You have rights under both the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights to engage in peaceful protesting. Unfortunately, these rights are sometimes impeded by law enforcement through arrests and illegal use of force.
The First Amendment states that 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.
Free speech is a fundamental right that no one can take away. That being said, it is important how you use that right. For example, if you engage in violent activity or cause serious disruption, the government may, under the law, be able to intervene. Remember, issues revolve around a person’s conduct, not the content. No one can stop you from giving your opinion, regardless of whether they agree with it or not.
You have every right to voice your opinion about the President, Congress, police brutality, or any other matter without fear of retaliation. It is important to remember; however, that this right does not extend to speech that incites violence or lawbreaking to name a few.
Having the right to protest about issues that matter to you is one of the most basic fundamental rights in society. If you have been arrested for protesting, make sure you know your rights; contact BISSON LAW immediately so that we may fight for you.
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