The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(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 filing 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. The experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

We stay up to date with changes in our legal system. If you have questions about how any recent changes in the law may affect you, contact us today.

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Alicia Miller
Alicia Miller

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 years ago

I've worked with The Mazza Law Group for about 16 months and have been very satisfied. The staff is friendly and responsive and provide great insight. I highly recommend them.

Keith Ingram
Keith Ingram

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I've been working with The Mazza Law Group since about 2012 and can't think of one thing that they could improve. Highly recommended.

R M Edwards
R M Edwards

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 years ago

My wife was referred to the Mazza Law Group and after watching and helping her work thru her case. I have discovered that it was the best thing that could have happened for her. Her attorney JK listened to her. Cared about what she was saying. Told her the truth of what could be and what could not be. He also laughed with her made her feel better about the wrongs being done to her. But most of all he stood by every word he said, and their support staff are the most responsive and just plain nice people we've ever interacted with in the legal profession.

No matter what the outcome of the situation, as her husband it makes me feel great to see her cared for in such a professional manner. You'd be fool not to use the The Mazza Law Group.

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Obtaining a license to use medical marijuana prevents an individual from lawfully possessing a firearm. This can come as a shock to residents of Pennsylvania- which has recently enacted legislation permitting the possession and use of medical marijuana for serious medical conditions.

However, the federal government has not legalized marijuana in any form, and the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) considers it an unlawful substance.  Notably, an open letter from BAFTE issued in 2011 states:  “any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”  The letter goes on to advise federally licensed gun dealers to deny a sale to an individual if they are aware that person has a medical marijuana license.

Accordingly, the Pennsylvania State Police have issued this caution to potential purchasers and firearms dealers:  “[T]he mere possession of a Medical Marijuana Card will give rise to an inference that you are an ‘unlawful user of or addicted to’ a controlled substance”, thus making you ineligible to purchase or possess firearms or ammunition under federal law. Additionally, a medical marijuana license holder may not obtain or renew a concealed carry permit.  An individual who is prohibited from acquiring or possessing a firearm under federal law is not eligible to obtain such a permit under 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6109 (e)(1)(xiv).

There may be other consequences of marijuana possession and use for certain individuals, so in addition to speaking with your physician, it would be wise to consult with an attorney prior to obtaining a medical marijuana license.

If you have questions about your state and/or federal rights to possess a firearm, contact the experienced attorneys at the Mazza Law Group, PC.


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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that illegal drug use by a woman while pregnant could be considered child abuse after the child is born. If a child is born with injuries caused by the mother’s use of drugs, the baby could be defined as an abused child under the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). […]

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Family-Based Immigration- How long does it take?

One way for a foreign national to become a lawful permanent resident, and eventually a citizen, is through family-based immigration. US Citizens and lawful permanent residents may file a petition with USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) known as a “Petition for Alien Relative” (I-130) for certain close relatives. Those include spouse, parent, son […]

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Firearms Possession: Are you a prohibited person?

Anyone convicted of a felony is prohibited from firearms possession but did you know… In Pennsylvania, you can be prohibited from firearms possession if you have been convicted of any of the enumerated offenses found under Title 18, section 6105(b). Additionally, section 6105(c) outlines offenses that prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm, including driving […]

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PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY – New Restrictions to Protect Privacy

On January 6, 2018, the new Public Access Policy rule will go into effect in Pennsylvania to limit the personal information contained in court files accessible to the public.  It is likely to have significant impact in family law cases like divorce and custody, where attorneys and individuals representing themselves will be required to exclude […]

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International Student: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges

Consider the following scenario:  Jacques is a foreign national and is admitted to a university in the United States.  He goes to the US consulate in his home country to apply for the visa.  After all the paperwork is in order and he is deemed to be admissible to the US, he is granted a […]

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Immigration Temporary Protected Status Ending for Haitians

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be ending for approximately 59,000 nationals of Haiti who entered the US following the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake on the island nation, and must either gain a different legal immigration status or leave by July […]

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DACA – What to Do While Awaiting Possible Reform?

DACA Recipients and Employers. It has been over a month since the current administration announced that it would be ending President Obama’s executive order known as DACA- or deferred action for childhood arrivals.  President Trump has urged Congress to take action with respect to the “dreamers”- those undocumented immigrants who came to the US as […]

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