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Andrea E. Mertz

Criminal defense Attorney at Reading, PA

4.9   77 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 24 years
    Maryland - MD 25 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Inactive - Retired No misconduct found

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

About Andrea

Learn Andrea’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    I represent the criminally accused in all criminal matters.

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Dedicated, understanding but relentless in court, I will defend all DUI charges.

    16 years

If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between you and a powerful, resourceful Pennsylvanian prosecutorial government is a fierce advocate and an aggressive and persuasive litigator.  In fact, as a criminal defense attorney, I represent the last, and only, bastion of protection safeguarding you, your rights and your personal freedom.

 

I have spent more than seventeen years defending the most difficult cases with outstanding results.  I have earned a reputation among my District Attorneys, Judges and the private bar for being a fierce and formidable advocate and an aggressive and persuasive litigator.  I have represented hundreds of clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies.  I have tried cases in front of juries and judges and have an excellent success record. 

 

 

I take each case very seriously, as though the liberty of my friend or a family member is in jeopardy.  I have the experience to evaluate and give honest and reliable advice and the passion and talent to advocate on your behalf.  I have a background of helping individuals overcome significant difficult challenges in their lives and arise from the challenge to a bright future.  I will do the same for you.

Location

Polyak Law Office
645 Penn Street
Suite 500
Reading, PA, 19601

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  77 customer reviews
Posted by Janson | July 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
From the beginning to the end, I cannot think of another lawer I would want to be helping me. Andrea Mertz was the first person I called when my situation happened, she was willing to go up to bat for me with no hesitation. Every other lawyer I talked to, didnt think they could keep me out of jail other than Andrea. Wich gave me faith and that is all I needed.
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Posted by Adeyemi | June 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Ms mertz is a great lawyer who represented me in 2018 for a Criminal case with my record I was looking at alot of time. With her knowledge she got me house arrest and probation. Highly recommended
Posted by John M. | April 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence
This LAWYER IS GREAT! I thank god I reached out to her, she is incredible genuinely sounded like she cared, quick responses sometimes less than 24 hour turn around time. My experience with Andrea was amazing! Everything she said would happen, happened, she took my case serious, and was able to convince the judge and DA to help me obtain house arrest! She is an amazing person and I will definitely contact her again for my defense. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pfa
She defended me against false allegations restored my good name and rights very professional sticks to facts and stands by her clients I would hire her again in a heart beat my confidence in her was felt at first meeting A+ ATTORNEY
Posted by Brian | December 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above & beyond
I was looking at my 3rd offense of driving on a suspended license (DUI related) so I was looking at possible jail time or house arrest for being a repeating offender…. Ms. Andrea Mertz went Above & beyond for my case! The police officer who pulled me over wanted to continue my case and penalize me further but Ms. Mertz did her research, reached out to her resources and got me the answer I needed which was agreeing to only pay a $1,000 fine and NO JAIL TIME OR HOUSE ARREST! Such a relief to hire an attorney who cared & was eager to help me and most importantly stay out of jail. Thank you Andrea
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Posted by Jason | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond for me!
After a bad experience with another attorney, I found Andrea and after talking with her I felt very confident that she could get the job done. She did everything I had asked the first attorney to do but refused to so. He coerced me into taking a deal with the DA. Andrea was awesome. She made sure that the witnesses were there and ready to testify on my behalf and after it was all said and done I was found not guilty just like I knew I was from the beginning!
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Posted by Dawud | December 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
D.F
Pennsylvania Attorney, Andrea Mert’z has Decades of proven Professionalism, knowledge and devotion of this systems laws and representing everyday people in all cities and communities. She is someon that you want on your side when dealing with leagal battles in Pennsylvania. During my trial she provided accurate and current state and Federal law resulting in dismissal of charges due to the state Trooper who clearly overstepped his bounds. Andrea Merat’z was terrific in explaining that no laws had been broken and I was free to go on my way.
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Posted by Audrey | December 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Andrea was very clear, concise and upfront with what was to be expected with my case. Always kept me informed and answered all calls and any questions. Professional, honest and caring.
Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Andrea has been absolutely amazing...
We retained Andrea to represent a family member in a small proceeding. From the initial consultation we felt so comfortable with her. Andrea has an absolutely fantastic personality and we felt assured she would get the job done with the great success. She not only delivered, but exceeded our expectations. Thank you, Andrea.
