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    Case Results

    Simple Assault Charge Withdrawn In Domestic Situation

    Sep 08 2015 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    A 33-year-old Pittsburgh man was charged with simple assault in relation to a domestic situation. His girlfriend at the time decided to prosecute against him. The man hired Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna who then suggested they both take a period of 90 days to cool off. Within the 90 days, the couple ended up making up and the woman, now his fiancée, did not wish to pursue the case any longer. The officer who had observed her injuries that night could not establish how her injuries were caused without her testifying against her boyfriend. The case was then withdrawn.

    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.

    Theft Charge Withdrawn For Allegheny Man, No Record

    Sep 08 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Theft Crimes

    An Allegheny man in his late 30s was charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor for access device fraud and a 3rd degree misdemeanor for theft of lost or mislaid property. He found a credit card at a gas station and a made a $300 purchase, knowing it was not his to use. Our client was a first time offender with a good job for the past ten years. Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC were contacted. Attorney Samir Sarna went to a local magistrate in Allegheny County and our client pleaded guilty to a summary of disorderly conduct. His criminal charges were then withdrawn and could be expunged from his record after paying a $300 fine plus court costs.

    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 Four Felony Charges Gets Case Dismissed

    Sep 04 2015 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes

    We recently represented a 46-year-old man charged with four separate felonies, including a 1st degree felony for aggravated indecent assault with a child, a 1st degree felony for unlawful contact with a minor for sexual offenses, a 3rd degree felony for indecent assault with a person less than 13-years-old and a 3rd degree felony for corruption of minors. At this time, he was on parole for a criminal attempt homicide in Texas. He was in need of a strong defense and turned to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    This case came with some challenges. There was no way we could take the plea offer with four felonies, two of which were felonies of the 1st degree. Even with a summary plea, our client could receive up to 15 years for only his parole violation. At the very least, he was looking at 10 to 20 years in jail.

    After researching and reviewing his case, criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna identified some major issues with respect to jurisdiction. It would be difficult to establish that his criminal conduct occurred within Pennsylvania. He presented a motion to dismiss, based on habeas corpus, and the fact that the government could not establish jurisdiction. The court would have no right to hear the case.

    The entire case was withdrawn after the motion and all charges were dismissed. Our client was not in violation of his parole. We presented this case in front of an especially difficult judge and our client was grateful to walk out without any jail 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.

    Man With Three Felony Charges Avoids Sex Offender List

    Sep 03 2015 in Case Results, Sex Crimes

    We represented a client living in Michigan who crawled into an air mattress with his cousin, forced his fingers into her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a 1st degree felony offense and aggravated indecent assault without the victim’s consent, a 2nd degree felony offense and corruption of minors, a 3rd degree felony. At the time, he was 19-years-old and his cousin was 14-years-old. All three offenses carry a sex offense registration list and significant jail time. He turned to Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Samir Sarna at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, who took the case.

    Our client pleaded guilty to these allegations in his home state of Michigan. The victim made the complaint and he got charged in both Michigan and Pennsylvania. The judge allowed his Michigan conviction to be introduced in court and he pleaded guilty in Michigan prior to this hearing. The judge also did not allow Samir to call his Michigan attorney to explain why the man took the plea and his decision in doing so.

    We came to a plea offer of the 1st degree misdemeanor, corruption of minors, which did not require him to be registered as a sex offender. He was sentenced to a year minus a day to two years minus two days with eligibility for early parole and work release. Our client could have been on a lifetime sex offender registration list and faced up to 16 years in jail. Between both states, he served under 18 months total and was on probation for three to four years.

    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.

    No Jail Time For Fourth DUI, Other Charges

    Sep 02 2015 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension, DUI

    Our firm was contacted by 25-year-old Allegheny County man who was charged with a DUI of the highest tier, resisting arrest , fighting police animals, fleeing, disorderly conduct, driving under suspension and with a BAC >.02, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving on suspended DUI. Our client needed a strong defense because this was his fourth lifetime DUI charge. He reached out to the Pittsburgh DUI defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help. Pittsburgh Criminal Defense attorney Samir Sarna negotiated to withdraw every charge except the DUI and the felony of fighting the police animals. He was sentenced to DUI court and 20 months of electronic monitoring plus 40 months of probation and was not sentenced to time in jail.

    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.