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    Various Heroin Possession Charges Dismissed For A 21-Year-Old Man

    Jul 08 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, Notable Case Results

    Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC often represents clients with multiple cases against them, which can be a very vulnerable legal position without an experienced counsel. This was the situation a 21-year-old man in Allegheny County faced after he was first charged with felony intent to deliver heroin, heroin possession, and heroin paraphernalia and then some time later, due to his serious drug addiction, he was arrested again and charged with heroin possession. With no prior criminal history, the young man knew that he needed help with his addiction, but also wanted to avoid the complications associated with having drug convictions on his record; therefore, he hired criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna based on his experience dealing with Pennsylvania drug cases.

    Attorney Sarna took the case and strategically postponed the cases against his client several times so he could complete a drug treatment program. Once he finished the program, his client returned for the court appearance regarding the single heroin possession case. After speaking with the assigned district attorney, attorney Sarna was able to convince the prosecution to withdraw the charge based on his client’s commitment to seeking help in rehab. Regarding the case involving his client’s intent to deliver, possession, and paraphernalia charges, attorney Sarns negotiated for a 6 month probation period, after which, his client would see a dismissal of all the charges. The young man was very pleased to deal with his addiction without the added weight of drug convictions on his 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.

    College Grad Has Excessive Speeding Charges Reduced To Save His License

    Jul 05 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a young man was stopped by police for going 41 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and charged with excessive speeding and reckless driving. If found guilty, these citations would result in five points on his license, a 15-day license suspension, and a departmental review by PennDot, who could mandate an even longer suspension. As a new college graduate, he had recently acquired his first job and was extremely concerned about the ramifications these charges would have on his ability to drive or how to explain this restriction to his new employer. In an effort to save his license and possibly his new position, he hired the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Experienced traffic attorney Samir Sarna aggressively represented his client and spoke with the officers involved. Attorney Sarna successfully negotiated to have the reckless driving and excessive speeding charges amended to a no points traffic violation based on the condition that his client completes a driving safety class as well as pay a $178 fine. In addition to sparing the young man from appearing in court, he could rest assured that he could start his new career without the limitation of a suspended license.

    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.

    Assault Charges Reduced For A Man After A Bar Fight

    Jun 30 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Crimes Against Public, Criminal Defense

    Sometimes circumstances can arise that may cause even the timidest among us to lose control and unfortunately these instances might result in criminal charges. In the Green Tree area, a 36-year-old man from Michigan with no prior criminal history was with his fiancé, visiting her family at a local bar, when he found himself in a perilous situation and in need of a defense attorney. Apparently, the group he was with had ordered food from the establishment, but when another table that arrived after them was served first, the man lodged a complaint with their server. A regular customer, who reportedly had been drinking heavily overheard the complaint and confronted the man. During the exchange, the man became incensed when the regular began using racial slurs and admittedly, the man lost his temper and struck the regular. This resulted in some of the other patrons attacking him. Police arrived to break up the scuffle and after interviewing everyone, the man, who threw the punch was the only one charged with simple assault. Since the individual was from out of state, he was not sure how to handle the assault charge; therefore, he contacted our Pittsburgh defense attorneys for legal advice.

    Attorney Samir Sarna saw the impact an assault conviction would have on his client, who had never been in legal trouble before and began working on his behalf. After speaking to the available witnesses, during the trial attorney Sarna aptly explained the circumstances that created the regrettable situation to the Judge, who recommended to the prosecutor that the charges be amended to a more appropriate offense. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the assault charge to a lesser violation of disorderly conduct. After paying a small fine, the client happily avoided an assault conviction and returned to Michigan, where he could put this episode behind him.

    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.

    Domestic Violence And Assault Charges Dismissed for 49-Year-Old Man

    Jun 28 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results

    A lot was on the line for a 49-year-old man, when he was charged with domestic violence and assault following a heated argument with his girlfriend. Officers were called to the disturbance by a neighbor and charged the man after noticing visible injuries on the woman. The man, who was a veteran and employed as the director of a consulting company knew that his reputation and lucrative career would suffer immensely from a domestic violence or assault conviction, so he searched for serious legal representation and found our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys.

    After a consultation, the man retained attorney Samir Sarna, who is adeptly experienced in handling sensitive domestic situations. Attorney Sarna immediately began discussing the particulars with the court, but even though the alleged victim did not want to testify or pursue the charges, the prosecution was hesitant to negotiate for a lesser offense. Once in court, attorney Sarna passionately advocated for his client and the Judge ordered that if no new incidents happen within 90 days, the charges would be dismissed. After the 90 days passed and no new charges were filed, attorney Sarna was able to close the case via paper, saving the client from another court appearance, which greatly pleased him, who has happy to move on from this incident without this legal burden.

    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.

    Security Guard Accused Of Felony Theft Sees Dismissal

    Jun 24 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results, Theft Crimes

    When a 61-year-old man, employed as a security guard at a senior living center ran into some very serious legal trouble, he turned to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help. One day, while he was working, an individual approached him and claimed to be a contractor and requested access to a storage unit located on the premises. The man complied by opening the storage space and even assisted the supposed contractor with loading a couch onto his truck. After the contractor left, it became clear that he was not permitted by the owners to remove the couch. Unfortunately, since the police were unable to apprehend the man who took the item, they charged the security guard with felony theft and conspiracy to commit theft. The charges were heightened to felony offenses because the stolen couch was valued at over $2,000 and the potential for additional enhancements was present due to the fact that the victims were 90-year-old senior citizens. Subsequently, the man was let go from his job and was understandably despondent at facing these felony theft charges and possibly a seven-year prison sentence.

    Attorney Samir Sarna vehemently defended the man during a trial and impugned the charges against him. Attorney Sarna was able to cross-examine the officers involved as well as the victims. Additionally, he argued that his client did not have any intent to commit a crime and was in fact merely trying to perform his assigned duties. Since the testimony and evidence showed the man was not criminally responsible, the presiding Judge dismissed the felony theft charges and his client was vindicated. The man is currently pursuing an expungement of the charges from his record, which upon approval will allow him to pursue employment elsewhere.

    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.