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 spent more than seven years at the Office of the Berks County Public Defender defending the most difficult cases with outstanding results. I earned a reputation among my peers, District Attorneys, Judges and the private bar for being a fierce and formidable advocate and an aggressive and persuasive litigator. It was on the heels of this experience that I launched into private practice where I have more time to spend on each individual case and with each client.
I have represented hundreds of clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious and violent felonies. I have tried cases in front of juries and judges and have an excellent success record. Of my last 10 jury trials, six defendants were totally acquitted and the remaining four were found guilty of significantly lesser charges then the prosecution sought.
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.
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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.
|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|