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Civil and Human Rights Attorney Overview

Lawyer Representation in Cases Involving Rights Violations

In the United States, citizens have certain civil rights that are protected by federal and state laws. However, beyond those rights are the basic human rights that are provided to all people according to international treaties and conventions. If a person's civil or human rights have been violated, they may need to take legal action to ensure that justice is carried out.

If your rights have been violated, you should work with an experienced attorney who understands the applicable laws and the legal processes that must be followed when filing a lawsuit. A skilled lawyer can work to protect your rights and ensure that those who have violated your rights are held accountable.

Human Rights

Everyone is entitled to certain basic rights, including the rights to health, education, employment, participation in society, dignity, and equality, as well as freedom of speech, thought, and expression. Violations of these rights can occur in a wide variety of situations, such as human trafficking, torture, wrongful imprisonment, or sexual abuse of children. An attorney who is experienced in both domestic and international laws can work to protect these rights and seek justice for those whose human rights have been threatened.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

The Constitution of the United States provides people with a wide variety of rights, including the right to be treated equally and the right to due process when facing criminal charges. A person's civil rights may be violated if they experience discrimination or hate crimes because of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other protected status. Unfair treatment by government officials is another form of civil rights violation, and a person may be able to pursue a civil rights lawsuit for offenses such as police brutality, unreasonable search and seizure, malicious prosecution, or false arrest.

In addition to civil rights, the Constitution identifies a variety of civil liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. Addressing threats to a person's civil liberties often requires the assistance of a skilled Constitutional law attorney.

If your civil or human rights have been violated, you deserve to seek justice. In some cases, you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries through a civil lawsuit, and other cases may involve criminal charges against a person, organization, or government entity that has violated the law. When fighting to protect your rights, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who understands the laws that apply to your situation and can provide you with quality representation and advocacy.

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