What Are My First Amendment Rights?
Knowing your rights is key in any civil rights case.
The First Amendment states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The First Amendment grants four significant freedoms to the people.
- First, the amendment grants freedom of religion. This means that you may practice any religion of your choosing.
- Next, the amendment grants the people freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is the right to express you opinions without being punished. The government cannot prevent someone from expressing an opinion that the government does not agree with.
- Following, the people are granted freedom of the press, which means they have the right to get information from many different sources. The government does not have the power to control what is broadcasted on radio, TV, or what is printed in books or newspapers.
- Lastly, The First Amendment gives the people the right to peaceably assemble. The people have the right to join together to show support for or oppose an issue of public policy.
Why Should I Get an Attorney?
The freedoms granted to you shouldn’t be violated. If your First Amendment rights have been violated, you should contact a civil rights attorney. A civil rights lawyer can help you if you’ve been mistreated based on characteristics such as race, religion, gender or disability.
If you believe you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, you will have the option of filing a lawsuit against those responsible for any harm suffered. Legal issues involving civil rights can be very complicated without proper expertise. The Cochran Firm New York is here for your legal representation. Call us today at 212-553-9215.