Queens Criminal Defense Lawyer
A criminal charge can potentially have serious repercussions on your life or that of your loved one. Regardless of the alleged crime, it is not something that should be approached lightly or without guidance. When the stakes are so high and you have the potential to lose so much, it's important to take every step and give yourself the best advantage when fighting for your future.
Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner
With almost two decades of experience in the criminal justice field, Rochelle Berliner has a deep understanding of both sides of the system. Her 14 years spent as a state prosecutor in New York City help her understand the situations that individuals facing criminal charges experience. She is passionate in aggressively advocating for the defense of men, women, and minors charged with crimes in Queens and other New York boroughs.
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges or suspect you may soon be, it's important to act quickly. Contacting a criminal defense attorney in Queens early on can help you gather any time sensitive evidence. This will help your attorney build a strong defense and anticipate practices that may be used by the prosecutor.
With offices in Queens, New York, Rochelle Berliner is ready to discuss your case and legal options with you. This free confidential consultation can be done in office or over the phone. Rochelle Berliner takes the time to carefully understand your case and ensure that you have a complete understanding of both the legal process and available options. Call 718-261-5600 today to begin building a solid defense for your case.
‘Top Women’ honored during award and networking event
Rochelle Berliner has been named one the 50 Top Women in Business by the Queens Courier, the largest weekly newspaper in the Borough of Queens. The honor, officially given at the publication's Networking Award Dinner, is given to successful businesswomen who can serve as role models to other women. Rochelle Berliner started the the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner in 2005 and has become a recognizable voice for justice in New York City.
Experience on Both Sides of the Criminal Justice System
After graduating from New York Law School with a Juris Doctor in law, Rochelle Berliner worked for the New York District Attorney in the Special Narcotics Office. For 14 years, she worked as a state prosecutor and has tried many criminal cases. This includes work on several long and short term investigations, wiretap cases, and street-level drug cases.
Rochelle Berliner now uses the extensive knowledge she gained in years of prosecution cases to defend those charged with crimes in New York. She represents clients charged in various criminal matters including DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), Drug and Narcotics Charges, and Violent Crime.
Her experience as a prosecutor gives her a keen understanding of common prosecution techniques and strategies used by prosecutors. As a criminal defense attorney, she relies on an aggressive approach, an exhaustive investigation, and thorough preparation to dismantle the criminal case against her client.
Remember: the Police are Not on Your Side
While you certainly should remain cooperative with law enforcement officers, you should understand that their priorities are different than yours. Each officer is trained to investigate crimes and gather evidence. This means that any action you take or words you speak will be used against you at a later date. The officer will be carefully observing you to gather any of these details.
In some cases, the police officer may even try to use loopholes in the law to arrest you for a more serious offense. Case in point: Public Possession of Marijuana. In New York, possession of marijuana (under 25 grams) is a civil offense and can result in a relatively minor citation. If a police officer suspects you may be in possession of cannabis, they may resort to unfair techniques to potentially charge you with a criminal offense. However, if a police officer asks you to empty your pockets or open your bag and marijuana is revealed, this can lead to a criminal charge with harsher penalties.
Leveling the Playing Field
The New York justice system is dedicated to creating a safer community for its citizens. However, the system is not perfect and there are still many inequalities and loopholes which can change a person's life forever if convicted. Rochelle Berliner works hard to level the playing field and ensure that her clients receive quality legal representation, regardless of the alleged crime.
In this effort, Rochelle also protects the civil rights of individuals who experience abuse at the hands of the NYPD. The civil rights cases include shocking police brutality, police misconduct, and excessive force claims. When an individual is seriously injured at the hands of a "peace" officer who crossed the line, Rochelle Berliner fights those cases every step of the way, from filing a notice of claim, pre-trial settlement negotiations, to a jury trial. Since entering private practice, Rochelle Berliner has helped clients receive compensation from the City of New York and local police departments in high-profile police misconduct cases.
Exercise Your Miranda Rights
"You have the right to remain silent." You have probably heard this phrase repeated on commercials or in books. It is more than just the tag line to a crime drama. In order to avoid incriminating yourself accidentally, you are highly advised to exercise this right (commonly called the "Miranda right"). To take advantage of your Miranda right, you can inform the officer that you wish to exercise this right or simply remain silent. Remaining silent cannot be used to insinuate your guilt in court.
One of the most common immediate emotions for individuals who are arrested is confusion. It is not uncommon to make errors when trying to explain what occurred, even as you try to proclaim your innocence. You may not even realize that you have made a mistake until it is used against you later during a trial, making it more difficult to clear your name.
Under law, the police officer must read you your Miranda right prior to arresting you or taking you into custody. In fact, any failure to do so on their part can benefit your case. While the officer can still act upon statements given, they cannot legally use this statement to incriminate you in trial.
The Miranda right also extends to other areas, which are equally important. The police officer must also inform you of your right to have an attorney present during questioning. In the event that you do not have access to an attorney, one will be provided at no cost.
It is vital to have an attorney at your side during questioning. The police investigator may use clever questioning tactics in an attempt to get you to indicate any sign of guilt. After an arrest, you may be understandably bewildered. Without an attorney to help lead you through this important initial process, you have a higher potential to give conflicting details or otherwise incriminate yourself, which can damage your case.
Dedicated Client Representation
Though Rochelle Berliner has years of experience within the criminal justice field, she understands that every case is unique. Thinking otherwise would do a disservice to clients as important details may be overlooked. Rochelle spends the time to carefully listen to her clients and guide them to understanding what details are pertinent to a case. A client that is educated about the process that they are facing can also be a strong asset during trial.
Rochelle understands that a criminal conviction can have many consequences aside from jail time or fines. Even the minor misdemeanor can affect a person's family life, education and career. Many of her clients have no prior record and never imagined they would face a criminal prosecution. By taking a full-service approach to protecting her clients during each step of the case, Rochelle Berliner works hard to provide the best possible representation to each of her clients.
Proudly Representing Clients in Queens and New York City
The Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner is located in Queens County, NY and represents clients of all walks of life and from all parts of New York City. This includes Flushing, Jamaica, Forest Hills, Astoria, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Howard Beach, and nearby areas.
Criminal charges can happen to anyone. They can also devastate careers and housing opportunities, no matter the individual's income level. Every client receives her utmost level of attention, whether they are facing or marijuana charges or serious offenses such as domestic violence.
She also represents clients who were accused of a crime in The Bronx or elsewhere in the New York area, but live in other parts of the state, are out-of-state visitors, or international guests. For many of these clients, the stress and expense of traveling back to the New York City area can be minimized while the attorney mounts an aggressive defense to fight the charges. The Law Offices of Rochelle Berliner additionally represents clients who discover a warrant has been issued for their arrest or are fighting extradition to or from the Manhattan area.
With experience representing men, women, and minors in criminal court, Rochelle has worked with clients throughout the greater New York City area. This also includes Brooklyn, Bushwick, Greenpoint, and other communities in Kings County, NY. She is proud to continue providing experienced legal guidance to the community for criminal matters.
Protect Your Future
Now is the time to build a strong defense for your case or that of your loved one. Call the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner today for a free consultation. For your convenience, this comprehensive consultation can take place over the phone or in office. You can call 718-261-5600 or send an online message and Rochelle Berliner will contact you promptly. Your future is important. Make sure that you are taking every step to protect it in the court of law.