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    Case Results

    Reckless Driving Case Dismissed With Small Fine

    Aug 17 2015 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    A 30-year-old man was charged with reckless and careless driving after he was driving on the highway and a car backed out of an entry way. Our client was unable to stop in time and tried to get out of the way but ended up rear-ending another car. A police officer showed up on the scene, took statements from witnesses and charged him regardless of not being present during the occurrence. Careless driving is a three point offense and Reckless driving is a three point offense which carries a 90-day mandatory suspension, so the attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC were concerned.

    At the hearing, the officer agreed to negotiate for a small fine and before the officer testified, attorney Samir Sarna motioned to dismiss because the officer had no witnesses present. The judge agreed and dismissed the case. The duration of the case from start to dismissal took about three to four weeks.

    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.

    Public Drunkenness Case Dismissed

    Aug 14 2015 in Case Results

    A Carnegie Mellon candidate for a Ph.d in Robotics, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon, was charged with public drunkenness. Our client allegedly drove to a laboratory at Carnegie Mellon, parked his car and left the door ajar behind him, went to a fourth-floor lab and passed out. Officers in the area got a report, saw the open car door and cell phone and equipment on the front seat. Pittsburgh criminal attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC were contacted and Samir Sarna appeared once in court on the client’s behalf. During cross-examination, Samir determined that the police officer never saw the man outside or near his car, but only in the lab. Because a key card was required for entry, Samir insisted it was not a public space and only specific individuals could enter the building. The charges were completely dismissed and our client was found not guilty. The case which was heard in Squirrel Hill, occurred on March 3 and the verdict was given on April 8.

    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.

    Disorderly Conduct Charges Dropped After Damaging Elevator

    Aug 13 2015 in Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A 35-year-old Veterans Hospital employee was charged with disorderly conduct when he and a colleague were jumping on an elevator, breaking a cable. With a concerned family, our client was referred by a friend and contacted attorney Samir Sarna for his help. The elevator was on federal property and the case was filed as a Federal Summary of Disorderly Conduct. The man kept his job and paid a $147 fine after splitting the cost with his colleague and because a fine was paid, the charges were completely 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.

    Repeat Offender Avoids Non-Jury Trial, Receives Six-Months Probation

    May 12 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Drug Crimes, Notable Case Results

    Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC were recently contacted and retained to represent an individual with an extensive criminal history arrested by the Pittsburgh Police Department. Our client was driving and approached for a traffic stop by undercover police officers known to our client. Our client was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, driving on a suspended license and possession. As a repeat offender, these charges against our client carry hundreds of dollars in fines and over two years of mandatory jail time.

    Our client’s previous criminal history factored heavily in the charges brought against him and our attorneys worked hard to defend our client in this case. Our client’s case was headed towards a non-jury trial but we successfully negotiated with the Commonwealth and secured the charges of possession and driving on a suspended license to be dismissed against our client. Our client was given only a six-month supervised probation sentence for fleeing and eluding and left the preliminary hearing without being required to serve 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.

    Misdemeanor Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct Dismissed

    May 09 2015 in 2015, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys were contacted by a 21-year-old young man who had been arrested in October 2014 and charged with misdemeanor simple assault and disorderly conduct. Our client had no previous criminal history, worked full time as a hospital employee and was currently seeking to enroll as a student in a local medical assisting program. On the night of the incident in question a neighbor had called the police because she had heard what she thought was a fight going on in our client’s home. The Pittsburgh Police responded and interviewed the neighbor who reported she had seen a male dragging a female down the apartment hallway. The responding police made contact with the female victim who identified our client as the alleged perpetrator. The mother of the victim who was present during the incident was also interviewed and identified our client as the alleged perpetrator. Our client was arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Our client faced possible jail time, several hundred dollars in court fees, and a permanent criminal record that would affect his future employment in the medical field.

    Worgul, Sarna & Ness defended our client against these charges and successfully negotiated settlement terms before the preliminary hearing. The Commonwealth agreed to a 90-day probationary period of good behavior whereby our client would complete this time period and afterward all charges against him would be dismissed. Our client maintained good behavior for the 90-day probationary period and all charges against him, in this case, were dismissed. Our attorneys were able to secure these results for our client and prevent him from paying hundreds of dollars in court fees, having a permanent criminal record and being sentenced to 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.