The First Amendment was the cornerstone of the Civil Rights Movement. Imagine if the federal government could have prevented the 1963 March on Washington or silenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before he could say, “I have a dream.” Imagine if the Alabama state government had had the power to shut down the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Imagine if the federal government had prevented television coverage of activities that were part of the Civil Rights Movement, or suppressed interviews of Civil Rights leaders. The peaceful progress we were able to achieve would have been impossible, and the country likely would have been gripped by another bloody civil war.
At McGuire & Associates, we fully appreciate the importance of our First Amendment freedoms, and we are prepared to fight so our clients can enjoy the full benefits of living in a free society.
While the body of the U.S. Constitution establishes a framework for government, the Bill of Rights sets limits to government’s power by detailing specifically what government cannot do. The freedoms listed in the First Amendment are perhaps the most important for maintaining a free society governed by reason and persuasion rather than brute force. However, even though these freedoms are essential, they are not absolute, and courts have ruled that reasonable restrictions are permissible.
First Amendment rights include:
Citizens attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights can meet with stern opposition from officials who oppose their point of view or fear civil unrest. If you are planning a public demonstration or a march, it is always helpful to discuss your plans with an experienced civil rights attorney. We can explain your rights and obligations and act as an intermediary with officials during the permitting process.
If you are embroiled in a dispute over an infringement of your First Amendment rights, we can help you reach a favorable resolution, which can include injunctive relief and possibly monetary damages, depending on the circumstances. Getting assistance from a civil rights attorney who knows the nuances of the law is always preferable to the frustration you encounter attempting to manage issues on your own.
McGuire & Associates is committed to upholding First Amendment rights in Montgomery. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 334-651-8891 or contact our Montgomery office online. Our office is located at 31 Clayton Street, convenient to I-85 and I-65.