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    Grieving Father’s Felony DUI Reduced to Educational Program

    May 02 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Notable Case Results

    Our firm was contacted by a 59-year-old man who had been arrested by the Pittsburgh Police Department and charged with felony DUI while visiting the grave site of his recently deceased daughter. Our client’s case was serious as he had previously struggled with substance abuse and had been convicted of felony possession with intent to deliver narcotics over 10 years ago, but had since been clean, sober, and active in the addiction recovery community.

    Our client’s daughter had unexpectedly and tragically passed away which led to his unfortunate relapse. While grieving the loss of his daughter, our client went to her gravesite and drank as he mourned her death. Our client then left the cemetery and was pulled over and arrested for felony (DUI). Due to our client’s previous conviction for felony narcotics possession he was not eligible for the ARD program. Our client was facing possible jail time, thousands of dollars in court fees and fines, and the loss of his driver’s license because of this felony DUI charge. He consulted with our experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense & DUI attorneys to handle his case. We worked diligently to defend our client and bring the details of the case to the judge’s attention, specifically that our client’s grief triggered his relapse and subsequent charge.

    We were able to negotiate and settle our client’s case before the preliminary hearing. To avoid jail time, our client attended a four-day DUI educational program. Our client had also been looking at extended-supervised probation for over a year and thousands of dollars in court fees and fines. We successfully negotiated favorable terms on behalf of our client to a reduced time of only six months of supervised probation and fines of only $1,500 – far less than the normal fees and fines for a felony DUI in Pittsburgh. Our client was able to keep his driver’s license, which was a priority; he needed to be able to continue working to provide for his family, attend recovery meetings within the community, and visit his daughter’s gravesite as he healed in the grieving process.

    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.

    Conviction of Reckless Driving Dismissed in Appeals Case

    May 01 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    We were contacted a couple of months ago by a 69-year-old man who had been arrested by the Pittsburgh Police Department and charged with reckless driving. Although our client had previous moving violations on his record, he decided to represent himself in this case and appeared at his initial hearing on his own. The presiding judge reviewed our client’s history of moving violations, listened to the arresting officer’s testimony, and found our client guilty of reckless driving. This judgment carried with it a mandatory one-year driver’s license suspension along with hundreds of dollars in court fees and fines. Wanting to appeal the judgment against him, our client hired our exceptional Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys to represent him in his appeals hearing.

    To defend our client in the appeals case, our attorneys focused on the arresting officer’s ability to recall detailed information of the incident that led to the arrest and charge of our client. We were able to show the officer’s inability to accurately recall specific details of the incident in question. Due to the discovery of this vital information that could not be confirmed against our client, the case was dismissed and all charges were dropped. Our client was relieved of the court fines and fees that had been assessed against him, plus it meant one less conviction on his driving record and the ability to retain his driver’s license. Our Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys represent our clients in court to help our clients face their charges by guiding them through the complicated legal systems clients face when dealing with 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.

    Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness Dismissed

    Apr 21 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    Our law firm was contacted by a young man in his mid 30s who was married with two young children. He had been arrested by the Pittsburgh Police Department and charged with one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of public drunkenness, a summary offense. Realizing these charges could affect his ability to work and provide for his family, our client sought the experienced help of Pittsburgh defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. We began working on our client’s behalf to review the Commonwealth’s evidence and defend him against these charges.

    Our client had gone on a date with his wife to a downtown nightclub and upon leaving had become separated from his wife. Believing his wife was still inside the club our client knocked on the entrance doors and was met by security, who were off-duty Pittsburgh Police Officers. Concerned for the safety of his wife, our client argued with the security men, asking to be allowed back into the club to find his wife. The security guards placed our client under arrest and he was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. These charges carry sentences that include jail time and hundreds of dollars in court fines and fees. We were able to negotiate an agreement where all charges against our client were to be dismissed after a 90-day probationary period of good behavior. Our client was spared time in jail, a criminal record, and hundreds of dollars in court fines and fees.

    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.

    Reckless Driving Reduced to Moving Violation

    Apr 20 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    Our law firm was contacted by a woman in her mid-20s who was arrested by the Pittsburgh Police Department and charged with reckless driving. Realizing this misdemeanor charge carries a mandatory one-year suspension of an individual’s driver’s license, she sought the professional help of the Pittsburgh traffic attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC. Our attorneys accepted her case and immediately began to work on her behalf. Our client had no prior criminal record, was a department manager for a local retailer and had been driving home after a long day at work when she mistakenly pressed on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal sending her car across the center barrier and colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

    Understanding this was a mistake and knowing our client could not afford to lose her license for the mandatory one-year sentencing, we were able to defend her from the very beginning of the preliminary hearing all the way until we secured a favorable outcome for our client. Our attorneys were able to secure a reduced charge of one count of a moving violation that carries no points on a driving record and a small fee of only $170.00. Thanks to the representation of the experienced Pittsburgh traffic attorneys of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, our client avoided losing her license, having a permanent criminal record, and paying hundreds of dollars in court fines and fees.

    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.

    Five Misdemeanors Reduced to One Moving Violation

    Apr 17 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    Our law firm was contacted by a 36-year-old male who had been arrested by the Mt Lebanon Police Department and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He was facing a total of five serious misdemeanor charges which included three offenses that carried a one-year license suspension for each offense: one count of reckless driving, one count of careless driving and one count of running a red light. Not only was our client looking at several hundred dollars in fees and fines but also the loss of his driving license for up to three years.

    After securing representation with the Pittsburgh criminal defense team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, we went to work on behalf of our client. This young man had no prior criminal record and no moving violations or citations. He had worked for more than 13 years at a local grocery store and was medically diagnosed with minor mental delays which needed to be considered by the court as a part of the charges brought against him. Our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys worked diligently on behalf of the client, resulting in a plea agreement to bring the charges of the case to only one count of a moving violation that carries zero points on a driving record and a small fine of only $150.00. Our client was able to prevent the loss of his drivers license, secure his continued clean driving record and avoid any criminal record from charges brought against him in this case.

    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.