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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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.

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

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 and to not present evidence at trial, and that prosecutors cannot comment on a defendant’s refusal to testify.

There are four distinct time periods during which a defendant may volunteer a statement or remain silent: (1) before arrest; (2) after arrest but before the warnings required by Miranda have been given; (3) after Miranda warnings have been given; and (4) at trial.

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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?

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

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On 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. […]

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

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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

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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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