Recent Successful Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Results
Allegheny County, November 2013, K.F. was charged with six counts of Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver, five counts of Misdemeanor Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and one count of Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance. Attorney Shrager represented K.F. at the preliminary hearing before the City of Pittsburgh Magistrate resulting in a plea to simple possession with a sentence of six months of non-reporting probation. After K.F. successfully completes the six month probation term, the all charges, including the simple possession will be dismissed and expunged from K.F.'s criminal record.
Allegheny County, November 2013, S.M. was an out-of-state client with a prior criminal record and was charged with Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver, three counts of Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and two Summary traffic violations. Attorney Shrager represented S.M. before Judge Anthony Mariani of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Shrager negotiated a plea in which S.M. plead guilty to two Misdemeanors, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one Summary traffic offense. S.M. was sentenced to one year of non-reporting probation and allowed to return to S.M.'s home state.
Allegheny County, October 2013, M.D. was visiting Pittsburgh from another country and charged with four Misdemeanors: Theft of Property Lost, Access Device Fraud, Conspiracy, and Identity Theft, and one Summary Diversion of Services. Attorney Shrager represented M.D. before the City of Pittsburgh Magistrate and resolved the case in one court appearance. All of M.D.'s charges were withdrawn and was found guilty of a summary non-traffic offense with a $100.00 fine. All of M.D.'s charges will be expunged from M.D.'s criminal record including the summary non-traffic offense.
Allegheny County, October 2013, E.M. was charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest and three counts of Felony Aggravated Assault. Attorney Shrager represented E.M. at the preliminary hearing before District Judge John Bova. At this hearing District Judge Bova reduced E.M.'s three counts of Aggravated Assault to three counts of Simple Assault and withdrew one count of Resisting Arrest. The remaining charges were waived for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Shrager represented E.M. before Judge David Cashman of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Before the case proceeded to a non-jury trial, Attorney Shrager negotiated a withdrawal of all charges with a guilty plea to a Summary Disorderly Conduct and a sentence of six months of probation.
Allegheny County, October 2013, W.M. was charged with his second DUI and a summary traffic offense. Attorney Ron Hayward filed a Motion to Dismiss citing that valuable evidence of the traffic stop had been destroyed. He also filed a Motion to Supress the traffic stop. Attorney Hayward appeared before Judge Bigley of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas for a non-jury trial. W.M. was found Not Guilty of all charges
Washington County, October 2013, B.T. & M.T. Clients faced allegations of child abuse and an emergency Protection From Abuse was issued. Attorney Ron Hayward appeared before Judge Gilmore of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas for a Dependency hearing. It was determined that the allegations were unfounded and at a full hearing for the petition for a permanent PFA was denied.
Allegheny County, October 2013, L.R. was charged with Felony Possession with intent to deliver, Misdemeanor Possession of a controlled substance, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, and a Summary traffic offense. If convicted of these charges L.R. faced a 3 year mandatory prison sentence. Felony Possession with intent to deliver and Misdemeanor Possession of a controlled substance charges were Withdrawn before the City of Pittsburgh Magistrate and Attorney Ron Hayward negotiated a plea to the Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana with a sentence of 12 months of probation.
Allegheny County, October 2013, R.B. was charged with Felony Possession with intent to Deliver, Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled substance, Misdemeanor Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felony Conspiracy. If convicted of these charges R.B. faced a 7 year mandatory prison sentence and $100,000.00 in fines. Attorney David S. Shrager went before Judge Beth Lazzara of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and was able to negotiate a Dismissal of all charges against R.B. and the client's record will be completely expunged of all charges.
Allegheny County, October 2013, K.R. was charged with Felony 1 Aggravated Assault, Misdemeanor 1 Terroristic Threats, and Summary Disorderly Conduct. Despite the fact that K.R. was a first-time offender, she did not qualify for the trial-diversion program (ARD) because it is strictly a non-violent offenders program. Attorney David S. Shrager went before Judge Donald Machen of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and negotiated with the Judge and District Attorney's office in order for K.R. to be accepted into the ARD program. Once K.R. successfully completes the program K.R.'s record will be expunged automatically
Allegheny County, August 2013, Client charged with Felony 1 Rape by forcible compulsion, Felony 2 Sexual Assault, and Misdemeanor 2 Simple Assault. Client plead guilty before Judge Jill E. Rangos to Simple Assault and was sentenced to a maximum of 2 years probation. All other charges were withdrawn and no Megan's Law Sexual Offender Registration was required.
