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Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC (412) 281-2146

    Case Results

    Misdemeanor Theft Dismissed for Reasonable Doubt

    May 08 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    Our office was contacted by a 52-year-old man who had been arrested for misdemeanor theft. Our client had been visiting a friend with others in the friend’s home, and during the visit, the friend had $500 cash go missing from her purse. Our client had been identified by the victim as the alleged perpetrator due to the fact our client had asked the victim to borrow money earlier in the day. Although there were other individuals that had come and gone throughout the house during this time period, the victim accused our client of the crime and our client was subsequently arrested and charged for misdemeanor theft.

    Our attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC worked diligently to defend our client against these allegations and were able to prove in the preliminary hearing that our client was not the only individual present during the theft of the cash. Our attorneys questioned the victim during the hearing and she admitted there were other individuals present in the home during the time of the theft. This created reasonable doubt on behalf of our client, prompting the judge to determine that the Commonwealth lacked sufficient evidence to charge our client. The misdemeanor theft charges were dismissed. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers have years of defense experience representing clients for all kinds of cases, ranging from summary offenses to felonies. We were able to help our client avoid a criminal conviction he was not guilty of as well as avoid restitution payments.

    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.

    First Time DUI Avoids Suspended License

    May 07 2015 in 2015, Case Results, DUI

    Our firm was recently contacted by a 35-year-old man with no prior criminal history arrested in Beaver County and charged with a DUI. Our client’s Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) at the time of arrest was .16 placing him in the highest tier of DUI charges. This DUI charge carries penalties of up to six months in jail, up to $5,000 in fines, a suspended license for one year and required attendance of the alcohol highway safety school.

    Due to the experience of our attorneys we were able to negotiate with the Commonwealth to lower the DUI charges which allowed our client to attend the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Our client received only six months of supervised probation and did not have his license suspended. Our experience with DUI charges gives our attorneys the knowledge and understanding needed to successfully defend our clients in representing them in their criminal cases.

    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.

    Felony Trespass and Resisting Arrest Dismissed

    May 05 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    Our offices were contacted by an international student in his early-20s attending a prestigious university in the Pittsburgh area scheduled to graduate in May and start a high-tech job on the west coast. Out celebrating his success with friends our client became intoxicated and called for an Uber ride home. The Uber driver misunderstood our client’s address and left him in front of what our client thought was his home. Our client walked into what he thought was his home and went to sleep. The next morning our client was arrested and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and resisting arrest. These serious charges carry thousands of dollars in court fees along with mandatory jail sentencing of over one-year. Our clients future would radically change if convicted of these charges against him.

    Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys worked hard to defend our client and negotiate favorable terms with the Commonwealth. We secured the dismissal of all charges against our client and all charges expunged from his record. Our client was only required to serve a 90-day good behavior probation period, attend ten Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and perform ten hours of community service. Due to the hard work of our experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys, we were able to see our client complete his degree, graduate on time and begin his high-tech career.

    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.

    Felony DUI Expunged After ARD Program

    May 04 2015 in 2015, Case Results, DUI, Traffic Offenses

    Our law firm was contacted by a 25-year-old man that was pulled over in West Moreland County after he attended a local music concert. Our client was arrested and charged with several serious criminal charges which included: resisting arrest, DUI, speeding, and careless driving. Our client faced thousands of dollars in court fees, mandatory jail sentencing of over one-year, the suspension of his driver’s license and a permanent criminal record of multiple misdemeanor and felonies that would affect his future career and education.

    Our Pittsburgh DUI lawyers worked hard to represent our client against these serious charges. Our attorneys successfully negotiated with the Commonwealth and secured the dismissal of the misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor speeding, and misdemeanor careless driving charges against our client. Our attorneys negotiated the opportunity for our client to attend the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for the DUI charge and only receive six months of supervised probation. We were also able to successfully negotiate for our client to have this DUI charge expunged from his permanent record after the completion of the ARD program and the six months supervised probation period. Our client successfully completed both the program and the probation period and the DUI charge was expunged from his permanent record protecting his future from the impact of a DUI conviction.

    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.

    4th Felony DUI Avoids Jail Time

    May 03 2015 in 2015, Case Results

    Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys were contacted by a man in his mid-30s who had been arrested and charged with his fourth felony DUI. Due to the serious nature of this charge, and considering the potential mandatory sentence of one-year in prison, our client feared the impending conviction against him. He was also concerned about losing his successful business and being away from family for so long in prison.

    Our client had served in the Navy as an Officer for 10 years and had been on several combat tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our client had been honorably discharged from the Navy and started his own cement masonry business, and he employed others who relied on his business to provide for their own families. Once we learned of our client’s situation, we immediately began to work on his behalf to help him avoid the worst penalties of a repeat felony DUI.

    Our client was found guilty of felony DUI during his preliminary hearing in February 2014. We successfully negotiated and received a request to delay sentencing until February 2015 against the prosecutions intense objections. We also successfully negotiated for our client to be placed on home electronic monitoring program (EMP) along with the SCRAM alcohol detection bracelet during the pre-sentencing delay.

    As a result of our strong negotiating tactics, our client was able to appear at the sentencing hearing in February 2015 with evidence from the home EMP and SCRAM bracelet, which showed his ability to remain alcohol-free and maintain good behavior for the entire year. Our attorneys produced 15 character reference letters on behalf of our client, and our client gave his own testimony to the judge. He cited that his participation in Alcoholics Anonymous had a positive impact on his ability to become and maintain sobriety. The judge agreed to dismiss all summary charges against our client and gave credit for time served during the delay in sentencing under the EMP and SCRAM bracelet allowing our client to avoid jail time altogether. Our attorneys’ hard work enabled our client to remain out of jail, maintain his business, and seek treatment for his substance abuse through the support of community services.

    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.