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    Underage DUI Charge Results In A Consent Decree for a 17-Year-Old in Beaver, PA

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

    The attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC often handle cases involving juveniles so when we were contacted about representing a 17-year-old charged with an underage DUI, our defense team knew how to proceed. Allegedly, the young man was driving in Beaver, PA with some friends when the car began experiencing problems and they pulled to the side of the road. Eventually, the police arrived, but smelled alcohol and administered a chemical test, which was positive. The results indicated the young man had a BAC of .04; however, in Pennsylvania, a minor cannot be above a .02. The young man, with no prior history, was understandably nervous about the possible repercussions, so he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for legal assistance.

    Attorney Matthew Ness did not want to see the young man’s future permanently affected and began working on his behalf. After noticing some inconsistencies, Matthew Ness filed a motion to suppress the evidence collected by the police based on the fact the officers did not see his client driving; therefore, there was no need for the alcohol test or the subsequent arrest. We leveraged this motion during strategic negotiations with the prosecutors, which resulted in a Juvenile Consent Decree. Under this program, our client didn’t have to admit any wrongdoing but agreed to participate in a diversion program for juveniles, six months of probation, a small fine, and a suspended license for six months. Considering the penalties our client was facing, this was a great outcome that also allows for an expungement of the charges after he completes these stipulations, sparing him any long-term consequences.

    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.

    24-Year-Old International Student Receives Expedited DUI Resolution

    Apr 06 2016 in Case Results, DUI, Pennsylvania Criminal Process

    Recently, a 24-year-old international student from Saudi Arabia was stopped while driving, and after a chemical test confirmed the presence of alcohol, the young man was charged with a DUI. The young man had no prior history, but to compound his legal troubles, as an exchange student, he had a student visa, scheduled to expire in a little over a month. This meant that he may be forced to leave the United States before he could sort out these issues. Leaving the U.S. with unresolved criminal charges would probably result in an outstanding warrant, prohibiting him from returning to America. The young man, who was studying engineering did not want to see his chances of returning to this country taken away along with possible license suspension or four days in jail, so he sought out the legal expertise at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    The international component of this case was complex, but criminal attorney Matthew Ness was fully capable of navigating these circumstances. We negotiated with the district attorney for an expedited DUI resolution and our client was able to enroll in the ARD program instead of receiving a license suspension or time in jail. Upon completing this program, the attorneys at Worgul will file a motion to terminate any remaining probation, allowing his reentry to the United States. Instead of the typical four to seven months, our client completed the process in an astonishing four to six weeks, which will allow him to move past this indiscretion and move freely between counties to pursue his career goals.

    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.

    Pittsburgh Man Makes Restitution After A Criminal Traffic Violation, Expungement Pending

    Apr 02 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses

    A 29-year-old bank employee was pulling into a Pittsburgh gas station; however, got too close to another car and struck the vehicle’s side mirror. Both drivers exited their respective cars and argued about the incident. The man was nervous and out of fear and frustration left the scene. The other driver took a photo of his license plate and contacted the police. When the officers made contact with the man, they charged him with a criminal traffic violation, causing damage to a vehicle, which is a 3rd-degree misdemeanour. The man knew he needed strong legal representation to avoid the ramifications associated with a criminal traffic violation so he retained the experienced Pittsburgh attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    We negotiated with all the parties involved, determined the cost of the damaged mirror, and our client made full restitution for the cost of the repairs. As a result of this, the charges were dismissed and we are presently working for a total expungement of the charges.

    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.

    Dismissal for Pittsburgh Man With Felony Theft and Misdemeanor Assault Charges

    Mar 30 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    The services of the Pittsburgh criminal defense team were called upon after a police officer witnessed a 24-year-old man get into an altercation with a female in a parking lot. The officer stated that he heard the man make violent threats, and saw him take her cell phone before dragging the woman on the ground. As a result, the man with no prior criminal history and expecting the birth of his first child was placed in custody under felony theft and misdemeanor assault charges. With the seriousness of these offenses and the possibility of time in jail, the young man sought out the professionals at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Criminal defense attorney, Samir Sarna represented our client at a preliminary hearing and meritoriously worked with the judge, prosecutor, and the alleged victim to clarify the situation. In the end, the charges were dismissed and our client could rest easy, free of legal concerns.

    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.

    Allegheny Teacher’s Public Drunkenness Charge Withdrawn, Expungement In Process

    Mar 28 2016 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    Any criminal offense can be worrisome for a professional and recently it was no different for a 27-year-old Allegheny County teacher, charged with public drunkenness after imbibing too much at a Zach Brown Band concert. She was embarrassed and very concerned about the effect this would have on her teaching job so she contacted the experienced Pittsburgh defense attorney, Samir Sarna.

    We knew our attorneys at the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys could help so we reached out to the officer involved. We effectively had the teacher’s public drunkenness charge withdrawn and are currently in the expungement process, and once completed this will remove the incident from our client’s record making an explanation to her employer unnecessary.

    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.