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Chicago First Amendment Attorney

The Bill of Rights, drafted in 1791, was designed to safeguard and protect civil liberties for all citizens of the United States. It is a working document that continues to change and grow as our country advances. The First Amendment is often cited and challenged in our courts. Americans fought for the freedom of religion, speech, and the right to assemble, and First Amendment Attorneys continue the fight when first amendment rights are violated. 

What Are My First Amendment Rights?

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States protects our freedom of religion, speech, and right to assemble and address grievances with the government. It 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.” 

This amendment prevents the government from making laws that stop us from practicing our religion of choice and from saying what we feel or think. We are permitted to practice our religion of choice, allowed to share our opinions through speech and writing, and we can criticize the government.

Freedom Of Religion

The government cannot establish a religion; there is a clear separation of church and state in the U.S. The government cannot prevent you from performing religious acts or following religious beliefs. All citizens have the right to practice their religion as they please, with limitations. 

Freedom Of Speech

American citizens have the right to say or write their opinions as long as they do not infringe on the rights or safety of other citizens. The First Amendment does not protect threats and defamation. 

Freedom Of Assembly

Americans have the right to assemble and protest with limitations. Protests must not obstruct pedestrians or motor vehicles. Protestors must obtain permits when needed. Protests must not incite violence or crime. 

Does this mean I can say or write or do whatever I want?

No, it does not. Your First Amendment Rights are not protected if you:

  • Incite violence or make threats
  • Harass, harm, or disrupt others’ rights
  • Conspire to commit crimes
  • Defame or slander
  • Distribute, sell, or depict obscenities
  • Commit treason

If your words, actions, or meetings disrupt the rights of others or hurt others, you are not protected under the First Amendment. 

Why Would I Need A Chicago First Amendment Attorney?

A Chicago First Amendment attorney will help protect your rights to free speech, religion, and assembly. Civil liberty suits can become controversial and complex, especially in today’s electronic world, when social media and online freedoms run amok. 

A Chicago First Amendment attorney will have the resources, experience, and knowledge to fight for you if someone infringed on your rights or you have been accused of violating another person’s rights. Suppose you feel you have been unfairly treated and have suffered damages due to your opinions or religion, or you have been unjustly accused. In that case, an expert civil rights attorney will work to defend your interests. Call The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, PC, today.

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