Allegheny County, June 2013, Client was charged with 2nd DUI within 2 years and our office was able to get the charges withdrawn in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.
Allegheny County, June 2013, Client was charged with open lewdness and escape. Our office was able to have his charges moved to a non-traffic violation of Disorderly Conduct in Pittsburgh Municipal Court and his record is currently in the process of being expunged.
Butler County, April 2013, Client was charged with DUI, Simple Assault, Public Drunkenness, and False Reports. All charges were Nolle Prossed by Judge McCune.
Allegheny County, April 2013, Client was charged with Felony 3 theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Client was detained in West Virginia on related offenses and was set to be extradited to Pennsylvania once the West Virginia case had concluded. Our office was able to petition the court and dispose of the Pennsylvania charges so that the client was able to be released from West Virginia without ever having to go through the extradition process.
Allegheny County, March 2013, Client was charged with Corruption of Minors, Interference with the Custody of Children, and 2 counts of Statutory Sexual Assault. Our office represented him in front of District Judge Zucco and all charges were withdrawn at the preliminary
Allegheny County, February 2013, Client charged with multiple counts of DUI before D.J. Hromyak; all DUI related charges were DISMISSED.
Allegheny County, January 2013, Clients charged with 3 counts of sexual assault, 2 counts of aggravated indecent assault, rape, 2 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, simple assault, indecent assault, and unlawful restraint. The commonwealth withdrew all charges at the preliminary hearing.
Allegheny County, January 2013, In Re: G.G., client was juvenile charged with aggravated indecent assault and 2 counts of indecent assault. After trial before Judge D. Woodruff, client was found Not Guilty of all charges.
Allegheny County, January 2013, Commonwealth v. M.M. Our client was charged with corruption of minors, harassment, indecent assault and stalking. He plead to corruption of minors with no Megan's Law or Adam Walsh Act registration required in front of Judge Rangos.
Armstrong County, January 2013 Commonwealth v. C.S. Our client was convicted of indecent assault in 2010 and was not required to register as a Megan's Law sexual offender; however, since he was still on probation as of December 20, 2012 he was required to register under the new Adam Walsh Act. Our law firm was able to get an early termination of his probation in front of Judge Balasek so that he would not have to register as a sexual offender.
Fayette County, November 2012, Commonwealth v. R.M. Our client was charged with 2 counts of corruption of minors and 2 counts of indecent assault. Attorney Shrager was able to get all charges dismissed at the preliminary hearing level before District Justice George.
Allegheny County, October 2012, Commonwealth v. C.P. Our client was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, theft of services and resisting arrest. He was able to pay restitution and have all charges dismissed and expunged from his record.
Washington County, September 2012, Commonwealth v. D.K. Our client was charged with criminal homicide and found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
Fayette County, May 2012, Commonwealth v. T.P. Our client had been charged with possession of heroin and was looking at a 1 year sentence. The client was able to plea to 1 year of probation before Judge Vernon.
Allegheny County, May 2012, Commonwealth v. R.P. Our client was charged with: 1) Possession with intent to manufacture: 1 1/4 lbs. 2) Possession with intent to deliver: 1 1/4 lbs. and 3) Former convict not to possess firearm. Our client was found Not Guilty of: 1) Possession with intent to manufacture 2) Possession with intent to deliver 3) Former convict not to possess firearm. The only charge our client was found guilty of was misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia before Judge Mariani.
U.S. Federal Court, April 2012, United States v. A.H. Our client was charged with Conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute and facing 10 years to life imprisonment. Our client was able to plea to 42 months before Judge Conti.
U.S. Federal Court, March 2012, United States v. A.P. Our client was charged with Tax Fraud and Trademark Violations and facing 10 years of imprisonment. Our client was able to plea to 6 months house arrest before Judge McVerry.
Washington County, November 2011, T.S. charged with Purchase an Alcoholic Beverage by a Minor. The defendant was found NOT GULITY before District Justice Gary Havelka.
Washington County, November 2011, A.D. charged with Disorderly Conduct for Possession of Alcohol by Minor. The defendant was found NOT GUILTY before District Justice Joshua Kanalis.
