These are some of the cases that Farrell Weaver & Okun have handled. The names of the actual clients have been redacted.Case Summaries Jury Finds Client Found Not Guilty of Rape and Other Sex Assault Charges (MD0021221): Background:
Client was prominent figure in his community. His girlfriend's daughter accused him of having sex with her when she was 15 years old. At the time of the accusation, the daughter was in her 20s. Client lost his high-profile job, and the case was covered extensively by the media.
Client hired FW&O due to our extensive experience in sex assault cases as well as the team-like approach we take to cases.
At trial, the daughter was thoroughly cross-examined which pointed out numerous inconsistencies to the jury. FW&O were able to highlight that she was inconsistent with the timeline of when things happened, the ridiculousness of her claim that she only learned in college that having sex with older men was wrong, and that she never noticed an extremely apparent medical condition of Client's. FW&O also examined the lack of investigation that the police conducted. It was argued to the jury that after the police identified Client as their suspect, they stopped looking for evidence.
When it came time for FW&O to present our defense, we called two ex-girlfriends of Client who testified as to his medical condition. Many well-known people in the community were also called as character witnesses and testified as to Client's reputation in the community for law-abidingness. Lastly, Client testified. This solidified that the daughter was lying and that Client was innocent.Results:
After days of trial, the jury took less than 30 minutes to return a verdict of NOT GUILTY. Client felt vindicated and is working on rebuilding his life and reputation.
Charges Withdrawn After Pound of Drugs Suppressed (KS00022208): Background:
Client was followed by Attorney General's agents for many miles without committing any moving, traffic violations. Agents called police officers from a neighboring town to pull Client over for window tint.
A traffic stop was conducted for window tint. Upon approach of the vehicle, police officers asked Client whether he had a firearm, which he stated, "Yes." Client was immediately arrested, handcuffed and surrounded by ten (10) police officers and Attorney General agents for at least fifteen (15) minutes. Dispatch called the Agents and Officers indicating that Client had a valid Concealed Carry Permit.
After fifteen minutes of being arrested for having a valid, concealed firearm, Agents and Officers decided to talk to Defendant, while handcuffed still, about whether he had been smoking marijuana earlier. After confessing to smoking earlier, Client was put through sobriety tests and, after failing, he was arrested for DUI. After an inventory search was conducted on Client's vehicle, pounds of drugs were found in his trunk. Client was charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver.
After receiving discovery materials and an extensive review of the evidence, FW&O filed pre-trial motions to suppress all the evidence found due to violations regarding the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions for illegal search and seizures and violations of the right not to incriminate oneself pursuant to Miranda v. Arizona (requiring warning to be given when one is arrested).
After a suppression hearing was held, the trial judge agreed with FW&O's assessment of the evidence and found that there were numerous violations of Client's constitutional rights. The trial court granted the motions to suppress, and the evidence was suppressed and deemed inadmissible.Results:
After granting of the motion to suppress, making all the evidence found and confessions made while Client was arrested inadmissible, the District Attorney's Office withdrew all the charges against Client. Client remained a person able to possess a firearm and continues to have a zero prior record due to FW&O's representation, assessment of the case, and zealous advocacy at the suppression hearing.
Prosecution Drops Rape and Sex Assault Charges Against Client Prior to Trial (MS00020224): Background:
Client was falsely accused of having sex with his former girlfriend's underage daughter. The Commonwealth charged him with numerous sex offenses including Rape, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Assault and Corruption of Minors.
FW&O continuously demanded discovery, including protected documents. Days before the scheduled jury trial, the protected documents were made available and FW&O spent hours reviewing the information. The documents revealed that the alleged victim lied about when the supposed crimes took place. Client had an alibi. The documents also demonstrated that the alleged victim falsely accused numerous other people of inappropriately touching and raping her.Results:
FW&O argued to the Assistant District Attorney that the alleged victim was clearly lying and used the supporting documents to bolster the argument. After many discussions, the Assistant District Attorney agreed to withdraw all of the charges against Client a few days before the trial was scheduled to begin.
Client Found Not Guilty of DUI After Trial (DC00021283): Background:
Client was charged with DUI and causing accidents to unattended vehicle. The Commonwealth offered a reduced sentence for Client to plead guilty to DUI and related charges. Client would lose his license for more than a year. Rather than plead guilty, Client wanted to fight the charges and hired FW&O.
