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    Case Results

    Speeding Charge Reduced to Zero Points for a Pittsburgh Man

    May 10 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A 62-year-old Pittsburgh man was recently pulled over for speeding in a 35 mile per hour zone and charged with going 21 miles over the limit. In Pennsylvania, this is a four-point offense and can significantly increase someone’s insurance rates. The man was worried about the effect this would have on his driving record and insurance premiums so he retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to assess any possible alternatives that may see the speeding charge reduced.

    Traffic attorney Matthew Ness discussed the case with the officer and negotiated to have the speeding charge reduced to driving five miles over the speed limit, which does not result in points. After obtaining legal advice from our attorneys, our client saw no increase in his insurance rates and no unwanted points 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.

    Cheswick Woman Saves Her License After Criminal Auto Accident Charges

    May 05 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses

    Lately, in Cheswick, PA, a 35-year-old woman, working as a medical assistant needed the legal expertise of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys after a car crash resulted in criminal auto accident charges. Apparently, officers found the disoriented woman walking on the side of the road and concluded that she must have been drinking and couldn’t navigate the road, which caused her to crash. They subsequently charged her with public drunkenness, reckless driving, failure to drive at a safe speed, failure to notify the police of an accident, and giving false information to police. This collection of charges could have resulted in six points on her license, a six-month license suspension, and a total of $1,500 in fines. Worried about the allegations levied against her and the serious penalties, she contacted our attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness argued that his client was disoriented because she suffered a concussion after she hit a deer and couldn’t notify the police properly because her phone was dead. Additionally, he reasoned that the police had not seen her driving to substantiate the speeding, reckless, or unsafe driving charges. The Judge agreed with most of the argument and found our client not guilty of many of the criminal auto accident charges; however, since the officer smelled alcohol and did not think an uncharged phone was a sufficient excuse, he found her guilty of public drunkenness and failing to notify the police of an accident. Attorney Matthew Ness advised they would likely win an appeal of the remaining charges, but our client did not want to take the risk of an appeal and was ultimately quite pleased to save her license and reduce her fines by $800.

    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.

    Charges After A Domestic Disturbance Withdrawn for a 43-Year-Old in Warren, OH

    May 03 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    In Warren, OH a 43-year-old forklift operator wound up in serious legal trouble after an argument with his ex-girlfriend. Officers were called to the domestic disturbance and accused him of an array of charges after the heated exchange, including reckless driving, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct, stemming from allegedly hitting his companion and threatening to kill her. These charges could have resulted in seven years of probation and serious harm to his record, so he searched for equally serious legal representation.

    He came upon Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, experienced in handling emotionally-charged domestic disturbance situations. Attorney Matthew Ness worked with the officers and the district attorney’s office on behalf of his client and was able to negotiate to have the case withdrawn based on the client’s promise to have no more negative contact with his ex-girlfriend. This result greatly pleased him, who has happy to have his name cleared.

    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.

    20-Year-Old in Ginette, PA with First DUI Charge Admitted to the ARD Program

    Apr 30 2016 in Case Results, DUI

    DUI charges in the state of Pennsylvania are a serious matter and the skilled DUI attorneys with the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys can help answer your questions or craft an appropriate defense. Not long ago, a 20-year-old man from Ginette, PA was arrested for his first DUI charge. The young student at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania was facing a one-year license suspension, probation, and very steep fines. Worried about these potential outcomes, he retained the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys to handle the process.

    Because this was the client’s first DUI charge, attorney Matthew Ness worked on his behalf with the court and successfully had him admitted into the ARD program for first-time offenders, had his suspension period reduced from one year to sixty days, negotiated for a $1,000 fine, and six months of probation. Additionally, after his client completes these conditions, he’ll be eligible for a total expungement and he’ll be able to continue his studies 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.

    Marijuana Charges Reduced To Disorderly Conduct for a Man in Leechwood, PA

    Apr 28 2016 in Case Results, Marijuana Crimes

    Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC has a lot of experience handling marijuana cases in the Pittsburgh area and recently assisted a 44-year-old machinist in Leechburg, PA, when he found himself charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The man wanted to avoid a drug conviction besmirching his record so he contacted attorney Matthew Ness for his legal expertise with his marijuana case.

    Attorney Ness successfully negotiated to reduce the marijuana and paraphernalia charges to disorderly conduct and our client paid a $300 fine. We are currently working on his behalf to have the drug charges completely withdrawn, removing the instance from his record, which was his ultimate 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.