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    Case Results

    Carrying a Firearm Without License Charges Withdrawn

    Feb 27 2015 in Case Results, Firearms & Weapons Rights

    We recently helped an unemployed man in his mid-20s avoid a conviction for carrying a firearm without a license. At the time of the alleged offense, police officers were patrolling in the Hays neighborhood. They observed a 1994 black Lexus with expired inspection stickers and tried to pull the vehicle over. The driver sped off, and officers witnessed someone in the front passenger seat throwing a gray .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol out of the window. Once the vehicle came to a stop, the police put this person into custody and went back to find the firearm.

    Our client had a prior conviction on his record for simple assault, and he wanted to avoid any jail time, fines, or other penalties that came with this new charge. We made over five court appearances on our client’s behalf, and eventually the charges were withdrawn because the Commonwealth decided not to pursue the charges. At the preliminary hearing, we were able to establish that the police could not have actually seen our client throw the weapon. The Commonwealth needed an independent witness to testify, but we learned early on that the person would not testify and would not be available for a court appearance. When it came time for the case to go to trial at the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas, the Commonwealth had to drop the charges.

    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.

    Woman Found Not Guilty of Drug Trafficking, Other Charges

    Feb 20 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    Our client was charged with an ungraded felony count of drug trafficking, and ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, and an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors made a decent plea offer for the drug trafficking charge, but our client was adamant that she was innocent.

    Our client was in a precarious position. She had to admit that she possessed marijuana and possessed drug paraphernalia while at the same time arguing for a not guilty verdict for the more serious charges. If convicted, she faced a mandatory sentence of 1 to 2 years.

    We took our client’s drug trafficking case to trial. After presenting our evidence and arguments, a jury found our client not guilty of drug trafficking and possession.

    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.

    Woman Found Not Guilty of Kidnapping, Other Charges

    Feb 19 2015 in 2015, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Notable Case Results, Violent Crimes

    Our client was charged with a first-degree felony count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony count of criminal conspiracy, a first-degree misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint, and a second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault.

    The charges stemmed from a situation we see often. Our client’s boyfriend was the person engaged in illegal activity, but she happened to be present at the time the illegal activity was happening and did nothing about it. Additionally, there was a gun involved in the commission of the crime. Our client was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 to 10 years.

    We took our client’s kidnapping and other charges to trial. After presenting our case and arguments, the jury found our client not guilty on all charges.

    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.

    Juvenile’s Drug Trafficking Charge Withdrawn

    Feb 18 2015 in 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    Our client was charged with an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and an ungraded felony count of drug trafficking. Our client was a juvenile, which made it unlikely that he would go to jail, but having these charges on his record could have had a significant impact on his future.

    We took on his case and reviewed the police reports underlying the possession of a controlled substance and drug trafficking charges. We realized that our client had been improperly charged with the felony offense. That’s not uncommon. We negotiated with prosecutors and were able to get the felony charge withdrawn. As long as our client remained trouble-free for the next five years, his record could be fully expunged and the possession of a controlled substance and drug trafficking charges wouldn’t affect his future.

    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 Gets Probation After DUI, Multiple Violations

    Feb 17 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Drug Crimes, DUI, Traffic Offenses

    Our client was charged with five counts of first-degree misdemeanor DUI, a third-degree felony count of fleeing and eluding, six second-degree misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, and more than 30 moving violations.

    In addition, our client was already on probation with another judge for charges that dated back to 1993. If convicted of the new criminal charges, the probationary judge could give him another sentence on the previous charges — entirely separate from the 40-year maximum he faced if convicted on all the new charges.

    The experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers took on his case and started negotiations with the prosecutors. Our client pled guilty to one DUI, fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance, and driving without a license. He received a sentence of 3 to 6 months in jail, for which he had time credit.

    Then we were able to convince the probation judge to let him out of jail and impose a new period of 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.