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    Case Results

    Burglary and Other Charges Withdrawn

    Feb 16 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes, Violent Crimes, Weapons Crimes

    Our client was charged with a first-degree felony count of burglary, a first-degree felony count of criminal conspiracy, a third-degree felony count of carrying a firearm without a license, a first-degree misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property, and a second-degree misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence. If convicted on all counts, our client faced a maximum prison sentence of 55 years.

    We represented our client at a preliminary hearing on the burglary and other charges. We negotiated with prosecutors and were able to convince them to withdraw the criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence charges in exchange for a waiver of the preliminary hearing.

    We then focused on preparing for trial. Ultimately, the prosecutors were forced to withdraw the burglary and other remaining 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.

    Public Drunkenness Charge Dismissed, Expunged

    Feb 13 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    Our client was charged with the summary offense of public drunkenness. Although the offense is not punishable with jail time, our client was worried about the effect that a conviction would have on his potential future employment if it showed up on employment background checks. Our client contacted the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to help ensure that the public drunkenness charge didn’t harm our client’s future.

    Ultimately, we were able to get our client’s public drunkenness charge dismissed and expunged from our client’s record. With the dismissal and expungement, the charge will not affect our client’s ability to get a job.

    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 Charged with Drug Trafficking Gets Probation

    Feb 12 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    Our client was charged with a third-degree felony count of violation of the Uniform Firearms Act, an ungraded felony count of drug trafficking, an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of drugs, and an ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, our client was looking at a mandatory sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison even though she had no prior criminal record.

    Our client was scared that she’d serve years in prison and hired the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help with her drug trafficking, possession of drugs, and other charges.

    We looked at the facts and evidence in her case and started negotiations with the district attorney. Ultimately, our client was able to plead guilty to one county of possession of drugs. She was sentenced to probation without a verdict. As long as our client completes all conditions of her probation without any problems, she will be eligible to have her record expunged and the drug trafficking, possession of drugs, and other charges erased.

    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 Found Not Guilty of Robbery

    Feb 11 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes, Violent Crimes

    Our client was charged with a first-degree felony count of robbery. He was alleged to have used a firearm in the commission of the crime, which meant he faced a mandatory sentence of 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted. Our client wanted to avoid that outcome if possible and called the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    We reviewed the facts and evidence in his case and found some challenges. First, the victim of the crime had previously identified our client from a photo array as the perpetrator of the alleged robbery. We also had the challenge of surveillance video of the alleged robbery that depicted a person who could have been our client. Finally, our client had written a letter to some of his friends about the case and asking them to “talk” to the victim.

    Because of all of this, the prosecutors were not offering any kind of plea deals in the case. We decided to take the case to trial and try to convince a jury that our client did not commit the robbery. Ultimately, we were able to get a verdict of “not guilty” following the jury trial. Our client achieved the outcome he desired.

    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.

    Burglary Felony Charge Withdrawn

    Feb 09 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    Our client was charged with a first-degree felony count of burglary, a third-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, and a first-degree misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. If convicted of all the charges, our client could have served a maximum sentence of 32 years in prison. Our client wanted to avoid that outcome, and contacted the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at our firm to represent him in the burglary and receiving stolen property case.

    We started work on the case, and negotiated with the district attorney. We were able to convince the district attorney to withdraw the felony burglary and receiving stolen property charges in exchange for our client’s guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. Our client was sentenced to 6 to 12 months of incarceration — much less than the 32 years our client initially faced.

    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.