FW&O took the case to trial before a judge. The Commonwealth never produced the body worn camera footage from the police, and FW&O used this to their advantage. The judge also ultimately made a determination that the police officer was lying after FW&O's cross examination. Prior to making a determination, the judge asked that the Commonwealth and FW&O brief the facts of the case. Using our skills in appellate brief writing, FW&O submitted a brief to the court.Results:
Following the trial and brief, the judge found Client not guilty of all charges. Client avoided a possible jail sentence and loss of license for more than a year. He continues to work as a driver and provide for his family.
Client Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault and Related Charges After Trial (AM0002169): Background:
Client was falsely accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. He was charged with Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, and other related crimes. The ex-girlfriend was hospitalized with broken ribs. After realizing that Client was seeing a different girl, she reported to the police that Client was the one who assaulted her.
After rejecting the Commonwealth's offer of reduced charges with a state prison sentence, FW&O took the case to trial before the judge. The ex-girlfriend took the stand and repeated the false accusations while getting very emotional. Following her direct testimony, FW&O painstakingly cross examined her on the myriad of lies that she told the police and hospital staff. Most crucial, FW&O pointed out the fact that Client lived right across the street from the police station – where the ex-girlfriend alleged that all of these crimes occurred. Rather than go across the street or yell out the window for help, the ex-girlfriend claimed that she escaped from Client's home and drove to the hospital before waiting days to tell the police about what happened.Results:
After FW&O's lengthy cross examination of the ex-girlfriend, the judge found that he could not believe her story and found Client not guilty.
Superior Court Reverses Conviction for DUI in Published Opinion (TL00021126): Background:
Client was found guilty of DUI and other related offenses after a trial before a judge. The judge sentenced Client to a jail sentence.
Client hired FW&O to effectuate a direct appeal to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. FW&O reviewed the transcripts as well as the entire case and raised the issue of whether or not Client's mother could provide police access to his home when they knew that Client did not live with his mother. FW&O filed a Brief for Appellant as well as a Reply Brief to the Commonwealth's argument. FW&O argued the case before a three-judge panel in Superior Court.Results:
Following briefs and oral argument, the Superior Court issued a published opinion reversing the trial court's decision. A published opinion is one in which the Court considers its decision precedential and is now law. The reversal resulted in a suppression of key evidence which allowed Client to avoid a mandatory jail sentence.
DAs Office Agrees to Withdraw Sex Assault Charges Prior to Trial (JM0022158): Background:
Client was falsely accused by his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his two children, of sexually assaulting his daughter under the age of 10. Other attorneys in the area recommended that he consult with FW&O. After we explained our strategy, Client hired us to represent him for the preliminary hearing and trial.
FW&O gathered an abundance of exculpatory evidence that was not known to the DAs Office. Following the preliminary hearing, FW&O had many conversations with the prosecutor. After getting a feel for what the prosecutor would do, FW&O decided to present the exculpatory evidence prior to going to trial. The evidence showed that the ex-girlfriend made this up for custody reasons, she was making a profit off of books that she was selling on Amazon pertaining to the allegations, and ChildLine found that the allegations were baseless.Results:
After looking through the exculpatory evidence and having Client evaluated by a doctor, the prosecutor agreed with FW&O and withdrew all of the charges.
Judge Suppresses Evidence in Gun and Drug Case and Commonwealth Nolle Prosses the Case (DK0022221): Background:
Client was shot and laying next to his car. The police arrived and immediately started questioning Client as to whether or not he shot himself. He was treated as a suspect. The police searched Client's car and the surrounding area for a gun. A gun was never found. While Client is in surgery, police go to the hospital and illegally seize his clothes. Based upon the illegally obtained clothes, they then apply for a search warrant for Client's car. Bricks of heroin are located in the car. The Commonwealth charges Client with Persons Not to Possess a Firearm as well as Possession With Intent to Deliver – Heroin.
Client hires FW&O to attempt to suppress the evidence and have the case dismissed. FW&O conducted extensive legal research and filed three different pretrial motions: 1) Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, 2) Motion to Suppress Evidence from the Illegal Tow of the Car, and 3) Motion to Suppress Evidence from the Illegal Seizure of the Clothes. A lengthy pretrial motions hearing occured where FW&O cross examined the police officers extensively.Results:
After the hearing, the judge agreed with all of FW&O's arguments and granted all of the pretrial motions. Without any evidence left, the Commonwealth Nolle Prossed the case.
Prosecution Drops Homicide Charge Against Client Prior to Trial (IB000) Background:
Client was charged with homicide and facing a potential life sentence in prison. It was alleged that Client shot and killed a woman in her car. It was further alleged that when the passenger bailed out and ran, Client shot and grazed the passenger in the head, injuring him. Client was charged with criminal homicide, criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, and carrying a firearm without a license. The Commonwealth had a witness that claimed that she was on the sidewalk, witnessed the killing, and identified Client as the shooter. The case was scheduled to proceed to a jury trial.
