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    Case Results

    No Points After Reckless Driving Charge for An Out-of-State Driver

    Feb 16 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A 51-year-old woman from North Carolina was charged with reckless and careless driving, while visiting Pittsburgh for a local art show. The reckless driving charge carries a possible license suspension and careless driving is a three-point violation. Since the woman was facing serious charges and because North Carolina has tough regulations that allow out of state driver points to count against an individual, she sought out Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and retained our services.

    Pittsburgh attorney Samir Sarna, represented our client and negotiated for a reduced 33-31 violation that included no points and a $25 fine instead of the more serious reckless and careless driving violations. With the lesser charges, our client was spared from stiff penalties and returned to North Carolina at ease.

    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

    Trial Clears 45-Year-Old Man Of Passing Bad Checks

    Feb 16 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A 45-year-old Miner with no prior criminal history became entangled in a precarious situation when he agreed to help a female friend purchase a car. The friend wanted to use a starter check for a deposit, but the dealership wanted a driver’s license to accompany the check, and the man volunteered. Ultimately, the check was declined and the dealership called the police. The police were unable to locate the woman so they contacted the license holder. The police claimed that he must have known the account was empty, and charged him with passing bad checks. Initially, he appeared in court without legal representation, believing the situation was a simple mix-up and he could straighten it out himself. When he met with the judge and the district attorney, it became obvious that because they were unable to reach the woman in question, they wanted him to accept responsibility and repay the amount of the deposit. Faced with the possibility of having a criminal record and being held financially responsible, he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Pittsburg attorney Matthew Ness saw the weaknesses in the case and possible unscrupulous business practices by the dealership. During the course of a trial, Matt Ness exposed these flaws and it became clear that our client was a mere bystander in this transaction. In the end, the Judge agreed and found our client not guilty, removing him from the hook for passing bad checks and any future legal worries.

    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 Impersonating An Officer Charge

    Feb 12 2016 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public, Criminal Defense, Firearms & Weapons Rights

    Recently, Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna represented a 26-year old man charged with impersonating an officer. Our client, who was a former state trooper from a neighboring state was in a public area when he was approached by a police officer. During their discussion, the man produced his ID and the officer saw a firearm ownership card in his wallet. The officer asked if he was armed and the man replied that his firearm was in his car. The officer questioned why he did not inform him about the weapon immediately and the man replied that he should have because as a former trooper he knows that officer safety is very important. The officer interpreted this to mean that he was portraying himself as an active law enforcement officer and charged the man with a 2nd-degree misdemeanor of impersonating an officer. The young man with no criminal history was concerned about how this impersonating an officer charge would affect him, so he turned to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for answers.

    Attorney Sarna strategically convinced the prosecutor this case was the result of a misunderstanding; therefore, it was not an appropriate citation and the case was dismissed. Our client saw no repercussions with the successful dismissal.

    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.

    War Veteran Gets Parole Terminated

    Feb 10 2016 in Case Results

    A 64-year-old Pittsburgh man had been sitting in jail for 10 weeks when he asked Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help in transferring him into a work-release program. Pittsburgh criminal attorney Michael Worgul successfully argued for this Vietnam war veteran’s transfer. After a span of a few weeks with positive behavior, our client was hopeful in getting his parole terminated and again asked Pittsburgh criminal attorney Worgul for help in doing so.

    Using his legal background and experience, Worgul filed a petition with the judge in an attempt to terminate his parole. Advocating on his client’s behalf and using his veteran status, good behavior, and successful work release program, the man was released and free to start over.

    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.

    Driver gets minimum fine and zero points for CDL offense

    Feb 10 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    The attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC often represent truck drivers with Commercial Driver License violations. These charges are serious for CDL drivers because they often include stiff penalties and can cause higher insurance rates. Recently, a 44-year old man was pulled over while driving through the Swissvale section of Pittsburgh and charged with following too closely, which is a three-point offense. With the competitive job market for drivers and limited income, the man knew he needed strong legal representation to protect his career and hopefully reduce the amount of the fine for this CDL offense.

    Our client was represented by Pittsburgh attorney Samir Sarna, who spoke to the officer involved. We effectively convinced the officer to adjust the charge to a lesser violation, which included no points on his license and a $25 fine. With the reduction in charges and a minimal fine, our client was able to continue working as a CDL driver.

    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.