Allegheny County, November 2011, R. V. charged with 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkeness, and No person shall be in park after designed hours by University of Pittsburgh Police. R.V. was found NOT GUILTY of all charges against him before District Justice Eugene Ricciardi.
Allegheny County, November 2011, Commonwealth v. R.G. charged with 3 Felony counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver, 3 counts of Possession, and Criminal use of Communication Facility. The defendant plead guilty of 1 count of Possession and received 1 year probation, all other charges dismissed before Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Flaherty.
Allegheny County, October 2011, Commonwealth v. D.S. charged with Rape, 2 counts of Indecent Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Sexual Assault, and Corruption of a Minor. The charges were Nolle Prossed and ALL CHARGES WITHDRAWN by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.
U.S. Federal Court, September 2011, United States of America v. C.W. charged by the United States District Attorney with Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycondone, facing up to 20 years in a Federal Penitentiary. The defendant received a sentence of 8 months in a halfway facility with work release and probation before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.
Allegheny County, August 2011, Commonwealth v. C.F charged with Theft by Failure to Make Required Deposit of Funds of nearly $12,000. Defendant entered the ARD program and received 18 months probation. Upon completion of probation, C.F.'s record will be expunged.
Allegheny County, August 2011, Commonwealth v. D.C. charged with Theft by Deception-False Impression of nearly $44,000. Charges were Nolle Prossedby the District Attorney's Office of Allegheny County.
Allegheny County, July 2011, Commonwealth v. C.B. charged with Theft by Deception in the amount of $6,000. Charges were withdrawn before District Justice Kim Hoots and the record will be expunged.
Allegheny County, April 2011, Commonwealth v. T.T. charged with Open Lewdness. Charge was dismissed by District Justice Carla M. Swearingen.
U.S. Federal Court, April 2011, United State of America v. J.C. charged by the U.S. Attorney with Possession of 50 g or more of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, facing a mandatory sentence of 5 years in a Federal Penitentiary. Defendant received a sentence of 3 years supervised release before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.
Allegheny County, April 2011, Commonwealth v. B.A. charged with 2 counts of possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession, and Driving with out a License. B.A. received 12 months of Probation with out Verdict before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Beth Lazzara. Upon completion of probation, B.A.'s record will be expunged.
Allegheny County, April 2011, Commonwealth v. N.U. charged with Access Device Fraud, Identity Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. Defendant was placed on 2 years ARD probation in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, with charges to be withdrawn and record expunged.
Indiana County, February 2011, Commonwealth v. B.C. charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault, Corruption of Minors, and Indecent Assault. Aggravated Indecent Assault and Indecent Assault were withdrawn, and B.C. was placed in the ARD program and received two years probation in the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County. The charge of Corruption of Minors will be withdrawn and record will expunged upon completion of probation.
Fayette County, February 2011, Commonwealth v. S.B. charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver and 2 counts of Possession, received 6 months Probation with out Verdict before Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gerald Solomon. The defendant received time served and charges were expunged.
Allegheny County, January 2011, Commonwealth v. C.D. The defendant was under investigation by the Allegheny County District Attorney for an alleged theft in excess of $200,000. After a nine month investigation the District Attorney declined prosecution and no charges were filed.
Allegheny County, December 2010, Commonwealth v. A.J. charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver and facing mandatory 5 year jail sentence. The charges were Nolle Prossed by the District Attorney's Office of Allegheny County.
U.S. Federal Court, December 2010, United States of America v. K.C charged with Embezzlement of over $130,000 from a federally insured financial institution. The defendant was facing up to 30 years in a Federal Penitentiary and received a sentence of 3 years supervised release before Senior District Judge Donetta Ambrose.
Allegheny County, September 2010, Commonwealth v. J.B. charged with Rape of an unconscious victim, IDSI of a person less than 16 yrs. of Age, Endangering the Welfare of Children, Indecent Exposure, Corruption of Minors, and Indecent Assault of a Person Less than16 yrs. of Age. Pennsylvania Law requires a minimum prison sentence of not less than 10 years in prison to a maximum of 20 years in prison on 2 separate charges. The defendant was facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. The result; the defendant received 5 years probation. The sentence was received on September 27, 2010 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The sentencing judge was Donna Jo McDaniel.
