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    Man Facing ARD Probation Violation Not Revoked From Program

    Nov 13 2015 in Case Results

    A 24-year-old man working as an inspector for a large company in the Pittsburgh area was facing an ARD probation violation. He was alleged to have internet contact with the victim in his previous charge. The Westmoreland County court was attempting to revoke him from the program after he allegedly sent an online request through LinkedIn. Not wanting to be taken out of the ARD program, the man contacted the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Pittsburgh Criminal defense and DUI attorney Matthew Ness represented the man and passionately argued with a strong defense on behalf of his client. Upon hearing his arguments, the judge agreed that it could not be proven whether or not the man sent the online request. At the hearing, the petition to revoke ARD for our client was dismissed. He is currently enrolled in ARD and is still working towards his expungement.

    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.

    Man With Two Pennsylvania Speeding Tickets Spared Six Points, Fines, Other Penalties

    Nov 10 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A 23-year-old man from Ford City recently received two Pennsylvania speeding tickets. The young man was charged with driving 17 and 16 mph over, both in a zone legally marked as 65 mph. The man had no points on his record but was facing significant penalties as a result of these three-point speeding tickets. Determined to fight these charges, the man took his speeding violations to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC where he retained our legal services.

    Attorney Matthew Ness represented the man and immediately took it upon himself to get him a favorable result. In a negotiation with the state trooper who issued the first citation, Ness succeeded in getting a reduction to five over for the ticket, with no points or negative insurance repercussions. Upon hearing about this outcome, the local officer agreed to withdraw the second ticket. Our client was spared substantial fines, six points on his record, higher insurance rates, and having to retake the state exam.

    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.

    Out-of-State Truck Driver Gets Minimum Fine After CDL Violation

    Nov 09 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    The attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC often represent out-of-state truck drivers with Commercial Driver License offenses. These types of charges are serious for CDL drivers and can cause higher insurance rates for convicted offenders. Recently, a Texas resident was charged with failure to stop at a red signal while driving through Allegheny County – a three point offense. With the serious charge looming over his record, he knew he needed a strong legal representation to protect the future of his job.

    The 50-year-old man did not have to appear in court and was conveniently represented by Pittsburgh attorney Samir Sarna on his behalf. The officer agreed to knock the CDL violation down to a lower offense with a sliding, minimum fine of $25. Our client received the minimum fine plus court costs – and a refund of his collateral.

    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.

    Nurse Charged With Pittsburgh DUI Accepted Into ARD

    Nov 04 2015 in Case Results, DUI

    The attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC are frequently hired for Pittsburgh DUI offenses. Recently a 25-year-old nurse in the Pittsburgh area was charged with his first DUI. With the licensing board aware of his offense, he was clearly troubled by the potential ramifications that could affect his medical career. He sought out the help of criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna to help with the DUI charge as well as handling the concerns of the licensing board.

    Sarna recommended talking to the licensing board. We wrote them a letter and fully explained the diversionary program he would be going through. No negative action was taken against him for his first offense. Our client received a six-month probation non-reporting period and only a 30-day license suspension. Most importantly, our client was able to continue working as a nurse.

    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.

    First-Time DUI Offender With Refusal Test Accepted Into ARD

    Oct 30 2015 in Case Results, DUI

    Pittsburgh DUI attorney Samir Sarna recently represented a 33-year-old woman new to the Pittsburgh area. One night she was caught driving under the influence of alcohol and refused a BAC test. The woman had no previous history on her record but began to drink excessively when she and her husband started going through a violent divorce. She was looking for help when she found herself with her first DUI offense.

    When someone refuses a BAC test under their first DUI in Pennsylvania, PennDOT immediately issues a one-year license suspension for the offender. From an attorney’s standpoint, these are tough cases to win. The officer only has to prove that they had a reasonable basis for asking the offender to perform the test and prove that the person refused.

    To fight this, Sarna made an argument with the officer. He asked that her case be put through to ARD in return for him not filing her refusal. It was agreed and Sarna was able to get her only a 60-day suspension with enrollment in alcohol highway safety school, drug and alcohol assessment plus a period of probation. Our firm saw to it that she would avoid a 12-month suspension. She left with only a 2-month suspension.

    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.