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    Commercial Driver Retains His License for Careless Driving

    Aug 14 2017 in Case Results, Criminal Traffic Offenses, Traffic Offenses

    In Beaver Falls, a commercial driver from Louisiana was making a delivery in his 18-wheeler and mistakenly went down a road that does not allow trucks. This resulted in an accident where he pulled down some power lines and criminal charges for careless driving and allegedly trying to leave the scene. These are each three point offenses for a possible total of six points on his license, and after being informed by his employer that even one point would cost him his job, he contacted one of our Pennsylvania traffic attorneys.

    Attorney Matthew Ness saw the difficult position his client was in and handled the matter on his behalf. Because his client was from out-of-state, attorney Ness appeared in court and negotiated with the prosecutor to have both traffic violations reduced to a single no-point ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device. Without the need to appear and without any points appearing on his license, this man’s record and job were preserved.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Multiple Charges after Running from the Police Ends with Reduction

    Aug 09 2017 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Student and Underage Crimes

    On the south side of Pittsburgh, a 20-year-old college student decided to relieve himself in an alley after a night of drinking. Police officers approached the young man, who decided to run, rather than being confronted for public urination. This led to a chase, where he was eventually tackled and taken into custody for several charges, including underage drinking, possession of a false ID, misdemeanor level escape, and misdemeanor level resisting arrest. These offenses not only put his academic career in jeopardy, but could also result in jail for the misdemeanor charges.

    After coming to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer Matthew Ness began working to alleviate his client’s concerns. Attorney Ness advised his client to complete 25 hours of community service, participate in a drug and alcohol evaluation, and make a heartfelt apology to the officer involved. In the end, the charge was reduced to a summary offense for disorderly conduct and by paying a small fine and filing for an expungement, this young man was free to resume his life.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    DUI after a Concert Results in ARD

    Aug 04 2017 in Case Results, DUI

    Not long ago, a 32-year-old union worker had too much to drink at a Rob Zombie concert in Pittsburgh and was stopped and charged with DUI on his way home. This exposed the man to the possibility of losing his license for a year and maybe spending three days in jail. To protect himself from such harsh consequences, the man retained Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and Pittsburgh DUI attorney Matthew Ness to work on his behalf. After discussing the matter with the prosecution, attorney Ness facilitated his entry into the ARD program. This allowed his client to reduce his suspension period to a manageable 30 days, removed the need to serve any time behind bars, and permitted him to easily move on from this incident.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    First-Time DUI Reduced in Washington, Co

    Jul 31 2017 in Case Results, DUI

    A 23-year-old IT student was recently stopped by police and charged with his first-time DUI offense after police claimed to witness him leave a convenience store where they saw him stumbling around before driving away. Pennsylvania has strict penalties for DUI crimes and despite this man’s previously unblemished record, he was now in danger of having his license suspended for 12 months and possibly spending up to 3 days in a Washington County jail. Therefore, the man reached out to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and veteran Pennsylvania DUI lawyer Matthew Ness.

    Attorney Ness acquired the video surveillance tapes from the store, which appeared to contradict the officers’ claims. His thorough investigation led to extensive negotiations with the prosecution, where attorney Ness successfully leveraged the inflated claims to allow his client to enter the ARD program for a lesser charge of general impairment. Now, instead of the typically harsh penalties for a DUI, his client would only need to serve a 6-month term of probation, pay a $300 fine, and avoid the loss of his driving privileges.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

    Canonsburg Speeding Ticket Dismissed

    Jul 26 2017 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    When a 39-year-old active duty air force member was pulled over for going 69 miles per hour on a residential street in Canonsburg, PA, he knew that he was in danger of five points being added to his license and a possible suspension. To hopefully find a better result, he decided to contact Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and speak with experienced Pittsburgh traffic lawyer Matthew Ness. After attorney Ness met with the prosecutor, he successfully negotiated for a complete dismissal of the speeding ticket, which spared his client from any negative ramifications.

    The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.