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    Receiving Stolen Property, Other Charges Dismissed

    Feb 03 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    Our client was charged with a third-degree felony count of receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft of leased property, and a third-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. If convicted on all counts, our client faced a maximum prison sentence of 14 years of incarceration.

    Our client knew that he needed a lawyer to represent him in defense of the receiving stolen property and other charges. He contacted the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    Prior to our client’s preliminary hearing on the charges, we were able to convince the prosecutor to withdraw the receiving stolen property charge. That left the theft of leased property and criminal mischief charges pending.

    After the preliminary hearing, the judge in the case dismissed the remaining charges. Our client was able to move on with his life.

    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.

    Owning and Operating a Chop Shop, Other Charges Dismissed

    Feb 02 2015 in 2015, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    Our client was charged with a second-degree felony count of owning and operating a chop shop, a second-degree felony count of criminal conspiracy, two second-degree misdemeanor counts of tampering with evidence, and a third-degree misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. If convicted on these charges, our client faced a minimum sentence of 12 to 18 months of incarceration.

    Our client knew he needed help with his case and contact the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for representation in his owning and operating a chop shop and other charges. We began work on the case and prepared for trial.

    We contacted the district attorney’s office and pointed out the problems with the prosecution’s case. As a result, the owning and operating a chop shop, criminal conspiracy, and receiving stolen property charges were dropped. Our client pleaded guilty to a tampering with evidence charge and was sentenced to 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 gets reduced sentence

    Jan 15 2015 in 2015, Case Results, DUI

    Our client was charged with a second DUI offense within 10 years. This offense is a first-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. Typically, a second DUI is not a major offense, and can usually result in a period of house arrest for a convicted defendant.

    However, our client was in the precarious position of having a significant prior record. That meant his standard sentencing range called for a minimum of 24 months of incarceration in the state penitentiary. Our client knew he needed a good defense lawyer and Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC was hired to represent him on the second DUI charge.

    The prosecutor considered the case against our client very good, and would not agree to any penalty less than the standard sentencing range. We decided to take our case to a judge. We prepared our client to take the witness stand in his defense, and present his sympathetic situation to the court. After considering our arguments, the judge sentenced our client to a minimum of 6 months instead of 24 months for the second DUI.

    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.

    Robbery, Other Charges Reduced Through Plea

    Jan 14 2015 in 2015, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Violent Crimes

    Our client was an inmate at the Allegheny County Jail who was accused of brutally attacking and robbing another inmate while incarcerated. As a result of the alleged attack, our client was charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, assault by a prisoner, terroristic threats, assault, and harassment. The robbery and criminal conspiracy charges were first-degree felonies. Assault by a prisoner was a second-degree felony. The remaining charges were misdemeanors.

    Collectively, the penalties for these charges could have been very severe. Just the robbery charge carried a possible 10 to 20-year sentence. If convicted of all of the charges, our client could have faced a possible maximum sentence of 59 years of incarceration. Our client was in deep trouble and needed the help of experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers. Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC was hired to help.

    We prepared to defend our client at the trial on the robbery, criminal conspiracy, assault by a prisoner, terroristic threats, assault, and harassment charges. Prior to the trial, we were able to negotiate a plea with the district attorney for our client to plead guilty to assault and harassment and receive one year of probation, and avoiding convictions for the robbery, criminal conspiracy, and terroristic threats 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.

    Felony Aggravated Assault Charge Reduced

    Jan 13 2015 in 2015, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    Our client was charged with felony aggravated assault of an infant. The incident involved an allegation that our client broke the arm of a newborn grandchild. Under Pennsylvania law, this offense has a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in state prison. Our client was in a lot of trouble and turned to the experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys for help.

    We reviewed the felony aggravated assault charge and proceeded to prepare to defend our client at a trial. Ultimately, our client was able to plead no contest to the lesser included offense of simple assault. Our client received six months of probation and avoided the mandatory 5-year prison sentence for felony aggravated assault.

    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.