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    Misdemeanor Charges Reduced for Pittsburgh Man

    Mar 14 2016 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A 36-year-old Pittsburgh accountant had a few drinks after work and took the trolley home to the South Hills area. A nearby police officer witnessed him relieve himself next to his car and approached the vehicle to investigate. By the time, the officer got to the car, the man was inside and declined to roll the window down to speak with the officer. After a verbal exchange, the man was charged with a 2nd-degree misdemeanor of resisting arrest and a 3rd-degree misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. Embarrassed and worried about how theses misdemeanor charges could affect his promising career, he contacted the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    We immediately began working for our client and spoke with the officer involved and explained the situation to the judge. After a negotiation, we were able to reduce the charges to a single summary disorderly conduct and mitigate the sentence from the customary $300 fine and 90 days in jail to a $100 fine and no jail time.

    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.

    New Real Estate Agent In Beaver, PA Gets Charges Reduced Instead Of A Third DUI Conviction

    Mar 12 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI, Notable Case Results

    During a snowy night in Beaver, PA a young man, who recently acquired his real estate license was involved in an auto accident. Suffering a concussion, he stumbled to a nearby convenience store where the clerk thought he looked inebriated and called the police. When they arrived, the man who had two prior DUI convictions would not submit to a blood test was charged with refusing a chemical test and a DUI. Because of his previous record, a third DUI conviction could result in a one-year jail sentence, a $1500 fine, and license suspension for up to 18 months. Not wanting to see his burgeoning career halted, he called upon the legal expertise of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Matthew Ness took the young man’s case and filed a motion to suppress based on the fact the officers did not have the necessary probable cause to make the arrest. Essentially, they did not see him driving and since the weather conditions could have been the root of the accident there was no reason to require an alcohol test. His attorney leveraged this motion in their negations and the client accepted a guilty plea to general impairment, which included a $300 fine, six months of probation, no jail time, and no license suspension. Without the third DUI conviction, our client was free to continue in his new profession without hindrance.

    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.

    Public Drinking and Fighting Charges Dismissed for Out-of-State Man

    Mar 11 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A 25-year-old man from Colorado was charged with public drinking and participating in a fight, while visiting Pittsburgh. Since the young man was from out-of-state, he sought the legal expertise of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to navigate the process.

    We were able to represent our client in Pittsburgh municipal court without his presence, allowing him to return home. Since the man had no prior criminal history, we worked out an agreement to dismiss the public drinking and fighting charges against him, relieving our client of any legal troubles in Pennsylvania.

    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.

    A 19-Year-Old Student Granted ARD After A Charge Of Felony Access Device Fraud

    Mar 08 2016 in Case Results, Fraud

    In Pennsylvania, it is against the law to obtain or try to obtain another person’s property, money or services without their permission, by using an access device, such as a credit card. Because these abuses are a serious matter when a 19-year-old student at Carnegie Mellon University was charged with felony Access Device Fraud after finding and using a credit card, she knew she needed an experienced attorney.

    Not wanting the burden of this conviction on her record and possible jail time, she retained the attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. The defense team worked with all the parties involved, including the victim to allow admittance into an ARD program in lieu of a felony conviction. Our client entered the program, agreed to reimburse the amount taken, and upon completion, she will be eligible for an expungement of the felony Access Device Fraud charge. In the end, our client can continue with her studies and won’t be saddled as a felon at such a young age.

    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.

    Dismissed Charge of Running a Red Light

    Mar 08 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A young man was recently pulled over by police while driving a Porsche through the city of Pittsburgh. Their discussion became contentious and he was accused of running a red light, which is a three-point violation. He was looking for strong legal representation to avoid the costly points associated with this citation and retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    We appeared in court for a hearing and succeeded in convincing the judge to dismiss the charge. As a result, no points were added to his license and our client could continue cruising.

    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.