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    61-Year-Old Veteran Achieves Reduced Speeding Citation

    Nov 04 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Traffic Offenses

    A 61-year-old Navy veteran was recently stopped in a residential area and ticketed for going 34 miles over the 25 miles per hour limit. If convicted, this speeding citation would result in the addition of five points to his Pennsylvania license and the possible loss of his driving privileges. This was justifiably a very unattractive prospect for him and he wanted to evaluate any alternatives with the knowledgeable Pennsylvania traffic attorneys with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness reviewed the man’s driving record as well as the details of his current speeding citation. He utilized all of this information and his considerable experience in traffic court to negotiate for a more favorable result. During the course of these negotiations, attorney Ness achieved a radical reduction to the offense, where his client agreed to plead to only going five miles per hour over the limit. This arrangement allowed his client to pay a small fine, but he wouldn’t have any points added to his record or run the risk of a license suspension.

    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.

    Dismissal For Man Driving Under A Suspended Driver’s License

    Nov 02 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a 30-year-old man was driving home from work, when he was pulled over and charged with driving under suspension. This suspended driver’s license citation took the man by complete surprise because he apparently failed to pay the required fee for an earlier traffic offense. Since he assumed the matter could be easily handled, he decided to represent himself in traffic court without discussing the matter with a Pittsburgh traffic attorney. Unfortunately, the man was not able to precisely articulate his circumstances and as a result, the Magistrate followed a strict interpretation of the traffic code and found him guilty of driving under suspension. This ruling exposed him to some pretty significant penalties including a $1,000 fine and a brand new one-year license suspension period. Now, in an effort to avoid such a fallout, the man decided it was time to consult a qualified Pennsylvania traffic lawyer, who could hopefully protect his ability to drive.

    Attorney Matthew Ness of Pittsburgh’s Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC used his considerable experience in similar suspension issues and traffic violations to effectively advise his client. Essentially, he prepared an appeal to the Magistrate’s ruling to halt the new suspension and explained that he could still restore his license by paying the previously mentioned restoration fee. Once this condition was met, attorney Ness was able to advocate for his client and present his fully restored driver’s license. This strategy proved effective and by retaining a skilled traffic attorney, the matter was dismissed, removing the man’s need to pay any fines or serve a new license suspension.

    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.

    Verona Woman Keeps License After Failing To Carry Valid Auto Insurance

    Oct 28 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    In Verona, a woman was recently cited for careless driving after a car accident, but her legal troubles were actually just beginning. Apparently, the woman had mistakenly let her car insurance lapse and was not only exposed to the Pennsylvania point system for her violations, but also a three-month license suspension for failing to carry valid auto insurance. The woman needed to drive for work and while she knew that she’d face some ramifications, she initially attempted to handle the matter herself. It was not until after she entered a guilty plea in traffic court and received the official PennDOT paperwork alerting her to an administrative license suspension that she fully appreciated her situation. Now faced with losing her ability to drive anyway, the woman began searching for a veteran Pennsylvania traffic attorney and came upon Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Mathew Ness met with the woman and explained that she found herself in this predicament because the court only needed to make her aware of the criminal implications and not necessarily the collateral consequences of entering a guilty plea in a traffic related matter. By utilizing his experience with similar issues, attorney Ness filed a motion to appeal his client’s case to find her a more desirable outcome. He assisted his client in rectifying her insurance issues and on the day of the hearing, attorney Ness was able to present a fully insured client. He further highlighted her efforts and through his adept presentation, the judge dismissed both the careless driving and insurance violations. Essentially, by finally deciding to retain a capable and efficient traffic attorney, this young woman not only kept her license but would not see any points added to her driving 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.

    Pittsburgh Man Avoids Driver’s License Points

    Oct 25 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    When a 61-year-old man was cited for going 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, he knew that he’d likely be penalized harshly with the addition of five driver’s license points. Since this individual already had a few points on his driving record, this new infraction would probably result in a license suspension. In order to escape the difficulties associated with the loss of his driving privileges, he decided to speak with the very capable Pittsburgh traffic attorney Matthew Ness with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. Attorney Ness achieved the client’s desired result by efficiently negotiating with the court to reduce the offense in question to the less severe traffic violation of going five miles per hour over the limit. By having the charge amended, the man no longer needed to worry about the new driver’s license points or a subsequent suspension.

    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.