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Steven Paul Trialonas

Criminal defense Attorney at State College, PA

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Felony, Misdemeanor, and Summary Offenses; Penn State Student Conduct Hearings; and Appeals.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

  3. Violent crime
    20%

  4. Juvenile law
    10%

Selected Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2018. Great client reviews.

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.

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Mazza Law Group, P.C. (The)
Mazza Law Group PC
2790 West College Ave, Suite 800
State College, PA, 16801

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Posted by Jacques | September 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highest possible praise
Attorney Trialonas helped our family navigate a nonviolent but complicated juvenile case. He came up with the perfect solution that convinced the Judge and allowed our lives to resume their course. He was recommended to us by a fellow attorney with the words "I would entrust my kids' defense to him," and that was spot on. Mr Trialonas is precise, energetic, resourceful, forceful, and he really listens. I could not recommend him more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2021
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Excellent attorney
Very aware,observant,diligent and listens to what his client wants I would use him again and recommend him to anyone. Thanks Steve!
Posted by Shawn | July 9, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Steven was very punctual and friendly from the moment we met. I hired Steven for a driving under DUI suspension violation. I have an extremely in depth driving record. I was charged with 1543b1 driving under DUI suspension, with two dui’s in my past. I had no idea what my chances were with my past and wanted someone very knowledgeable. The knowledge he showed from the consultation to court day was outstanding! He was very in depth to get to know everything relevant to our defense. He was very clear with his intentions and went right to the law statues to build our defense, always keeping me up to date with his decisions or plan of action. Never once did I doubt or second guess my decision to hire Steven. He proved that faith on the day of court, very in depth, very punctual, and every move had a purpose. Steven went suspension by suspension breaking down my drivers record and using the 1543 statute to deplete the commonwealths argument on the way to a Not Guilty Verdict! Outstanding Attorney and I will from this day forward call Steven Trialonas if I am in need of a great defense attorney!
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Posted by Jon Kaufman | May 10, 2019
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Best Criminal Lawyer in Centre County
Steve was by far more knowledgeable and professional than the four other attorneys we consulted with. He got us the justice we needed while the others says best case they could do is try and get a plea deal. Not Guilty on all 6 counts!!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The absolute Best!
Steve was amazing throughout the entire case. The preliminary hearing, all the Pretrial stuff, and the trial itself. There was no doubt that he was the most prepared attorney in the courtroom. I owe Steve my freedom, without his expertise I am not sure the result. Steve’s persistence, his passion and his dedication to my defense was nothing short of outstanding. I trusted Steve with my life, you can too.
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Posted by Farai | August 9, 2018
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The best there is
I have hired Steve for multiple cases and he has handled all of them professionally. He is very courteous and he gives you all your options and also gives his opinion and advice on what you probably should do, but he will let you take whichever route is best for you not like those attorneys that are looking for simple plea bargains. He is very hard working and his billing is extremely fair and reasonable. Definitely the best State College has to offer.
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Posted by Zachariah | August 3, 2018
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Excellent Attorney!
Steve is very patient and listens to what you need, offers great advice and work his tail off to fight for you!
Posted by Anthony | April 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Lawyer in State College by Far!
I never thought that having a DUI consultation could be so informative! Steven is an extremely attentive and knowledgeable DUI lawyer, who told me everything I needed to know about DUI. For a college student accused of his first DUI - it's a no brainer to get the best defense attorney there is. After two weeks of consulting with six local attorneys Steven was the obvious choice. . I have a bright future now, thanks to Steven Trialonas and Mazza Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
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Steve Trialonas Is a Great Lawyer
Steve is a great attorney. He's very affordable, and he keeps a good record with the court officials. I only wished I would've hired him sooner. Probation was going to max me out of my sentence, meaning I would serve my entire sentence in C.C.C.F. but after I serve a good portion of my sentence, the Probation staff was still letting me out. So I hired Steve, he filed a "Petition for Parole" for me, and I was release from jail a month later. I Recommend Steven Trialonas.
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Posted by Steve | July 6, 2015
First Rate Representation
Steven Trialonas and his support staff at the Mazza Law Group are responsible for the positive outcome in my extremely complex divorce and custody case. When other attorneys believed I had no chance at prevailing, Steven Trialonas believed in me and fought to ensure my side of the case was heard. At a time when emotions run high he is a voice of reason and fairness. There were times when I didn't like what I heard, but I knew it was always the correct thing to do. Steven helped me make some difficult decisions and, in the end, I was awarded custody of my daughters. Thank you Steven, and all those responsible at Mazza Law Group, for the success of my case!
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Posted by John | June 29, 2015
Great Lawyer for Students
Steve was great helping me with several charges in my Freshman year at college. Be knows the cops and judges in town. This helped because I knew more of what to expect before going in. Every time I went in, at least one of my charges was dropped. Highly recommend.
Posted by Matthew | June 23, 2015
great litigator
steve helped us with the adoption of our son. at the last minute the birth father decided he wanted to raise the child and steve was our litigator. he was extremely professional and well prepared throughout the process. he paid attention to every detail and was incredible at cross examining the other side. we felt like we were in the best hands and would use him again in a heartbeat. i highly recommend steve.
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Posted by Pawel | June 18, 2015
Fantastic Lawyer. Strongly recommended.
Steven has provided me with incredible service and I could not be more satisfied with his work. He is extremely knowledgable, easy to communicate with and genuinely cares about helping you with your situation. I could make well informed decisions because he always kept me in the loop. He was very easy to collaborate with because he listened to what I had to say and considered various approaches to my case, only to pick the one that was most effective. If you are looking for a good lawyer and you are not sure about who to pick, Steven should be your choice. I considered many different lawyers before making my choice and Steven was the only one that seemed optimistic. He took on my case with an open mind and believed that he could defend it. He gave me exactly what I needed and I could always trust his judgement. To add to that, I had a different lawyer take on my case at first, who gave me terrible legal advice and put me in a worse position than I was at first. Therefore, I know what having a bad lawyer is like and Steven is the exact opposite of that. Steven actually thinks before he acts and understands how to use the law. Fantastic Lawyer. One of the best in State College. Strongly recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2015
Steve changed our life
My husband and I adopted a newborn infant and when he was nearly eight months old the biological father, who had been entirely absent until that time, tried to assert his rights and take our son. Steve was successful in getting a judge to terminate this person's rights which is allowing our adoption to proceed. He was very calm during an emotional time, thorough, and really listened. He's an excellent litigator and was terrific in the courtroom. He's the best there is.
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Posted by Justin | March 2, 2014
The Next Supreme Court Justice
Just how smart is Steve Trialonas? Steve took my case over after I have been fighting my case for four years. I had to file an appeal and Steve is so dedicated to his clients cases, he actually went and argued my case to the Appellate court. I won my appeal but, most important, it was his first appeals case. He is so smart that the Justices agreed with everything he said. He got my rights back when nobody else could. Need I say more? I would recommend him and would guarantee a vigorous and tireless defense.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2014
I recommend Steven Trialonas
When I needed guidance, Steve Trialonas was there to help. He led me in the right direction and even after we were done, I know that if I ever needed his help again, he would be there.
Posted by Jerry | February 25, 2014
Hard work pays off in the end!!
Steve undertook a case regarding a family member of mine where they were accused of inappropriately touching a minor. Steve jumped on this case immediately without hesitation or too many questions, knowing full well this would be his hardest case of his career. Steve actually Drove 2 hours to see my family, so much that we started considering him part of the family, and made sure to have everything possible each visit. Steve treated this matter as if were his family and showed great knowledge of what we needed to do on our end to help our situation.Steve made sure to explain what he was doing on his end, with much simpler dialect for easy understanding for those not Law compliant. After what seemed like an eternity and a dozen meetings and phone calls, it was court time. Steve had met up with us the night before and talked us through everything that was expected to happen and that we should not make any outbursts or try to start anything with the Victim or related party. Steve displayed amazing professionalism and was able to pull out an awesome defense with all the gathered facts. Steve made sure to keep everything on track in the court room and expose the false information the Victim and Victim's witnesses were trying to feed the jury. Thank you Steve for your time and effort!!
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Posted by Jill | February 21, 2014
Attorney Steve Trialonas
Steve Trialonas represented my family in court regarding a case that was very important to us. I had consulted with another attorney, prior to hiring Mr. Trialonas, who advised me that my case was pretty much hopeless. It was not hopeless....Mr. Trialonas won this "hopeless" case, and I will be forever grateful!
Posted by Lisa | February 19, 2014
Extremely competent and trustworthy--very highly recommend
Steve was able to save me thousands of dollars in a debt collection suit filed against me by a formidable opponent (large, unscrupulous credit collection agency.) Besides getting the best possible resolution in my case, he was friendly, thorough, and very smart. I could tell he was giving proper time and attention to my case. He went above and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Justin | February 18, 2014
Simply The Best
Steve has worked tirelessly on my defense in my criminal case. He is aggressive and is definently not afraid to fight for you and your rights. He is 110% prepared in hearings and very knowledgeable in the aspects of the law. I would recommend Steve for anybody needing a lawyer and they would be nuts not to hire him.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Research Fellow
  • The Pennslyvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • 2010 - 2011

