The criminal defense team at Pittsburgh’s Worgul Law Firm 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.
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