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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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?

bicycleYes!  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 driving under the influence and refuses to submit to a chemical test the Department of Transportation is authorized to suspend the operating privilege of that person for a period of 12 months.  75 Pa.C.S.A. §1547(b).  This will be true even if the person is found Not Guilty by a jury of the DUI offense.

In 2004, Pennsylvania Legislature revised section 1547 of the vehicle code to delete the word “motor” before the word “vehicle.”  This amendment changed the definition of vehicle to include bicycles. In Bilka v. DOT, the Commonwealth Court held that section 1547 (implied consent law) applies to operators of bicycles.  The Bilka Court further stated that, “operating privilege as defined by the legislature in the Vehicle Code, is not only the privilege to apply for and obtain a driver’s license, but also the privilege to use a vehicle on the highway.” Continue Reading

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

Young couple

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

Same sex marriage wedding cake

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

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

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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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