The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(814) 237-6255

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If you're searching for an attorney in State College, Pennsylvania, chances are you're going through a tough situation. You may feel like no one is on your side, especially if you are considering bankruptcy, have been charged with a criminal defense, or are filing or appealing a Social Security Disability claim. During this difficult time, you need someone you can trust.

At The Mazza Law Group, P.C., we understand your fears and concerns. Our firm dates back 57 years, and our attorneys have the experience needed to help you. We will be by your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and working toward the best outcome for you. We take pride in considering ourselves your lawyers, your neighbors, and your friends.

Legal matters are often confusing and complicated, requiring experience and strategy to successfully resolve. With a highly respected and experienced attorney behind you, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in good hands. The experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

We stay up to date with changes in our legal system. If you have questions about how any recent changes in the law may affect you, contact us today.

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Death Penalty – Criminal Law Update

Death Penalty Update:  “No man can be a judge in his own case”- wrote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in a decision on a death penalty case yesterday.  In Williams v. Pennsylvania, the US Supreme Court decided that a judge who was involved in the prosecution could not thereafter sit as a state Supreme Court Justice in the same case years later.

Mr. Williams was charged with first-degree murder in 1986, in Philadelphia.  The District Attorney authorized his office to pursue the death penalty.  Some 26 years later, that District Attorney was sitting on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as Chief Justice, when the case came before that court on appeal following the grant of a new sentencing hearing by a lower court.

Defense attorneys requested that then Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille recuse himself from the decision of the case, but he refused.  When the state court issued its ruling, Justice Castille voted to affirm the sentence. Two weeks later, Castille resigned from the court.

On appeal to the United States Supreme Court, the issue was whether Mr. Williams’ due process rights were violated when one of the judges deciding his fate had been the chief prosecutor and authorized the decision to seek the death penalty.  In remanding the case, the Supreme Court found that the likelihood of bias as a result of the former prosecutor’s role was “too high to be constitutionally tolerable”.

In Pennsylvania, defense attorneys in death penalty cases must be certified under Pa.R.Crim.Pro. 801, which requires experience trying felony cases before juries and continuing legal education on capital cases.  Attorney Helen Stolinas of The Mazza Law Group, PC is certified, and has experience trying murder cases and other felonies.  If you or a loved one is facing a murder charge or other serious criminal matter, call for a consultation today.

Property Settlement in Divorce: What do I deserve?

Part II of a series regarding property settlement in a divorce. When you divorce in Pennsylvania, the law requires that the property acquired during the marriage will be divided “equitably” between you and your spouse.  In our most recent article about property division, we described what assets should be considered as “marital property” and what may […]

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Immigration Law Update: Removal based Aggravated Felony

Immigration Law Update: In a decision which will impact consequences of criminal convictions and limit immigration benefits, on May 19, 2016, the Supreme Court decided in Luna Torres v. Lynch that certain state, local, and federal offenses are “aggravated felonies”. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), an alien (non-citizen) convicted of an aggravated felony can […]

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Marital Property: Do I have to share my property with my spouse when we divorce?

[Part 1 of a series regarding marital property, division and divorce] When you get a divorce in Pennsylvania, the law requires that the property acquired during the marriage will be divided “equitably” between you and your spouse.  According to the Divorce Code, at 23 Pa.C.S.A. §3501(a), marital property is defined as “all property acquired by […]

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Immigration Law – Student Visa

Student Visa – Immigration Law: Extension of Optional Training Period for certain foreign students extended- new rules take effect May 10, 2016 An immigration benefit for students has recently been expanded.  Certain foreign nationals with student visas who earn degrees from US institutions of higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics […]

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Hearsay Evidence at Preliminary Hearing

Hearsay is a statement that the declarant does not make while testifying at the current hearing or trial and is offered for the truth of the matter asserted.  Rules of Evidence allow this type of evidence in certain cases but under limited circumstances.  A point of contentions in Pennsylvania is whether this type of evidence […]

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New Divorce Law |victims of domestic violence

Beginning on June 21, 2016, changes to the divorce law will go into effect in Pennsylvania, allowing the Courts to consider convictions for some crimes of violence in deciding when a divorce decree may be issued.  Governor Wolf has signed Amendments to the divorce code into law. The statute already allows spouses to enter a […]

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Wills – Prince died without a Will

According to court documents filed by Prince’s sister, he died without a Will.  This might come as a shock for someone with a considerably large estate but not having a Will is more common than you think.  Have you made your Will? The importance of a Will is to provide direction for distribution of your […]

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Parental Alienation Awareness Day – 4/25

Parental Alienation, sometimes known as Hostile Aggressive Parenting,  is behavior by a parent which could cause alienation in the relationship between a child and the other parent. Parental Alienation occurs most often in divorce and custody disputes, where a child may be turned against a parent by a series of actions or statements by the […]

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Deferred Action for Immigrants

Deferred Action: Supreme Court to hear arguments regarding Executive Action to expand DACA  (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for parents of US Citizens and Permanent Residents). On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding President Obama’s executive actions to expand relief under certain programs meant to benefit certain immigrants who arrived as […]

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