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The Mazza Law Group, P.C.

Representing Clients in Pennsylvania

Your Lawyers

The lawyers at the Mazza Law Group have the experience and the ability to address your legal concerns, or those of a loved one. They will represent you diligently and confidently in your legal matter, knowing how vitally important the issue is to you. They keep up to date on changes in the law in order to protect your rights.

Your Neighbors

The Mazza Law Group has been providing quality legal services for over 62 years. Our attorneys and staff are your neighbors in the region, and we remain active in the community that we serve.

Your Friends

When you need the trusted advice of a lawyer, you want to be treated with respect and courtesy. Our attorneys and staff view our clients as our friends from the moment they walk through the door, striving to make you feel comfortable and to assure that your questions are answered.

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I believe I am guilty- why do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

A lawyer will be familiar with the possible defenses to your case, which you may not even be aware of.  Additionally, a lawyer can advise you about the consequences of a conviction, such as fines, probation, incarceration, driver’s license suspensions, increased insurance rates, forfeiture of assets, relinquishment of firearm rights, immigration consequences, etc.  There may be options to get charges reduced, or be admitted to a diversionary program to help you avoid being convicted.  A lawyer can help you achieve the best possible result, even if you believe you are responsible for the offense.

I’m a Penn State student- how can you help me?

We pride ourselves in the services we provide to Penn State students.  We understand that there is a lot riding on the outcome of your criminal case because you have future goals in mind.  If there are options to help you avoid a damaging criminal record, we will make sure that you are aware of those options.  Additionally, we are familiar with the student conduct process at Penn State- we can provide advice and even attend conferences and hearings with you.

If you are the parent of a Penn State student, you may be concerned about the lasting effects of a charge or a conviction, and you will want an attorney you can trust with your child’s future at stake.  Please feel free to call to speak with one of our criminal defense lawyers if you have questions before making the important choice in selecting a lawyer for your son or daughter.

What should I expect during an initial appointment with a criminal defense attorney at the Mazza Law Group?

Each client is an individual, and our first priority is to get to know you- your career, family, etc.  This not only helps us build the lawyer-client relationship, but it also allows provide advice based on what is most important to you.  We will also strive to explain the charges, the procedures, and potential outcomes of the case.  Most importantly, we will do our best to answer your questions and concerns.

This is the first time I have ever been charged with a crime. Are there any programs that can benefit me?

Depending on the seriousness of the charges, you may be eligible for a diversionary program that would help you avoid a conviction, such as ARD (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) or YOP (Youthful Offender Program).  An attorney can advise you whether you are eligible for such a program.

The police have called me and asked me to speak with them about an investigation. Should I call a lawyer before I speak with the police?

The unequivocal answer to this question is yes!  What happens at an initial meeting with the police about a case can have long-lasting consequences that affect the result in your case.  You have important rights to counsel and to remain silent.  An attorney can consult with you, advise you about your rights, and can even begin negotiating a resolution with the police at this stage.  In some cases, a lawyer may be able to arrange a settlement of the case that prevents the filing of criminal charges.

Do I need a lawyer if I am charged with a crime?

If you have been charged with a crime, you need a lawyer.  A lawyer will be familiar with the charges against you, the possible penalties, the court procedures, potential defenses to the charges, and can help you obtain the best possible result in your case.

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