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    Wheeling Man Acquitted on Dozen Criminal Charges

    May 04 2022 in Case Results

    Attorney Matt Ness recently assisted a Wheeling, VA man when a litany of sex crime and other criminal charges jeopardized his freedom.

    The client, a 36-year-old father of four, was experiencing a family dispute involving his teenage daughter. When the 15-year-old expressed interest in going out with older boys and experimenting with drugs, her father put his foot down. His daughter threatened to accuse him of assaulting and raping her if he didn’t let her do what she wanted. When he refused, the man’s daughter went to stay with his sister temporarily.

    While in the sister’s custody, the daughter came forward with false allegations of assault and rape against her father. The girl’s mother, who had feuded with the father over custody of their daughter for much of her life, went with her to the authorities and filed charges. During this time, the daughter made a TikTok video admitting to fabricating the accusations and told another witness so. The father was arrested and put in jail pending trial.

    Unfortunately, the charges were brought soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Courts in Pennsylvania did not hear cases due to health and safety concerns, and the man stayed in jail for 22 months until his trial could move forward. Despite evidence that the allegations were untrue, the client was not allowed to leave jail because of the nature of the charges, keeping him from spending time with his other kids and causing him to lose his relationship with his fiancée.

    The client faced a total of 12 charges including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of a child, and corruption of a minor. The charges coincided with the state of Pennsylvania’s decision to reinstate mandatory minimum sentences. With these mandatory minimums, the man faced at least 37 years in prison and a maximum of over 150. In addition, he would have had to register as a sex offender for life if found guilty.

    Facing what was essentially a life sentence, the man reached out to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys LLC for help. Attorney Ness highlighted the inconsistencies and untruths in the daughter’s allegations during trial, and the jury returned after two hours of deliberation and acquitted the man on all charges. He was released the same day after spending nearly two years in jail awaiting trial.

    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.

    Federal Probation for Illegal Steroid Sales Case

    Mar 14 2022 in Case Results

    Two clients were charged with the illegal online sale of non-approved steroids. They both faced federal charges including possible prison time.

    Attorneys Samir Sarna and Ron Hayward represented the clients respectively and advocated for leniency since neither client had a criminal history and both had done charity work for their community. The district judge agreed with the clients’ pleas for leniency and sentenced them to three years of probation and ordered each to pay a $5,000 fine, keeping them out of federal prison.

    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.

    Probation for Federal Marijuana Trafficking Case

    Mar 08 2022 in Case Results

    Our client was charged in Federal Court for allegedly trafficking 50+ kilos of marijuana. The federal trafficking charges and quantity of drugs involved brought a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.

    Attorney Samir Sarna negotiated to remove the mandatory minimum sentence and advocate for a sentencing range of 12-18 months. At sentencing, however, the presiding judge considered the client’s strong work history amongst other factors and sentenced the individual to a three-year period of probation, keeping them from spending any time in jail.

    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.

    Sentence Reduction Despite Client’s Record

    May 03 2021 in Case Results, Criminal Defense

    Our client was charged in Federal Court for a significant drug offense. This would have been the individual’s third conviction, which exposed him to penalties as a career offender and possible life imprisonment.

    Attorney Samir Sarna negotiated with the prosecution and secured a drastically reduced 8-year sentence to cover everything. What makes this so noteworthy is that this agreement was all done without the client having to cooperate or testify in exchange for his sentence.

    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.

    Home Health Aid Not Guilty of Abuse

    Apr 26 2021 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

    In Allegheny County, Pittsburgh defense attorney Samir Sarna represented a home care aid, who was charged with abusing a patient. Aside from the potential harm to their career, a conviction would almost certainly result in jail time.

    Despite having the incident on video, attorney Sarna moved forward with a bench trial and argued that what happened did not warrant criminal charges. While the experience was difficult for the client, the judge agreed with attorney Sarna and issued a not guilty verdict. This spared the home care aid from a criminal conviction, jail time, and a ruined 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.