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    Case Results

    Appeal Spares IUP Student From A Criminal Mischief Conviction

    Jun 22 2016 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public, Criminal Defense

    A full-time student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently learned that it’s important to have appropriate legal representation no matter the accusations made against you. After being charged with criminal mischief for allegedly scratching a car in a parking lot, the young man naively thought the charge was not very serious and failed to appear in court. However, when he became aware of the potential impact a criminal mischief conviction could have on his background and future employment opportunities after graduation, he contacted Pittsburgh’s Worgul Law Firm to pursue his available options.

    Attorney Samir Sarna consulted with his client and began preparing a summary appeal to the criminal mischief offense. The assigned prosecutor was unwilling to negotiate to have the charge amended or reduced, but attorney Sarna was undeterred and argued that the prosecution could not substantiate the charge because there was no witness to corroborate that his client actually damaged the car in question. The Judge agreed with this assertion and dismissed the citation in its entirety. The young man was pleased knowing that although his case could have ended with a looming conviction, choosing to have a capable legal advocate kept his record unblemished.

    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 Charged With High-Level DUI Sees Reduced Suspension And ARD

    Jun 20 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI, Notable Case Results

    A 34-year-old project manager was in a very tough predicament after Pittsburgh police officers pulled him over and a breathalyzer test determined that his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was at a .16. As a result of his BAC, he was charged with a high-level DUI. Under Pennsylvania’s three-tier system for punishing DUI offenses, he was facing a heightened 60-day license suspension. As a hard working, single father, he needed to diminish the negative consequences that would limit his driving privileges, so he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    The veteran Pittsburgh DUI attorney Samir Sarna began representing his client and used an extensive network of relationships and knowledge of Pennsylvania’s three-tier DUI system to convince the district attorney to reduce the high-level DUI to a lesser tier offense that only included a 30-day license suspension along with enrollment in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program (ARD) for first-time offenders. The client was very happy to lessen the impact this unfortunate incident would have on his and his family’s life and once completed, he could move on.

    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.

    Army Veteran Sees Reckless Operation Charge Dismissed

    Jun 17 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    After an automobile accident in downtown Pittsburgh resulted in being charged with reckless operation, a ten-year army veteran needed an experienced traffic attorney and came to the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. The man knew that he needed legal assistance because he was facing points on his driver license and a 90-day suspension. If convicted of reckless operation, he could not afford this lengthy license suspension, nor did he want to see this accident create long lasting limitations to his driving record.

    Traffic attorney Samir Sarna began working on the man’s behalf and prepared for a court appearance to present the best possible defense. Once in front of the presiding Judge, attorney Sarna made his argument, essentially revolving around the fact that the circumstances of the case do not rise to the level of reckless operation; therefore, the charges should be considered inappropriate. Ultimately, the judge agreed and the reckless operation charge was dismissed, which greatly pleased the client, who was able to preserve his license and his unblemished 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.

    Man Avoids A Probation Violation After Driving Under DUI Suspension

    Jun 15 2016 in Case Results, Driving Under Suspension, DUI

    In Mercer County, a 32-year-old man serving probation for a prior DUI offense in Milton, PA, was pulled over on his way to Erie, PA and charged with several new violations, including driving under DUI suspension, driving without insurance, and operating a vehicle without a valid registration or inspection. If convicted of these new charges, he’d face 90 days in jail or house arrest as well as resentencing on his previous DUI conviction since he was still on probation. He knew that he needed serious legal expertise and contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Criminal attorney Samir Sarna took the man’s case and deliberately postponed his court appearance to give his client time to obtain car insurance and have the vehicle properly inspected and registered. Because of the distance the client needed to travel for his court proceedings and the fact that he independently admitted himself to an outpatient treatment center, attorney Sarna successfully had his client’s need to appear in court waived. In the end, Sarna negotiated to have several of the charges withdrawn and the driving under DUI suspension charge reduced to driving without a license, requiring a simple $350 fine. The client was allowed to continue with his probation, which was an amazing result, considering the numerous charges against him and his probationary status.

    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.

    Harassment Charges Withdrawn For Federal Employee

    Jun 13 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently assisted a man, who worked for the federal government when he found himself in a very compromising position. The married man with children was attending church one day when he perceived that another female member of the congregation was being flirtatious towards him. The man began sending this other woman text messages, which were of a sexual nature until her husband became aware of his advances. The couple alerted police and the man was charged with harassment, which is a third-degree misdemeanor. The seriousness of this situation was amplified by the fact that a conviction would result in a revocation of his security clearance which is a requirement for his job, where he had been working for over 20 years.

    After explaining his strong desire to avoid a conviction and remain employed, attorney Samir Sarna began negotiations with the prosecutors as well as the victims in hopes of finding an alternative to criminal charges. Attorney Sarna was able to get those involved to agree to withdraw the harassment charge based on the condition that his client completes a mental health evaluation. Once the evaluation was completed, and he was cleared, the client was pleased to remain in his position without the fear this misunderstanding generated.

    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.