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    Pittsburgh Cabbie Acquitted Of Rape And Attempted Murder

    Aug 19 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results, Sex Crimes

    In Pennsylvania, there are few criminal charges as serious as a sex crime. A conviction for such an offense can profoundly and endlessly impact someone’s life. For example, the stakes could not have been higher for a 47-year-old cab driver and recent citizen of the United States after a liaison resulted in rape and attempted murder charges. One day, the Nigerian man encountered a woman panhandling on the street and after a brief discussion, he gave her $20. A few days later, he saw the same woman and offered her more money out of charity. The woman extended an invitation to her apartment, which he admitted to accepting because he had been felt lonely since his family was in Nigeria. When they arrived, it was nearly 11pm and he felt uncomfortable with the fact that her children were present. Ultimately, he expressed his concerns and left, suggesting that they go to his place. A short time later, the woman arrived at his residence and the two engaged in sexual activity. Afterwards, the woman had requested additional money, which he gave, thinking that he was helping out a new friend. However, three days later, police officers arrived at his apartment and charged the man based on the woman’s accusations. Despite maintaining his innocence and claiming their encounter was consensual, the man was arrested and put in jail until eventually being released and placed under house arrest to await trial. Now faced with the possibility of spending more than 40 years in prison, the man began seeking out a qualified Pittsburgh sex crimes attorney and retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to fight these charges.

    Attorney Matthew Ness reviewed all of the available evidence and passionately advocated for his client at trial. During the proceedings, attorney Ness argued there was a lack of forensic evidence to support that a rape occurred and pointed out several inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s testimony, regarding her sustained injuries. Furthermore, attorney Ness put forward that there was likely a cultural divide and his client unknowingly became involved with a woman, who may have been taking advantage of his generosity. After arguments ended, and due in large part to the fervent defense he received, the jury returned a not guilty verdict. The man was greatly relieved to finally be vindicated and was able to resume his life as a free man.

    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.

    DUI Results In Reduced Suspension And ARD

    Aug 17 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    Recently, a 27-year-old financial analyst from Pittsburgh struck a telephone pole with his vehicle, and when the police responded, they determined he was above the legal limit to drive; therefore, they charged the man with his first Pennsylvania DUI offense. He was understandably nervous about the negative consequences a DUI conviction would create, including potentially losing his driving privileges for a year, so he contacted a DUI defense lawyer at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to discuss his options.

    The experienced Pittsburgh DUI lawyer Matthew Ness addressed his client’s concerns and worked to reduce his required license suspension period from 12 months to 60 days as well as enrolled the man in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for first-time DUI offenders. Once he meets the diversion program’s requirements, his client was relieved to hear that he could essentially remove the charges from his criminal record through an expungement.

    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.

    Speeding Ticket Dismissed Without A Court Appearance

    Aug 15 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a Pittsburgh speeding ticket lawyer with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC came to the aid of a young college student, when a speeding ticket put her ability to drive in jeopardy. The 22-year-old, who worked at an area ski resort was on her way back to school when she was pulled over and cited after going 64 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. This is a five-point traffic citation that could lead to the suspension of her license, in addition to a costly fine and most likely a significant increase in her insurance rates because carriers usually view excessive speeding as more of a liability. Obviously worried about these repercussions as well as the time required to address the ticket, the young woman retained traffic attorney Matthew Ness.

    With his extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania’s traffic law and procedure, attorney Ness advised his client that due to her busy school schedule, this could be handled without her appearance in court. Ness met with the officer involved and negotiated to have her speeding ticket dismissed without paying a fine or adding costly points to her license. The client was very pleased with this outcome, which was achieved without needing to appear in court.

    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 Jail For Driving Under DUI Suspension

    Aug 12 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Driving Under Suspension, DUI

    Pennsylvania handles DUI offenses harshly with penalties that include compulsory license suspensions, so when someone is charged with driving under a DUI suspension, that person can face very unsympathetic consequences. A short time ago, a 31-year-old small business owner found himself in a tough spot, when he was stopped by police on his way home. Since he was under DUI suspension at the time, the man was now facing an extended license suspension and between 60 and 90 days in jail. The man knew that his business would not survive if he had to be incarcerated; therefore, he hired the Pittsburgh DUI defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to evaluate his options.

    With the obvious goal of avoiding any time in jail, attorney Matthew Ness met with the arresting officer and successfully negotiated to have the driving under a DUI suspension charge amended to a lesser infraction of driving without a license. While this offense requires a higher monetary fine, he will be spared from any further suspension or the need to spend any time in jail, preserving his freedom and essentially his livelihood.

    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.

    Careless Driving Charges Reduced For Out of State CDL Driver

    Aug 10 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    Recently, an experienced Pittsburgh traffic lawyer with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys assisted a man visiting from St Petersburgh, FL, when an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike led to careless driving charges. The 39-year-old, who earns his living as a professional driver did not think his actions were careless and didn’t want the addition of three points to his license adversely affecting his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Therefore, he reached out to attorney Matthew Ness, based on his experience defending clients in similar traffic-related cases. Once retained, attorney Ness worked on his client’s behalf and negotiated to have the careless driving charges reduced to failing to obey a traffic device. This revised offense would require paying a $25 fine, but carries zero points on his CDL. The client took great comfort in the fact that because he chose a Pittsburgh traffic lawyer, there won’t be any negative ramifications to his driving record that may hinder 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.