Posted by Claudia | March 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and knowledgeable
We contacted lawyer Mertz for a violation of probation on a DUI case, and even though odds were not very good, she was able to get an awesome outcome in court. She knows the law and stays up to date on new changes to it, something that came in handy when she presented the case. We are very pleased with her performance, sure didnt think it would be this good. Thank you again Ms Mertz!
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Posted by Sylvia | December 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Highly Recommended
Earlier this year, Andrea represented my brother in connection with multiple cases involving drug-related charges. Her representation was excellent throughout. She not only helped my brother get the best possible resolution of his cases under the circumstances, she also helped me navigate getting him into rehab so that he could begin to turn his life around. I would highly recommend hiring her if you or a loved one is facing criminal charges.
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Posted by Jim | November 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very caring attorney
When my case came up I was frantic looking for a lawyer I talked to one who told me to bring him a thousand dollars right away which was every penny I had and I almost did until at the last minute I looked him up and his reviews said he was a crook,so I kept looking and saw Andreas picture and thought she's probably nice so I called her,she immediately got ahold of the detective and sorted everything out,he agreed to help me get unsecured bail because she would be representing me,all of that came true as I turned myself in on her trust,she did everything she ever told me she would and my case drug out for years honestly and she never left me. I was facing several years of prison time and she worked out a deal that gave me the opportunity to pay it all back and end up with probation,that's where I am now and I'm so grateful,I hope this review saves someone else from alot of heartache ,Andrea is the real deal. Jim
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Posted by Jim | September 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch lawyer
Andrea is a smart, sharp attorney. She is no nonsense which when you're in need of a good defense attorney is what you need. I had a lot of medical issues tied to the case because of the parameters of it. Andrea pushed to get an appropriate resolution and a successful one. Can't say enough good things. Hire her if you need representation. BTW: I read these reviews before hiring Andrea and thought they were too good to be true. I was wrong. She is worth every penny.
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Posted by LCdavis | July 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true Blessing!!!
My bf was charged with his 3rd DUI, felony guns charges, and other things. The situation did not look good, at all. Having two young children, I was mortified the outcome of this situation. Our case went on for long duration, Andrea always kept us well informed. She was able to get charges dismissed, that I strongly believe other lawyers wouldn't have been able to get dropped. I could write a book here, but I still find it very emotional for me. In the end my bf did 3 months, and is now on probation, which isn't anything compared to the MANY, MANY YEARS he would of had. I was the one to find Andrea, for my BF, I will be forever grateful for her, as will my family. If you want someone whose strong, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable, I'd choose Andrea. I know first hand, choosing someone for yours, or your loved ones fate, is crucial. Also, it doesn't hurt that she is always dressed super cute, and very well put together, she's a tiny little thing, but explosive! Thank You, ANDREA!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Advocate
I was referred to Andrea Mertz through word of mouth. After consulting with her I felt comfortable with her knowledge of the law and experience and hired her to represent me. She was professional, reliable and easy to communicate with. She was able to get my charges dismissed and did so with ease during my court hearing. I highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of an honest and caring attorney.
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Posted by Rey | January 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible lawyer! Awesome human being!
I was arrested a couple of months ago for possession of marijuana, escape and trespassing. I thought my life was over being that I'm a college student in the process of earning my bachelors degree. That degree would be worthless with something like this on my background. Anyways, after being bailed out I went to consult with a couple lawyers. All of which made me feel worse about my situation. I feel as though we spent more time discussing payment, instead of the actual case. At this point I was just going to go with any lawyer because my preliminary hearing was coming up real soon. I did some research again and ran into Andrea's profile on here. I decided to go consult with her. Thank god I did, best decision ever. Andrea truly knows whats shes doing. She cares for her clients, also makes herself available to you whenever needed. She didn't bs me like the other lawyers did. She was honest about everything, every step of the way. Answered allllll of my questions, lord knows I had plenty lol. I was really so stressed out about my case, Andrea could see it. She told me to let her handle the stress of the case and to continue living my life as if nothing had happened. She told me she would do everything in her power to help me, and that she did. She got me accepted into the ARD program, even with a prior conviction I had a year and a half ago. All thanks to her hard work. I would recommend her to anyone. I will forever be grateful. Thank you so much for everything ANDREA!
