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    Case Results

    Multiple Theft-Related Charges Dismissed

    Jul 22 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    We recently helped a woman in her mid-50s who was charged with the following offenses:

    • Theft, a third-degree felony
    • Conspiracy to commit theft, a third-degree felony
    • Receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony
    • Criminal mischief, a second-degree misdemeanor

    The woman was accused of breaking into a construction site and taking materials, including copper piping, after she was stopped by a police officer at a traffic stop where some of the material was found inside of her vehicle. She sought out the help of Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Samir Sarna to represent her on this case. The woman had never been in trouble with the law before, aside from minor traffic infractions, and she maintained her innocence. Since she worked in an administrative position for a small construction company, a criminal record involving theft at a construction site would also impact her employment.

    Samir attended one court date on the client’s behalf in Pittsburgh Municipal Court. Ultimately all charges were dismissed by the magistrate after the preliminary hearing. Samir’s defense focused on the lack of evidence tying the woman to the incident, as well as lack of intent. There was no evidence tying the client to the actual theft of the materials and the items could have been left in her vehicle.

    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.

    Aggravated Assault & Simple Assault Charges Withdrawn

    Jul 15 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    A man in his mid-50s was recently charged in Pittsburgh Municipal Court with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, and simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor. As a licensed contractor with a DUI and a few other misdemeanor offenses on his criminal record, he was concerned about gaining a felony conviction on his record and having to serve jail time. Because of this, he sought out Worgul Law Firm, an experienced Pittsburgh criminal defense firm, to handle his case.

    The client was charged by the police after they were called to the house by the client’s wife. The couple had had a dispute at home and things had gotten physical. Upon arriving, the police noted the wife had injuries and she was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Our client was arrested on the spot and brought to Allegheny County Jail.

    Samir attended three court dates on the client’s behalf. After negotiating with the District Attorney’s Office, he was able to secure a withdrawal of all charges in exchange for the client having no violent contact with his wife for 90 days. This meant no jail time and no felony conviction on the man’s record – an optimal outcome.

    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.

    Pittsburgh Possession Charges Withdrawn

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

    A man in his mid-30s was recently charged with multiple misdemeanor drug offenses in Pittsburgh Municipal Court. These included possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence. The man had significant criminal history and was not particularly concerned about his criminal record, except that he wanted to avoid jail time. At the time of the offense, he had been serving probation for a prior drug conviction. He hired Pittsburgh criminal defense attorneys Mike Worgul and Samir Sarna to represent him with the hope of avoiding additional jail time.

    At the time of the offense, the client was subjected to a search when the police drove by a parked car occupied by three people and smelled marijuana. Samir attended two court dates on the client’s behalf and focused on lack of suspicion for the stop as part of his defense. He was able to negotiate an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, and ultimately the client agreed to a plea deal. This meant pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a summary offense, and paying the $100 fine plus court costs. All of his other charges were withdrawn.

    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 Found Not Guilty on Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Simple Assault Charges

    Jul 09 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes, Violent Crimes

    We recently helped a man in his mid-30s who was charged with robbery (a first-degree felony), aggravated assault (a first-degree felony), and simple assault (a second-degree misdemeanor). Since he had just finished serving eight years for a 5-10 year state sentence for robbery, he did not want to face additional prison time, fines, and the personal upheaval that goes along with felony convictions. He sought out Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Samir Sarna to handle his case.

    At the time of the alleged offense, our client was standing with two friends in front of a restaurant on the North Side of Pittsburgh when a lady walked by, pushing her baby in a stroller. The woman accused our client of showing a firearm and demanding that she hand over her purse. She also claimed that our client took her purse and ran away from the area. Our client was spotted by law enforcement a few blocks away from the alleged scene.

    Samir attended two court dates on the client’s behalf in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. After assessing the Commonwealth’s case against the client and reviewing the circumstances, Samir’s defense focused on a bad identification from the woman and a lack of physical evidence. After a bench trial, our client was found not guilty on all charges, which means no additional prison time or fines.

    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 Charged with Multiple Felonies Found Not Guilty

    Jul 07 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Theft Crimes

    We recently helped a client who was charged with the following offenses:

    Understandably, our client was concerned about his future and what would happen to him. As a recent graduate of a Pittsburgh-area high school who had never been in trouble before, he wasn’t sure what to do. He hired Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Samir Sarna to represent him on these charges.

    At the time of the offense, a high-profile Pittsburgh photographer had been sitting in his car around 2 a.m. on a Saturday night on the South Side of Pittsburgh. His car was opened by a male person who put a gun to the photographer’s head and pulled him out of the car. The gunman took the car, drove it away, and the photographer called 911. The police saw the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, which resulted in a high-speed chase through the South Side and to McKees Rocks, where the vehicle hit a curb and was flipped upside down. The police and fire department immediately came to the person’s aid, and our client was found attempting to crawl out of the broken back windshield of the vehicle. The photographer was brought to the scene of the accident and identified our client as the gunman.

    This case was heard in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and Samir attended three court dates on the client’s behalf. Samir’s defense focused on eye witness credibility issues, discrepancies in police reports, and lack of evidence. After a three-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on all charges except for fleeing and eluding and the driving-related summary offenses. The photographer was unable to accurately identify our client as the gunman.

    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.