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    Overtaking A School Bus Dismissed For A 74-year-Old Man

    Jun 09 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    In Versailes, PA a 74-year-old retired electrician with the steel union ran into some pretty serious trouble while trying to teach his grandchildren how to drive. During his lesson, the man apparently passed a school bus with its red lights and stop arm activated. He was pulled over and charged with improperly overtaking a school bus, which carries five points on a license, a 90-day suspension, and significant fines. With no prior blemishes on his driving record, he contacted the experienced traffic attorneys with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    Using an abundance of knowledge in Pennsylvania traffic law, attorney Samir Sarna, effectively negotiated to have the overtaking a school bus charge dismissed. This greatly pleased the client, who will not see any ramification to his driving record and is able to continue his driving lessons.

    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 Student Is Spared From Underage DUI And Underage Drinking Charges

    Jun 08 2016 in Case Results, DUI, Student and Underage Crimes

    When a 19-year-old student at Slipper Rock University found himself with two separate underage drinking charges against him, he needed legal representation capable of handling these dual alcohol-related cases and obviously chose Pittsburgh’s Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys. The young man was initially cited for underage drinking in Newcastle, PA and a short time later, was pulled over and charged with an underage DUI in Washington County when his BAC was recorded at .173. His original court date for the DUI offense was scheduled first; therefore, skilled DUI attorney Samir Sarna tactically had the proceeding postponed in order to handle the underage drinking charge first. Attorney Sarna negotiated with the assigned prosecutor to enroll his client into a diversion program for underage drinking, which upon completion would result in the charge being dismissed. After the underage drinking charge was no longer of concern, attorney Sarna began addressing the underage DUI.

    The situation was complicated by the client’s high BAC and being under 21. Because of Pennsylvania’s three-tier system for punishing impaired drivers, his .173 BAC meant that he faced a 60-day license suspension, but since he was also underage, his suspension could be increased to 90-days. The young man was concerned about the limitations not having a license would have on him finding summer employment; therefore, Sarna began negotiating with the district attorney. These discussions resulted in a withdrawal of the underage aspect, which reduced the DUI to a lower tier allowing for a 30-day suspension. His client enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition(ARD) program, and due to Attorney Sarna’s assistance, the young man was pleased to learn that he will not be under suspension during the summer, when he’s looking for a job and despite multiple charges, after an expungement, his record would be cleared of these infractions.

    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.

    Several Traffic Citations Dismissed For A Man In Butler

    Jun 02 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Traffic attorneys with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently came to the aid of another lawyer in Butler County, when he ran into trouble after being stopped by police and was issued several traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to use a turn signal, and overtaking a vehicle. The man never had a prior driving offense but knew that he was facing fines and a total of six points on his license, which could cause a license suspension. He did not want to see these offenses create long-term effects to his driving record and he certainly did not want to risk losing his license for several months, so he reached out to a Pittsburgh traffic attorney with the expertise he needed.

    The man consulted with Pittsburgh traffic attorney Samir Sarna, who immediately began working to alleviate his client’s concerns. He initially attempted to negotiate with the prosecutor based on the man’s previously unblemished driving record; however, the assigned prosecutor was unresponsive, so as a result, attorney Sarna prepared a defense for a court appearance. Attorney Sarna reviewed the available evidence and during the proceeding, he made a motion to the Judge to dismiss based on the fact that the charges could not be independently corroborated without witness testimony. The Judge agreed that without the necessary witnesses, the charges could not be supported and dismissed all the traffic citations against the client. The situation greatly pleased the client and proved to him that these type of offenses are best handled by a well-practiced traffic attorney.

    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.

    Gun Charge Acquittal For A 63-Year-Old Man On Parole

    May 30 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results, Weapons Crimes

    A 63-year-old man was locked up for 18 months, waiting for his day in court, after he was accused of a felony gun charge, while on parole. This new offense had the potential to send him to prison for the rest of his life until our criminal defense team became involved.

    After serving almost 36 years for a homicide that stemmed from a bar fight, the man began living in a house, owned by his ex-wife in Elizabeth Borough, PA. Eventually, his parole officer received an anonymous tip saying he had a gun in his possession, causing parole agents to search his room. They found the weapon and charged him with a person not to possess a firearm because having the weapon constituted a parole violation and felons are not permitted to own guns. If convicted of the gun charge, he would most likely die in prison since he faced between five and ten years for the weapon and eight additional years for violating probation. Therefore, he sought out strong representation from the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    With the stakes of this case being extremely high, Attorney Matthew Ness argued persistently that the gun was actually planted and the report was ultimately made by the homeowner’s daughter in hopes of removing him from the property. Attorney Ness introduced evidence that the owner of the house was allowing her daughter a place to stay with the condition that our client would also occupy the residence. However, this arrangement complicated the daughter’s lifestyle because it became clear our client was passing information about her behavior to the mother, resulting in the mother threatening to withhold money from the daughter.

    Our client’s first trial resulted in a hung jury, but the second jury thought the daughter had a financial motive to want him out of the house and the opportunity to facilitate it. Matthew Ness’ argument instilled sufficient doubt within the jury, thereby finding him not guilty. When he was eventually cleared of this gun charge, and after serving a lengthy sentence for a crime from 1972, he was pleased to finally 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.

    Case Withdrawn For A 20-Year-Old Student Charged With Shoplifting

    May 26 2016 in Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A 20-year-old psychology student at the California University of Pennsylvania found himself in hot water, when he was charged with retail theft after shoplifting at an area dollar store. The young man had no prior criminal history, but potentially faced a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail along with fines of up to $300. The man was worried about these penalties, but more importantly, his goal was to avoid having later trouble getting a job or being admitted to grad school, so he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Our defense team negotiated with the commonwealth to withdraw the charges based on our client completing a retail theft education class. At this time, the young man has already met this condition and we are in the process of expunging the shoplifting case from 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.