Farrell, Weaver & Okun reviewed all of the evidence meticulously. The attorneys drove to the scene of the killing, took many photos, and identified all of the possible surveillance cameras. Piecing the evidence that the Commonwealth had together with the evidence that we independently gathered, Farrell, Weaver & Okun were able to demonstrate that the witness could not have seen the killing and none of the surveillance cameras could corroborate her whereabouts during the murder.Results:
After mulling over whether to introduce this evidence in a surprise fashion at trial or show the Commonwealth prior to trial, Farrell, Weaver & Okun presented the evidence to the prosecutor. The prosecutor did the right thing and withdrew all of the charges against Client – including criminal homicide.
Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Homicide (TL00015189) Background:
Client was charged with homicide and facing a potential life sentence in prison. It was alleged that Client shot and killed a man in the middle of a street in Homewood.
Farrell, Weaver & Okun represented Client during the jury trial. The Commonwealth presented detectives, eye-witnesses and a nationally-recognized DNA expert – all of whom were vigorously cross-examined.
Farrell, Weaver & Okun took a risk and asked that the jury only be permitted to consider First Degree Murder instead of both First-Degree and Third-Degree Murder. The judge and prosecution agreed to this instruction to only charge first-degree murder.Results:
Jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty. Client is working two (2) jobs and providing for his children rather than spending his life in prison.
Client Convicted of Sex Assault Charges Is Granted New Trial and Jury Finds Him Not Guilty (RP00019141) Background:
Client was found guilty of indecent assault, harassment, and aggravated indecent assault after a non-jury trial. It was alleged that he assaulted a young woman in her own apartment after doing her a favor. Client also faced severe immigration issues due to his non-citizenship status. He was sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
Client hired Farrell, Weaver and Okun at the post-sentence stage. Farrell, Weaver & Okun petitioned for a new trial due to ineffective assistance of counsel. It was alleged that counsel was ineffective for not preparing Client to testify and failing to advise client that the victim’s testimony alone could establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Despite these claims typically being reserved for post-conviction petitions, due to extraordinary circumstances and in the interest of justice, the judge granted a new trial. Client testified on his own behalf.
Farrell, Weaver & Okun represented Client during his new trial before a jury. The victim testified and was cross-examined thoroughly. The cross-examination exposed many lies and exaggerations from the victim.Results:
The jury found Client not guilty of the sex assault charges. Client went from a sentence of years imprisonment in a state corrections institution to walking out of the courtroom.
Kidnapping, Robbery, and Sex Offenses Dismissed (KC00011238): Background:
Client was charged with kidnapping, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, indecent assault, indecent exposure, simple assault, and conspiracy to commit robbery.
The facts were that a female taxi driver stopped at a gas station where she met two (2) young men who needed a ride. When they got near the destination, one of the men produced a firearm and demanded money. Thereafter, it was alleged that Client brutally forced the victim to perform sexual acts upon Client. The victim was stripped of all of her clothes and thrown out of the vehicle. The two men stole the car and left the scene. The victim eventually found help and called the police.
After about 40 minutes from when the two men fled the scene, a police officer spotted the stolen car and gave chase. The stolen car initially was driving down a main thoroughfare but turned onto a neighborhood street where the car traveled at an extremely high and dangerous speed. The police continued to follow the stolen car. The car crashed through a fence and attempted to travel up a hillside, which was someone’s backyard. Eventually, the occupants ran from the police up toward the main thoroughfare.
The police were some distance behind the occupants of the car but drove to the spot on the main thoroughfare where the occupants were last seen running. The police saw Client who was in the area. The police stopped Client and brought the victim to the area where she positively identified Client as one of the robbers and the one who forced her to perform sexual acts. Client was arrested. Client had been on parole for a conviction of robbery.
Client said that he was coming from a friend’s house, where he had been all night. He said that he was walking while listening to music through his phone and earbuds. He said that he heard sirens, stopped, took out his earbuds and saw two (2) young men running from below the hill (where the stolen car had stopped). He said the next thing that he knew was that he was being forced at gunpoint by the police to get on the ground. Then he was arrested.
The Co-Defendant was later arrested and identified by the video from the camera at the gas station.
Farrell & Associates did an extensive investigation which showed among other things: 1) the video of the second person in the gas station with the Co-Defendant was not Client and much younger than Client, 2) there were age differences between Client and Co-Defendant, 3) there were no ties between Client and Co-Defendant, 4) Client had an alibi witness who placed Client’s location miles away from the crime scene at the time that the crimes occurred, and 5) other relevant matters which showed Client was innocent.
