The Mazza Law Group, P.C.

Steven P. Trialonas

Steven Trialonas focuses his practice on criminal defense and select civil litigation matters. He represents clients in state and federal criminal cases, irrespective of the severity of the offenses; all criminal allegations are serious when levied against an individual and will be treated as such. Steven has represented medical doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals in the investigation phase with success to avoid charges being filed, as well as after charging or indictment to trial. Steven has handled numerous cases at both the state and federal level in both Pennsylvania and New York. Most recently in a high profile case, Steven successfully tried a criminal case involving a dentist charged with multiple felonies including Rape, Attempted Rape, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, and two counts of Indecent Assault. Client was accused of putting his patient under sedation, driving her to a location she did not want to be taken to and having sex with her while she was unconcious. Bail was set at $1 million as a result of the pre-trial publicity. Steven was able to secure Not Guilty verdicts on all counts after a hotly contested four-day jury trial. A lifelong resident of Centre County, Steven understands that many college students make mistakes upon experiencing the freedom and independence of living on their own for the first time in their lives. Steven also understands the unique party culture of Penn State, and the constant push and pull between citizens of the town, Penn State University, and the police/prosecution. In light of the lifelong impact a criminal record can have on a college student upon entering the workforce, Steven understands these cases must be handled delicately from start to finish in order to best assure a clean slate for all clients after the criminal process is over. Additionally, Steven has developed a substantial practice related to fraternity organizations that involve grand jury investigations as well as the criminal and civil defense of fraternity hazing cases. These recent representations have included a Pledge Master charged with homicide in the Penn State Beta Theta Pi hazing prosecution in Centre County, PA, resulting in the dismissal of over 100 charges including Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault after multiple preliminary hearings which garnered national media attention; a president of a fraternity charged criminally with Hindering Apprehension and False Reports after attempting to protect the fraternity after a fire in the basement, securing Not Guilty verdicts of all charges after a jury trial; as well as similar matters involving other members of fraternities or similar organizations. Steven understands all criminal defendants are guaranteed certain rights and protections, but in reality the cards are typically stacked against an accused and juries often presume guilt rather than innocence at first blush. It is with these common misconceptions of juries in mind that Steven undertakes to educate the jury at voir dire and get them to buy into these fundamental principles that serve as the bedrock to the American system of criminal justice with successful results.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal defense
    • Felony Offenses
    • Sexual Assaults
      • Rape
      • Aggravated Indecent Assault
      • Statutory Rape
      • Indecent Assault
    • DUI Defense
    • Drug Offenses
    • Misdemeanors
    • Juvenile Matters
    • Traffic Offenses
    • Summary Offenses
  • Civil litigation
  • Family law

Representative Matters

  • Commonwealth v. W.N. (2018); Centre County Court of Common Pleas – Defendant, a dentist, charged with Rape, Kidnapping, Attempted Rape, Sexual Assault, and two counts of Indecent Assault. Accusations included sedating a client at the office, driving her to a remote location and raping her while she was unconcious. Turning down a plea offer to multiple felony offenses for years of incarceration in state prison and registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life, a four day jury trial ensued. Expert medical testimony was elicited, and client was found Not Guilty of all charges after the jury deliberated for 10.5 hours.
  • Commonwealth v. D.C. (2018); Centre County Court of Common Pleas – Defendant, a college student and pledge master of a fraternity, charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, felony Aggravated Assault, and 200 additional charges stemming back three semesters including Hazing, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Furnishing. After multiple preliminary hearings which garnered national media attention, over 150 charges have been dismissed to date. Case still pending.
  • Commonwealth v. T.C. (2018); Blair County Court of Common Pleas – Defendant, a college student, charged with felony Rape, Sexual Assault, Statutory Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault, and Indecent Assault. Accusations included forcefully holding down a fifteen year old co-worker in a remote location of the work site and raping her. After filing pre-trial motions to expose the weaknesses of the government’s case, a plea offer of misdemeanor disorderly conduct was reached for a sentence of probation.
  • Commonwealth v. M.C. (2016); Centre County Court of Common Pleas – Defendant, a mother of eight children, charged with eight counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Allegations included testimony and photos of deplorable conditions of the home, including lack of clothes, food, or bedding; infestation of bed bugs and fleas, and dog urine and feces throughout the home. All eight children were removed and client was arrested. Photos successfully suppressed due to the unconstitutional manner in which they were obtained, and a trial ensued. At trial evidence demonstrated the children were not at risk, and the client was experiencing PTSD as a result of an abusive husband. After a jury trial, client was found Not Guilty of all charges after a 25 minute deliberation by the jury.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2015

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 2010
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Criminal Law Symposium, 2015. Course Title: “Dealing with College Campus Crimes”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association Criminal Defense Laywers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Centre County Bar Association, Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Wilkinson-Campbell Chapter of the American Inn of Court

Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Star Award
  • Philadelphia Magazine, 2018 Top Attorneys: Pennsylvania Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • AVVO, Top Attorney Rating