Case Summaries

Criminal Defense Case Examples

Attorney Stephen Misko represents clients in federal courts throughout the United States and in Pennsylvania state and county courts. Amongst his many accomplishments, Attorney Misko has provided a sampling of some of his recent cases . . .

CLIENT ACQUITTED BY FEDERAL JURY

A Ohio resident was indicted by a federal grand jury for violating the Mann Act (interstate transportation of a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual activities). A plea offer of 30 years was rejected and the case proceeded to trial in Pittsburgh, PA. After a three day jury trial, wherein two minors testified on behalf of the Government and the FBI presented physical evidence at time of arrest, my client was acquitted on all counts.

FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES DISMISSED

Drug conspiracy charges were filed against two Pittsburgh men, a girlfriend and two Mexican nationals after the DEA arrested them during the commission of a cocaine sale. The girlfriend was holding several hundred thousand dollars in buy money.  After a prolonged pretrial battle with federal prosecutors, I was able to convince the Government to drop all charges against my client, who was facing twenty years incarceration because of a prior felony drug conviction.

CLIENT ACQUITTED OF RAPING BABYSITTER

A McKean County resident was charged with numerous counts relating to the sexual assault of the families babysitter. Each of these charges carried mandatory sex offender registration. A plea offer of 2 - 4 years in state prison was rejected and the case proceeded to trial. After a two day trial, my client was acquitted of all counts relating to the alleged sexual assault of the babysitter.

CLIENT AVOIDS MURDER CONVICTION

A Mercer County resident was charged with first degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his wife. Punishment for first degree murder is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. After a protracted pretrial battle with the District Attorney's Office, my client pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a sentence of ten years incarceration.

CLIENT AVOIDS LIFETIME SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION

A Crawford County resident was charged with 34 counts of sexually assaulting his girlfriend's daughter. If found guilty of all charges, my client was facing a maximum sentence of 468 years of imprisonment, mandatory incarceration of 80 years, and lifetime sex offender registration. After a protracted pretrial battle with the District Attorney's Office, my client pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts and received a sentence of one year in jail with no sex offender registration.

CLIENT GETS PROBATION IN FEDERAL DRUG CASE

A Pennsylvania resident was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to manufacture in excess of 1000 marijuana plants, which carried a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment. The client's court-appointed attorney failed to negotiate a plea to a lesser offense and a presentence report called for a 120 months of incarceration. The client's family thereafter hired Attorney Misko, who through challenging the presentence report and other legal maneuvers managed to convince a federal judge to sentence the client to a term of five years probation.