Farrell & Associates represented Client for his jury trial. After reviewing the case, Farrell & Associates had several discussions with the District Attorney regarding major problems with the case and the fact that Client was innocent.
Persuaded by Farrell & Associates arguments, the Commonwealth looked to juvenile probation officers that knew the Co-Defendant and asked these juvenile probation officers to review the videotape. One officer actually identified the other person in the videotape at the gas station who was with Co-Defendant. This person was a friend of Co-Defendant and obviously not Client.
The victim had identified Client as her attacker two (2) times: 1) on the night that the crimes occurred and 2) at the preliminary hearing. After the Commonwealth informed the victim that it appeared that her identification may have been wrong, the victim agreed that she may have been mistaken.Results:
The District Attorney concurred with Farrell & Associates’ assessment of the case that Client was innocent and dismissed the charges against Client. All charges were removed from Client’s record. Client was extremely pleased with the result.
Client Found Not Guilty of Homicide (DT00012200): Background:
Client and Co-Defendant were confronted by the victim outside of a store. Client and the victim began fighting. Co-Defendant obtained Client’s firearm which had been stored under the driver’s seat of Client’s car. Co-Defendant came out of the car and shot the victim resulting in the victim’s immediate death. It was alleged that Client encouraged Co-Defendant by telling him to kill the victim.
Client was charged with criminal homicide, criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy. Client hired Farrell & Associates for his jury trial. Farrell & Associates presented character witnesses to show that Client had a good reputation in the community for non-violence and law abidingness. Farrell & Associations also called eye witnesses that testified that Client did not say anything to encourage Co-Defendant to shoot the victim and other evidence. The Commonwealth witnesses were also extensively cross-examined.Results:
Client was found not guilty of all charges. Client was extremely pleased with the result.
Client Convicted of Numerous Sex Crimes Receives a Significant Reduction in Sentence (MW00001171): Background:
Client was charged and convicted of the following charges: at the first criminal information with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors, at the second criminal information with criminal attempt (statutory sexual assault), involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, sexual abuse of children, furnishing liquor to minors and corruption of minors. The allegations were that Client met two female girls (ages 13 and 14), gave them alcoholic beverages, and seduced them in a motel. Thereafter, Client took pictures of one girl in her naked state. Client was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of thirteen and one half (13½) to twenty-seven (27) years of incarceration.
After being retained to represent Client, Farrell & Associates filed a post-conviction petition contending that counsel gave ineffective assistance for failing to ask for a jury instruction that Client was under the mistaken belief that both girls were over the age of consent. The argument was based upon the fact that the law allowed for such an instruction as to the type of charges brought against Client. A hearing was conducted.Results:
Upon strong urging by Farrell & Associates, the Commonwealth offered a deal whereby they would agree that Client would receive a new trial if Client was to plead to the charges and receive a total sentence of five (5) to ten (10) years of imprisonment. A new trial was ordered, Client pleaded guilty to the charges and received a sentence reduction of five (5) to ten (10) years of incarceration. Client was pleased with the deal.
DUI Case Suppressed (JD00000184) Background
Client was arrested for two (2) separate criminal informations (cases) of DUI. Concerning one (1) DUI case, it was alleged by the Commonwealth that Client was speeding and was properly stopped and arrested for DUI. Farrell Weaver & Okun filed a motion to suppress the evidence based upon the argument that the police had no proper basis to stop Client. The argument was that the officer had no probable cause to believe that Client was speeding.Results
After a hearing was conducted by the trial court, the trial court suppressed all evidence based upon the fact that the police had no grounds to stop Client (the police could not prove that they had probable cause to show that Client was speeding). The one (1) criminal information of charging DUI and speeding was withdrawn by the Commonwealth because the evidence was suppressed. As to the second DUI charge, Client was accepted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (“ARD”) Program and the charges were dismissed. Client lost his license for sixty (60) days rather than two and one half (2½) years. It is an understatement to say that Client was extremely satisfied.
Possession of a Firearm Without a License Charge Dropped (DG00000168) Background
Client was stopped by the police driving her vehicle with various passengers. The Commonwealth alleged that Client possessed a firearm without a license and was driving without a license.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun convinced the District Attorney’s Office to withdraw all charges. The court dismissed all charges.
