Both the Federal Constitution and the New Jersey Constitution provide individuals with certain rights. By way of non-exhaustive example, the Federal Constitution provides:

  • Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment
  • Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment
  • Freedom to Associate under the First Amendment
  • Freedom to Be Free of Unreasonable Searches and Seizures under the Fourth Amendment
  • Freedom Not to Be Deprived of Life, Liberty or Property without Due Process under the Fifth Amendment
  • Freedom Not to Be Subjected to Cruel and Unusual Punishment under the Eighth Amendment
  • Freedom of Equal Protection under the Law under the Ninth Amendment

Similarly, the New Jersey Constitution provides individuals with:

  • The right to enjoy life and liberty under Article 1, Paragraph 1
  • The right to pursue and obtain safety and happiness under Article 1, Paragraph 1
  • The right to speak freely under Article 1, Paragraph 6
  • The right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant under Article 1, Paragraph 7
  • The right not to be subjected to excessive force and/or cruel or unusual punishment under Article 1, Paragraph 12
  • The right to not have property taken by government agents under Article 1, Paragraph 20
  • The right, as a victim of crime, to be treated with fairness, compassion, and respect under Article 1, Paragraph 22

Both the Statutes of the United States and the Statutes of the State of New Jersey provide a method by which individuals can attempt to vindicate the civil rights they are afforded under the Federal Constitution and the New Jersey State Constitution if they feel someone acting under color of law has interfered with those rights. Our firm is familiar with these statutes and file litigation under them often. If you feel you have been deprived of one or more civil rights, set up a free consultation with us.