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    College Student Avoids DUI Conviction In Tarentum

    Nov 21 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    In Tarentum, PA a college student found himself in a significant legal trouble after police pulled him over and charged him with DUI after a blood test showed he was over the legal limit to drive. With no prior criminal history, the man was very nervous about the possible ramifications of a DUI conviction. So to understand the charge against him and the penalties that he was facing, the man reached out to our DUI lawyers based on their extensive experience dealing with Pennsylvania DUI cases.

    The skilled DUI lawyer Matthew Ness consulted with his client and thoroughly explained the DUI process and the possible outcomes, which included an 18-month license suspension, four days in jail, and a term of probation. Attorney Ness utilized his significant understanding of the current trends in DUI law and police procedure to craft the strongest possible defense. Attorney Ness met with the prosecution and highlighted a recent Supreme Court decision that stated blood tests were not in fact allowed without a warrant under the implied consent law. This led to aggressive negotiations with the prosecution and considering his argument, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to general impairment and failure to operate a vehicle safely. As such, the client agreed to participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program, which included a reduced probationary period and significantly less in fines, but he would be safe from any driver license suspension or any other fallout from a DUI conviction.

    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.

    Pittsburgh Man Protects Insurance Rates With Reduced Speeding Ticket

    Nov 17 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a 27-year-old Pittsburgh man was pulled over for going too fast after recently purchasing a new sports car. He was consequently charged with going 23 miles over the posted limit, which is a four-point violation. The man did not want to see his driving record tainted with this citation or any negative repercussions from his insurance carrier, so he contacted the Pittsburgh traffic attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for assistance.

    Being well established in dealing with Pennsylvania traffic law, particularly excessive speeding violations, attorney Matthew Ness negotiated to have the ticket reduced to going 5 miles per hour over the limit. This lesser offense carried no points and the client protected his driving record as well as avoided an increase in his insurance rates.

    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.

    Uber Driver Traffic Ticket Reduced For No Points

    Nov 15 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A man in Lower Burrell, who made his living as an Uber driver was recently pulled over and issued a traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign. This is a three-point violation in Pennsylvania and as a result, Uber advised him that he’d be unable to continue driving with these points on his record. Therefore, in an effort to save his job, this man searched for a Pennsylvania traffic attorney that could help him minimize the harm to his driving record.

    He retained attorney Matthew Ness with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, who used his network of relationships to have the initial traffic charge of failing to acknowledge a stop sign amended to a failing to obey a traffic control device. This adjustment resulted in the payment of a small fine, but more significantly, he won’t see a negative impact on his driving record from additional points. This outcome allowed the client to protect his record and with it his livelihood as a professional Uber driver.

    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.

    Pittsburgh Man’s Higher Tier DUI Results In ARD

    Nov 11 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    Recently, a 51-year-old army veteran from Pittsburgh got into an argument with his girlfriend while the two were out at a local bar. After becoming upset and having a few drinks, the man left and decided to drive home. He was subsequently pulled over by police and after failing a field sobriety test, he admitted to drinking after his argument. This led to a chemical test which concluded his BAC was .208. Since his BAC fell into a higher tier DUI category, as did the penalties and he now faced a likely 18-month license suspension and four days in jail. While the man knew that his lapse in judgment led to his current difficulties, he understandably did not want to spend time behind bars, loose his license for such a lengthy period, or have a DUI offense follow him for the rest of his life. With these goals in mind, the man retained the legal services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and their team of experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyers.

    With a wealth of knowledge in Pennsylvania DUI law and procedure, attorney Matthew Ness worked on this client’s behalf and successfully had him admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders, which removed the prospect of a jail sentence and shortened his license suspension to 90-days instead of a full year. Additionally, after his client completes the program, he’ll be eligible for a total expungement and have the DUI charge removed from his 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.

    Man In Canonsburg Enrolls in ARD for First DUI Offense

    Nov 08 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    In the Canonsburg area of Pennsylvania, a man employed as an HVAC technician was stopped after a hockey game when police noticed him swerving on the road. When the officers approached, they detected the scent of alcohol and administered a chemical test. The test results determined that he was above the legal limit to drive and the man found himself charged with his first DUI offense. As an HVAC technician, who is required to drive between jobs, the man became very concerned at the potential penalties, which included a DUI on his permanent criminal record, a possible 3-day jail term, and a year-long license suspension. With the hope of finding an avenue to mitigate the impact of this DUI, the man sought out Pennsylvania DUI lawyers and came to the experienced legal professionals at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    As a veteran DUI attorney, Matthew Ness took the man’s case and immediately began the process of reducing the backlash of a DUI conviction. This led attorney Ness to negotiate with the prosecution and eventually facilitated his client’s enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. This is a diversion program for first-time offenders that lessens the fallout of a DUI offense and has the added benefit of permitting an expungement once the program is completed. The man was very relieved to participate in this option which not only spared him from any jail time and only required a one-month license suspension, but also allowed him the chance to remove the entire incident from his criminal 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.