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    ARD For 19-Year-Old Charged with Aggravated Assault of A Police Officer

    Dec 20 2016 in Assault and Domestic Violence, Case Results, Criminal Defense, Violent Crimes

    Occasionally, when police officers are called to a scene, emotions can escalate, especially when alcohol is involved. This can lead to a very chaotic atmosphere where poor decisions are made and typically law abiding citizens become charged with life-altering crimes. If you are ever caught up in such a lamentable situation in the Pittsburgh area, it is essential that you reach out to a veteran criminal defense attorney, like those with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, who have excellent relationships with the various police departments and can use their wide-ranging experience to help you achieve the best possible resolution.

    For example, a 19-year-old man from the Springdale area was approached by officers after having too much to drink. Allegedly, the young man failed to comply with an officer’s requests and belligerently shoved the officer. This resulted in the inebriated man being charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. When he sobered up, he quickly realized that he’d need very serious legal representation since this charge would significantly affect his permanent criminal record as well as keep him from achieving his life’s ambition of enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Therefore, in an effort to properly handle this situation, the young man decided to hire Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Matthew Ness.

    Attorney Ness consulted with his client to go over the circumstances, and once retained, he began crafting the strongest possible defense. Ultimately, attorney Ness entered into negotiations with the district attorney and the officers involved. During these discussions, he emphasized his client’s sincere regret, and his lack of any prior criminal history. This proved effective and all the parties involved agreed the client could participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program, including a 9-moth probation period, 75 hours of community service, and the completion of a drug and alcohol evaluation. As an added benefit of completing all of the ARD requirements, the aggravated assault charge would be automatically expunged and removed from his record. By making the wise decision to consult with a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer, this matter was adeptly and promptly handled before it spiraled into a mistake that prevented him from pursuing a career in the Navy.

    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.

    Speeding Ticket Reduced in Cranberry Township

    Dec 16 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    In Cranberry Township, a 37-year-old was recently pulled over and was ticketed for speeding on a local interstate after going 22 miles over the speed limit. The man claimed that he lost track of how fast he was going and while traveling at such a rate is not only dangerous, it is also a serious traffic offense, carrying the possibility of four points being added to his license. Because it was important to preserve this man’s clean driving history, he contacted Pennsylvania traffic lawyer Matthew Ness with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC.

    By utilizing his extensive experience in Pennsylvania traffic court and his well-cultivated relationships, attorney Ness effectively convinced all the parties involved to amend his client’s speeding violation to going 5 miles over the posted limit. This lesser citation will not result in any points and due to attorney Ness’ representation, his client was able to protect his driving 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.

    New York Man Sees Suspended License Restored

    Nov 29 2016 in Case Results, Driving Under Suspension

    The highly skilled Pennsylvania criminal traffic lawyers at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC recently assisted a man from New York, when his visit to Pittsburgh resulted in some legal troubles. Apparently, he was visiting some friends but had the misfortune going through a common speed trap. While a speeding ticket is a significant issue for anyone, this individual’s situation was worsened by the fact that police also charged him driving under a suspended license. It became evident that the man had a New York traffic ticket that he never responded to, which triggered the suspension of his license. Even though this violation occurred in New York, Pennsylvania recognized the suspension which would potentially cost him over $1,000 in fines and result in a longer suspension, probably for another year. The man wanted to avoid such a lengthy suspension and to deal with this unanticipated situation, he sought out top-notch representation from extremely capable Pennsylvania traffic attorneys.

    Once retained, attorney Matthew Ness thoroughly went over the details of his previous New York citation and thoroughly explained how his client could address his out of state license issues. Once his outstanding fines were paid, the New York suspension was lifted. This allowed attorney Ness to present the Pennsylvania traffic court with his client’s valid license and in doing so, he negotiated the driving under suspension violation reduced to a $25 ticket for not driving with his license. Furthermore, attorney Ness also achieved a complete dismissal of his original speeding ticket and his client was very pleased to return home with no traffic issues hanging over his head.

    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.

    ARD For West Virginia Woman’s First DUI

    Nov 25 2016 in Case Results, DUI

    Some time ago, a woman from West Virginia found herself in a very precarious legal position after a night out ended with some very serious charges related to her first DUI offense. The woman had met some friends in Washington County and after a few drinks, she headed home but became confused by the streets. She was pulled over by the police and her BAC was determined to be .185 which is not only above the .08 legal limit but also increased the possible consequences if convicted. Specifically, this BAC level now exposed her to having a DUI on her criminal record, a one-year license suspension and 18 months of probation. This woman was obviously concerned at such a dire outlook, particularly the lingering effect to her criminal record, and she reached out to the skilled Pittsburgh criminal and DUI defense attorney Matthew Ness with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys.

    With a wealth of knowledge regarding Pennsylvania first DUI cases, attorney Ness aggressively negotiated with the prosecution and effectively achieved an agreement that allowed his client to participate in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) program. Through the ARD program, the woman reduced the impact of the DUI since it doesn’t include a jail sentence, only involves a 60-day license suspension, and a year of probation. After which, the client would be eligible to have the DUI expunged from her record, hopefully, allowing her to easily move past this unfortunate 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.

    Ticket For Running A Red Light Dismissed In Turtle Creek

    Nov 23 2016 in Case Results, Traffic Offenses

    When a 67-year-old man from Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania received a traffic ticket for running a red light, which is a three-point violation in Pennsylvania, he began looking for strong legal representation. He was adamant that the light in question was green and he wanted to avoid the costly points and increased insurance rates associated with this citation. This led him to the skilled traffic lawyer Matthew Ness with Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, who submitted a not guilty plea and tenaciously represented his client’s best interests. Based on attorney Ness’ effective argument and in light of the man’s previously clear driving history, the ticket was ultimately dismissed. In the end, his client was very happy to not pay a single dollar in fines and could rest assured that his license would be affected.

    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.