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    Case Results

    Man Avoids Felony Conviction After Gun Purchase Application Goes Awry

    Apr 27 2018 in Case Results, Weapons Crimes

    When you purchase a firearm in Pennsylvania, you must fill out a form that asks you certain questions about your criminal history. If you answer any of these questions incorrectly or incompletely, you could be charged with unsworn falsification related to a firearms form – a third-degree felony or second-degree misdemeanor.

    Recently, a Pittsburgh man found himself facing these charges after he attempted to purchase a gun. Knowing he needed an experienced attorney to help him through the criminal process in Pennsylvania, he retained Samir Sarna of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    While the client was convicted of a third-degree felony in the early 1990s, he hadn’t gotten into any trouble since and assumed he was eligible to purchase a firearm. However, he was denied and charged with unsworn falsification. Attorney Sarna took the case to a non-jury trial in front of a judge and achieved a not guilty verdict.

    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.

    Penn Hills Contractor Dispute Resolved

    Apr 20 2018 in Case Results, Fraud

    Recently, a contractor was charged with a crime when a customer accused him of fraud. The customer claimed the contractor took her money, bought materials she didn’t like for the project, and never received new materials after she requested them. The fence was allegedly half-completed, and – according to the customer, not done well. She eventually accused the contractor of home improvement fraud. Knowing the effects a conviction could have on his life and career, the contractor reached out to attorney Samir Sarna.

    Attorney Sarna presented the contract agreed upon between his client and the customer and receipts for all the materials used throughout the project to the judge, arguing that this matter was civil, not criminal. He asked for his client to be allowed to pay $1,000 a month in escrow for three months. The judge agreed, and the case was eventually dismissed.

    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 Escape Found Not Guilty, Avoids Harsh Statutory Penalties

    Apr 20 2018 in Case Results, Criminal Defense

    ¾ houses are residences where those recovering from substance abuse issues can stay while they work to attain or maintain sobriety. When a man in Pennsylvania was accused of escaping a ¾ house signing himself in and out of a mental health facility, and not returning to the ¾ house, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was initially in the facility as part of a probation agreement from a previous case.

    After two years, he was turned in and the case went to trial. Knowing the consequences he faced if found guilty, he enlisted the help of criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna.

    The client did everything right and obeyed the law for the two years before being turned in, so attorney Sarna asked for the client to receive time served from when he was apprehended to when the case went to a state court non-jury trial. Additionally, attorney Sarna argued for his client to be found not guilty so he could use the time accrued towards his violation.

    Eventually, the judge agreed, and the client was found not guilty.

    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.

    Pittsburgh Man Facing Decades in Prison Only Gets 76 Months in Federal Case

    Apr 13 2018 in Case Results, Drug Crimes, Weapons Crimes

    In a federal case, attorney Samir Sarna recently defended a client who was facing charges for possession of a firearm. While the man was on bail for a state-level offense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) obtained a search warrant and raided the home of the client and his wife. During this search, the agencies discovered large amounts of drugs and guns. This was particularly bad for the client, as he had a prior conviction for drug delivery. Knowing he needed an experienced attorney with a deep understanding of the federal and state criminal processes, he retained attorney Sarna.

    Upon finding the drugs and guns, the government filed an 851 notice, which indicates they were planning to seek higher penalties because of the man’s prior conviction for similar conduct. Because of the client’s criminal record, and the 851 filing, he was looking at a lengthy prison sentence. In addition to all of this, there was also a possibility that the client’s wife could be charged, since there was evidence that she was involved.

    Through swift negotiation and aggressive defense, attorney Sarna got the government to agree to forego charging the wife or not seize their house. They also returned nearly $10,000 and three firearms to the wife, which were seized in the raid.

    The client ultimately received a sentence of 76 months rather than the decades he was facing. This encompassed a five-year mandatory sentence for the firearm, and a mandatory 16 months for the drugs. In regard to the state charges, attorney Sarna was able to get his client time served. This was a good outcome for the client, as it prevented the seizure of his home, and his wife did not get charged.

    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.

    Carnegie Mellon Student Sees Marijuana Possession Charges Dismissed

    Apr 06 2018 in Case Results, Marijuana Crimes

    Recently, a Carnegie Mellon student was facing a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana after being caught smoking weed with some friends. With penalties including possible jail time, fines, and the collateral consequences of a drug conviction, he knew he needed help from an aggressive defense attorney, which led him to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    Attorney Sarna met with the officer involved and the district attorney’s office. After negotiating on his client’s behalf, they agreed to drop the charges. This enabled him to move on with his education and put the situation in the past.

    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.