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    Stolen Lawnmower Charge Is Dissmissed For A Pittsburgh Man

    Aug 08 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    No matter the charge or the circumstances surrounding your case, if you find yourself accused of a crime, it is important to find knowledgeable Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys, who can effectively navigate the judicial system and advocate for the best possible outcome. This was the lesson a 28-year-old financial analyst from Pittsburgh learned after a property dispute with his ex-wife led to criminal theft charges. While a property agreement reached during the couple’s divorce granted a lawnmower to the man, his ex-wife refused to return the item. Eventually, the man took the lawnmower, but after a few days, the police showed up at his house and charged him with theft by unlawful taking.

    The man was baffled that he could be charged with a crime for retrieving his own property and tried to explain his situation at a pre-trial hearing without an attorney. He argued that he was the rightful owner of the mower, but since he could not sufficiently articulate the matter, the Judge offered that he should repay $400 to his ex-wife for the machine. The man felt this was unacceptable and requested a trial. If found guilty at this trial, he’d now face a theft conviction on his record, a maximum fine of $7500, and possible jail time. Despite the fact that these were serious consequences and a theft conviction would be catastrophic to his career in finance, he wanted to proceed and finally consulted the accomplished Pennsylvania criminal defense team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Once he acquired capable legal counsel, attorney Matthew Ness was able to file a motion to dismiss the theft charges on his client’s behalf. During the hearing, attorney Ness presented the Judge with the proper ownership documents for the mower, who agreed that his client could not steal something that rightfully belonged to him. The charges were consequently dismissed and he is now eligible to receive an expungement to remove the incident from his record. In the end, the man was relieved to finally have this burden lifted, allowing him to care for his lawn in peace.

    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.

    Gibsonia Man Receives ARD And Expungement After DUI

    Aug 05 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    A short time ago, an IT professional from Gibsonia, PA found himself in a frightful legal position after he was arrested and charged with his first DUI offense after the man hit an oncoming car. The man was facing a lengthy license suspension, probation, and substantial fines. Worried about these potential outcomes, he consulted with the capable DUI defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Once retained, Pennsylvania DUI attorney Matthew Ness arranged for his client’s participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) diversion program. If his client successfully completes the ARD program, which is designed for first-time DUI offenders, the DUI would be removed from his record through a dismissal and eventual expungement. The client was pleased to learn that once these conditions are met, he can move past this unfortunate incident.

    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.

    Excessive Speeding Charge Dismissed In Carnegie

    Aug 03 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A man in Carnegie, PA was recently pulled over and charged with excessively speeding after being accused of going 25 miles over the posted 35 miles per hour speed limit. This is five-point traffic violation in Pennsylvania, and if convicted, he would also be subjected to a PennDOT hearing to determine the need for a license suspension. The man already had two points on his license from prior infractions, so the outlook for avoiding at least a 15-day suspension looked bleak. In an effort to protect his driving privileges, the man consulted the Pennsylvania traffic attorneys with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness knew the ramifications his client was facing and knew that he could help. Attorney Ness discussed the case with the officer involved and effectively convinced him to withdraw the excessive speeding violation entirely. Due to attorney Matthew Ness’ representation, his client was excused from further concern and saved from a potentially long 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.

    Felony Charges Withdrawn For Pittsburgh Jitney Driver

    Aug 01 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, Weapons Crimes

    Sometimes, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have tragic and life-altering consequences. This was the situation a 23-year-old man from Pittsburgh with no prior criminal history found himself in when his attempts to earn extra money as a jitney driver led to very serious felony charges. Apparently, he encountered a man looking for a ride to another part of town in exchange for $20. The man accepted and upon arrival, the unlicensed cabbie entered the home, hoping to be paid. Unfortunately, while he was in the house, the Beaver County drug task force executed a raid and after finding a cache of weapons and illegal drugs, they arrested those inside. The driver, who was only expecting $20 was now faced with multiple felony charges and possible prison time for firearm offenses as well as conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine. Adamant that he did not do anything wrong, the man knew that he needed a very skilled Pennsylvania criminal lawyer and came to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC in his time of need.

    Knowing the man was facing several years in prison, attorney Matthew Ness immediately began working to exonerate his client. Attorney Ness met with the prosecution and explained that his client was merely a bystander, who became entangled in the raid by sheer happenstance. The prosecutor eventually agreed and by having effective legal representation, all the felony charges against him were withdrawn. Now, after being vindicated of these charges, his client can move on 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.

    Bus Driver Protects Career From Reckless Driving Charges

    Jul 29 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    In Allegheny County, a 48-year-old bus driver found himself in serious legal trouble after an altercation with another driver while he was driving a city bus. This incident led to reckless driving charges, which are significant for any driver with penalties including a $200 fine and a possible six-month license suspension. But the consequences for reckless driving are even harsher for someone with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) since a conviction would likely lead to his termination. Obviously, worried about losing his CDL, which would ultimately end his career, he looked to the traffic attorneys at Pittsburgh’s Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help finding a solution.

    Believing that ending his client’s career based on this transgression would be inappropriate, attorney Matthew Ness took the man’s case and began crafting the strongest possible defense. Upon review of the available evidence, attorney Ness argued that his client’s driving was in defense of the other driver’s actions, which could be considered an example or road rage. After this and his client’s unblemished record of 22 years were taken into account, the presiding judge ruled that the man was guilty of careless driving, rather than reckless driving. Since this is a lesser offense, he only faced the addition of three points on his license and a $25 fine instead of a career ending 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.