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James Matthew Polyak

James Matthew Polyak

Berks County Criminal Defense Lawyer since 1992
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, White Collar Crime
  • Pennsylvania
Claimed Lawyer Profile

Reading, PA attorney James Polyak specializes in criminal defense. He is a graduate of Penn State and Widener University School of Law. After law school, he completed his internship at The Berks County District Attorney's Office in Reading, PA. In 1992, he was hired by The Berks County District Attorney as a full time Assistant District Attorney, where he prosecuted crimes including Robbery, Rape, Burglary, Drug Possession, Theft, Assault and DUI. In 1994, he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor of the Child Abuse Unit of the District Attorney's Office. After gaining valuable experience as a prosecuting attorney in Reading, PA, Mr. Polyak left the District Attorney's Office to specialize in criminal defense. Since that time, he has represented thousands of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses in Reading, PA. He has been lead trial counsel in more than 100 criminal jury trials, including death penalty cases. He has never had a client sentenced to the death penalty. He appears frequently in United States District Court, handling complex federal criminal litigation. No other criminal defense attorney in Reading, PA has handled more criminal jury trials in United States District Court than Mr. Polyak. Since 1994, he has been a member of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former Criminal Law Instructor at Reading Area Community College and the Reading Police Academy. He is the former Chairman of the Berks County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee.

Pennsylvania State University - University Park
B.S. (1989) | Quantitative Business Analysis
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Professional Experience
Attorney Member
Attorney Member
Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel
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Speaking Engagements
Police Worn Body Cameras and your Privacy, Alvernia University
Criminal Law Practitioner's Guide, Barceló Hotel, Palm Beach, Aruba
Berks County Bar Association
Professional Associations
Berks County Criminal Law Commitee  # 65657
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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3rd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
White Collar Crime
Contact & Map
645 Penn Street
Suite 500
Reading, PA 19601
Telephone: (610) 376-5250