Fayette County, August 2010, Commonwealth v. S. A. charged in 6 separate felony and misdemeanor theft cases. The total amount of money in the theft cases was approximately $181,000. On August 18, 2010 the defendant appeared before a judge in Fayette County Court of Common Pleas S. A. was sentenced to 5 years probation.
Indiana County, August 2010, Commonwealth v. B. C. charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault, 2 counts of Corruption of Minors, and Indecent Assault in the Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County. On August 11, 2010 an agreement was reached whereby B. C. received deferred prosecution at the end of which all charges will be withdrawn and the defendant's criminal record will be expunged.
Fayette County, August 2010, Commonwealth v. S.A. charged with Theft of approximately $180,000. Defendant received 5 years probation before Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Leskinen.
U.S. Federal Court, June 2010, United States of America v. M.D. charged by the United States Attorney with Social Security Fraud and facing 5 years in a Federal Penitentiary. The defendant received a sentence of 5 years supervised release before United States District Judge Fisher.
Washington County, June 2010, Commonwealth v. T.W. charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault Complainant less than 16 years old, Indecent Assault of a Person Less than 16 years of age, and Corruption of Minors and was facing a minimum of 5-10 years in prison. All criminal sex charges were dismissed. The case was dismissed on June 3, 2010 before Washington County Common Pleas Judge Janet Moschetta Bell.
Allegheny County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. K.P. charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault Complainant less than 13 years old, Indecent Assault of a Person Less than 13 years of age, and Corruption of Minors and was facing a minimum of 10+ years if found guilty. K.P. was found Not Guilty of all charges by a Jury before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski.
Allegheny County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. J.M. charged with 2 counts of DUI General Impairment Incapable of Driving. Both charges of DUI were withdrawn and J.M. received 90 days probation for Public Drunkenness before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Randal B. Todd.
Washington County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. T.A. charged with Rape of a Substantially Impaired person, Aggravated Indecent Assault Complainant is Unconscious or Unaware that Penetration is Occurring, Corruption of Minors, Indecent Assault Without Consent, Sell/Furnish Liquor to A Minor, Purchase Alcoholic Beverages by a Minor, Rape Forcible Compulsion, and Statutory Sexual Assault, with a written confession facing a maximum sentence of 20+ years in a State Penitentiary. T.A. received 12 years probation and NO Megan's Law
Registration before Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky.
Westmoreland County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. P.H. charged in 2 separate cases: 1st case P.H. was charged with Indecent Assault without Consent; 2nd case P.H. was charged with Indecent Assault of a Person Less than 13 Years of Age, Corruption of Minors, and Endangering the Welfare of Children. P.H. was facing a maximum sentence of 20+ years in a State Penitentiary. P.H. received 4 years probation and NO Megan's Law registration before Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Alfred B. Bell.
Armstrong County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. C. S. charged with multiple counts of Rape of a child, Statutory Sexual Assault, IDSI of a person less than 16 yrs. of Age, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, Incest, Corruption of Minors and facing a minimum mandatory jail sentence of at least of 5 to 10 years. C. S received a 4 month county jail sentence before Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Valasek.
Allegheny County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. J.L. charged with Indecent Exposure, Indecent Assault, and Harassment. J.L was found Not Guilty of all charges after 11 minutes of jury deliberations before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III.
Allegheny County, April 2010, Commonwealth v. J.B a college student initially charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault and Harassment. After a 2 day jury trial before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III, J.B. was found Not Guilty of all charges.
Allegheny County, March 2010, Commonwealth v. E.K. charged with DUI of a Controlled Substance and DUI General Impairment, after the District Attorney agreed to withdraw the DUI charges E.K. entered a plea to 3 Summary Traffic Offenses before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Anthony M. Mariani.
McKean County, February 2010, Commonwealth v. J.P. charged with Aggravated Indecent Assault without Consent, Indecent Assault without consent, Aggravated Indecent Assault - Forcible Compulsion, Indecent Assault - Forcible Compulsion, Indecent Exposure, Simple Assault and Harassment. The defendant entered the ARD program in McKean County Court of Common Pleas and after one year of probation, charges were withdrawn and record was be expunged.
Notable Results Prior to 2010
DUI dismissed before District Justice Elaine McGraw.
DUI dismissed before District Justice Richard Olasz.
