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    Case Results

    No Conviction for Home Invasion Charges

    Nov 18 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Violent Crimes

    Police believed our client was involved in an alleged home invasion that was motivated by drugs and gang warfare. Our client was charged with burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, and criminal conspiracy. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 to 10 years for each of the charges, making for a total possible sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison for the charges connected to the home invasion. He knew he was in serious trouble and reached out to the Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    We reviewed the case and approached the prosecutor about a plea deal. We were able to negotiate for an offer of a 2 to 4-year total sentence. However, our client maintained his innocence and wanted to go to trial. We rejected the plea offer and fought the charges in court. Ultimately, we were able to secure a verdict from the jury of not guilty on all of the charges connected to the home invasion.

    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.

    Possession of a Firearm, Other Serious Convictions Avoided

    Nov 14 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes, Weapons Crimes

    Our client was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, several drug offenses, and a minor charge of resisting arrest. He had a prior criminal record that meant he faced a standard sentencing range of 5 to 10 years in prison on the weapons offenses alone. He knew he needed help and turned to the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him on the illegal possession of a firearm, carrying without a license, drug offenses, and resisting arrest charges.

    As part of our strategy of fighting the more serious charges at trial, our client admitted to resisting arrest. He subsequently was found not guilty of the illegal possession of a firearm, carrying without a license, and drug 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.

    Homicide, Robbery Convictions Avoided

    Nov 13 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Violent Crimes

    Our client was charged with first-degree homicide, second-degree homicide, third-degree murder, robbery, and criminal conspiracy. These are very serious felony charges. If convicted of the first or second-degree homicide charges, our client faced a mandatory life prison sentence without parole. He decided to turn to the Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyers for help with his case.

    We reviewed the facts, which included several defendants involved in the incident that resulted in someone being stabbed. Prosecutors presented two eyewitnesses who identified our client as the person who stabbed the victim. Prosecutors argued that our client should be convicted of first or second-degree homicide.

    The case went through three mistrials before a jury finally was able to reach a verdict. Our client was found not guilty of the two homicide and the robbery charges and avoided a mandatory life sentence.

    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.

    Aggravated Assault Case Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

    Nov 12 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Violent Crimes

    Our client was charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy in connection with a drive-by shooting. He faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 5 to 10 years, and a record as a violent felon if convicted. He knew he was in serious trouble and turned to the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys for help.

    Prosecutors were able to prove that our client owned the vehicle from which the shots were fired, and presented an eyewitness with no interest in the outcome of the case who identified our client as the driver of the vehicle. However, we fought for our client at the trial and were able to convince a jury to return a not guilty verdict on the aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy 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 Possession with Intent to Deliver Charge Dismissed

    Nov 11 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    Our client was a college student who ended up charged with numerous offenses, including a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, gambling devices, and possession of paraphernalia. If convicted of these charges, the student faced a mandatory prison sentence of 3 to 6 years. He knew that he needed help and turned to our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys.

    We learned that the student was trying to transfer from Allegheny Count Community College to a four-year university to pursue an accounting degree. He had grown up in a tough neighborhood and had friends who were up to no good. The police conducted a raid and found drugs in a house our client was near — but wasn’t inside. Authorities decided to charge our client first and ask questions later. The student was very worried about getting expelled from college or having a permanent criminal record that would prevent him from pursuing his chosen career. A felony possession with intent to deliver conviction definitely could have affected his ability to pursue his education and his career.

    We tried negotiating with prosecutors, but at first, they wouldn’t make any kind of plea offer. We proceeded to prepare for the student’s trial and refused to seek a postponement of the case. Realizing we had the upper hand, the prosecutors were forced to lighten their stance, and we were able to reach a settlement whereby if our client remained out of trouble for 6 months, the charges would be dismissed and his record would be eligible for expungement. He’ll be able to move on with his life without the felony possession with intent to deliver and the other misdemeanor charges on his record.

    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.