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Helen A. Stolinas

Criminal defense Attorney at State College, PA

4.7   3 reviews

also known as Helen Haglich

  • Licensed for 31 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Helen

Learn Helen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have been a criminal defense attorney for the length of my legal career, handling matters ranging from summary offenses to capital homicide trials.

    31 years

  2. Immigration
    My practice focuses on family-based immigration, criminal offenses affecting immigration status, and student visa issues.

  3. DUI and DWI
    I have represented individuals charged with DUI throughout my legal career, helping clients at trial, on appeal, or in applying for the ARD program.

    31 years

  4. Expungement
    Our office helps clients expunge harmful information from their records, including summary offenses, prosecutions resulting in acquittals, and juvenile offenses.

    31 years


The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave, Suite 800
State College, PA, 16801

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4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Marti | October 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Tthe most professional kind compassionate attorney I have ever met
The most professional kind compassionate attorney I have ever met. Attorney Stolinas is by far the most professional and compassionate attorney I have ever met. She is fastidious to detail, she is a caring person and as important if not more so, she is well-versed on the legal system and the cases she takes on. I had an extremely tenuous case in which winning was placed "against all odds". In fact two other extremely reputable attorneys passed on the case convinced that it was a no-win situation. She took it on; encouraged me to continue, we worked together side by side, and eventually won the case. However it's not completely winning or losing that defines her. All along she stood by my side knowing exactly when where and who to speak to at the appropriate time. Her demeanor speaks for itself. She is calm, professional and gets things done. She has been more than patient through another very emotional case, guiding me legally, keeping things on schedule and following through with all legalities in the appropriate time frame. Her customer service is impeccable; she is real, she is brilliant, and I would hire her again immediately. She is deserving of an exemplary rating and no less.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
She Knows the Law!
Helen's knowledge and strategy assisted me in receiving the best possible results of my case. She was responsive to my questions and demonstrated understanding and compassion.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2017
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Very communicative and supportive
Without a doubt, both her communication skills and her style of communicating are two of Helen's clear strengths. Any time I contacted her, I heard back right away. In addition to being timely, the information she provided to me at every turn was detailed, helpful, and encouraging.


  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney
  • Centre County Women's Resource Center Civil Legal Representation Project
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Instructor
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Lackawanna College
  • 1994 - 2004
  • Chief Public Defender
  • Bradford County Office of the Public Defender
  • 1993 - 2016
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  • Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pa. State Police v. Grove, 161 A.3d 877 (Pa. 2017)
  • The Supreme Court held that the routine response to a traffic accident was not an investigative record and ordered the release of the records.
  • Commonwealth v. Kinney, 2001 PA Super 173, 777 A.2d 492
  • Sentence vacated, mandatory minimum sentence recalculated to disregard the prior out of state offense


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Public Defender Association
  • Past President
  • 1993 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Dickinson Journal of International Law
  • A Comparison of Guilty Plea Procedure in the United States and Germany
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • 2013 Anual Meeting
  • Missouri v. Frye and Laffler v. Cooper: To Colloquy or Not to Colloquy, That is the Question
  • 2013

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State College Criminal defense Lawyer Helen A. Stolinas
Helen A. Stolinas
Criminal defense Attorney
State College, PA
Licensed for 31 years