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Michael Steven Pollok

Criminal defense Attorney at Kingston, NY

5.0   169 reviews

also known as Michael Pollok

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  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    25 years of experience in state and federal criminal defense in all areas of practice from DUI to complex medicaid and medicare fraud, tax fraud and financial crimes.

    31 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    DUI and DWI in New York State with 25 years of experience.

FEDERAL AND STATE CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND DUI/DWI ATTORNEY

Michael S. Pollok focuses his practice on state and federal criminal defense, civil litigation and entertainment law.  For more than 25 years, Mr. Pollok has represented clients charged with complex white-collar crimes, particularly in the areas of Medicaid/Medicare/healthcare fraud, mortgage and securities fraud, misconduct by public officials and less complex criminal cases including DUI, youthful offender, juvenile offenses, domestic violence and family offenses.    

 

Mr. Pollok has substantial grand jury, pre-trial hearing, trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation experience in both state and federal courts. He also handles corporate compliance, subpoena response compliance and advising clients regarding a variety of collateral matters related to criminal prosecutions including: professional licensing hearings before the New York State Board of Regents Review Committee and Office of Professional Discipline, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit ("MFCU"), Office of the Medicaid Inspector General ("OMIG"), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") investigations, NASD/SEC arbitration/civil proceedings, civil forfeiture proceedings initiated by New York State or one of its political subdivisions or the U.S. Justice Department, New York DMV licensing and suspension issues arising from Vehicle and Traffic Law convictions and advising clients how to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of a potential or past criminal conviction.

 

In the area of entertainment law, over the past two decades, Mr. Pollok has represented athletes and media artists in negotiations and litigation in the film, television, live theater, publishing and music industries and is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment Arts and Sports Law section.

 

Mr. Pollok is a part-time municipal special prosecutor and has lectured on police encounters, New York's "social hosting laws" and the criminal consequences of under-aged drinking and addiction. He has spoken as a panel member at Continuing Legal Education programs on topics including representation of clients addicted to drugs or alcohol, DWI and he has participated in forums discussing the collateral consequences of criminal convictions sponsored by the New York City Bar Association where he is a former member of the Criminal Law Committee.

 

Mr. Pollok's writings regarding the New York Court of Appeals' mandate to provide free counsel at arraignment to all defendants charged with crimes have been published in the New York Law Journal and he provides pro bono services to indigent defendants at arraignments without the benefit of counsel.

 

Mr. Pollok holds the highest "AV" peer review rating granted by Martindale Hubbell and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  

 

Mr. Pollok is a former member of the Assigned Counsel Plan for the Appellate Division, First Department and the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. Mr. Pollok will be handling matters in our Hudson Valley and Manhattan offices. He may be reached after hours on his cell phone at or by email at

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2012
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 7 ...
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014

