Read Some Of Our Case Summaries
Attorney Stephen Misko represents clients in federal courts throughout the United States and in Pennsylvania state and county courts. Among his many accomplishments, attorney Misko has provided a sampling of some of his recent cases.
Client Acquitted By Federal Jury
An Ohio resident was indicted by a federal grand jury on suspicion of 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,
Pennsylvania. After a three-day jury trial, wherein two minors testified on behalf of the government and the FBI presented physical evidence at the time of arrest, my client was acquitted on all counts.
Federal Drug Charges Dismissed
Drug conspiracy charges were filed against two Pittsburgh men, the girlfriend of one and two Mexican nationals after the Drug Enforcement Administration (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 persuaded the government to drop all charges against my client, who was facing 20 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 family’s babysitter. Each of these charges carried mandatory sex offender registration. A plea offer of two to four 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 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a sentence of 10 years’ incarceration.
Client Avoids Murder Charge
A Lawrence County Resident was charged with murder after stabbing his wife 27 times. After examination of the evidence, and posturing for a self-defense claim, the District Attorney’s office agreed to a plea of Voluntary Manslaughter, and a sentence of 8 years.
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’ imprisonment, mandatory incarceration of 80 years and lifetime sex offender registration. After a protracted pretrial battle with the district attorney’s office, my client pleaded 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 1,000 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 120 months of incarceration. The client’s family thereafter hired attorney Misko, who through challenging the presentence report and other legal maneuvers managed to persuade a federal judge to sentence the client to a term of five years’ probation.
Client Avoids Prison In Federal Drug Case
A Utah resident was indicted by a federal grand jury after caught transporting hundreds of kilos of marijuana from California to Massachusetts via a private plane. Despite an advisory sentence of incarceration of upwards of 2 years, Attorney Misko convinced the federal judge to sentence his client to a period of probation.
Client gets DUI Charge dropped
A truck driver who refused a breath test after being arrested for DUI, and faced a one year disqualification of his CDL, had the DUI charge dropped based on a challenge to the stop and probable cause to arrest. This result not only saved the client from jail time and lengthy loss of license, it enabled him to continue on with his livelihood as his family’s sole provider.
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Stephen Misko is an experienced criminal defense attorney. His experience as a former prosecutor can give you an edge in knowing how prosecutors think. Call him for a free case consultation at 724-602-4583 or 412-342-8000, or email the firm.