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    ARD For Pittsburgh Woman After Felony Drug and DUI Charges

    Jul 26 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, DUI, Notable Case Results

    If you find yourself charged with a crime in Pennsylvania, it is critical to speak with a qualified defense attorney, who can guide you through the legal process and find you the best available outcome. In Sharon, PA a 29-year-old woman was recently stopped and charged with her first driving under the influence (DUI) offense, but her legal problems increased considerably when a search of her vehicle uncovered 10 grams of cocaine, which is considered felony distribution. Since the DUI could result in license suspension, hefty fines, and probation in addition to the consequences for the felony drug charge, the woman hired the Pennsylvania DUI defense team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC based on their experience with related cases.

    Skilled attorney Matthew Ness took the woman’s case and started negotiating with the district attorney. The prosecutor eventually agreed to dismiss the felony drug case completely and attorney Ness successfully had the woman enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders. Upon completion, his client would even become eligible for an expungement to remove the DUI incident from her record. When considering the original DUI and felony drug charges the client was dealing with, this was an outstanding result.

    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 A Parole Violation With Assault Dismissal

    Jul 22 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense

    Not long ago, a man from the north side of Pittsburgh found himself facing a lengthy prison sentence after a night out led to accusations and criminal charges. The 40-year-old man, who was already on state parole for a previous offense was with a group of friends at a local bar, when a woman began brandishing a knife. Apparently, the man stepped in and diffused the situation by taking the knife. The rest of the evening proceeded without incident until the woman went to a hospital and claimed the man assaulted her while at the bar. The next day, police caught up with the individual and charged the man with assault. While this charge is already a serious infraction, the gravity of the man’s situation was amplified because of his parole. This new charge constituted a potential parole violation and if convicted, he could be sentenced to significant time behind bars. Based on his dire circumstances, the man knew that he needed strong representation and contacted the Pittsburgh defense attorneys with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    While the man was in jail, attorney Matthew Ness began working to secure his freedom. Ultimately, attorney Ness presented two eyewitnesses, who testified that no assault occurred. After the assault charges were dismissed, this removed the fear of a parole violation. Despite the fact that he needlessly spent two months in jail, while the process unfolded, the client was relieved to be vindicated because of his sensible decision to retain Matthew Ness. This allowed him to avoid prison and finish his parole, so he could move on with his life.

    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 From Irvin Has Driving Under DUI Suspension Charge Reduced

    Jul 20 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Driving Under Suspension, DUI

    In Pittsburg and its surrounding areas, most people would probably consider driving to be a necessity. Whether driving is part of your job or you are trying to get around town, serious problems can arise if you drive while your driver license is suspended, and even more so, if that suspension is the result of a DUI as a 35-year-old man from Irvin recently learned. The man, who works as a mason was pulled over on his way home from work, but officers quickly discovered his license was under suspension for a DUI and was consequently charged. Faced with the stark reality that this offense could result in between 60 and 90 days in jail, very steep fines, and an additional year without driving privileges, the man began looking for Pittsburg DUI attorneys with experience handling driving under DUI suspension cases and found Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness used his wide-ranging knowledge of the laws relating to DUI suspensions and the Pennsylvania traffic code to advise his client on how to proceed. After learning that the man’s license would soon become eligible for reinstatement, he was strategically able to restore the man’s license before he needed to appear in court. When the presiding judge and prosecution were made aware of the man’s now valid driver license, attorney Ness arranged to have the driving under DUI suspension charge amended to driving without a valid license. As a result of this reduction, the man would need to pay a nominal $25 fine, but there would be no jail time or additional suspension. Most importantly, the man was free to leave the courthouse as a driver with no restrictions.

    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.

    Lawrence County Man Avoids A License Suspension After Drug Charges

    Jul 18 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes

    Not long ago, criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna aided a man in Lawrence County, PA after he was charged with possession of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The man had prior convictions on his criminal record, but had largely improved his life and was now a hard-working family man. While he knew the probability of him serving time in jail for this recent transgression was fairly low, he was very worried about the impact on his ability to drive since he was working as a delivery driver and drug convictions usually result in a license suspension. In an effort to protect his freedom and his livelihood, he retained the legal services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Sarna negotiated with the prosecutor’s office, who eventually agreed to withdraw the possession charge in exchange for the client pleading guilty to the paraphernalia offense. A conviction for paraphernalia would include a $150 fine and a term of probation, but would not result in jail time or a suspended driver license. The client agreed to accept these terms and in the end, he avoided any time in jail, kept his license and along with it, his job, which was always his primary goal.

    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.

    Theft By Deception Charges Dismissed For A Man In Beaver County

    Jul 13 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    While investment properties are an appealing way to earn money, it is critical to know the fine points of the process. In Beaver County, a man in his 40’s, who makes a living flipping houses was left susceptible to serious legal trouble after becoming involved in a recent property deal. Apparently, the man, along with another business partner, purchased a house that was in foreclosure, renovated the property, and sold it to another party. The new owners eventually became aware there were $10,000 in additional liens on the property that were not accounted for during the sale. The new owners contacted the authorities, who charged the man with theft by deception and conspiracy. The man claimed to have no prior knowledge of these liens; but with the seriousness of these charges, the man was very concerned about the possibility of spending time in jail and the ramifications theft-related convictions would cause him, so he sought out Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    After discussing the situation with his client, attorney Samir Sarna researched the property and pulled documents including the Contract of Sale, the Deed, and a Quit Claim Deed from the Recorder’s office. During a discussion with the prosecutor, it became apparent this was not a criminal case, rather a civil matter because the seller absolves all liability for the property and the buyer becomes responsible for any existing liens. As such, the theft by deception and conspiracy charges were dropped and attorney Sarna negotiated with the aggrieved buyers, who agreed not to pursue a lawsuit if his client and his partner provided the necessary funds to alleviate the liens in question. Ultimately, after restitution was made, the client was relieved to move on to his next property, having learned to be more diligent.

    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.