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    Case Results

    Reduced Charges for Robbery and Reckless Endangerment

    Apr 16 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes, Violent Crimes

    Our law firm was contacted by a young man in his mid-20’s who had been arrested and charged in Allegheny County with robbery and two counts of reckless endangerment.

    Our client was accused of robbing an elderly acquaintance while wearing a ski mask in retribution for a business deal that went wrong between the two of them. The client was unemployed at the time, had several prior convictions of serious criminal offenses and was personally identified by the victim as the perpetrator. Due to the nature of the alleged crime, the age and statement of the victim, and our client’s previous criminal record, he was looking at being sentenced, if convicted, to over three years of prison time, hundreds of dollars in court fees and thousands of dollars in restitution costs.

    The client retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him against these serious charges. This client’s case required over five court appearances and many fact-finding and negotiating conversations with the Commonwealth, arresting and investigating law enforcement officers, and the client himself. Our defense focused on attacking witness credibility and identification of our client.

    Using our extensive experience in defending criminal charges in Pittsburgh, we were able to argue for a reduced sentence and penalties and achieve a split verdict in favor of our client.

    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.

    Second DUI & Careless Driving Receives Not Guilty Verdict

    Mar 29 2015 in 2015, Case Results, DUI

    We recently helped a man in his mid-20s charged with a second DUI and careless driving in Westmoreland County. At the time of the offense, our client got a call from a friend asking for help because he had been in an accident. The client had been drinking but went to go help his friend. On his way, he drove by where the accident was supposed to have occurred and saw a police officer on the scene; our client decided to keep driving. The office saw him driving slowly and yelled for our client to come to a stop; he did not. The police officer radioed for a backup to pull our client over. When they finally caught up to our client, they issued field sobriety tests before he was asked to come to the station for a breathalyzer test. The machine said it was not a proper sample, so the police deemed him a refusal to submit.

    As a construction worker, our client was concerned about what would happen to his job. He hired the Pittsburgh DUI lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to handle his case. Because there was no BAC on file for our client due to the machine error, our cross-examination discredited the police officer’s testimony. After attending four court appearances, we were able to secure a not guilty sentence for our client.

    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 Avoids 5-10 Year Mandatory Sentence for Possession, PWID, and Carrying a Firearm Without License

    Mar 16 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Drug Crimes, Firearms & Weapons Rights, Notable Case Results

    We recently helped an unemployed man in his mid-30s avoid criminal charges that included carrying a firearm without a license, possession of a controlled substance, and possession with the intent to deliver. At the time of the alleged offense, police had been conducting surveillance at a residence in Pittsburgh. The police observed our client parking a vehicle in front of the residence and then removing an unknown item from his right waist before placing it in the interior center console of the vehicle. The police used a flashlight to see a firearm protruding from the console and arrested him when he got back to the car. They then searched our client’s vehicle and found drugs.

    Our Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers filed a motion to suppress, citing police misconduct. The police failed to investigate whether the client was in fact licensed to carry a firearm, thereby coercing him to get into the vehicle. This was not supported by probable cause.

    At the time he hired us, our client had been in jail for a while because he had missed a court date. He was facing a mandatory 5-10 year sentence if convicted under the laws at that time, and we were able to secure him a plea agreement that involved no jail time served and immediate release from 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.

    Man Avoids Theft by Deception Conviction

    Mar 07 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    We helped a Pittsburgh man in his 60s charged with three counts of theft by deception in Allegheny County avoid a conviction. The man had been going around pretending to be from a local church and telling people he sold advertising on local bingo cards, and secured over $200 from at least three different individuals. The people never got any advertising and realized it wasn’t working, so the police got involved to investigate.

    Concerned about what would happen to him, the man hired the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him. We secured a 586 resolution for him, which involved him paying everyone back. In agreement, the individuals agreed not to pursue the case. The prosecution agreed to continue the case for six months so long as he didn’t end up in further legal trouble – essentially probation without technically being on probation.

    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.

    Second DUI Penalties Reduced Significantly

    Mar 03 2015 in Case Results, DUI

    An Allegheny County man was recently charged with a second DUI, driving under suspension, driving without a license, and failure to use a seat belt. At the time of the alleged offense, a police officer noticed a burnt out registration on the man’s car. He was also swerving all over the road, almost hitting the curb several times. The officer pulled the man over and asked the driver to put the window down. He noticed a strong smell of alcohol. When he was asked for his license and registration, the man looked blankly at the officer.

    The officer had the man take field sobriety tests, which he failed; he then agreed to a chemical test, with his BAC coming in at .163. A DUI involving a BAC of .16 or higher comes with steep penalties, including 90 days in jail, an 18-month license suspension, and a minimum $1,500 fine.

    The man was going through a rough time. In his mid-30s, he was diagnosed bipolar and had recently lost his job as a machinist. Jail time would prevent him from finding new employment or moving on with his life. He sought out the help of the Pittsburgh DUI lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to help him. We successfully negotiated in three court appearances for his BAC to be brought down by one tier due to 5 percent deviation in testing results. The man avoided the mandatory 90 days of jail time and had to serve only 30 days of house arrest.

    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.