Legal Context: First Amendment Rights
At The Sanders Firm, P.C., we know that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution contains the essence of many of our freedoms. When it comes to knowing your civil rights it is essential that this amendment be understood. On this page, you’ll find a quick overview of the First Amendment. In another section of the website we focus in more detail on each aspect of this amendment that is so important to our freedom.
First Amendment Protections
The First Amendment, which is part of the Bill of Rights, protects some of our most essential rights. These are rights that we usually take for granted, as they form the basis for the lives we lead as free citizens. When our First Amendment rights are violated it goes directly to eroding the foundation on which our nation and its laws are based.
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 protects:
• The Right to Freedom of Religion
• The Right to Freedom of Expression
Within the right to freedom of expression, there are freedoms of speech, the press, assembly and to petition the government in order to redress grievances.
What These Rights Mean
The two basic rights in the First Amendment, and those other freedoms associated with freedom of expression, give each U.S. citizen the opportunity to live their lives without the government interfering in their personal beliefs and in an environment that allows public debate without any repercussions.
The First Amendment allows those in the U.S. to live their lives free of persecution. It greatly limits the government’s power to control certain aspects of our personal lives and it also limits to a degree the ability of others to limit our freedoms.
We Believe in the First Amendment
Attorney Eric Sanders, the founder and president of The Sanders Firm, P.C., knows how important the First Amendment is to our civil rights. The freedoms it protects allow each of us to openly state our opinions about anything and to believe in and practice the religion of our choice.
These freedoms were important to those who founded our nation. Those men were direct descendants to those who had been persecuted in England and other countries for religious and political beliefs. Plus, those men had faced persecution and control from the English crown thousands of miles across the sea.
Protecting Your Rights
At The Sanders Firm, P.C. we understand that it is important to be vigilant concerning our First Amendment rights. Also, we know that it is not unusual for people to have their rights abridged by others. There are times when agents of local, state, and/or the federal government have impinged on these basic freedoms. If that happens to you, contact The Sanders Firm, P.C., your voice for justice. We will work to ensure your rights are protected.