New York Civil Rights Attorney

After serving nearly fourteen years with the New York County District Attorney's office in Manhattan and the Office of Special Narcotics, Rochelle S. Berliner joined private practice as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney. Her offices are located in Queens, NY. She has handled several high-profile civil rights cases based on officer misconduct including police brutality and false evidence. Read more about her recent case results and verdicts in those cases.

As a member of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP), Rochelle Berliner supports NPAP's mission of ending police misconduct through public education, coordinated legal action, and public education. Civil rights lawsuits are often the only way to obtain justice for the victims of the misconduct.

Rochelle S. Berliner understands all too well that police officers throughout New York City often rationalize their misconduct based on a mistaken belief that good outcomes justify bad behavior. When officers resort to physical force toward the victims of that bad behavior, the results can be devastating.

After a law enforcement officer commits police misconduct, the victim of that behavior is often charged with a crime. The prosecutors often go to great lengths to avoid dismissal or dropping the charges because of a desire to undermine any civil rights claim.

Civil Rights Lawyer in Queens, NY

If you believe that your case involves police misconduct that resulted in serious or permanent injury or a severe economic loss as well as your arrest, then seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to take on a battle to obtain justice in your case. The experience can have you feeling terrified, nevertheless, you are not alone. Rochelle S. Berliner is an experienced civil rights attorney aggressively representing clients in the five boroughs of New York City, including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island.

When law enforcement violates an individual's rights under the United States Constitution, those claims are often pursued under federal law in the Federal courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

The Law Office represents clients who have suffered serious injuries as a result of violations of their civil rights in New York City and the surrounding areas. Call us at or submit an online form to have Queens civil rights attorney Rochelle Berliner review your case during a free consultation.

Police Misconduct Civil Rights Claims

 If the criminal charges are resolved favorably, you should discuss your right to pursue a possible civil right claim by suing officials within the New York Police Department (NYPD) or another law enforcement agency in New York City. Experiencing any form of police misconduct can be a traumatic and frightening experience. Per Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 USC § 1983), people are able to sue the government for civil rights violation. That is to say that, when a “state actor” such as a police officer deprives a person of rights created by the Constitution.  

Civil rights claims based on police misconduct can include one or more of the following:

  • Police Misconduct;
  • Police Brutality;
  • Excessive Force;
  • False arrest and wrongful arrest;
  • Police corruption;
  • False confessions;
  • False evidence planted by the law enforcement officer;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Unlawful intimidation by police officers; and
  • Sexual abuse by police officers.

Additional Information

Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State – Follow the link to the New York State Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Bureau. The Bureau engages in community outreach activities to educate the public on civil rights issues, promotes voting rights, fair housing and lending opportunities and much more. The website provides information on Disability rights, equal educational opportunity, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and more.

Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights (42 USC § 1983) – Visit the link to view the federal law for violation of civil rights. This section of the law has been used to get relief for victims of police misconduct or police brutality.

Department of Justice Civil Rights Division – The Department of Justice seeks to correct law enforcement agency’s practices and policies that help to foster the misconduct. Additionally, the federal laws that address police misconduct include criminal and civil statutes. If you are a victim of police brutality or police misconduct it is highly recommended to seek experienced legal counsel.