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Rochelle Berliner
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Criminal Defense Attorney in Queens NYC / Civil Rights Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney in Queens NYC / Civil Rights Lawyer

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While misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests were significantly lower between January and March 2015 than in the same period of 2014 (2,960 for 2015 and 7,110 in 2014), racially disparities were still prevalent in New York City. In the first quarter of 2015, African Americans were arrested 50.47% of the time, Hispanics 38.18%, whites 7.7% and Asian/Indian 2.67%. Sadly, the same racial disparity can be seen in the 2014 arrests.  

The decrease in total arrests comes from the November announcement where Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner William Bratton said they would only issue summonses for small amounts of marijuana. However, police could still arrest those with under 25 grams under certain circumstances. #marijuanaarrests   #NewYork  
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With the tragic recent news out of South Carolina regarding police brutality, it is important to know your legal options when it comes to being the victim of such abuse. Police officers who violate procedure and use excessive force must be held accountable for their actions. 

Attorney Rochelle Berliner is a member of the National Police Accountability Project and has experience holding the NYPD accountable for police brutality. She understands the emotional and physical stress that police victims face and is ready to fight hard to bring the officer to justice. #policebrutality   #NewYork  
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According to both Governor Andrew Cuomo and juvenile justice reformers, New York should stop automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.  Fellow supporters of this change went on to the state Capitol to voice their opinion about raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, so that all except the most violent 16- and 17-year old offenders would be handled through the juvenile justice system. Critics of the current system claim that these young offender lack adult decision-making skills and therefore should not be prosecuted as if they did. #juvenileoffenders  #NewYork
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On Saturday, defense attorney Rochelle Berliner spoke at a seminar sponsored by the Cannabis Career Institute about legal issues and obstacles people charged with marijuana possession in New York are facing. She gave her legal insight on the Compassionate Care Act and discussed how even though marijuana is still illegal, cops are now ticketing people with small amounts of the substance as opposed to arresting them. #marijuana  #NewYork 
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Last week, New York Senator Liz Krueger filed a bill that would legalize marijuana in the state. If the bill were to pass in the legislature it would legalize marijuana possession and limited personal cultivation for adults 21 years of age or older. Marijuana possession would be decriminalized at age 18 and those who are 21 or over would be able to legally purchase small amounts of the substance from a state regulated store. With marijuana reform picking up speed across the country, many residents are hopeful that New York will also legalize the substance. #marijuana  #NewYork
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In 2011, nearly 1.5 million people under the age of 18 were arrested across the country. The most common arrests were related to property crimes, which include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.  

If your child is facing criminal charges, it is important to act quickly and consult with an experienced defense attorney who can fight for case dismissal and help ensure the juvenile record doesn't haunt your child's future. #juvenileoffense #NewYork
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Two #NYPD officers were arraigned Wednesday for brutality after surrendering to face criminal charges. One was charged with felony assault and the other misdemeanor #assault. Both cops pleaded not guilty. The last time that NYPD cops were indicted for #brutality was in December of 2008.
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Between 2008 and 2013 over 3,000 cases of sexual misconduct on #NewYorkCity subways were reported. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has a new plan that they will implement to fight sexual assaults in the mass transit system. The new #subway cars that they will purchase will include security cameras. Also, subway maps will list the locations of all #NYPD stations in the system and victims will have the ability to report incidents on the #MTA website. With these new safety measures intact, we hope that the number of sexual misconduct incidents on the subway will decrease.
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A #NewYorkCity resident claims that he was a victim of #NYPD police brutality. He was frisked by police when they were investigating a noise complaint and the police officer put one of his hands behind his back. Confused as to why he was arrested, he refused to put his other hand behind his back without an explanation. A video from ABC shows several other officers arriving on scene and beating the resident. This is just one of many #excessiveforce allegations against the NYPD this year alone.
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As the annual #ElectricZoo festival in New York City is quickly approaching, many can’t help but think of the two drug related deaths that occurred last year. This year, Electric Zoo officials are beefing up security to try and prevent any tragedies from occurring. #Drugs and #narcotics cases are the most prosecuted crimes under #NY law and you should be aware of your rights in the event of an accusation. 
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