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    Man Sees Reduced Penalties For Drugged Driving

    Jan 04 2017 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, DUI

    The team at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently represented a young man when a driving under the influence of drugs charge placed his criminal record and his freedom in substantial jeopardy. Apparently, officers pulled the man over and a blood test showed heroin in his system. This turned out to be the man’s second drugged driving offense; therefore, he now needed to deal with the possible penalties of a $1,500 fine, spending 90 days in jail, an 18-month license suspension, and a 12-month requirement to have an ignition interlock device placed in his car. Not knowing what to do or where to turn for help, he eventually came to attorney Matthew Ness for a consultation.

    Through attorney Ness’ ability and extensive knowledge regarding new trends in the drug and DUI laws, he was able to argue on the man’s behalf. Attorney Ness showed that because blood tests are not included within the implied consent law and since the police did not obtain an official warrant to collect his client’s blood, the results could not be used. Attorney Ness leveraged his findings in a series of negotiations with the prosecutor and all those involved agreed to plea agreement where his client would be sentenced to 5 days in jail with the judge giving him credit for time spent in drug treatment, a reduced license suspension, and he’d only be responsible for a $300 fine instead of $1,500. By choosing such a capable and effective advocate, this man will be able to satisfy his commitments and move on with a minimal impact on his future.

    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.

    Penalties Reduced For A Man Despite Prior DUI Convictions

    Dec 30 2016 in Case Results, DUI

    Not long ago, an inebriated 72-year-old man was involved in a serious car accident and consequently arrested for his fourth lifetime DUI offense after officers determined that he was too impaired to operate a vehicle. Since this individual had multiple prior DUI convictions on his criminal record, the man’s possible penalties were significantly increased and he now faced up to a year in prison, an 18-month license suspension, and the required installation of an ignition interlock device when he did become eligible for restricted driving privileges. The man ‘s criminal record also precluded him from serving any portion of his sentence under house arrest and he knew that if he was to stay out of jail, he’d need very keen legal representation. Therefore, the man retained the services of Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC based on their extensive experience in criminal and DUI charges.

    Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness took the man’s case and began reviewing all the available evidence the police collected. Attorney Ness used his expansive knowledge of the DUI law and procedure and pointed out to the prosecution that per a new court decision related to the implied consent law, the blood collected in this case could not be used because it was collected without a warrant. In the end, the prosecution relented and all the parties involved agreed to a drastically reduced set of consequences that only required a 10-day jail sentence and a 12-month loss of his license. This outstanding result saved the client from a significant incarceration, which may not have been possible with less knowledgeable representation.

    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.

    No Jail for Man Driving Under Suspension

    Dec 28 2016 in Case Results, Driving Under Suspension

    In Pennsylvania, most people would probably agree that the ability to drive is essential to everyday life and necessary tasks like transporting children or getting to and from work. When this privilege is taken away as a legal penalty, it can have a very real and very negative impact. If a person decides to tempt fate and drive while their license is suspended, they aren’t just putting their criminal record in jeopardy, because if they are caught an even longer suspension could result. For some people, this temporary hardship of losing their license becomes a perpetual suspension and it takes a very skilled criminal traffic attorney to find a solution. Recently, a 26-year-old man was stopped by police and was charged with driving under suspension for the twelfth time. As a repeat offender for driving under suspension, this individual would likely be incarcerated for up to six months and in an effort to avoid this bleak fate, he reached out to Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC and their team of experienced Pittsburgh criminal traffic attorneys.

    With the goal of keeping his young client out of jail, attorney Matthew Ness began working on his behalf and met with the officers involved as well as the court. Attorney Ness fervently negotiated and was ultimately successful in finding a more favorable result. The terms of this agreement involved his client pleading to a first offense of driving under suspension and although he would not be eligible to have his license reinstated for several years, his client would be spared from any time behind bars and was free to leave the courthouse after paying a $200 fine.

    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.

    Traffic Ticket Reduced for Nurse in Pittsburgh

    Dec 26 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    When a nurse from Pittsburgh was stopped by police and ticketed for traveling 19 miles per hour over the posted residential speed limit on her way to work, she turned to the capable Pennsylvania traffic lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC for their assistance. After discussing her available legal options and possible repercussions, which included the addition of three points on her license, and a likely increase in her insurance rates, she decided to fight the ticket.

    Traffic attorney Matthew Ness represented the woman and began negotiating with the assigned prosecutor. Through his ability to advocate on his client’s behalf, these negations concluded with the prosecution agreeing to adjust the original ticket to a violation for traveling 5 miles per hour over the limit. This reduced traffic ticket would not result in any points being added to her driving record and the client was relieved to find such a favorable outcome, rather than experience a costly hike in her insurance premiums.

    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.

    Mother From Butler Avoids DUID Charges Through ARD

    Dec 22 2016 in Case Results, Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes, DUI

    Our attorneys at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently represented a mother from Butler, Pennsylvania, whose decision to experiment with drugs led to an embarrassing situation and serious criminal charges. One day, the woman chose to ingest some psychedelic mushrooms and left her home to experience the effects. After some time, a passerby noticed the woman crawling on the ground in the thralls of a psychedelic drug trip. This individual called the police and while being questioned, the woman stated that she had driven to where she was found. This admission and the results of a subsequent drug test exposed this young mother to the penalties associated with driving under the influence of Drugs (DUID), including an 18-month license suspension, a mark on her permanent criminal record, and possibly spending 4-days in jail. After the effects of the mushrooms wore off, and she became aware of the substantial legal trouble she was in, the woman decided to reach out to an experienced Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer in her time of need.

    After taking this woman’s case, attorney Matthew Ness set to work, so she would not be unnecessarily burdened by this incident. Attorney Ness negotiated with the prosecutor to find an alternate outcome and through his passionate representation, he convinced the prosecutor to enroll his client into the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. By agreeing to participate, the woman no longer needed to worry about serving time in jail, reduced her license suspension to 60 days, and after serving a 12-month probationary period, she’d be eligible to have the charges expunged from her record.

    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.