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First Amendment Violations

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“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.” U.S. Const. amend. I.

Despite its incorporation into the U.S. Constitution, violations of the First Amendment rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly occur frequently. If your first amendment rights were violated, contact a New Mexico civil rights lawyer to protect your legal rights.


The freedoms protected by the First Amendment are not a free-for-all and may have limitations depending on the forum.  For example, there are instances wherein limited censorship on the freedom of speech and press is permitted, usually in the educational setting.  Thus, students in a public school may not wear clothing containing profane words or publish photographs in a yearbook depicting underage drinking.

However, in other instances, where the First Amendment right has been violated, federal law permits a person to recover for violations pursuant to 42 USC §1983 if the violation occurred by a local, state, or federal governmental agency or a governmental employee acting within a governmental capacity.   To obtain compensation, a knowledgeable New Mexico civil rights lawyer would also show that the person whose rights were violated also suffered some sort of tangible injury, often in retaliation for exercising those protected rights.

In the private setting, constitutional cases may also be brought for violation of First Amendment rights, but it varies from case to case.  For example, an experienced New Mexico civil rights lawyer may realize that a private corporation violated an employee’s freedom of religion by preventing the employee from wearing religious paraphernalia; however, no violation of freedom of speech occurred if the private company admonished an employee for making sexual and obscene innuendos to other employees.

Contacting a Top Rated New Mexico Civil Rights Lawyer

For more information, contact a New Mexico civil rights lawyer with Twohig Law Firm at (505) 898-0400.

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