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    Case Results

    Man With Prior DUI Misses Jail Time, Sentenced To House Arrest With SCRAM Device

    Dec 02 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, DUI

    A 41-year-old man from Butler, Pennsylvania was found in violation of his probation. The man was accused of drinking alcohol while serving a house arrest sentence for his second DUI. Based on his previous DUI convictions, the district attorney was insistent on a one-year jail sentence as punishment. Unable to afford any time away from his business as a contractor, he reached out to the DUI attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Pittsburgh Criminal and DUI attorney Matthew Ness was adamant about getting his client’s jail sentence dropped. Using his personal business and fairly minimal criminal record as leverage, he successfully convinced the judge to give him another three-month period of house arrest. Utilizing a secure continuous remote alcohol monitor (SCRAM), the house arrest sentence was granted, and our client saw no jail time. However, the judge forewarned that one more DUI would result in an inevitable 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.

    Assault Charges Reduced For Allegheny Man

    Dec 01 2015 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Violent Crimes

    An Allegheny County man in his 40’s was accused of fighting with a pregnant lady and taking her jewelry, causing her minor injuries. The man had some previous domestic history on his record. Based on this altercation, he was charged with a felony aggravated assault for an unborn baby, 1st degree felony robbery, and another count of aggravated assault. The jitney driver in the local Pittsburgh area was facing serious charges against him.

    With the strong legal representation of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, our client was confident in the result. Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna was able to successfully negotiate for a misdemeanor simple assault with two years of probation.

    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.

    Huge Reduction For Man With Multiple Assault Charges

    Nov 27 2015 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results

    A 37-year-old Allegheny man was recently charged in two separate cases and requested the legal service of Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna. Our client was involved in an unfortunate altercation with the mother of his young child. After witnessing a disruptive commotion next door, the neighbor called the police. Upon arrival of the officers, the mother reported that she had been struck in the face by the man. It was also reported that their juvenile son had a swollen right jaw. Based on these allegations, he was charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault , and resisting arrest. Right away, Sarna went to the preliminary arraignment and successfully convinced the judge to let him out under the condition that there would be no further violent contact against the mother. Three days later, police officers once again responded to a call about a disturbance at his residence.

    At this point, our client was charged with aggravated assault, a second charge of endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering the mother and his child, two counts of simple assault against both, two counts of harassment summary against the mother and child, one count of summary disorderly conduct, and a driving on a suspended license charge. Under the neighbors eyewitness account, he claims he heard yelling and saw the two in a heated argument outside of their house. He continued to say he saw her get punched in the face. Eventually, our client got into his car, hitting her and repelling her from the windshield.

    The Commonwealth attempted to revoke the man’s bond with the aim of landing him in jail. Fortunately, Sarna was able to combat the potential jail sentence with a successful negotiation for the family court and counseling. This kept him out of jail for the entirety of both cases. At the preliminary hearing for the second case, Sarna was able to strategically eliminate the felony aggravated assault, recklessly endangering against the child, simple assault against the child, one count of harassment and one count of disorderly conduct.

    For the second case against our client, we negotiated a plea agreement for 1 count of recklessly endangering another person as a misdemeanor, 1 count of simple assault as a misdemeanor, and one count of driving without a license. On the first case, we got everything dropped but one count of simple assault. Our client essentially had all of these charges and pled to one reckless endangerment and two simple assault charges and did two years probation concurrently with the understanding that he would complete a counseling class. Our client was facing significant penalties and considerable jail time of over 20 years. Under the careful evaluation and experience of attorney Samir Sarna, the man got a huge reduction for the amount of charges he acquired.

    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.

    Resisting Arrest Charge Dismissed For Allegheny Woman

    Nov 19 2015 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    The Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently represented a 50-year-old disabled woman with mental health issues. She was living by herself in an apartment complex and receiving medical treatment at the time. One night she reported to police that she smelled marijuana in the apartment next door. The police arrived and she began screaming at them. Being uncooperative, the police were forced to restrain her. Police responded by arresting her. At that point, she threatened to kill them. She was charged with resisting arrest and terroristic threats.

    Our client’s helper soon came over and cleared the situation up with the law enforcement. Attorney Samir Sarna asked the court to dismiss all charges under the condition that she follow through with mental health evaluation and go through any further recommended treatments. While this was pending, our client moved from Allegheny to Washington County and the Commonwealth was comfortable dismissing the charges against our client.

    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.

    Three-Point Traffic Citation Reduced For Mt. Lebanon Woman

    Nov 19 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A podiatrist from the Mt. Lebanon area was charged with not stopping at a stop light, a three-point offense in the state of Pennsylvania. The woman, looking for a strong legal representation to avoid the costly points and insurance rates associated with this traffic citation, retained the experienced Pittsburgh attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Our client’s presence in court was waived and she was able to continue working during this time. Attorney Matthew Ness represented the woman and used his experience and legal knowledge of Pennsylvania traffic laws to successfully negotiate this charge down to a 3111 traffic control device violation with no points. As a result of this verdict, our client’s minor transgression was not reported to her insurance company.

    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.