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Posted by Michael H | December 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed and Thankful
I was led to her and Thank God she did not disappoint but exceeded expectations! I recommend highly. Be Blessed Always in Jesus mighty name.
Posted by John | December 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An amazing and caring lawyer!
Before I hired Andrea Mertz to represent me, my life had fallen apart. I was facing horrible allegations and I didn't know where to turn or what to do. I had no hope for any kind of positive outcome. I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders and there was no way out from underneath it. I was lost, truly and completely. Never in my life did I think I would have to hire a criminal defense attorney, and I had no idea what to expect. I had heard horror stories from other people about the extreme costs involved and the lack of any genuine interest many lawyers had in their clients other than a monetary one. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Andrea truly cared about my situation and was genuinely interested in helping me. Furthermore, when I actually hired her, I found her fees to be very reasonable. Once retained, she lost no time digging into my case. She researched every single aspect of it, every possible option, and came up with a plan that restored my sanity, my life and protected my freedom and reputation. She was amazing and fierce, like a pit bull in a dogfight, but never once lost her humanity nor her caring nature in regards to my situation. She tirelessly worked my case and became my greatest advocate and ally. I never would have made it through this situation and have my case completely dismissed without her diligence, knowledge, compassion, and dedication. If you need help and don't know where to turn, stop right here and look no further. Andrea Mertz is a truly honest, brutally efficient and successful lawyer, while still being one of the kindest and most caring human beings I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She saved my life. I can never repay her for the incredible care and service she provided. I am truly grateful for her and no amount of words can express my respect and admiration for her personally and for her skill in practicing Law.
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Posted by Frank | December 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An Impressive Criminal Lawyer!
Andrea Mertz was a very impressive criminal attorney in a felony assault case recently. She did well for the defendant and I was a witness for the state against the defendant. How ever, I must say that she was very aggressive and did all possible angles to have any sentence kept to the lowest possible for her client. I and along with the other witness agree that Andrea Mertz is a great criminal lawyer. She explores all given information and worked very hard for her client. The other witness for the case stated that "She is a good attorney, she is a tiger". Even though we were witnesses for the state, she was very impressive to us and we would recommend her for anyone that needs help with criminal issues. We would like to recognize her hard work by saying that she was very impressive.
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Posted by Mike H. | September 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thankful for her help and insights..
On our call, I could tell the other great reviews she has were true! She was patient and listened and then gave her wisdom and insights on what to do. Her demeanor was welcoming but professional. I'm blessed it was her. I'd recommend anytime ..God bless
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Purdue University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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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Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Platform Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Purdue Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • John Purdue Club
  • 1991

Speaking Engagements

  • BCTV
  • Intersection Between Social Security Disability and FMLA
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (22)
Endorse Andrea
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrea is a smart and tough trial lawyer. She is a great person to have on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
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."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from her many years of experience and her contributions that Ms. Mertz is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"17 years of practicing law with 8 as a former deputy public defender is very court experienced.Her knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this lawyer she is a true professional"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrea is approachable to her clients, experienced in the complexities of the issues her many clients face and aggressive in her advocacy on their behalf."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It takes a rare attorney to combine aggressive representation and knowledge with the oft-ignored compassion that is necessary to achieve the maximum benefit for their client. Andrea is one such attorney. It is therefore my privilege to endorse my colleague, Andrea Mertz."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. I have worked with Andrea and found her to be a very talented attorney."
Business Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As opposing counsel, Ms. Mertz vigorously represented her client in a business matter. A true professional, she was a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with her again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without reservation, I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Well respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very conscientious and cares about her clients."
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