NYC Drug Treatment Courts
Screening Treatment & Enhancement Part (STEP) - Brooklyn

STEP Judge

Hon. Judge Frederick Arriaga

Honorable Frederick C. Arriaga

Judicial Offices

  • Judge, Civil Court of the City of New York, Kings County, Elected, 2008 to 2017


Other Professional Experience

  • Counsel to the Brooklyn Borough President, 2004 to 2007
  • South Brooklyn Legal Services, Senior Attorney, 1997 to 2004
  • The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Office for the Aging, Senior Attorney, 1996 to 1997
  • South Brooklyn Legal Services, Senior Attorney, 1992 to 1996


Admission to the Bar

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Second Department, 1993
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1993


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1992
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1983

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association
  • Member, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Board Member, Association of Judges Hispanice Heritage




After your arrest you were given a choice between joining STEP and having your case go through the regular court process. If you abuse drugs and are eligible for the STEP program, your Case Manager will work with you to build a treatment plan. While you are in treatment, the Judge will closely watch your progress.

If the Judge says you can no longer participate or you ask to stop participating, the Judge will sentence you to the jail time you and your lawyer agreed to when you pled guilty.