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    Case Results

    Felony Drug Possession Charge Dismissed; Probation For Marijuana Possession

    Oct 31 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    Our client was charged with felony Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, misdemeanor Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. The drug involved in the felony drug possession charge was crack cocaine, and the amount in question could have triggered a 1-2 year mandatory sentence in a state correctional facility.

    We quickly learned that our client had merely been on the scene when the police busted her friend’s house where the drugs were hidden.  The police had charged our client in an effort to scare her into testifying against her friend.  But in our client’s neighborhood, testifying for the police was more dangerous than going to jail, so we had to litigate.

    We extracted significant favorable testimony for our client at the preliminary hearing and used it at the trial on her behalf.  Following trial, the judge dismissed all charges against our client except for Possession of Marijuana, which she admitted.  We were successful in convincing the judge to place our client on a special type of probation that enabled us to have her record expunged.  She is now free of any criminal record for felony drug possession or the other 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.

    Theft Charges Resolved After Man Gets Drug Abuse Treatment

    Oct 30 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    Our client was incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail for two reasons — he was on probation for prior criminal drug offenses and had committed a new offense involving theft charges.  As a result, he was lodged in the Allegheny County Jail on a probation detainer warrant.  In addition to the detainer, he was also being held on a high bail for his new theft charges.

    We had worked with this client on previous cases, and he once again turned to the Pittsburgh Criminal Defense lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help. Because of our history with this gentleman, we were aware that he was suffering from a serious heroin addiction and needed help for his substance abuse.  We found a rehabilitation facility that was willing to work with him.  We then filed a motion with his probation judge asking for the probation detainer to be transferred to the rehab facility.  The Judge agreed and the first hurdle was cleared.

    However, the bail agency would not agree to modify his bail at the new charges to the rehab facility.  As a result, we filed a motion with the motions judge, and, after a complicated hearing, the Judge agreed to place our client in the rehab.  After going through rehab, the theft charges were much easier to work out and our client was able to maintain his sobriety from both drugs and alcohol.  He is now back in school and working toward a degree in political science.

    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.

    Young Man’s Felony Drug Charges Reduced

    Oct 29 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    A young college graduate in his mid-20s was recently charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (PWID), possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana, and cultivation and harvesting of a controlled substance. PWID and the cultivation/harvesting of a controlled substance are ungraded felonies in the Commonwealth, while possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana are ungraded misdemeanors. He had never been in any legal trouble in the past, and was understandably worried about his future. He hired Pittsburgh defense attorney Samir Sarna to represent him on these charges and improve his legal situation.

    Our client’s roommate called the police on him when the roommate discovered a suspected marijuana plant in our client’s room. When the police arrived, they seized the plant, loose marijuana, paraphernalia, and materials that would indicate someone was selling controlled substances. We focused on getting certain charges dismissed to allow for our client to enter a plea for probation without verdict. This allows for a criminal record expungement after the probationary period has been completed.

    After discussing the case with the police officer and the assistant district attorney, Samir negotiated for a dismissal of all charges except for possession of a controlled substance. Our client was given six (6) months of probation without verdict. After he completes the non-reporting probationary period, he will be eligible for an expungement of this incident.

    Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

    Man’s Driving Under Suspension Charge Reduced

    Oct 23 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    A man in his mid-50s working two jobs – one during the day as an advertising executive and one during the night as a manager at a local Wendy’s – was charged with driving under a suspended license. This is a summary offense in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that rarely results in jail time, but does incur an additional one-year driver’s license suspension if convicted. The man had been driving to work to support his family and put his daughter through college, and knew that his driver’s license was suspended. Most days he had a ride to work, but at the time of the offense his wife was sick and could not take him. He took a chance and was caught.

    The man knew he could not afford an additional driver’s license suspension when he had to drive to and from his jobs in order to provide for his family. He hired Pittsburgh defense attorney Mike Worgul to handle his case and represent him on this charge. Mike attended three court dates at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and negotiated with the police officer to reduce the charge so there would be no additional points on our client’s record or any additional license suspension. Our client is now on track to get his license back and is able to get to and from work without any problems.

    Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.

    Foreign Woman’s Prostitution Charge Withdrawn

    Oct 17 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes

    A woman in her mid-40s was recently charged with promoting prostitution (a third-degree misdemeanor), possession of an instrument of crime (a first-degree misdemeanor), and possession of a controlled substance (an ungraded misdemeanor) in Allegheny County. As an out-of-country resident seeking U.S. citizenship and immigration, it was imperative that she not have any criminal convictions – especially for something like prostitution. She hired Pittsburgh criminal lawyers Samir Sarna and Mike Worgul to handle her case.

    Allegedly, the woman had an ad on Craigslist for escort services. An undercover police officer responded to the ad, made arrangements to meet the woman at her hotel room, and claimed that the woman agreed to perform oral sex for $200. An agreement was reached and money exchanged hands, at which point the office called in backup officers to arrest and charge our client.

    We attended three court dates on our client’s behalf. After negotiating a deal with the District Attorney’s office, we were able to achieve a withdrawal of all charges in exchange for our client making a guilty plea for disorderly conduct – a summary offense. This summary offense does not impact her ability to obtain U.S. citizenship. We were also also to negotiate for the court to waive all court costs and fines, and the client received no penalty for the incident.

    Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case.