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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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.

Contact the experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

Pennsylvania Federal court declares same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional

Same sex marriage wedding cakeOn May 20, 2014, the Honorable John E. Jones III, a U.S. Federal District Court Judge in Pennsylvania, ruled that the statutory ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional.

Since 1996, Pennsylvania law prevented two people of the same sex from marrying and prohibited the recognition of civil unions and same-sex marriages performed in other states. The Pennsylvania legislature had previously declared a public policy to recognize only a marriage between “one man and one woman,” and the statute went as far as to proclaim same-sex marriages in other jurisdictions to be “void.”

Gay rights advocates challenged the Pennsylvania law as a violation of the constitutional rights of equal protection and due process, protesting greater income and inheritance taxes, limited Social Security benefits, and health care access rights that were more restrictive than those available to unmarried individuals.

As support for their position, the plaintiffs relied on the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, seeking to strike down the law as discriminatory.

The U.S. Supreme Court  granted full federal recognition to married same-sex couples in the Windsor decision which found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be an unconstitutional violation of equal protection of the law.

The decision allowed married gay couples to enjoy the same federal benefits as their heterosexual counterparts by overruling DOMA’s restrictions.Continue Reading

You Have the Right to Slow Down: Your Car’s Black Box Speed Data OK to Use in Criminal Case

Speeding vehicle

On June 25th the Philadelphia Superior Court held in Commonwealth v. Safka, that EDR, that is, electronic data recording or “black box” speed data, is admissible in a criminal case to show the speed of a vehicle involved a crash resulting in death. Com. v. Safka, No. 1312 WDA 2012 (Pa Super. Decided June 25, […]

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What’s On Your Cell Phone? Know Your Rights to Cell Phone Privacy

Smartphone Supreme Court decision

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court wrapped a limited layer of privacy around our cell phones. The New York Times reported, that while the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruling almost certainly applies to searches of […]

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Relay for Life

Relay for Life Event

The Mazza Law Group, P.C. is proud to acknowledge the success of the Cajun Cuties and our own Kelly Dobson, Bankruptcy Paralegal.  The Cajun Cuties took first place in Mifflin County’s Relay for Life event helping to raise $18,675.93. Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers that raised money to help the fight against cancer. […]

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Teen Attacker Charged as an Adult – Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Criminal Defense Laws

Child with hand in front of his mouth, with 'help' written on his hand

A Franklin, Pennsylvania, high school student went on a knife-wielding attack in April, leaving 21 students and one security guard badly injured. The attacker used two 8-inch knives to bludgeon and slash his way through the school, before police finally stopped and arrested the 16-year-old young man. He will be tried as an adult and […]

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World War II Revisited over Memorial Day Weekend

World War II Reenactment

The Pennsylvania Military Museum presents its 15th annual weekend dedicated to World War II memorabilia and reenactment. The weekend pays tribute to one of history’s most pivotal moments. The action takes place Memorial Day weekend, from Saturday, May 24, to Sunday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, rain or shine. The World […]

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Pennsylvania School Zone Mandatory Sentence Unconstitutional and Unseverable

Gavel and document

The Altoona Mirror reported that Blair County Judges reached a 4-2 vote rejecting the state’s mandatory sentence laws, specifically those imposing minimum sentences.  This decision comes following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alleyne v. United States, ruling that a jury should decide whether certain factors have been proven to trigger a mandatory sentence. If […]

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Free after Being Wrongly Convicted: Criminal Defense for Domestic Violence Victims

Woman crying with makeup running

After serving 32 years behind bars, a California woman’s murder conviction was overturned, and she is a free woman. The 74-year-old woman was convicted for a 1981 kidnapping and murder, but the jurors in her initial case did not hear the whole story. This, according to the University of Southern California’s Post-Conviction Justice Project, is […]

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Family Dollar Announces Layoffs: Do Central Pennsylvania Employees Have Rights?

Family Dollar Offices

Bargain shoppers may need to look a little further for deals, as Family Dollar threatens to close 370 stores and issue employee layoffs. This article in Forbes discusses the possibility that closures could help the value-brand chain make a comeback. Although the company has made no announcements about any of the Central Pennsylvania locations specifically, […]

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Employment Contracts, Employee Handbook: Who Needs Them?

Employee Handbook Word Collage

Entrepreneurs working to open their business’ doors to the public find themselves working just as hard to get to the next stage quickly – finding all the ways to keep those doors open, the manufacturing going, and the services flowing. Often, the big push to get your product or service to market can, as this […]

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