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    24-Year-Old Woman Avoids Suspension After An Excessive Speeding Charge

    May 24 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Our attorneys recently handled a case involving a 24-year-old home health care worker, with an excessive speeding charge after being stopped going 36 miles over the speed limit. Under Pennsylvania law, a speeding charge in excess of 31 miles per hour is a five point offense, which results in a 15-day license suspension, and a Department of Transportation review that may increase the length of the suspension. The young woman had no prior points on her license and wanted to avoid a suspension, which would endanger her position; therefore, she contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    Ultimately, we were able to negotiate and reduced the excessive speeding charge to going 10 miles per hour over the limit. This is a two point infraction, but our client was happy to avoid the suspension and didn’t need to explain losing her license to her employer.

    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.

    No Jail For An Electrician Driving In Butler With A Suspended Driver License

    May 20 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    Most people need to drive as part of their jobs, but serious problems can arise if you get behind the wheel while you have a suspended driver license as a 39-year-old electrician in Butler, PA learned. The man had a lengthy history of driving violations but needed to commute more than 30 miles each day to work. When he was stopped most recently with a suspended driver license, he faced 90-days in jail, a $500 fine, and an additional one-year suspension. The man wanted to avoid spending time in jail and retained the services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Our attorneys spoke with the officer and successfully got the charges reduced to driving without a license. This lesser charge carried a small fine, did not include jail time, and it reduced his additional suspension period to only six months instead of one year. While the client isn’t eligible to drive legally until 2025, he will not have to spend time in jail and can continue working.

    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.

    Simple Assault Charges Withdrawn and Expungement Pending for a Local Woman

    May 18 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    The attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC understand that being accused of an assault or a domestic violence crime is a very distressing time. It was no different for a local woman, faced with simple assault charges after an altercation with her boyfriend. She claimed to the responding officers that she only stuck him in retaliation after he struck her, but in the end, she was considered at fault. The woman did not want this unfortunate situation to adversely affect her career at a local restaurant distribution company so she reached out to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness represented his client and worked diligently to have the simple assault charges withdrawn upon completion of a domestic abuse class and a mental health evaluation. We are currently in the expungement process and the client can rest assured this will not negatively affect the rest of her 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.

    No Points Awarded for Retiree Charged with Excessive Speeding

    May 16 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    In the Pittsburgh area, an 80-year-old retired man was pulled over for going too fast and consequently charged with going 23 miles over the 35 miles per hour limit, which is a four-point excessive speeding violation in Pennsylvania. The man did not want to see his driving record besmirched with this citation and contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for assistance.

    Attorney Matthew Ness used his wide experience in dealing with excessive speeding offenses to negotiate and had the charge reduced to going five miles per hour over the limit. This lesser offense carries no points and our client could carry on with an untarnished 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.

    Salesman in Pittsburgh Keeps His License After Multiple Traffic Charges

    May 13 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Not long ago, a 69-year-old salesman was at risk of losing his driving privileges and most likely his job after he received multiple traffic charges that included speeding in a school zone, failing to stop at a red signal and unsafe driving. The total penalty for these violations could have resulted in $1,000 in fines, 11 points on his license, a minimum 15-day license suspension, and a departmental review by PennDot, which would have likely resulted in an even longer suspension. As a salesman, he needed to retain his license to get between appointments and sought out the attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    Attorney Matthew Ness took the man’s case and spoke with the State Trooper involved, who stated that he initially believed tour client was attempting to hide from him to avoid the citations. After discussing the situation, we successfully negotiated to have the multiple traffic charges withdrawn and our client pled guilty to a single violation of failing to obey a traffic signal, which resulted in our client paying a $175 fine. In the end, our client kept his license and his job.

    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.