DUI Case Suppressed (TH00000188) Background
Client was arrested for two (2) separate criminal informations of DUI. Concerning one (1) DUI case, the police stopped Client after it was alleged that Client performed an illegal U-Turn in order to circumvent a police DUI check-point. Farrell Weaver & Okun filed a motion to suppress contending that the stop by the police was unlawful in that there was no probable cause to believe Client had conducted an illegal U-Turn.Results
After an extensive hearing, with testimony from the police officer, Client, and an investigator presenting photographs and measurements, the trial court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun and suppressed the evidence. The Commonwealth withdrew the charges at the one criminal case. As to the second criminal case, Client was accepted into the ARD program for first-time offenders and the charges were dismissed. Client lost his license for sixty (60) days. Had he been found guilty of the two (2) DUI cases, he would have lost his license for two and one half (2½) years. Client was overjoyed by the representation of Farrell Weaver & Okun.
Possession of a Firearm Charge Dropped (HH00000130) Background
Client was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm in a car, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, possession of an instrument of crime, careless driving, and driving while his license was suspended. The allegations were that Client was driving in a careless manner, was stopped for careless driving when it was determined that Client was driving with a suspended driver’s license because his license was suspended for a DUI conviction. Farrell Weaver & Okun filed a motion to suppress arguing the stop was illegal, that there was no careless driving and that all evidence should be suppressed.Results
The trial court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun and ruled that all evidence should be suppressed. All charges were dismissed.
Life Sentence Overturned in Supreme Court (RM00099126) Background
After a jury trial, Client was found guilty of first-degree murder and received a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The facts were that an altercation occurred after Client accused the victim of stealing Client’s money. Client chased the victim for several blocks where the altercation continued and Client stabbed victim to death.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client after he lost his post-conviction appeal in the Superior Court. Farrell Weaver & Okun convinced the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to accept the appeal. The Supreme Court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun argument that prior counsel gave ineffective assistance for failing to argue that trial counsel did not obtain psychiatric evidence to prove diminished capacity (third-degree murder). A new trial was granted.
When the case was remanded to the trial court, Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client in a trial whereby Client was found guilty of third-degree murder and sentenced to ten to twenty years of incarceration. Needless to say, Client was very satisfied with the Results obtained.
Client Found Not Guilty of Assault (ST00010168) Background
Client was charged with three (3) separate cases. In the first case, Client was charged with burglary and two (2) counts of simple assault. The allegation was that Client entered the victim’s home and committed two simple assaults.
In the second case, Client was charged with one (1) count each of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, driving without a license and two (2) counts of harassment. The allegations were that Client was driving his truck and attempted to run the victim off the road to cause serious bodily injury.
In the third case, the Commonwealth charged Client with one (1) count each of simple assault and harassment. The Commonwealth theory was that Client verbally harassed the victim and then assaulted the victim resulting in medical bills of over $20,000.00. The Commonwealth asked that Client plead guilty, receive probation and pay restitution as to all of the medical bills.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial and obtained the following Results: as to the first case, Client pleaded guilty to the simple assault charges and the burglary count was dismissed. As to the second case, Client pleaded guilty to harassment (summary offense) and driving without a license. As to the final case, the case was tried. Client was found guilty of harassment (summary offense) and not guilty of simple assault. Farrell Weaver & Okun convinced the court that the restitution requested by the prosecution was not applicable because the harassment charge only went to the verbal confrontation and not to any physical injuries. No restitution was ordered.
Client Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault (EP00001158) Background
Client was charged with aggravated assault by attempting to cause and/or causing serious bodily injury to the victim. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at a trial.Results
Client was found not guilty of all charges and was discharged. Client had criminal record expunged.
Client Found Not Guilty of Eight Counts of Aggravated Assault (AD0001180) Background
Client was charged with eight (8) counts of aggravated assault, and one (1) count each of terroristic threats and criminal mischief. The allegations were that Client was in a vehicle following a second vehicle containing various people include a person that Client had strongly disliked. It was further alleged that Client rammed his vehicle into the other vehicle causing damage (criminal mischief), began threatening the occupants with crimes, and then began shooting at the second vehicle. A trial occurred whereby Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client. At the trial, various persons testified that Client committed the crimes.Results
Client was found not guilty of all charges and was released. The charges were later expunged by Farrell Weaver & Okun. Client was very happy.
Client Found Not Guilty of Rape (DD00001193) Background
Client was charged with rape and criminal conspiracy. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial. At trial, the victim, an adult female, testified that Client along with his female co-defendant sexually assaulted the victim while everyone was partying.Results
Client was found not guilty of all charges and discharged. The charges were expunged at a later date. Client was satisfied.