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Location

Law Offices of Michael Pollok, PLLC
Law Offices of Michael Pollok PLLC
49 West Market Street
Red Hook, NY, 12571
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Laurie | October 26, 2022
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From The Beginnning
The day my intellectually impaired 19 year old daughter was arrested on four felonies,, I had never seen Michael before,. With one hour notice he met us at court. He explained the process to me and asked my daughter a lot questions and read the reports I brought with me. Michael referred us to an excellent forensic psychologist, who helped me document my daughter's many disabilities. It dragged out over seven months and a dozen court appearances but Michael was quick to respond, even tempered with my daughter and always explained where we were in the process. On .October 25, 2022, the charges were dismissed and her case sealed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Aggravated DWI
I couldn't have chosen a better lawyer than Michael Pollok to represent me for my aggravated DWI. He got my charge dropped down to a DWAI. Throughout my case, he was very thorough, organized, and patient with me even though I constantly had questions and concerns. His ability to communicate so quickly and effectively saved me a great deal of stress and worry. Mr. Pollok ultimately saved my future and career! Thank you so much Mr. Pollok! I will forever be grateful for everything you have done for me.
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Posted by Rick | September 18, 2022
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More than just a lawyer...a very present help in times of trouble.
One never wants a criminal defense attorney. But life sometimes forces us to seek one out. And when that is the case, you want, not only the best in the business, you want counsel that will treat you as more than just a number. That is Michael Pollock. But Michael has been so much more. Our situation has been unusual, to say the least. I live 1000 miles away from my loved one who, with very little advance notice found himself incarcerated. No time to secure the house. No time to make arrangements for the dog. No time to do the myriad daily things we take for granted. We didn't know who to whom we could turn. Michael not only helped tie up all our loose ends, he personally attended to the details expressing personal concern every step of the way. Our case is still being adjudicated and we are confident Michael will do the absolute best we can hope for. The future is uncertain. But one thing is certain...there is no finer man we could have in our corner than Michael Steven Pollok.
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Posted by Maureen | March 24, 2024
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Professional competent and caring
Navigating a legal system is difficult, and Michael Pollock made a terrible situation much more bearable.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2024
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M pollack
Mike is great informative and knows his stuff made a tough experience tolerable
Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2024
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Michael is dedicated to his clients
My case was more complicated than most and spanned about four years from beginning to end. Michael worked hard in my defense the whole time. He explored every option and was able to get me an extremely favorable outcome. I would never call anyone else if I needed a lawyer in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2024
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney
The best of the best. This is who you call when you need a criminal defense attorney. I can’t recommend Michael Pollok enough.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2023
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Michael Pollok is an amazing attorney!
I had gone through some hard times and had so many tickets, including a couple of misdemeanors. I called Michael the same day of my court appearance and he was able to make it that evening! I was fortunate that he was available as he was able to essentially make it all go away no points. He knows everyone; judges and proctors respect him. Great communication and I couldn't have been happier with his representation!
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2023
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Above + Beyond for Incredible Results
Michael far exceeded my expectations for a recent criminal case I experienced. As nerve wracking as it is to deal with a criminal matter, having Michael by my side gave me the confidence that he was working to get the best result possible; and that he did. I can’t express my gratitude enough for his genuine care and concern with the outcome. Because of his diligence, and ensuring that we tried every avenue possible, my case was settled more favorable than expected. Communication with Michael was also 5 stars. Every time I had a question, Michael took the time to answer immediately, and often called me to explain in further detail to ensure I thoroughly understood. I highly recommend Michael as a criminal justice lawyer, specifically any DWI case you may be facing.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2023
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Professional
My attorney is the best. He was able to legally have my case dismissed. I would have been at risk of losing my job if not for his support and his ability to use the technicalities of the law. When I met him to discuss my case he took the time to explain all the options and possibilities that could happen. He made no promises but was confident in what had to be done. Whenever I needed information from him he always was there to take my call. He instructed me on what to do on my end to help make the charges be reduced if possible. He is professional, confident, organized, patient, knowledgeable, and has the ability to be the best in his field. I will recommend him to anyone who may need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2023
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Excellent lawyer
Michael is the best criminal defense attorney in NY. He is experienced, knowledgeable, kind, and gets you the results you need. I was facing a bunch of criminal charges for a minor incident. Including a felony charge. Michael got me acquitted of all of them. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by Matt | November 3, 2023
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From a serious Dilemma to Exoneration
Michael Pollack is the best lawyer, this side of the Mississippi! And/or possibly beyond. I was recently charged with two serious felonies. I first consulted with Michael over the phone. He was able to calm me down and fully explained the severity of the charges. He then very clearly discussed his strategy and plans regarding how he was going to defend me. After his concise consultation I hired him. Needless to say, both felony charges were dismissed without merit the presented evidence was Manifestly unfounded! This was due to Michael’s knowledge of the law. He also has fosters a personal relationship with local judges lawyers and ADA’s. This was extremely important to me, and quite helpful because he was able to discuss my case in advance of my court appearance. Again I wholeheartedly recommend Michael Pollock’s law firm. From a bad and stressful situation, with what I felt was a black cloud hovering over me - to an exoneration with sunshine, rainbows and butterflies. Thanks again Michael
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2023
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Amazing Lawyer
Michael is a great attorney who is kind, sensitive, and always thinks about what's best for you. He supported me the entire way, got better terms, and because to his legal expertise, I am now free. Although the five-star review caps my rating, I would give him ten stars. May the Good Lord reward His practice and heart.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2023
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Excellent
Michael was very thorough and informative. I knew what to expect based on the information he provided, and everything played out as he explained. He made feel confident and supported during a very difficult time. I am grateful to him.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2023
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Proffessional and excellent
Michael S Pollock of Red Hook, NY provided excellent service for my case. He was knowledgeable, thorough and offered fine advice. His office provided me all the assistance I needed for my local court case and furthermore helped me save time. I recommend him for any driving infraction case.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2023
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Great Manner and Very Thorough
The entire time I had hired Michael felt like I was in good hands, from his initial questions about the incident to his discussions with the local assistant DA, Michael's manner was reassuring and clear and left me completely unsurprised when he quickly delivered our desired outcome. I highly recommend Michael Pollock to anybody looking for representation in his area.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2023
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Great Lawyer close and convenient… Hire local
Michael is a very likable, competent, knowledgeable Lawyer. Everything we discussed pertaining to my case was exactly what happened. There were no surprises. During a very anxious time he puts your mind at ease telling you each step of the way. Hoping I never need his services again but, will definitely recommend him to anyone that needs a great Lawyer.
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Posted by Carrie | May 15, 2023
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Fantastic, professional, efficient, timely
Excellent service. Couldn’t ask for anything better. He answered all my questions in a timely matter and handled everything professionally. He took initiative and provided the results I wanted. You need him.
Response from Michael Pollok May 15, 2023
Thank you for that very kind review Carrie! Very much appreciated and I am glad we were able to get the result you needed!
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2023
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Michael was out to protect me
Michael identified that the way the police and special investigator were doing things was not legal. He saw thru their BS and when crunch time came he was right right there, before during and after the trial. It was a very publicized case and he realized as a prime witness I would be attempted to be contacted by the press. It was a tough situation but he saw me thru it and allowed me to get on with my life.
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Posted by David | April 21, 2023
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The right one for the job.
Michael took the time to listen and discuss a realistic outcome. He knew what we needed and got it done in the clutch. I couldn't be happier with the result and I don't think many others would have gotten it done so expeditiously and Competently. He was the right lawyer for the job and I would recommend him to anyone needing solid representation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Kantor, Davidoff, Wolfe, Mandelker & Kass
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael S. Pollok
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Hoffman & Pollok, LLP
  • 1995 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Marvin and Marvin, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2013
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Education

