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    Teacher Charged With Three Traffic Violations, Reduced Charge

    Oct 15 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Traffic violations are common charges that are seen at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. When a 45-year-old music teacher from Carnegie contacted experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness, he knew he could help. Our client found himself with three charges including driving under a suspended registration, exceeding the posted speed limit by 31 mph, and driving without insurance. The man had some limited traffic violations but nothing within the last few years.

    The police officer at the scene did not want any favorable action for the teacher. We advised him to get his insurance and registration up-to-date as soon as possible after he was charged to which he complied. At the evidentiary hearing, Ness made strong arguments in his client’s favor. The judge then found him not guilty of the financial responsibility of these charges. Had our client been convicted, he would be faced with a three-month license suspension with three points on his record. We successfully beat that charge.

    The suspended registration charge was reduced to an incidental vehicle violation. Our client paid a fine and did not get the three-month suspension associated with this charge. His speeding violation was reduced accordingly, from 31 over to only 11 over with three points. He avoided having to retake the state driver’s 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.

    Man Charged With Two Traffic Violations Gets Case Withdrawn

    Oct 15 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    Traffic violations are common areas of concern for clients of the Pittsburgh criminal defense team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC Firm. A 52-year-old retired man from the Peters Township area was recently charged with two traffic violations. He was charged with careless driving and following too closely, both of which are three-point offenses. With six points already on his record, he was facing at least a 15-day license suspension and having to retake the Pennsylvania driver’s exam.

    Our client was also accused of hitting someone, creating another small issue. Pittsburgh criminal attorney Matthew Ness facilitated the transfer of insurance information to the victim and the situation was quickly resolved. As a result, the police officer agreed to withdraw both citations. Our client pled guilty to a lesser offense with no points. He was let off easy with only a fine.

    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.

    Driving Under Suspension For DUI Related Significantly Reduced For Pittsburgh Man

    Oct 14 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    We recently represented a 32-year-old man from Pittsburgh who was pulled over in Washington County. The man, working for a senior benefits company, was pulled over and charged with
    driving under suspension for DUI related and not having his vehicle registration on him. In the state of Pennsylvania, driving under a DUI-related suspension carries the penalty of 60-90 days in jail. With that in mind, the man knew he needed legal representation. This man was a previous client of ours and once again decided he needed the help of our reliable criminal defense attorneys.

    Having similar case experience in the past, criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna represented the man and eased his concerns. Sarna strategically postponed his case long enough to get a valid registration on his car. Using his legal knowledge to his benefit, attorney Sarna put him in a position to get his license back. An agreement was made with the state trooper to plead guilty to a 1511, of not having a physical license in possession which only carried a $25 fine. He also pled to a 3311 which carried another $25 fine. Our client was relieved to walk out of court with a total of $50 in fines and court costs. He was not associated with any points, suspensions, or other charges.

    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.

    Mercer County Man Facing Felony Theft Charge, Cleared In Motorcycle Theft Case

    Oct 14 2015 in Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A 36-year-old Mercer County man recently requested the legal services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. The man was accused of entering into an agreement to buy a motorcycle and not paying the full amount. Consequently, the man was charged with theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking. The man was unemployed and had some limited criminal history on his background. A client of our firm, he was looking to keep a felony theft charge off of his record.

    Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness advocated on behalf of his client. Ness, being quite skilled in negotiating, was able to amend the situation behind the scenes with the victim. After intense rounds of negotiating and once the victim received the outstanding balance, the case was withdrawn and our client was not convicted as a felon under these charges.

    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 Commercial Driver’s License Found Not Guilty On Three Charges

    Oct 13 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    The Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC regularly represent clients for minor to serious traffic violations. A 55-year-old man with his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) was recently charged with three driving offenses including driving on roadways laned for traffic, careless driving, and excessive speeding. As a CDL driver, it was important he keep any points off of his record or to a minimum. With the risk of his insurance rates increasing drastically, the man contacted Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna for help.

    Conveniently for our client, it was not necessary that he make the trip from Florida. On behalf of his client, Sarna attended the hearing. He knew it was important to get a reduced outcome for his client based on the competitive industry he was working in. Sarna had a strong defense and knew the evidence was slim. At the preliminary hearing in Washington County, the judge agreed that there was not sufficient evidence against our client and found him not guilty on all three charges.

    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.