Client Found Not Guilty of Rape and Sex Offenses (CK00002106) Background
Client was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful restraint. The allegations were that Client and the victim worked at a restaurant where Client restrained and then sexually assaulted the victim in the bathroom while both individuals were on break. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial. Various witnesses testified for both parties.Results
Client was found not guilty of all charges. Client was pleased with the Results.
Homicide by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Dismissed (DR00002139) Background
Client was charged with two (2) counts of homicide by vehicle DUI related, two (2) counts of involuntary manslaughter, three (3) counts of recklessly endangering another person and one (1) count of DUI. The Commonwealth alleged that Client was driving intoxicated when Client caused an accident killing two (2) individuals and placing another individual at risk of serious bodily injury. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client before the time Client was arrested to the conclusions of the proceedings. Prior to trial Farrell Weaver & Okun filed a motion to dismiss based upon the fact that the Commonwealth could not prove that Client caused the accident.Results
The trial court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun and ruled that the charges of homicide by vehicle DUI related, involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person should be dismissed. Thereafter, Client went to trial for the DUI charge but was found guilty and sentenced to house arrest. Client was very happy with the Results.
Client Found Not Guilty of Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Fleeing (EM00002170) Background
Client was charged with three (3) counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count each of disorderly conduct and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer as well as eleven (11) summary traffic counts. The allegations were that Client while driving a motor cycle violated the traffic laws, would not stop for police officers in pursuit and placed three (3) persons in danger of serious bodily injury. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial.Results
After a trial, Client was found not guilty of all charges and was discharged.
Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault (DS00002178) Background
Client was charged with two (2) counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, and harassment along with one (1) count of disorderly conduct. The Commonwealth alleged that while Client was a prisoner in a state prison, Client became angry, and began punching two (2) correctional officers causing injuries to them. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial.Results
After a jury trial, Client was found not guilty of all crimes by the jury and not guilty of all summary offenses by the trial court. The charges were later expunged from Client’s criminal record.
Client Charged With Criminal Attempt Homicide Receives Summary Citation (RB00006277) Background
Client was charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, possession of instruments of crime, possession of sawed-off shotgun and criminal attempt (homicide). Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at the preliminary hearing and trial.Results
Client was found guilty of harassment (summary offense), while Client was found not guilty as to the remaining charges. The remaining charges have been expunged.
Client Found Not Guilty of Possession of a Firearm Without a License (DS00006282) Background
Client was charged with possession of a firearm without a license. A gun was found inside of a vehicle that Client was occupying. Client retained Farrell Weaver & Okun to represent him at trial.Results
Client was found not guilty of the charges and the charges have been expunged from his record.
Possession of Cocaine Charges Dismissed; Client Found Not Guilty of DUI (GK00003000) Background
Client was charged with possession of a controlled substance, two (2) counts of DUI and trespass by motor vehicle. The charges stemmed from Client driving in an area which was prohibited to traffic. Client met friends and were discussing the situation when the police arrived and searched Client’s friends. One of the friends possessed cocaine. When the police arrested the friend, Client attempted to steal the cocaine which was on the hood of the Client’s car. Because the police were busy, they chose to let Client go home. The police took Client’s friend to the police station. Later in time, Client arrived at the police station visibly intoxicated and asking about the welfare of his friend. The police asked Client where his vehicle was located and Client told them the car was in the police parking lot. Armed with this information, the police arrested Client and charged him with the above charges. Client refused to take an intoxilizer after he was told that he was required by law to do so. The police contacted Penn DOT whereby Penn DOT notified Client that he was going to lose his license for one (1) year additional to any other penalty. Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun to handle all of his legal matters.Results
At the preliminary hearing, Farrell Weaver & Okun got a dismissal of all charges except the DUI charges. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial whereby the Client was found not guilty of DUI charges. Farrell Weaver & Okun filed an appeal to the Court of Common Pleas with respect to the license suspension. The trial court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun argument that the arrest by the police was improper and Client should not lose his license. While Client was initially looking at a total loss of license for twenty-four (24) months along with possible jail time and other penalties. Client was set free without any direct or collateral consequences. Client was extremely pleased.
Client Found Not Guilty of Burglary and Conspiracy (RW0006306) Background
Client along with another were charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property. The charges stemmed from an individual (“Victim”) reporting that someone had stolen articles from his house. Client sold the stolen items and was ultimately arrested for the charges. Client told the police that Victim’s relative (“Relative”) had sold Client the articles and he believed that they were not stolen. He further denied burglarizing the house. Relative testified that he saw Client and his Co-Defendant steal the articles because Relative helped them in burglarizing the house. Relative was never charged with any crime because Relative cooperated, Victim did not want Relative charged, and the police were convinced that Client masterminded the burglary coercing Relative. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial.Results
Client (and his co-defendant) were found not guilty of all charges. Client’s charges have been expunged from his criminal record.
