The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(814) 237-6255

Criminal Lawyer

Looking for a Criminal Lawyer? It’s easy to forget how important basic freedoms are until they are threatened. When your freedom is in jeopardy, you need the help of an experienced attorney. Our firm can help you protect your rights and your freedom. We will be a valuable ally in your case, creating a strong defense and working toward the best possible outcome for your case.

Since 1956, The Mazza Law Group, P.C., in State College, Pennsylvania has provided experienced legal representation for individuals throughout the community and surrounding areas. Our criminal lawyers are skilled inside and outside the courtroom. We help you understand the implications of your situation and advise you in your criminal matter. Whatever your situation, a criminal lawyer will work to minimize the consequences of your charge or get your matter dismissed.

Whether you have been charged with a minor traffic violation or a serious felony, our attorneys are skilled at handling these matters, including:

Underage Offenses

  • Penn State is consistently ranked as a top party school by numerous popular magazines. With roughly 40,000 college students, some of whom are away from home for the first time, mistakes are common. Don’t let a seemingly small mishap taint your future. Being charged with an underage offense can have severe consequences including fines, license suspension, a permanent criminal record, and increased automobile insurance rates.
  • With legal counsel the consequences of an underage offense can be mitigated, and allow you to move on with your life without having to relive the mistake at every job interview.

Driving Under the Influence Offenses

  • A DUI conviction can result in incarceration, license suspension, heavy fines, probation, a permanent record, and increased automobile insurance rates. It is important to speak with an attorney immediately after being charged for DUI in order to protect your rights, weigh your options, and lesson the negative consequences associated with the offense.
    • There are first-time offender programs available that can significantly reduce the severity of the penalties associated with a DUI if you qualify.
    • The penalties associated with a second or subsequent DUI increase considerably and thus require a great deal of care. With an advocate to help you navigate through the criminal justice system, the inconvenience and cost associated with a second DUI can be drastically reduced. If you have been charged, you should be aware of your options and contact an attorney at once.

Assault Offenses

  • Assault and similar offenses in Pennsylvania are serious. These offenses may be misdemeanors or felonies. Penalties range from mere probation to as much as 20 years in prison, along with heavy fines, a permanent criminal record, and negative publicity if the story is picked up by a local newspaper.
  • Often an assault charge stems from a fight that was mutual, or you may have even been acting in self-defense but the other party simply called the police first. There are numerous defenses available to beat an assault charge or reduce the degree of the offense to one that is more manageable.

Theft Offenses

  • Theft offenses in Pennsylvania cover a wide range of conduct, and you may be charged with a theft offense without having the culpable intent required for conviction. The penalties for theft offenses are stiff, as the offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies. If charged, you should consult an attorney at once.
  • With legal counsel a theft offense can be beaten or reduced, and allow you to move on with your life without having to relive the mistake at every job interview.

Traffic Offenses

  • Being cited for speeding, careless or reckless driving, or other moving violations may seem like a small matter but there are defenses available to lessen or defeat the charge. It is important to speak with an attorney immediately after being cited with a moving violation in order to protect your rights, weigh your options, and lesson the negative consequences associated with the offense.
    • Traffic violations can add points to your driving record. The accumulation of points can have serious consequences including the automatic suspension of driving privileges, increased automobile insurance rates, and requiring the driver to complete tests.
    • Points will not be added to a driving record until the driver is convicted. Thus, a not guilty plea may be advisable in order to prevent the points from being assessed.

If you have been charged with a criminal action in State College, Lemont, Pine Grove Mills, or across Central Pennsylvania, you need to seek an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible. For more information see  Centre County Criminal Defense. You do not want to leave your future to chance. It is simply too important. Contact us today.