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    Case Results

    Public Drunkenness, Other Charges Avoided

    Aug 26 2014 in 2014, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A college student had too much to drink during a night out at a concert with friends at Heinz Field. When the student and her friends left the concert, they couldn’t find their car at the T station. They called the police and the student told the officer her friend’s car had been stolen. She then acted unruly with the officer and was visibly intoxicated. She ended up being charged with harassment, false reports, public drunkenness, and two counts of disorderly conduct.

    The student, who works in retail at a shopping mall, had no prior criminal history. She hired Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent her on the harassment, false reports, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct charges.

    Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Samir Sarna represented her in court. After talking to the assistant district attorney and the police officer, attorney Sarna negotiated for all charges against the college student to be withdrawn except for one summary disorderly conduct charge. All of the other charges have been expunged from the student’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.

    Theft by Unlawful Taking Convictions Avoided

    Aug 21 2014 in 2014, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    A young student who was attending a prestigious college in the Northeast found himself charged in two theft by unlawful taking cases in Allegheny County. One case involved a misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking charge related to a break-in at a home in Shadyside. The alleged burglar took $300 in cash. The student was connected to the cash, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him with the burglary of the home. The second case involved a felony theft by unlawful taking charge related to the alleged theft of more than $2,500 in property.

    The young student’s future would have been jeopardized by having theft by unlawful taking convictions on his record, or having to leave school to serve time in jail. He called Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for help.

    Pittsburgh defense lawyer Samir Sarna represented him in court and was able to get the misdemeanor theft charge dismissed via Rule 586, a rule that allows for a charge of a non-violent offense to be dismissed when prosecutors agree, costs and restitution are paid, and there’s no harm to the public interest.

    By getting the misdemeanor theft charge dismissed, attorney Sarna then was able to get the felony theft charge resolved through an alternative disposition program. The student kept his record clean of the theft by unlawful taking convictions, and will be able to get the charges expunged once he completes the ARD program.

    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.

    Woman Found Not Guilty on Multiple Assault Charges

    Aug 04 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A local woman in her mid 30s made a poor decision during an argument at a bar in Pittsburgh. The police were called and the woman argued with the police, and even attempted to fight with them. She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault (a second-degree felony), one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault (a second-degree felony), one count of simple assault (a second-degree misdemeanor), and one count of harassment (a third-degree misdemeanor).

    A home cleaner with a small company based in Pittsburgh, the woman would have suffered severe consequences including potential loss of employment and loss of ability to earn a living. She hired Pittsburgh criminal attorney Samir Sarna to represent her on these charges in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

    He attended two court dates on the client’s behalf, and his defense focused on the fact that the conduct in question did not rise to the level of criminal charges. After a bench trial, the woman was found not guilty of all charges. Samir then took steps to ensure that the record of this incident was 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.

    Veteran’s Assault Charges Withdrawn & Expunged

    Jul 31 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Crimes Against Public

    A veteran in his mid-50s was at a bar with his wife that was within walking distance from his home. Another patron began to get into a verbal altercation with the man’s wife, and the police were called after the incident escalated. The man allegedly fought with the police in the bar, causing damage, and was also accused of fighting with the officers while in custody.

    The man was charged with one count of assault by prisoner (a second-degree felony), one count of resisting arrest (a second-degree misdemeanor), two counts of simple assault (a second-degree misdemeanor), two counts of criminal mischief (a third-degree misdemeanor), and one count of disorderly conduct (a third-degree misdemeanor). As a married veteran with two children and a clean criminal record, he did not want to have any convictions on his record for the alleged offenses.

    Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Samir Sarna represented the man in two court dates in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. His defense focused on inconsistent statements and ulterior motives of the Commonwealth’s witnesses. Samir was able to obtain a withdrawal of the assault by prisoner charge at the preliminary hearing and negotiated a plea for the three summary offenses. The client ultimately paid a $300 fine with his court costs waived, and all charges were withdrawn and subsequently 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.

    Cancer Patient’s Controlled Substance Charges Reduced

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

    We recently helped a man in his mid-40s who was charged with multiple drug-related offenses in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. A cancer patient using marijuana and other controlled substances to help cope with therapy, the man was ultimately charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver (an ungraded felony), one count of conspiracy for possession with intent to deliver (an ungraded felony), and 12 counts of possession of controlled substances (an ungraded misdemeanor).

    After allegedly making purchases from a confidential informant, the police obtained and executed a search warrant for the man’s home. They identified over five pounds of marijuana and numerous other controlled substances including mushrooms, ecstasy, and prescription medications in his home.

    He sought out the help of Pittsburgh criminal attorney Samir Sarna to represent him on these charges even though he wasn’t particularly concerned about his criminal record, since he was suffering from cancer and not employed at the time. He was, however, very worried about the possibility of his wife gaining a criminal record as she was also charged.

    Samir attended three court dates on the client’s behalf. After meeting with the assistant district attorney and the police officers involved in the charge, he was able to negotiate a dismissal of all charges except for one count of possession of marijuana. The client ultimately served six (6) months of probation, and after that time Samir filed an expungement motion for all of the withdrawn charges. All charges filed against the client’s wife were also dismissed and expunged, allowing her to maintain a clean criminal 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.