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.

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Hannah Jolie

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posted 7 months ago

Other firms might tell you to do something just to keep you in court longer or to get more money from you. The Mazza Law Group was honest and upfront. They genuinely had my best interest in heart and saved me money.

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Jenifer Asbell

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Open an honest right up front with their answers.

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Keith Ingram

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posted 9 months ago

I've been working with The Mazza Law Group since about 2012 and can't think of one thing that they could improve. Highly recommended.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Right-to-Know Case in Favor of Centre County Resident

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides Right-to-Know Case in Favor of Centre County Resident allowing access to police dashcam video. On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision allowing public access to police “dash cam” videos, unless the police can prove that such videos include investigative material.  Centre County resident Michelle Grove, represented by attorney Helen Stolinas of the Mazza Law Group in State College, had requested “dash cam” videos depicting the State Police response to a motor vehicle accident that a friend had been involved in.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) denied Grove’s request, and Grove appealed that decision to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, which granted the request.  PSP thereafter appealed to the Commonwealth Court, which generally affirmed her right to obtain the records.  Finally, PSP appealed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The State Police argued that such video recordings should always be deemed exempt because they relate to a criminal investigation, which creates an exemption under the Right to Know Law.  However, the court rejected this argument and held that each request must be decided on a case-by-case basis, and the burden of establishing that the video includes exempt information is on the State Police.

Attorney Helen Stolinas argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on September 14, 2016 on behalf of Ms. Grove.  Of the Court’s 5-2 ruling, she states, “We are pleased with the court’s decision that routine traffic stops and responses to automobile accidents do not per se constitute investigative or criminal records.  The opinion also affirmed our position that requiring an agency to redact electronic records does not constitute the “creation” of a record and does not exempt the video or other electronic record from being released to the public.  This is a victory for Ms. Grove, for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the press, as it allows for greater oversight of the activities of public servants.”

If you have a question about an adverse ruling in a criminal, civil, or administrative matter, and are considering appealing, contact the experienced attorneys at the Mazza Law Group.

Fines/Restitution paid by Defendant ordered returned

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H-1B Visa Enforcement under the new administration

Since taking office in January, President Trump and his administration have announced a “targeted approach” in the investigation of employment-based visa fraud.  Therefore, it is important for employers who hire foreign nationals on a temporary basis under the H-1B visa program to comply with the law and regulations of the program. The H-1B visa program […]

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Custody & Visitation Rights – Incarcerated Parents

Judges in Pennsylvania are required to consider sixteen factors when deciding the custody schedule that is in the best interest of a child.  These relevant factors are listed in 23 Pa. C.S. §5328(a).  All of the factors “which legitimately have an effect upon the child’s physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual well-being” are said to be […]

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Is Petit Larceny in NY equal to Retail Theft in PA?

Every retail theft is a petit larceny, but not all petit larcenies are retail thefts… On March 1, 2017, the Superior Court issued a ruling in a matter of first impression- that being whether an individual’s prior convictions for petit larceny in New York constitute prior offenses for determining the proper grading for the offense […]

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Procedure for Mental Health Commitment Expungements Clarified

For individuals who have been subjected to an involuntary mental health commitment under the Mental Health Procedures Act, there may be collateral consequences of that commitment.  First of all, such a commitment prevents an individual from possession of or purchase of a firearm.  Secondly, the record may become available in the even the individual applies […]

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Superior Court rejects enhanced penalties in DUI refusal cases

In a decision issued January 31, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided that increased penalties may not be imposed as a result of an individual exercising his or her right to refuse a blood test in a DUI refusal case.  In Commonwealth v. Giron, the court noted the US Supreme Court’s decision in Birchfield v. […]

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Same Sex Marriage: Pennsylvania allows dissolution of same sex civil unions under divorce laws

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has recently ruled that same sex civil unions may be dissolved in Pennsylvania under the same laws that apply to married couples.  The significance of the decision in this case, Neyman v. Buckley, is easier to understand from a historical perspective. In 2000, Vermont became the first state to allow civil […]

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Immigration Status following Inauguration

What does the change in administration, and potential change in immigration policy mean to my immigration status? Given that a new President is being Inaugurated, many immigration lawyers have been receiving an increased number of inquiries from individuals concerned about whether the new administration’s immigration policies will affect their status, or their plans to apply […]

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Is your New Year’s Resolution to create a Will?

An Estate Plan begins with a Will, the document used to convey your property upon your death.  The Estate Plan may also include documents such as Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney,  Living Will, or Trusts. It would depend on your personal situation as to whether some or all of these additional documents […]

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