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    Case Results

    Man Sees CDL Speeding Violation Reduced

    Sep 02 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a man was attempting to visit his mother in the hospital but was pulled over by police for speeding and consequently charged with going 27 miles over the posted speed limit, which is a five-point traffic violation in Pennsylvania. The man, who was am Army veteran and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holder did not want to see his driving record tainted or his employment negatively impacted by this CDL speeding violation, so he contacted the Pennsylvania traffic lawyer Samir Sarna for assistance.

    Being well versed in Pennsylvania traffic law and procedure, attorney Sarna was able to appear in traffic court without his client needing to appear and spoke with the prosecutor and the officer involved. Sarna explained his client’s circumstances, which resulted in everyone agreeing to amend the charge to the lesser traffic citation of going five miles per hour over the limit. This lesser violation carried no points and the client was pleased to avoid any effect to his CDL with very little difficulty.

    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.

    Grandmother Sees Drug And Child Endangerment Charges Withdrawn

    Aug 31 2016 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

    Recently, a 61-year-old grandmother with no prior criminal record found herself in a tragic set of circumstances that led to very serious charges. The woman apparently suffered an injury some time ago that required the use of painkillers, which eventually led to drug dependency. When her prescriptions were no longer being filled, the woman turned to heroin and her addiction began to spiral. One day, while babysitting her young grandchild, the woman suffered a drug overdose and police and paramedics were alerted after her grandchild was seen outside. Since the officers found drug materials in her residence, the woman was charged with possession of paraphernalia along with child endangerment. Understandably, the woman was now in a very precarious legal position with these two misdemeanor offenses and knew that she’d need very capable legal representation.

    The woman eventually hired Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna, who advised his client to take proactive steps towards curbing her addiction before appearing in court. These steps included a mental health evaluation as well as drug treatment. During her preliminary hearing, attorney Sarna was able to show his client’s regular counseling sessions as a sincere effort to handle her issues and improve. This led the court to withdraw the paraphernalia and child endangerment charges against her, which provided a great deal of relief.

    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.

    Traffic Appeal Results In The Original Speeding Ticket’s Dismissal

    Aug 29 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    If you receive a speeding ticket or other moving violations in Pennsylvania, you might be tempted to handle the matter yourself and maybe pay a small fine. However, the full impact of a ticket is sometimes not obvious and by doing this, you’ve essentially admitted guilt and your legal options become limited. Some time ago, a 25-year-old CDL holder and volunteer firefighter was stopped for going 16-miles per hour over the 35-mile-per-hour posted speed limit and without consulting an attorney, appeared in traffic court. The magistrate subsequently found the man guilty of speeding, resulting in four points being added to his license. Since this would certainly cause a negative impact on his insurance premiums and his classification as a commercial driver, the man finally decided to consult an accomplished Pennsylvania traffic attorney with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to preserve his unblemished driving record.

    After a consultation with his client to review what avenues were still available, attorney Samir Sarna facilitated an appeal to the judge’s decision. Ultimately, Sarna successfully negotiated to have the original speeding violation dismissed based on the man’s clear driving history and work as a volunteer firefighter. Due to attorney Sarna’s skilled representation, this man was excused from further concern, preventing any damage to his driving record from what would have been a costly mistake.

    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.

    Out-of-State Man Is Acquitted In Indiana County Assault Case

    Aug 25 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense

    Not long ago, a 29-year-old man from Washington D.C. came to Indiana County, PA to attend a wedding; however, the festivities were interrupted due to an altercation with some other guests. Allegedly, the young man approached another attendee, in an effort to locate another person. This encounter quickly escalated and the other guest’s father became involved. In the scuffle that followed, the man swung wildly and struck the other individual’s father. Police were consequently called and charged the man with simple assault. The man was rightfully concerned because this assault offense is considered a first-degree misdemeanor and if convicted, he’d likely face a period of probation in addition to having a permanent criminal record. The man did not want to see this transgression complicate his life or his ability to find a job, so he contacted a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for suitable representation.

    As a veteran criminal defense lawyer, attorney Samir Sarna reviewed all the available evidence and tenaciously represented his client during his non-jury trial. Once attorney Sarna questioned the available witnesses and the responding officers, he was able to point out the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. When the proceedings concluded, the judge ultimately agreed with Sarna’s argument and issued a not-guilty verdict. The man was very happy to be exonerated of any wrongdoing and was free to return home without any permanent harm being done.

    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.

    Criminal Traffic Violation Amended In Washington County

    Aug 23 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    It is an unfortunate fact that accidents sometimes happen, but in some instances, an unexpected car crash can also result in criminal charges. If you are accused of a criminal traffic violation after a fender-bender, it is important to find an attorney with experience handling criminal traffic cases to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome. This knowledge recently aided a 50-year-old man in Washington County, who rear-ended another vehicle when he looked away to adjust his visor. When the police responded to the scene of the accident, the man was cited for reckless driving as well as careless driving, which included a possible six-month license suspension and three points being added to his license. Since the driver of the other car suffered no injuries and he knew that insurance would cover any damage that was caused, the man wanted to avoid any long-lasting repercussions and retained the services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    Attorney Samir Sarna subsequently accompanied his client to traffic court and met with all the parties involved, including the prosecutor, the responding police officers, and the driver of the other car. During their discussion, attorney Sarna utilized his wide-ranging knowledge of Pennsylvania traffic law and procedure to facilitate an amendment of the charges to a single, lesser violation. By updating the citation, his client would no longer face points on his license or a suspension. In the end, the man was very happy to pay a small fine and court costs in exchange for maintaining a clear criminal and 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.