Relentless to others; compassionate to you! Call - I RETURN CALLS!Berks DUI Lawyer - Compassionate to you; Relentless to Others. I WILL RETURN YOUR CALLS!Compassionate to you; Relentless to others. I RETURN CALLS!
|MD||Inactive - Retired||1998||01/23/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys||The American Society of Legal Advocates||2016|
|Purdue Scholar Athlete of the Year||John Purdue Club||1991|
|Attorney||Polyak Law Office||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Waldman Law Group, P.C.||2009 - 2016|
|Public Defender||Berks County Office Of The Public Defender||2001 - 2009|
|Attorney||Ellsworth, Carlton & Waldman, P.C.||1998 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section||Co-Chair||2016 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee||Co-Chair||2015 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Attorney Member||2009 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2001 - Present|
|Berks County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee||Executive Committee||2014 - 2015|
|Commonwealth v. B.L.||Not guilty after trial. No jail time|
|Commonwealth v. N.M.||Found not guilty of DUI at trial. No jail and client was free to leave.|
|CW v. RC||Not guilty of any charges. Free to leave.|
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|American University, Washington College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Purdue University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|BCTV||Intersection Between Social Security Disability and FMLA||2009|
Posted by anonymous
when no one else would take me seriously she did and she got results. i saw her intensity in the courtroom and her firmness and her professionalism was outstanding. she not only did her job but she cared, too. her concern was genuine adn her research was thorough. thank you for proving me innocent while the witness for the da lied blatenly in court. thank you and keep up the good work!!!
Posted by Alex
I am very thank ful for Andrea and for her services. Prior to my most recent case she was my Public Defender on a previous case. I feel that destinity brought her back to me. In March 2013 I was incarcerated for a charge against me in 2007. Specific charges were Theft By Deception, Receiving Stolen Property, Tampering with Public Records, Computer Trespass and Unlawful Use of Computers. I was looking at a Felony on my record and 3+ years in prison.
After reviewing my information and helping me understand the charges she was able to give me an idea of different options I may have. She always made sure to go over any paperwork thoroughly and never gave me false expectations.
After having to rescedule some court dates because of personal reason we were finally able to close my case.
Originally having to face all of the above charges, having a felony on my record and facing time in prison Andrea was able to get me to only serve what I would consider the very minimal.
I had to pay back any money owed to the plaintiff, serve only 40 hours of community service and was approved for the ARD Probation Program for 2 years at which point when I have completed them I will have no record whatsoever (expunged).
Thank you so much Andrea!
Posted by Jeff
Andrea was a treasure, and the best choice I could have made going through this process. She is forthcoming , honest, and always responsive. I always felt that she cared about myself, the case, and took any potential outcome personally. It sounds simple, but she was truly my advocate and support throughout. She knew the Berks Court House, system and key players well and was able to get the best possible resolution. I would highly recommend and encourage anyone to hire Andrea Mertz.
Posted by anonymous
No need to look further hands down the best lawyer in the state!
As a college graduate, I researched & researched & researched lawyer after lawyer to find a reliable, dedicated & cost efficient lawyer to help me throughout the mess I got myself into this past year. My first ever legal issue was a summary retail theft - Serveral months later I was involved in an antagonizing harassment legal issue containing 200+ M3 harassment charges. Andrea has guided me through the legal process & walked me through what we may or may not encounter each step of the way.
Although, a summary retail theft seems to be so simple & basic it is definitely something you do not want on your record. Andrea filled out the paperwork for ARD admission - which was accepted. Program was a great experience to encounter & become a little vulnerable with a group of ALL ages it was incedible to be able to visualize why people do the things they do (trill, need, want, boredom, etc) During the process of my summary ARD submittal I did tell Andrea that I may be charged with a series of more serious charges at that point nothing was pressed - once I recieved the probable case she told me not to be shocked as to what was written - nothing stated in it would be nice.
To explain the case a little - I was involved with an antagizing issue that began back in 2010 I tried Serveral times to handle to situation in a civil manner & years had gone by that nothing was ever solved. I submitted a private criminal complaint & later filled charges with an officer - both in which were denyed. Once the charges were pressed I submitted documents to Andrea in regards to what has push it to this limit. She completely understood where I was coming from and took the time to review the years of depth this case had. She reached out to the DA to inquire if ARD would be an acceptable approach with having a prior SUMMARY ARD approval within the same time frame as a MISERMEANER case. As she stated the summary ARD program was something fairly new - the DA is open for the ARD submittals/approvals due to the differential of level of charges. At this point, I wanted to do whatever it took to have no chagres behind my name considering what I have to offer in life, my education & work history - I didn't want to lose it all. Although, all the "victim" really wanted was for a record to be present behind my name - she pushed for the ARD not to be approved (THIS WAS NOT THE CASE). As Andrea reviewed the documents I submitted prior she put together a very detailed letter to the DA. In addition, during the ARD court hearing the "victim" was present & tried to make a statement for reasons why I should not be approved. Concluding her statement the judge had asked Andrea if she would like to add anything....
Too be completely honest, Andrea was 110% on point with her documents, reasonings & input towards my approval the victum later literally stumbled over words and was jaw dropped about the evidence we had behind her antagonizing image.
I am beyond thankful for what Andrea has pushed for with the both ARD programs. Although, we are all human & may hit some speed bumps in life she had got me over them. I highly respect her knowledge, honesty, ability to look at the whole picture, & give a realistic perspective on the issues involved; while being upfront & addressing my concerns. (Never once was someone else's case more important then mine - she always had time or made time) & YES RETURN PHONE CALLS!!
Moving forward, I NEVER want myself or anyone to be placed in this type of situation; I would recommend ANDREA MERTZ to anyone seeking competent representation!!!
; ) With Her "right arm hooks & ROCK STAR BADASS attorney skills & dedication" - my fears are now at rest!! Again, much appreciation and thanks for all your time and efforts!
Posted by anonymous
Andrea has extensive experience in the Berks County Public Defender's Office and thus, the ins and outs of the PD, ADA and judge's perspective in different types of cases. This knowledge of the inner workings of the court and the individual professional's perspectives on certain types of issues is extremely helpful in the approach to your case. She is personable and yet she is professional. She is trustworthy and most of all, she pulls no punches. She tells you what the reality of the situation is and does everything to assure the best possible outcome for her clients. If we ever need an attorney again, we will definitely contract her.
Joseph Guillama, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Andrea since the time I began practicing law and in that time I have known Andrea to be a highly effective and passionate criminal defense attorney. Not only does she truly care about her clients and their well-being, but she thoroughly knows the law and aggressively advocates for her clients at all levels of their representation. I would have no hesitation in recommending Andrea Mertz to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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