Client Found Not Guilty of Homicide (AN00008143) Background
Client’s friend (Co-Defendant 1) was beaten and robbed in a house during a drug deal. While Co-Defendant 1 went to the hospital, Client’s other friend (Co-Defendant 2) went to the house where the robbery occurred and shot up the house along with the cars parked in the driveway. They went home and found Co-Defendant 1 had been released from the hospital. Co-Defendant 1, Co-Defendant 2, and Client went back to the house. The front door was kicked in by Client. It was alleged that Client placed a barrel of a firearm in a female’s mouth. Co-Defendant 1 and Co-Defendant 2 went upstairs while Client remained on the first floor. Co-Defendant 1 shot three (3) people, killing one, and seriously injuring two. The three fled.
Client was charged with burglary, simple assault, criminal homicide, criminal conspiracy and two counts of aggravated assault. The maximum penalties that Client was facing were as follows: mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for second-degree murder (a killing by the defendant or a co-defendant that occurred during a felony such as burglary), 20 to 40 years for third-degree murder, 10 to 20 years for burglary, 10 to 20 years for conspiracy, 1 to 2 years for simple assault, and 10 to 20 years for each aggravated assault. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at trial.Results of First Trial
Client and Co-Defendant 1 were tried together. Co-Defendant 2 along with numerous witnesses testified against Client and Co-Defendant 1. The jury found Client guilty of criminal trespass (felony of the third-degree) (lesser included offense of burglary) and not guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, burglary, criminal conspiracy and two counts of aggravated assault. The jury could not reach a verdict as to third-degree murder.Results of Second Trial
A re-trial occurred only as to the third-degree murder charge. Farrell Weaver & Okun continued to represent Client. The jury found Client not guilty of third-degree murder. Client received a favorable sentence. Client was extremely pleased.
Possession of Heroin Withdrawn After Evidence Suppressed (EF00008167) Background
Client was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and general lighting requirements after being pulled over by a Pittsburgh Police Department Officer. The police stopped Client based upon the belief that Client’s back lights were not properly working. When the police approached Client, the police saw heroin in the car and arrested Client.
Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun. Farrell Weaver & Okun, after reviewing the facts of Client’s case, decided to file a motion to suppress the traffic stop because it violated the Pennsylvania and United States Constitution. A hearing occurred.Results
The Trial Court agreed with Farrell Weaver & Okun analysis of the traffic stop, that the stop lacked probable cause. The Court granted the motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the illegal stop. As a result of the suppression order, all of the charges were withdrawn. Farrell Weaver & Okun proceeded to expunge Client’s record of all the criminal charges.
Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Criminal Attempt Homicide, and Aggravated Assault (TC00008250) Background
The allegations were that Client rented a car for a piece of crack cocaine and used the car to shoot the Victim. It was further alleged that Client shot the Victim a couple times. The Victim almost died but lived as a paraplegic for the rest of his life. Client was charged with criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, and carrying a firearm without a license. He was facing a maximum penalty of 23½ to 47 years of incarceration. At trial, the Commonwealth presented evidence that the Victim (who knew Client) identified Client from a photographic array, and the owner of the car testified that Client was the one in possession of the car during the shooting. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client. Farrell Weaver & Okun and Client proceeded to a jury trial.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun argued that Client had an alibi and could not have committed the crimes. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty as to all counts.
Client Charged With Homicide Receives Five Year Jail Sentence (BL00009176) Background
The allegations were that Client along with others entered a house of a drug dealer and robbed him. During the course of the robbery, the Victim was killed by a co-defendant. Client was charged with criminal homicide, robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm, and criminal conspiracy. Client was facing a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole followed by 33½ to 67 years of incarceration. Farrell Weaver & Okun negotiated with the prosecutor and obtained the following plea agreement.Results
Client plead guilty to third-degree murder, robbery, burglary, possession of a firearm, and conspiracy. Pursuant to the agreement, Client received time served for five (5) years of incarceration followed by ten (10) years of probation. Client was released and was very pleased with the result.
Client Sentenced to Probation for Involuntary Manslaughter (KK00009196) Background
Client injected heroin into the Victim’s arm because the Victim wanted to get high. The Victim died of an overdose. The police contacted Client who confessed. Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun to represent Client for trial. Client was charged with involuntary manslaughter, delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance resulting in a death. Farrell Weaver & Okun made contact with the District Attorney to discuss negotiating a guilty plea. After several discussions, Farrell Weaver & Okun and the District Attorney came to a favorable agreement.Results
Client accepted a guilty plea, where Client plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and delivery of a controlled substance. The remaining count was withdrawn. Farrell Weaver & Okun presented argument to the judge at sentencing. Client received a sentence of time served for the pretrial incarceration for a few weeks at the jail and inpatient drug treatment program and an additional five (5) years of probation.
