5 days in jail with the judge giving him credit for time spent in drug treatment, a reduced license suspension, and he’d only be responsible for a $300 fine instead of $1,500. By choosing such a capable and effective advocate, this man will be able to satisfy his commitments and move on with a minimal impact on his future.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Mother From Butler Avoids DUID Charges Through ARD

    Dec 22 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, DUI

    Our attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently represented a mother from Butler, Pennsylvania, whose decision to experiment with drugs led to an embarrassing situation and serious criminal charges. One day, the woman chose to ingest some psychedelic mushrooms and left her home to experience the effects. After some time, a passerby noticed the woman crawling on the ground in the thralls of a psychedelic drug trip. This individual called the police and while being questioned, the woman stated that she had driven to where she was found. This admission and the results of a subsequent drug test exposed this young mother to the penalties associated with driving under the influence of Drugs (DUID), including an 18-month license suspension, a mark on her permanent criminal record, and possibly spending 4-days in jail. After the effects of the mushrooms wore off, and she became aware of the substantial legal trouble she was in, the woman decided to reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer in her time of need.

    After taking this woman’s case, attorney Matthew Ness set to work, so she would not be unnecessarily burdened by this incident. Attorney Ness negotiated with the prosecutor to find an alternate outcome and through his passionate representation, he convinced the prosecutor to enroll his client into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. By agreeing to participate, the woman no longer needed to worry about serving time in jail, reduced her license suspension to 60 days, and after serving a 12-month probationary period, she’d be eligible to have the charges expunged from her record.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Young Heroin Addict Avoids Felony Theft Conviction

    Oct 27 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, Theft Crimes

    It’s a sad reality that the legal perils of drug addiction do not only center around drug crimes like possession and selling narcotics. In many cases, those suffering from substance abuse issues may steal or commit other crimes to support their habit and the law punishes them harshly. For example, a 22-year old college student who became dependent on heroin wound up in a devastating situation when he was charged with the felony theft of a family heirloom, belonging to his girlfriend’s mother. This piece of jewelry was valued at over $ 4,000 and if convicted, this young man’s future would become very bleak with a felony theft conviction attached to his permanent criminal record in addition to a painful drug addiction. In desperation, the man and his family came to our Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to review his available options.

    Attorney Matthew Ness did not want to see this young man’s entire life negatively affected by this felony theft charge and he immediately began working towards a favorable outcome. After meeting with all the parties involved, attorney Ness effectively persuaded the prosecution to completely dismiss the theft charge after a full restitution was made to his girlfriend’s family. Once his client’s family compensated the victims, and due in large part to attorney Ness’ advocacy, the young man no longer needed to worry about possible jail time or the weight of a felony theft conviction weighing upon him, so he could focus on seeking treatment for his drug issues.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Driver Sees Drug Possession Charges Reduced To Avoid Suspension

    Sep 14 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

    During the recent traffic stop of a union truck driver in Pittsburgh, the driver’s actions apparently raised the suspicion of the police officers and they subsequently found some suboxone pills. This led the officers to charge him with possession of heroin. Since any drug possession conviction carries the penalty of a six-month license suspension, the man was not only in danger of a serious mark on his record but also the loss of his professional driving job. Therefore, in order to save his job, he contacted our experienced legal team with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Samir Sarna is very familiar with the handling of drug possession cases in Pennsylvania and negotiated on his client’s behalf with the officers and the prosecution. When these discussions concluded, attorney Sarna had successfully convinced the officers and the prosecutor to modify the man’s charge from drug possession to possession of paraphernalia. Because this new, lesser infraction is not considered a drug possession conviction, he no longer needed to worry about a license suspension. The man was very pleased to see that this unfortunate incident would not end his career.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.