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    Lawrence County Underage Drinking Case Dismissed

    Mar 30 2018 in Case Results, Student and Underage Crimes

    Young people often make mistakes under peer pressure. These youthful mistakes can sometimes lead to criminal actions that bring on harsh penalties like a permanent criminal record and steep fines. If your child’s future is on the line because of a mistake or lapse in judgement, call the Pittsburgh juvenile crime attorneys of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC right away.

    Recently, a group of underage individuals were driving in Lawrence County when they were pulled over by the police. After three bags containing alcohol were found in the vehicle, all of the occupants were charged with underage drinking. Knowing the consequences this offense could have, one of the passenger’s parents reached out to attorney Samir Sarna for help.

    During their first court appearance, attorney Sarna discovered that the other four individuals in the vehicle had been offered a program in which they’d have to perform community service and a driver’s license suspension. If they satisfied all these aspects, they could have the offense changed from an underage citation to disorderly conduct, which is less severe, but still a conviction.

    Choosing to fight the citation in hopes of a better outcome, attorney Sarna took the client’s charge to a summary hearing. Ultimately, he built his client’s defense around her constructive possession of the alcohol. By claiming that she merely in the presence of alcohol, rather than in physical possession of it, attorney Sarna obtained a not guilty verdict from the judge. This spared his young client from any mark against her criminal record.

    The positive outcome led the parent of another passenger in the car in question to contact Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help with her child’s situation. Attorney Sarna called the officer from the original stop and after negotiating on his new client’s behalf, the officer withdrew the underage drinking citation in place of a summary disorderly charge without participating in the original program offered.

    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.

    19-Year-Old Avoids Decades in Prison for Multiple Sex Crimes

    Sep 25 2017 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Notable Case Results, Sex Crimes

    The need to protect young people cannot be overstated, but the laws meant to shelter young people in Pennsylvania are complicated and can have very real and harsh consequences. If you are caught up in a situation where criminal sexual accusations are made against you, it is critical that you discuss the matter with a skilled Pennsylvania sex crimes attorney.

    Recently, a 19-year-old man met a young woman and the pair began dating. After the relationship ended, it became clear that despite telling him otherwise, the female was under the legal age of consent in Pennsylvania, which is 16. The girl’s mother reported the relationship to the police and he suddenly found himself charged with several very serious felony level sexual assault offenses and quickly learned that if convicted, he’d face some devastating ramifications like 20 to 40 years in prison and being required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. To protect his freedom and in turn his future, the young man came to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    As an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer, Matthew Ness knows the impact a sex crimes conviction can have and fought hard to protect his client. This led to exhaustive negotiations with the prosecutor and due to his commitment to finding the best possible result, his client agreed to plead to a single charge that would not include any jail time and a reduced period of sex offender registration. Instead, he would serve six months of house arrest and five years of probation. Essentially by avoiding the life-long registration as a sex offender, he’ll be able to eventually move on without such a grievous stigma.

    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.

    Reduced Penalties for Slippery Rock DUI

    Sep 20 2017 in Case Results, DUI, DUI Results

    Not long ago, an MBA student at Slippery Rock University went out after class with a few friends and after having too much to drink was pulled over for DUI. This could have ended with a lengthy license suspension and three days in jail, but the student decided to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer from Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. Attorney Matthew Ness handled the case and through his knowledgeable and assertive approach, instead of the harshest possible results, this client was spared from any time in jail or probation and only needed to serve a 60-day license suspension.

    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.

    Prison Guard in Erie Sees Speeding Ticket Dismissed

    Sep 15 2017 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    When a corrections officer in Erie, PA was ticketed for going 23 miles over the limit and since he already had two points on his record, the addition of four points would likely lead to a 30-day license suspension. This would have certainly interfered with his ability to travel to and from work and to hopefully find a better result, he contacted Pennsylvania traffic attorney Matthew Ness. By displaying his client’s long and distinguished career in law enforcement and his need to drive, his speeding ticket was ultimately dismissed and he saw no adverse consequences.

    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.

    Restitution to Dismiss Shoplifting Charges

    Sep 11 2017 in Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A 53-year-old salesman recently found himself in a difficult legal position after a local grocery store tracked some irregularities on his loyalty card. Consequently, he was charged with retail theft for allegedly paying for store brand items, but taking the name brand equivalent. The reported value that the store lost was approximately $3,800 and to avoid the limitations of a theft conviction on his career and his life in general, he contacted Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and Pittsburgh defense attorney Matthew Ness.

    After negotiating with everyone involved, attorney Ness reached an agreement that permitted the theft case to be dismissed in exchange for paying full restitution to the store. Therefore, by paying the store for their losses, the charges were withdrawn and his client could easily move on through an expungement.

    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.