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    Multiple Felonies for Theft Reduced to Misdemeanors and No Jail Time

    Feb 26 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    Not long ago, we represented a 52-year-old woman, charged with several felonies, including forgery, theft, identity theft, and receiving stolen property, with each charge carrying a possible sentence of seven to ten years. The woman, who was an executive assistance for a Pittsburgh business would handle large transactions for her employer; however, after he passed away, approximately 20 checks were withdrawn totaling over $120,000. With serious charges against her and the possibility of a lengthy sentence, she contacted the attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney, Samir Sarna was well-equipped to handle this case and effectively negotiated to reduce the theft felonies to misdemeanors, as well as arranged for a plea agreement that included no jail time, rather a two-year probation period. Our client avoided multiple felony convictions and was kept out of jail, which was very favorable considering the penalties our client initially faced.

    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 Washington, County Man With A History Of Driving Under Suspension Receives No Time In Jail

    Feb 24 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    Not long ago, a 52-year-old man in Washington County was pulled over and charged with driving under suspension. With eight prior infractions, caused by mounting citations for failing to appear, he discovered the risks of driving under suspension increase considerably if convicted multiple times. In Pennsylvania, after six and subsequent offenses, the penalty can include a jail sentence between 30-days and 6-months. The man had recently started a new job and would certainly be terminated if he had to serve such a lengthy term. In hopes of avoiding jail and saving his job, he reached out to the criminal traffic attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness.

    Attorney Matthew Ness reviewed the traffic code and zealously represented his client. During discussions, it was clear the officer was agreeable to amending charges; however, the judge felt constrained by the law’s requirements. Matt Ness pointed out that within the code an option existed to allow for a charge of driving without a license, which resulted in a $1,000 fine, but no jail time. The judge agreed and complimented our client for retaining an attorney, who knew the vehicle code in such detail. The client, who will not be eligible for a license until 2024, was pleased in the end because by paying the fine, he’d avoid a career ending jail sentence.

    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.

    Appeal of Traffic Violation Conviction Results in Dismissal for a 65-Year-Old

    Feb 23 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Recently, a 65-year-old woman was charged with careless driving, a three-point violation, and without legal counsel, this disabled cancer survivor went to the magistrate, where she was found guilty. Not wanting to add these points to her license, she contacted the Pittsburgh defense team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys to discuss her available options.

    Traffic violations are a common area for her attorney, Samir Sarna, who appealed the traffic violation conviction, which was promptly dismissed. Our client was pleased this conviction was removed and no points were added to her license.

    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 Paramedic Charged with Careless Driving

    Feb 19 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Recently, Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC represented a 62-year old Pittsburgh paramedic, charged with careless driving after rear-ending another vehicle while driving an ambulance. Careless driving is a three-point violation and this family man and grandfather with no prior traffic offenses was understandably concerned about how this would affect his reputation and career. At this point, he contacted Pittsburgh attorney, Samir Sarna and shared his concerns with him.

    We knew the points on his license were a serious matter; therefore, we brought the case to a hearing before a judge. We argued on behalf of our client and ultimately, the judge agreed and dismissed the careless driving charge. This unburdened our client, which allowed him to continue working as a paramedic.

    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 A Navy Vet Driving With A Suspended License From A Prior DUI

    Feb 19 2016 in Case Results, Driving Under Suspension, DUI, Notable Case Results

    In Pennsylvania, the penalties increase sharply if you drive with a suspended license from a previous DUI offense. Recently, this was the situation a 28-year-old man found himself in while in the Mt Lebanon area. If convicted of driving under suspension for a prior DUI, he’d face a potential $500 fine, 60-days in jail, and a longer license suspension period. Additionally, since this would constitute a probation violation for his prior DUI, there was the possibility of more jail time. Looking for strong legal expertise to handle these serious concerns, this U.S. Navy veteran contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Pittsburgh attorney Matthew Ness began working with the client and strategically negotiated with the officer involved and the judge handling the case. They took his military history into account and all those involved agreed to a plea to driving under suspension. This penalty included a $200 fine, but our client avoided a jail sentence, which was the ultimate goal given the circumstances of his case.

    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.