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Civil Rights Violation Attorney

Rights

Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement. They are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. Rights are of essential importance in such disciplines as law and ethics, and especially theories of justice and deontology.  Rights are often considered fundamental to civilization, for they are regarded as established pillars of society and culture, and the history of social conflicts can be found in the history of each right and its development.

Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. They ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and the state without discrimination or repression.

Civil Rights

Civil rights include the ensuring of peoples’ physical and mental integrity, life, and safety; protection from discrimination on grounds such as race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, political affiliation, ethnicity, religion, and disability; and individual rights such as privacy and the freedoms of thought, speech, religion, press, assembly, and movement.

Political Rights

Political rights include natural justice (procedural fairness) in law, such as the rights of the accused, including the right to a fair trial; due process; the right to seek redress or a legal remedy; and rights of participation in civil society and politics such as freedom of association, the right to assemble, the right to petition, the right of self-defense, and the right to vote.

Prisoner’s Rights

While prisoners are stripped of many of their civil rights, there are many protections still in place for prisoners per federal and state laws.  For starters, the Eighth Amendment protects all prisoners from cruel and unusual punishment.  Secondly, federal laws protect a prisoner’s right to freedom of speech, religion, and equal protection under the laws, regardless of discriminatory factors.  Additionally, prisoners do have the right to low, but basic living standards.  Typically, however, the courts rule in favor of prison establishments curtailing civil rights to maintain order over prisoner complaints that their rights were violated.

Chicago Civil Rights Attorney

Civil rights claims are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duty of law enforcement to uphold the laws, and the rights of individuals to be free from police misconduct.  If you feel that you or someone you know  has been the victim of a civil rights violation, contact the Chicago, Illinois, Law Office of William Carlos Weeden promptly so that valuable evidence does not disappear.  You may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible, and claim financial restitution based on your situation.

Law Office of William Carlos Weeden

The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.

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