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    Theft by Deception & Home Improvement Fraud Charges Withdrawn

    Sep 15 2014 in 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A business owner in his mid-40s was recently charged with theft by deception and home improvement fraud. Because the contract in dispute was valued at $7,500, the charges were filed as third-degree felony offenses.

    The man, an owner of a roofing company here in the western Pennsylvania area, was charged after a customer paid him $7,500 to complete roofing services but claimed that the man never performed the work. As a business owner, the defendant was very worried about his reputation. Word of mouth is his primary source of business, and a criminal conviction would severely and negatively impact his business. With no prior criminal history, he decided to seek out the help of Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Samir Sarna to handle his case. It was important to the man that the case be dismissed and to start the expungement process as soon as possible, since potential clients would not hire him if they found out he had been charged with home improvement fraud.

    Samir represented the man in Allegheny County at the magisterial district court level in three court dates. After identifying and arguing the scope of the contract and work performed by the defendant versus the terms of the actual contract, the magistrate withdrew all charges at the preliminary hearing.

    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.

    Marijuana Possession Gets ARD

    Sep 09 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Drug Crimes, DUI, Notable Case Results

    A retired, disabled veteran in his 60s was pulled over by police. The officer who stopped him noticed an odor of burnt marijuana. Because the veteran is disabled, he was unable to perform standard roadside field sobriety tests. He submitted to a blood test at the hospital. The veteran was charged with first DUI, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The veteran was worried about getting a criminal record, so he called Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help. Attorney Mike Worgul represented him in the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas on the first DUI, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

    The veteran had some old prior offenses that were not serious, including a disorderly conduct from almost 30 years ago. Attorney Worgul negotiated with the prosecutor for the veteran to be accepted into the ARD program. The prosecutor agreed, and the veteran avoided a one-year license suspension. When he completes the program, the first DUI, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia charges are eligible to be expunged.

    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.

    First DUI Charge Gets ARD

    Sep 05 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, DUI

    A woman in her 30s who works as an executive for a large Pittsburgh chemical company was charged with DUI and reckless driving after crashing her car. She was on her way home from a social function where she had been consuming alcohol. There also was bad weather and poor visibility. Her husband, who was not with her, called the police. The officer who responded noticed that she had been drinking and charged her with a first DUI, which is an ungraded misdemeanor.

    The woman was worried that a DUI conviction would have a very negative effect on her employment. She called our Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys for help. Attorney Mike Worgul represented her in the first DUI case in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

    The woman had no prior criminal history and wanted to keep her record clean when the first DUI case was over. Attorney Worgul saw that the woman was eligible for ARD. She also had a possible defense to the first DUI charge because police did not collect her blood within two hours as required by Pennsylvania law.

    The prosecutor wanted the woman’s driver’s license to be suspended for 60 days. However, attorney Worgul was able to negotiate for a 30-day suspension. When she completes all terms of the ARD program, her record will be expunged.

    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.

    Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking Charge Withdrawn

    Sep 03 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A young man in his 20s who works for a local school district got in over his head with a debt. He got involved with the wrong people, who demanded immediate payment of the money he owed. The young man panicked and pawned about $4,000 worth of school district property to settle his debt. He ended up being charged with felony theft by unlawful taking because of the dollar amount involved. Theft by unlawful taking also can be charged as a misdemeanor when smaller dollar amounts are involved.

    The young school employee knew he faced serious consequences if convicted, and turned to our capable Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys for help. Attorney Mike Worgul represented him in court and attempted negotiations with the prosecutor. The young man had a previous DUI, for which he received ARD. Because of his prior record and the seriousness of the felony theft by unlawful taking charge, the prosecutor at first was unwilling to offer any acceptable resolution of the case.

    Attorney Worgul prepared to take the case to trial, even though the case for the young man’s defense was not strong. That the victim of the felony theft by unlawful taking was a school district made for a bleak outlook.

    However, through strong preparation and hard work, attorney Worgul was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the felony theft by unlawful taking charge if the young man repaid the school district. The charges were withdrawn, and attorney Worgul is in the process of expunging the felony theft by unlawful taking charge from the young man’s record.

    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.

    Driving Under Suspension Charge Reduced

    Aug 29 2014 in 2014, Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Driving Under Suspension

    A man in his 30s who works in the education industry was charged in Allegheny County with driving under suspension, careless driving, and failing to obey a traffic device. The man’s license was suspended years ago for a DUI and he never got his license reinstated with PENNDOT. Driving under suspension is a summary offense with a jail sentence of up to 90 days.

    The man called Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys for help addressing inactive citations so that he could get his license back. In addition to the DUI that resulted in his driver’s license being suspended, he had other traffic offense and some misdemeanor crimes on his record.

    Pittsburgh criminal attorney Samir Sarna negotiated with the police officer and magistrate so that the man could plead to a reduced charge of driving without a license instead of the driving under suspension charge. He had a $25 fine. All other charges were dismissed.

    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.