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    Case Results

    Corruption of Minors Charge Dismissed in Allegheny County

    Jun 04 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Sex Crimes

    A man in his mid-20s was recently charged with corruption of minors, providing alcohol to a minor, and indecent exposure in Allegheny County. Employed in the growing oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania, he was concerned not only about the long-lasting impact of a sex crime on his life but also about his employment. The major companies in the region conduct background checks on employees, and the charges along could have resulted in our client being fired.

    The man retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him on these charges. We had previously represented this client for charges of risking a catastrophe. We had successfully defended him in a jury trial where that charge was fully acquitted after trial by jury.

    In this circumstance, our client had been using prescription drugs and drinking while at his girlfriend’s house. He passed out on the couch and when he woke up in the middle of the night, he went to the bathroom and relieved himself in the bathroom sink. He was unaware that his girlfriend’s 16-year-old daughter was also in the bathroom since the lights were off and he was still under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

    We attended four court dates in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of our client, and our defense was centered around his state of intoxication and lack of intent for the alleged offenses. At the preliminary hearing, our firm successfully negotiated with the prosecution to remove any charges that would result in our client needing to register as a sexual offender. At trial, we again successfully negotiated with the prosecution to dismiss all charges if our client plead guilty to indecent exposure. Since indecent exposure is a relatively minor offense (compared to the felony penalties for corruption of minors), our client accepted the plea deal.

    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 While License Suspended for DUI Negotiated to Plea Deal

    Jun 02 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, DUI

    A carpenter in his mid-40s was recently charged with driving while license suspended for a DUI. This charge is a summary offense in Pennsylvania. The arresting officer knew that our client was suspended as a result of a DUI and thought that he had seen our client driving. He then pulled the car over and confirmed that it was our client driving. If convicted of this offense, our client faced a mandatory 60 days in jail and an additional year-long license suspension.

    We represented our client in one court date in a Beaver County magisterial district court. Upon reviewing the evidence, it was clear that the police officer did not have probable cause to stop our client. After some discussion and negotiation with the prosecution, we were able to negotiate a plea deal for our client where he did not have to see a day in jail. We also were able to negotiate it such that there was no further 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.

    Unlawful Contact with a Minor Charge Dismissed

    May 29 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Case Results, Sex Crimes

    A man in his mid-20s was recently charged with unlawful contact with a minor (a second degree felony), possession of child pornography (a third degree felony), and corruption of a minor (a third degree felony). Unlawful contact with a minor is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and 25 years as a registered sexual offender. Our client was not working when he hired us because he was fired as soon as the charges were filed.

    Our client was accused of sending pictures of himself naked to a 14-year-old girl and requesting nude photographs of her in return. Unfortunately, he made statements to the police prior to contacting us. As a result, law enforcement was going to be able to prove that he was in fact the person who sent the photos. In addition, it hampered our ability to have the case tried before a jury. If convicted of all the offenses he was charged with, our client faced a minimum of three years in prison or at a maximum, 24 years. He was also looking at a total of 55 years of registration as a sex offender.

    Despite statements made to the police, we were able to have unlawful contact with a minor, the most serious charge, dismissed at the preliminary hearing. We attended four court dates in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on behalf of our client. At the trial level, we were successfully able to negotiate a dismissal of the possession of child pornography charge as well. We ultimately helped our client avoid jail time altogether and significantly reduce the amount of time he would have to register as a sex offender. Our client’s clean record prior to these charges helped.

    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.

    Probation Violation Charges Mitigated

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

    We recently helped a client in his mid-20s. A college graduate with an engineering degree, he had been in an accident and prescribed painkillers during his recovery process. As it happens to a good number of people, our client became addicted and moved from painkillers to harder drugs like heroin. He had been on probation for some serious felony offenses including new drug charges. His serious criminal record complicated his probation violation since judges tend to view these violations poorly when a defendant is not abiding by the terms of his or her probation. Things do not tend to look very good for clients when there are probation violations involved.

    The man retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him in Butler County Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Mike Worgul attended three court dates on the defendant’s behalf. We worked closely with the probation office and third party drug abuse treatment centers. We were successful at having our client accepted into a a dual diagnosis rehab center, which impressed the probation office since this is rare.

    At one of the hearings we attended, the Commonwealth was recommending that our client be sentenced to a state length prison term in excess of one year. We were able to convince the judge to allow our client to enter the rehab program we helped him get into, and then return home on house arrest while he continued out-patient treatment. The judge agreed, and our client is now on the road to recovery in a way that state prison cannot provide.

    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.

    Reckless Endangerment Charges Reduced

    May 23 2014 in 2014, 2014 Case Results, Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results

    A man in his mid-20s was recently charged with reckless endangerment of another person, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and disorderly conduct. Self-employed with his own car repair business, this man is a gun rights advocate in favor of Second Amendment rights. If convicted, he would no longer have been able to possess a firearm under federal law. At the time of the alleged offense, our client was parking at a gas station to buy cigarettes. An independent contractor who had been shoveling snow at the gas station got into an altercation with our client, which ended with our client drawing his firearm. The contractor alleged that our client pointed his gun at him, but our client did not.

    Our client had previous traffic citations but nothing more serious than a summary offense on his record. He had made the initial mistake of going to his first hearing without a lawyer, where the prosecution offered him a plea deal of two years in prison. He hired Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC to represent him for his next court date based on the circumstances. Pittsburgh criminal lawyer Mike Worgul attended one court date in a Cambria County magisterial district court after building a defense. After interviewing the client and reviewing all of the paperwork, Mike realized that the Commonwealth would not likely be able to prove the case based on the evidence. We appeared at the preliminary hearing, and after an hour of negotiations, all charges were reduced.

    Our client plead guilty to a summary offense and paid a small fine, which is a serious reduction compared to a reckless endangerment conviction that would have led to prison time and other severe penalties. We were also able to help our client recover his gun and his permit to carry.

    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.