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • The Pennslyvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • The Pennslyvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • False Reports, Hindering Apprehension, Unsworn Falsification
  • Not Guilty of All Charges Following Jury Trial
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Not Guilty
  • Aggravated Assault/Simple Assault/Recklessly Endangering Another
  • Not Guilty of All Charges Following Jury Trial
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Associations

  • Centre County Bar Association
  • Associate
  • 2011 - Present
  • Wilkinson-Campbell American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association's Annual Criminal Law Symposium
  • Dealing with College Campus Crimes
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is enthusiastic about the practice of law and extremely dedicated to his clients. Steve stays educated and up-to-date on all legal matters that impact his practice areas. I practice in the same area as Steve and I have witnessed him achieve excellent outcomes for his clients thanks to his work ethic, knowledge, and creativity. Attorney Steve Trialonis is a fantastic criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steve for many years, he is very knowledgeable of the law and fights hard for his clients. I have witnessed him get great outcomes for his clients. Steve takes the time to get to know his clients and understand the cases he takes on so that he can properly defend them. I am glad he is a fellow Defense Lawyer is Centre County."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Trialonas is a great attorney based upon my review of his profile."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a relentless advocate and the results he obtains on behalf of his clients speak for themselves. There are few other criminal defense attorneys with his track record for success and his passion. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Steve Trialonas for being well-recognized counsel in the field of criminal defense. Steve brings tremendous experience and professionalism to the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Trialonas is a skilled and experienced advocate for his clients. He is a top-notch professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a bright and capable attorney who vigorously and professionally represents his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Steve brings a wealth of experience in social services before he went to law school. He is dedicated to his clients and the law. If a family member of mine needed a criminal lawyer I would want Steve to represent them. Is he tough enough? When he is not working he plays league Rugby!"
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State College Criminal defense Lawyer Steven Paul Trialonas
Steven Paul Trialonas
Criminal defense Attorney
State College, PA
Licensed for 13 years