  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • Bard College
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Schoonmaker, 13-120049, 2014 WL 2863707 (N.Y. Just. Ct. June 24, 2014)
  • All Charges Dismissed
  • People v. Clark 2014 NY Slip Op 50946(U)
  • All charges dismissed granting defense motions
  • Abbamonte v. U.S.
  • Abbamonte v. U.S., 7 Fed.Appx. 58 (2nd Cir.(N.Y.)
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Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Committee Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • CJA Panel
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division
  • 18B Panel
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Newport News Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Silver
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Clients Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Proclamation In Appreciation for Community Legal Services
  • New York City Council
  • 2005
  • New York State Court of Appeals Pro Bono Pabel
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • 2005
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • 2004
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Rhinebeck High School
  • Social Hosting Law and Minors, DWI
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (29)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is one of the most hardworking and committed attorney's I have ever had the honor of being co-counsel with."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a retired District Attorney from Pennsylvania. Mr. Pollock represented a family member with a DUI in New York State. He was very knowledgeable, professional and prompt. He returned phone calls immediately. His staff was equally kind and prompt. He had good relationships with the judges and their staff. He obtained an excellent outcome in the case. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Pollok is a highly experienced and skilled attorney who strives to obtain the best result for his client in every criminal case. He cares about his clients as people, and is enthusiastic about the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an extremely hard-working, knowledgeable and aggressive lawyer that zealously advocates on behalf of his clients. He is a true defender of his clients' rights and an obvious choice when seeking representation. You are in excellent hands with Michael."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I came to know Michael when I was a prosecutor and he was defense counsel. Michael advocated zealously for his client and I respected his knowledge and tenacity. As a fellow defense attorney I send cases to Michael when they are too far north for me as I know he cares and works as hard for his clients as I do."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Michael's work and have the highest respect and admiration for his skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pollok is one of the best out there. No exaggeration."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is experienced, skilled, strategic and thoughtful - thinking outside the box. Dedicated and focused on securing the best outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Pollok. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Michael Pollok. Michael fights hard for his clients. Michael is at the top of his game and knows the prosecution's tricks and tactics. You are in great hands with Michael."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. mike is a terrific lawyer who really cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Experienced and highly regarded in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is an excellent attorney with great integrity. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Michael Steven Pollok for his excellent professional demeanor and legal expertise in his areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a calm, professional and caring professional"
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Kingston Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Steven Pollok
Michael Steven Pollok
Criminal defense Attorney
Kingston, NY
Licensed for 30 years
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