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.

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 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.

Is my criminal charge serious?

In Pennsylvania, the severity of the charge is based on a grade.  The least severe is a summary offense and increases to misdemeanor and then felony.  Each misdemeanor and felony charge has a severity or degree with 1st being the highest to 3rd or ungraded being the lowest.