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    Case Results

    Driving Without A License Case Dismissed

    Oct 02 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses

    We were recently contacted by a stripper in Georgia who had a warrant out of Pennsylvania. She was charged with a 2nd degree misdemeanor for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a driving without a license charge. With an out-of-state warrant, it’s necessary to appear here for an arraignment and then lift the warrant, set the bond and bail and schedule the preliminary hearing. Criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna was able to work it out with the judge so our client was able to come in only once and get the warrant cleared before the preliminary hearing. The judge found that there was not enough evidence. The case was dismissed but she was found guilty of a summary disorderly conduct. She was required to pay a $150 fine plus court fees which she was able to pay off right away. The results let her get the job she wanted, all within one trip.

    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’s Trespassing Charge Expunged

    Oct 02 2015 in Case Results, Student and Underage Crimes

    A 25-year-old Carnegie Mellon student studying for his Ph.D in mechanical engineering, was cited by a police officer for trespassing on private property. The student was charged with a summary of trespassing. Thinking he could handle this charge on his own, he went to the local magistrate and was found guilty. At this time he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys for help. Having no prior history of any kind, criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna handled the appeal. Within 30 days, we went to a hearing. The trespassing charge was later expunged from his record.

    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.

    Chinese Student Charged With Six Felonies Gets No Jail Time

    Oct 01 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Student and Underage Crimes

    We recently had a federal case when a 24-year-old Chinese international student was indicted. As a recent college graduate, he paid someone $6,000 to take the GRE for him and obtained a fake passport. He was charged with six felonies and was looking at jail time – he needed a strong defense. Criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna represented the man and immediately reviewed his case.

    Our client was clear, he wanted to plead guilty and go back to China without serving jail time. We negotiated for a plea offer and our client would then plead guilty to one count of conspiracy manipulation of US documents. We waived the presentence report and arranged with Homeland Security and the Department of Enforcement Removal Operations. Then we negotiated with the US attorney for a stipulated judicial removal order. By doing so, we were prepared for this to be a deportable offense, sending him back to China. The orders clarified that we weren’t fighting the immigration aspect.

    By pleading guilty and waiving the pre-sentence report as soon as possible, we got quicker results. It’s not unrealistic for a federal case to have a 6 to 12-month duration, but we got our client results within 60 days. The judge sentenced him to five years of probation and assigned the stipulated judicial removal order. Now that he is back in China, the United States cannot enforce probation. Essentially, our client got everything he wanted – no jail time and he got to go back to China in an extremely quick turn around.

    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 On House Arrest Charged With Felony Charges, No Jail

    Oct 01 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    A 35-year-old man was on house arrest for a prior DUI when he was charged with a 1st degree felony for burglary and a 1st degree misdemeanor for theft. The man owned his own concrete company. Criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna spoke to the district attorney at the preliminary hearing and pointed out some weaknesses in the case. The probation officer sent Sarna a letter which completely disputed what the police said in the burglary charge. As a result, the case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing. To get this serious of a case dismissed at the preliminary hearing was a significant result for our client that not many see.

    In addition to these charges, he was also charged with a felony for home improvement fraud. The $5,590 contract was for the wife of a state trooper in Pennsylvania. The husband and wife wanted to pursue this case to the fullest extent possible. Samir was able to negotiate with the husband and compromised with a rule 546 agreement. As long as our client paid the full amount of restitution, and all parties were happy, the case would go away. This was a successful result for our client. Having two felony charges with criminal history on his record, jail time was certain but he managed to not serve any time.

    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.

    Mother Accused Of Child Abuse, No Charges

    Sep 30 2015 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    A 27-year-old mother was giving her two-year-old son a bath one night when she discovered what she thought was a rash on his back. She was at home with her husband and her mother when they then took him to the hospital. The family was told it was not a rash like they had originally thought, but a bruise, indicating abuse. At this point, the City of Pittsburgh Child Abuse Detectives got involved and the mother quickly contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. The detective on the case asked her for an interview, to which she declined. Criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna gave a statement to the detective who wanted to speak to the father and grandmother of the child but did not allow it. The detective said he could charge everybody involved or he could charge nobody. The woman had a stable job working at a large corporation in Pittsburgh and had no previous history of any kind. With no prior injuries to the baby, Samir wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. It was agreed and no charges were filed against her.

    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.