Possession With the Intent to Deliver Charges Dismissed (LP00009203) Background
Client was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver (2 counts), possession of a controlled substance (2 counts), possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A large amount of heroin, some marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located inside the house that Client owned and lived in. Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun to represent Client at the preliminary hearing and trial.Results
At the preliminary hearing, Farrell Weaver & Okun obtained a dismissal of the possession of heroin and possession with the intent to deliver heroin charges. The other charges were held for court.
Farrell Weaver & Okun prepared to go to trial for Client’s remaining charges: possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia. After speaking with the prosecutor, the Commonwealth dismissed the remaining charges. All of the charges were expunged after Farrell Weaver & Okun filed a motion to do so.
Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Rape of Child and Other Sex Offenses (DB00009210) Background
After several years of custody dispute, Client’s child, on the insistence of the child’s mother, reported that her father (Client) brutally raped her years before. Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun to represent him for trial. Client was charged with rape of a child, incest, statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. Farrell Weaver & Okun proceeded to take Client’s case to a jury trial. At the jury trial, the Commonwealth presented the testimony of the Victim (the jury was told that the Victim’s testimony, alone, is sufficient to convict Client), an expert to explain the late reporting of the crime, Victim’s friend who said that Victim told her about the assault a few months after it occurred, and a police officer who had interviewed Client. The Client did not testify, but members of his family testified that when the Victim stayed at Client’s house, she did not make the screams that she said she did. There was also testimony from others that there was a custody dispute.Results
After a jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty at all counts. Farrell Weaver & Okun proceeded to expunge all of the charges from Client’s record. Client was extremely pleased with the disposition.
Client Facing Life Imprisonment Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter (TT00010117) Background
Client stabbed the Victim in the chest on camera and fled. The Victim died as a result of the stab wounds. Client was charged with Criminal Homicide. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at his jury trial.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun argued that Client’s actions were a result of an imperfect self-defense (voluntary manslaughter) and was not murder. The jury agreed and returned a guilty verdict of Voluntary Manslaughter. Client received seven and one half (7½) to fifteen (15) years of incarceration. Client was pleased with the result.
DUI Charges Withdrawn After Evidence Suppressed (PC00010123) Background
Client while driving home after drinking was stopped for speeding. The police conducted field sobriety tests and concluded Client was intoxicated. Client’s blood alcohol Results were over .20%. Client was inevitably charged with DUI (2 counts) and speeding. Farrell Weaver & Okun were retained to represent Client for his trial. Farrell Weaver & Okun filed pre-trial motions to suppress evidence based upon the argument that the police did not have probable cause to stop Client’s vehicle. The argument was that the officer was improperly using the speed-timing device and the officer had no probable cause to believe Client was speeding.Results
The Court agreed with Farrell & Associate’s argument and granted the motion to suppress the evidence. Once the evidence was suppressed, the Commonwealth was forced to withdraw the charges. Client was very pleased with the Results.
Client Found Not Guilty of Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass (JW00007133) Background
Client was charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Client hired Farrell Weaver & Okun. Client went to trial.Results
Farrell Weaver & Okun obtained a not guilty verdict on all counts. The charges have been expunged from Client’s criminal record.
Robbery, Possession of Firearm by Minor, and Conspiracy Charges Dismissed (ES00007107) Background
Client, at age 17, was charged as an adult with robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a minor, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of marijuana. The facts were that the Victim was robbed at gunpoint by a group of individuals. The victim’s money, car and other property was stolen by the robbers. Less than two (2) hours later, after a high-speed chase, the police stopped the stolen vehicle that was occupied by three (3) individuals including Client. An assault rifle was found in the front of the car and Client, who was in the backseat, was found to have marijuana in his possession. Farrell Weaver & Okun represented Client at a preliminary hearing. Thereafter, Farrell Weaver & Okun requested that Client’s case be transferred to the Juvenile Division and that the charges of robbery, robbery of motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy be dismissed because the Victim could not identify Client as one of the robbers.Results
The charges of robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by a minor, and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery were dismissed by the Court. The charge of possession of marijuana (small amount) was transferred to juvenile court where the charge was eventually resolved and expunged from Client’s juvenile record. As to Client’s adult record, all of the charges have been expunged.