|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board of Directors||Berks Pre-trial Services||2003|
|Accommodation for Bravery||Pa. Governor Tom Ridge||1999|
|Dedicated Service||Berks County District Attorney||1994|
|Criminal Defense Attorney||Polyak Law Office||1994 - Present|
|Criminal Law Commitee Chairman||Berks County Bar Association||2004 - 2008|
|Assistant District Attorney||Berks County District Attorney's Office||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel||Attorney Member||2003 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||1994 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||1994 - Present|
|United States District Court Magistrate Judge Reappointment Committee||Attorney Member||2011 - 2011|
|Commonwealth of PA vs. P.P. Docket No. TR-0000217-2015||Not guilty verdict at trial|
|Commonwealth of PA vs. Z.H. Docket No. CR-0000092-2015||Case dismissed at first court hearing|
|Commonwealth of PA vs. E.R. Docket No. CR-0000108-2015||Case dismissed at first court hearing|
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|Berks County Bar Association||Trial of a Criminal Case||2014|
|Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Pennsylvania State University||Operations Management||BS - Bachelor of Science||1989|
|Berks County Bar Association, Education Section||Trial of a Criminal Case||2014|
|Berks County Bar Association||Search and Seizure Update||2013|
|Criminal Law Commitee||Criminal Law Appeallate Case Review||2010|
|Criminal Law Committee||DUI Law||2009|
|Criminal Law Committee||DUI Sentencing Law||2008|
Posted by Matthew R.
I was falsely accused of lying on a gun application. I explained to the authorities that this was a genuine misunderstanding; a clerical error. The DA did not want to hear anything but a guilty plea. My explanation fell upon "deaf" ears and I was charged with Unsworn Falsification of Documents. I was told if I tried to fight this charge (which would result in a MINIMUM of 1 year probation and a $1,000 fine) I would be charged with felony Perjury. Fortunately, I found Attorney Polyak. He had seen this situation before and I felt like I was in good hands from the moment we met. With Jim Polyak's relentless, hard work, he was able to convince the judge of my innocence. He was able to change my original guilty plea to a small fine and nothing on my record. Attorney Polyak is a true professional with great experience, confidence, and knowledge of the law. I will recommend EVERYONE I know who needs a criminal attorney to James M. Polyak. I can never thank him enough!
Posted by anonymous
My husband was unfortunately recently charged with a 2nd DUI, after reading the previous post I would have to disagree. While we don't hear from Mr.Polyak constantly when we do we realize how hard he has been working. He is an experienced lawyer and always has the answer when we have a question. Our case is still ongoing but we know that the best possible outcome will be achieved with Mr. Polyak as our attorney. Would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous
Attorney Polyak was my legal counsel for my DUI cases. Unfortunately, I had two within a year, mainly due to a multitude of personal and emotional trauma. I appreciated his lack of judgement of me and was understanding of my dilemma and life events. Mr. Polyak was professional, informative and honest. Being in this situation is very frightening but Attorney Polyak helped ease my fears. He did not give me any unrealistic information but rather the truth which made the outcome easier to deal with. I highly recommend Attorney Polyak if you are ever in a situation with one or multiple DUI's. He was a pleasure to work with even under these circumstances.
Emily Cherniack, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Jim is one of Berks County's best! He is a fighter in the courtroom and is knowledgeable in both civil and criminal matters. He obtains amazing results in his cases. I would not hesitate to refer a case to him.
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