DUI withdrawn before a District Justice in City Court.
J.M. of Ohio, charged with DUI, driving a commercial vehicle with an excessive blood alcohol level, found no guilty on February 18, 2008 before visiting senior Judge from Vanango County, The Honorable Judge H. William White.
Former Westmoreland County landfill owner N.Z. sobbed and hugged his attorney last night after a Westmorland County jury acquitted him of brokering an abortive Murder contract on a state environmental official. Defense Attorney David S. Shrager attacked Smith relentlessly on cross-examination. N.Z. and his wife, Elaine, praised Shrager for his defense. "We call David our Goliath. As featured in the Tribune Review.
Jury finds man not guilty of molesting child. A Washington County courtroom erupted into shouts of joy as a verdict of not guilty was reached for a Washington man accused of molesting a young boy more than two years ago. M. D. was found not guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under the age 13, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. Defense Attorney David S. Shrager, "We're pleased with the verdict because it helps restore M.D.'s good name, and I think that the fact following a three-day trial the jury returned a not guilty verdict in a half an hour speaks volumes of the commonwealth's case." As featured in Observer-Reporter.
Man found not guilty in molestation case. J.K. of Cranberry just had one thought Friday afternoon. "I'm born again," he said sobbing, as he embraced the scores of family and friends who turned out to support him. After 11 hours of deliberations, a jury made of seven women and five men found him not guilty on charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent exposure, and corruption of minors. Defense Attorney David S. Shrager said, "J.K. is innocent and has been innocent since the very first day... this man was wrongfully accused." As featured in the Butler Eagle.
An Allegheny County jury has acquitted a Homewood man of homicide charges in the slaying of an East Liberty man during a shootout between two groups in the parking lot of a Penn Avenue bar. Defense Attorney David S. Shrager said a witness, who is under police protection, identified E. I. as the person she saw sitting in a white Pontiac at the scene. But Shrager pointed out the witness had to view a police lineup twice because she was apparently uncertain of the identification. "That raised a reasonable doubt with the jurors," Shrager said. As featured in the Tribune Review.
T. K., a 13 year-old Clairton boy charged with shooting his best friend to death no longer has to worry about the possibility of spending his entire life in prison. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Gerard M. Bigley decided that T.K. is amenable to treatment and should be transferred to the juvenile court system. David S. Shrager, defense attorney for T. K., applauded the decision. "I am gratified that Judge Bigley showed the integrity, courage and fair-mindedness to follow the evidence which showed that T. K. should be transferred to juvenile court," he said. As featured in Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
A former Westmoreland County football star L.F., sentenced to three to six years in jail for the possession and sale of crack cocaine, was granted a new trial by the state Superior Court because the prosecution had asked "improper" questions. Shrager said his client maintains his innocence and is happy about the decision. "He is ready to move on to the next step in this proceeding," Shrager said. Shrager said he is considering filing a motion to dismiss the charges based again on the improper questions posed to L.F. As featured in the Tribune Review.
Mother dodges criminal charges. To avoid a possible criminal charge of child endangerment, a Mt. Lebanon woman agreed to take a parenting class in positive parenting. "I think based on everything that has happened, she is satisfied with this as a fair resolution to this matter," Shrager said. As featured in Tribune Review.
With her hands cuffed behind her back, 14 year-old N. W. was smiling in the courtroom as she gazed into the faces of some of her relatives. The smile my have been generated by the conversation she had with her defense attorney David S. Shrager, before she headed to Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen's courtroom. "I explained to her that she's not going to be facing life in prison," Shrager said. His comments came moments after Machen granted his petition to have N. W. decertified so that she can be prosecuted as a juvenile instead of an adult on charges of second-degree murder and arson. As featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
A Fayette County jury convicted M. P. of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting of his ex-wife's ex-con paramour. M. P. of Normalville, put his head down briefly after the verdict was announced. Jurors also considered possible verdicts of first- and third-degree homicide in the shooting of J. C. As featured in Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
A judge acquitted a Wilkinsburg man of sex assault charges yesterday and held his 15 year-old sister in contempt of court for refusing to testify about the alleged abuse. Defense Attorney David S. Shrager moved for acquittal, which Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning granted. The acquittal means prosecutors cannot reinstate charges against the defendant. As featured in Pittsburgh Post Gazette.