The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 September 17, 2015
(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 offense, 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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DNA Testing of Crime Scene in 1981 allowed

In an en banc opinion, The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently decided that, because DNA testing could potentially establish the defendant’s “actual innocence” he is entitled to post-conviction relief, and DNA testing may be conducted on evidence collected from a crime scene in 1981. IN RE: JOHN MARSHALL PAYNE, III

On December 17, 1981, the body of a 90 year-old woman was discovered and was found to have died from blunt force trauma to the head from an unknown instrument. There was evidence consistent with the theory that she was killed during a burglary. Three witnesses testified that they heard Payne (the Defendant) make inculpatory statements to them concerning the burglary/murder. Physical evidence was collected at the scene[1] but none that tied Payne to the crime. Payne was convicted by a jury based primarily on the testimony of those three witnesses. Thereafter, Payne filed a direct appeal and his sentenced was affirmed by the Superior Court on February 29, 1988.  He filed a Post-Collateral Relief (PCRA) Petition which was denied on June 25, 1992.  He appealed the denial of post-conviction relief, and the Court affirmed his conviction, with the exception of his judgments of sentence for conspiracy, burglary, and robbery.  On remand, the trial court resentenced Payne on July 5, 1994.

DNA Testing Requested

On June 14, 2012, John Marshall Payne filed a subsequent pro se Petition titled “Post Conviction Relief Act petition seeking DNA testing pursuant to 42 Pa.C.S. §9543.1.”  Following a hearing, the trial court issued an order granting Payne’s Petition for DNA testing.  The Commonwealth appealed and the matter was affirmed by a three judge panel of the Superior Court.  The Commonwealth requested en banc panel review of the matter and the panel reached the above cited decision.

In order to seek DNA testing pursuant to §9543.1, a defendant must demonstrate that favorable results of the requested DNA testing “would establish” the defendant’s actual innocence of the crime of conviction. A defendant cannot merely claim that lack of DNA at the crime scene proves innocence.

Payne claimed that the DNA testing results could be run against the national DNA databank to find the actual killer and thereby prove his innocence.  The Court agreed that Payne met the “actual innocence standard” and affirmed the lower court’s order granting DNA testing.

If you are charged with a crime, or if you have been convicted of a crime and you believe that DNA testing will help your case, please contact one of our experienced lawyers at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. for a consultation.

[1] Forty-four (44) unique items were sent to an F.B.I. laboratory for testing.

Limited Access to Misdemeanors

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Criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania took a step forward yesterday when the legislature passed a bill which will allow limited access to misdemeanors. If approved, individuals with certain low-level misdemeanors on their criminal records could petition the court to request “an order of limited access” to those records, provided that they have remained crime-free for a […]

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S. Paul Mazza’s son named South Hills President


The Mazza Law Group, P.C., founder S. Paul Mazza’s son, Paul Mazza, III has been named President of South Hills School of Business and Technology.  Paul III takes over the position his father held from 1971 until his death in 2013. S. Paul Mazza and Maralyn Mazza created South Hills School of Business & Technology in 1970 […]

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Juvenile Justice – Parole and Solitary Confinement

There were two major developments in juvenile justice yesterday.  The United States Supreme Court, decided that its earlier opinion which outlawed juvenile life sentences of imprisonment without the opportunity of parole would be applied retroactively.[1]  Offenders who were minors at the time of their crimes, even if they occurred decades ago, may now seek parole.  How this ruling will […]

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Stopped for DUI? – Take the test says Supreme Court

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Have you been stopped for DUI? Motorists arrested for drunken driving don’t have the right to pick what type of blood-alcohol test they will submit to under the state’s implied-consent law, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on December 29, 2015. (Nardone v. Pa. Dep’t of Transp., 2015 BL 429928, Pa., No. 141 MAP 2014, 12/29/15).  […]

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Attorney, Helen Stolinas joins The Mazza Law Group

Attorney Helen A. Stolinas

The Mazza Law Group is pleased to announce the addition of Helen A. Stolinas, Esquire to the firm. The Mazza Law Group P.C., a seven attorney firm, has provided general legal representation to individuals and businesses in Central Pennsylvania since 1956.  Helen joins the firm from the position of Chief Public Defender in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, […]

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Many Grandparents take over the role of custodians when their sons and daughters are incapable of taking care of their own children.  Even if it is only temporary, there are legal ways to ensure that your grandchildren are safe and secure in your care when you are their primary caretaker. What do you need to […]

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Can you trespass with a drone? Can you prevent a drone from flying over your property?  Can you shoot it down if it does?  Can you sue the operator? The British colony of Pennsylvania was given to William Penn in 1681.  Most property owners in Pennsylvania can trace their deeds back to “warrants” from William […]

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Did you get a Drone for Christmas?


If I received a drone for Christmas does it need to be registered? If I have drone do I have to get a license to fly it? Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones as they are often called, are increasingly available online and on store shelves. Prospective operators—from consumers to businesses—want to fly and fly […]

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Can I ride my ATV on the road in Pennsylvania?


Can I ride my ATV on the road in Pennsylvania? The law that governs all terrain vehicles “ATV” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is title 75 of the Pennsylvania Statutes, chapter 77. The law in this chapter relating to the operation of ATVs on highways is § 7721, which says that it is unlawful to […]

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