The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
3081 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2
State College, PA 16801 August 16, 2013
(814) 237-6255

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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Alters the Landscape for Guilty Plea Withdrawals

It is common in Pennsylvania for a criminal defendant to plead guilty to some or all of the crimes alleged and leave court on the same day without a sentence. Entering a guilty plea and sentencing are two distinct interactions with the court, and are not required to take place simultaneously. Courts will often require a pre-sentence investigation be conducted after the plea but prior to sentencing, providing the court with some background about the crime and the defendant to aid the court at the sentencing hearing. During the months following the plea but before sentencing, some defendants change their mind and decide they would rather exercise their constitutional right to a trial, and seek to withdraw the guilty plea.

For the past forty years when presented with a motion to withdraw a guilty plea prior to sentencing, if the trial court found “any fair and just reason,” withdrawal of the plea was to be freely permitted unless the prosecution had been “substantially prejudiced.” The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reiterated the well-established principle that the “mere articulation of innocence” is a fair and just reason for withdrawal of a guilty plea as recently as 2011. Such requests to withdraw a guilty plea were to be “liberally allowed” by the court, favoring defendants.

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Labor Law

NEW OVERTIME RULES AFFECT 5 MILLION WORKERS Pursuant to the authority given the President under the Fair Labor Standards Act, some 5 million working people can expect to get more over time pay. Salaried people making under $50,440.00 would be entitled to overtime for hours worked over 40. The old limit was $23,660.00.  The old […]

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Am I Free To Leave After A Traffic Stop? A Common Police Tactic – Drug Evidence Discovered After Initial Traffic Stop Suppressed By PA Superior Court

Most of us have been through a routine traffic stop. After giving the officer our license, registration, and insurance the officer generally comes back with either a warning or a citation. Not many of us have been asked to stick around and answer additional questions after this point, and most probably wouldn’t know when we […]

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Should I Remain Silent And Talk With A Lawyer Before Or During Arrest? Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Pre-Arrest Silence May Not Be Used As Substantive Evidence Of Guilt At Trial

Criminal defendants are afforded a wide variety of protections under both the United States Constitution as well as the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 9 of the Pennsylvania Constitution confer a right against self-incrimination. For example, a criminal defendant has an absolute right to remain silent […]

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences Imposed After Stipulating to the Weight of Heroin Deemed Unconstitutional

Prior blogs have addressed mandatory minimums in Pennsylvania, though prosecutors have been trying to find ways around the constitutional defects and thus new cases interpreting the laws are decided every day.  For a more thorough review of mandatory minimums, please see the prior blog, Mandatory Minimum Sentences Imposed Pursuant To Sex Offenses Deemed Unconstitutional in […]

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Mandatory Minimum Sentences Imposed Pursuant To Sex Offenses Deemed Unconstitutional In Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a “mandatory minimum sentence” is a sentence where the lower end of the sentence is dictated by statute – that is – created by the General Assembly.  Specifically, the legislature sets the bottom of the sentence rather than the trial judge, as is the case when mandatory minimums are not in play.  When […]

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Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania Places Initial Burden At Suppression Hearings Squarely On Government

In a criminal case, one method to keep harmful evidence from reaching the jury or require a dismissal of all charges is to file a motion to suppress.  A skilled defense attorney will know how to identify if these issues are present in your case and how to effectively raise the proper Constitutional challenges. In […]

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Basic Information for Any Estate Plan

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The Mazza Law Group, P.C. would like you to take a moment and think about their estate plan. Now you may be thinking why do I need an estate plan? Well if you have children, a spouse, own a home or have a retirement fund you need to think about an estate plan. What is […]

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Can your Pennsylvania driver’s license really be suspended if you refuse a blood or breath test while driving a bicycle under suspicion of DUI?


Yes!  Every year some Penn State students and visitors to Centre County are charged with DUI while riding a bicycle.  In Pennsylvania, §1547 of the Vehicle Code mandates implied consent to chemical testing when a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person is driving under the influence.  If a person is arrested for […]

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Unwanted Sexting And “Revenge Porn” Now Clearly Illegal In Pennsylvania

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If your girlfriend (or boyfriend) sends you a racy photograph of themselves can you send it on to your friends (or their enemies)?  When school starts in September a new law will make it a crime to disseminate nude or sexually explicit images of a current or former intimate partner if done with the intent […]

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