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    Case Results

    Teenager’s Alcohol Offense Reduced to Traffic

    Oct 13 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Student and Underage Crimes

    We recently helped a student in his teens who was charged with minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in system and driving a vehicle at an unsafe speed in Allegheny County. This is a summary offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a 90-day driver’s license suspension.

    At the time of the offense, the young man was allegedly driving his car at an unsafe speed in the rain. A police officer pulled him over and began asking him questions. The young man, while respectful to the police officer, made the mistake of admitting that he had consumed two beers earlier in the night; he was subsequently charged.

    As a student who also worked, he was concerned about having a stain on his record and about potentially losing his driver’s license, which would make getting to school and work difficult. He hired Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Mike Worgul to handle his case. Since the client had a previous encounter with the same police officer in the past, he was worried that the officer would not be so lenient this time around. Since the police officer did not chemically test the client for the presence of alcohol, there was no way to prove that our client had consumed any alcohol. This became the foundation for our defense. We attended two court dates on our client’s behalf in which we were able to use our evidentiary standing to negotiate a settlement with the officer. Our client ultimately plead guilty to several low-level traffic offenses with no points on his record and no driver’s license suspension. He continues to attend class and work.

    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.

    Possession of Controlled Substance Charge Negotiated to Disorderly Conduct

    Oct 07 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    A young man in his mid-20s was recently charged with possession of a controlled substance, an ungraded misdemeanor, in Lawrence County Central Court. He had been driving in North Beaver Township when he experienced car trouble, so he pulled over to the side of the road. When police arrived on the scene to assist him, the police officer alleged that there was a strong smell of marijuana. The man handed the police officer a rolled cigar (blunt) that contained marijuana, and was subsequently arrested for possession.

    Since a conviction for this type of charge is a violation of the Drug Device and Cosmetic Act, it carries a suspension of driving privileges. As a local roofer who needs to get around by driving, the young man would have lost his job for losing his driving privileges and having a conviction on his record. He sought out the legal help of Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Samir Sarna to represent him on this charge. The client had one prior experience with the legal system for disorderly conduct, which had been dismissed.

    Samir attended one court date on the client’s behalf. After discussing the case with the police officer and the assistant district attorney, he was able to negotiate a plea for summary disorderly conduct. The drug charge was dismissed, and the client paid a fine. He no longer needs to worry about the drug charge, which can be expunged, and he does not face a driver’s license suspension.

    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.

    Salesman’s DUS Charge Appealed Successfully

    Oct 01 2014 in 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    A man in his mid-30s was recently charged with two counts of driving under a suspended license in Lawrence County. Driving under suspension is a summary offense in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He hired Pittsburgh traffic lawyers Mike Worgul and Samir Sarna to handle his case.

    Our client was charged with speeding in Ohio and forgot about the citation. As a result, Ohio convicted him and his license was suspended in Pennsylvania for failure to appear in court. He was driving on the highway one day and unfortunately was pulled over in two different jurisdictions for the same offense.

    As a salesman who depends on his license to get to work, he was concerned about what this would do to his employment. We took immediate action to have his license reinstated as fast as possible. Pittsburgh defense attorney Mike Worgul represented him in two separate court dates in Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas. We were able to appeal the client’s convictions, and achieved a stay of his license suspension. At the appeal hearing, Mike successfully achieved a reduction in charges. Our client received no demerit points on his license and no further driver’s license suspension.

    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.

    Young Professional’s Marijuana Charges Dismissed

    Sep 27 2014 in 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes

    A young professional in his mid-20s was recently charged in Allegheny County with possession of a small amount of marijuana – an ungraded misdemeanor in the Commonwealth. At the time of the alleged offense, he was a passenger in his girlfriend’s car when the Mt. Oliver police pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop. The officer noted the smell of marijuana, and the young man handed the officer a bag containing approximately one ounce of marijuana and a separate bag containing eight (8) grams of hashish.

    As someone just embarking on his career in the IT world, the man was extremely worried about how this would impact his future. After speaking with Pittsburgh criminal attorney Samir Sarna, he hired Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to handle his case and fight the charges he faced. Samir attended one court date on the client’s behalf. After discussing the validity of the initial traffic stop, Samir was able to convince the officer and the assistant district attorney to dismiss the charges due to a suppression issue that would have likely led to a dismissal of charges at the Common Pleas level.

    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.

    Carpenter’s DUI-Related Driving Under Suspension Charges Reduced

    Sep 19 2014 in 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension, DUI

    A man in his mid-40s was recently charged with driving under a suspended license (DUI-related) in Butler County. A summary offense, driving on a suspended license carries a mandatory 60-day license suspension when it is related to a DUI conviction. The man was also charged with driving without a license, driving without insurance, and several other minor offenses.

    Concerned about what would happen next, he turned to Pittsburgh DUI lawyer Mike Worgul to handle his case. The man had a DUI several years back but never knew what to do to get his license back after the suspension period was over. As a result, he was driving to work and other places without a license when he could have had one all along. At the time of the traffic stop, he was pulled over by a state trooper who was going to give him a warning. Unfortunately, our client lied to the trooper, who then cited him for the offenses.

    As a carpenter in the construction industry, our client needed to get his license back so he could drive and earn a living. We realized that, despite the charges, our client was eligible for getting his license back. We obtained a copy of his restoration requirements letter and provided him with a path to reclaim his license. Our client showed up as the hearing with his license, which made negotiates much easier. Mike was able to convince the officer to drop all of the more serious charges down to minor traffic offenses. As a result, our client did not have to go to jail, lose his license, or acquire any new demerit points on his license.

    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.