First Amendment and Free Speech Law in New Jersey

Freedom of speech is one of the civil rights protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In the United States, citizens may freely express any belief or idea, no matter how controversial or unpopular it may be. American freedom of speech only prohibits a select number of instances, such as inciting imminent lawless action, committing slander, or issuing materials deemed to be obscene.

As a cornerstone of our democracy, freedom of speech even permits hate speech towards a particular race or group. In the United States, our freedoms leave us struggling to manage the fine line between free speech and hate crimes. Congress defines hate crimes as criminal offenses against a person or property motivated …by bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.

According to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), there were 7,783 hate crimes in 2008, which were motivated by the following biases:

  • Bias:
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Anti-Hispanic
  • Other Ethnicities
  • Disabilities
  • Multiple biases
  • Number of incidents
  • 3,992
  • 1,519
  • 1,297
  • 561
  • 333
  • 78
  • 3

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates and prosecutes all types of hate crimes, including those cases that local officials are unwilling to prosecute. In the State of New Jersey, the N.J. Department of Law and Public Safety Division on Civil Rights is responsible for investigating violations of civil rights.

A free speech attorney in New Jersey ready to fight for your rights

If you believe your first amendment rights were violated, including freedom of speech and religion, a skilled New Jersey first amendment lawyer, such as D. Gayle Loftis, can help you. Whether in the public or political arena, the New Jersey free speech law office of D. Gayle Loftis fights for the right of New Jersey citizens to exercise their rights to free speech and religion.

As a New Jersey free speech lawyer, Attorney D. Gayle Loftis can advise you of your civil rights and the best course of action to resolve civil rights disputes and violations. Her goal is to give a voice to those whose rights are violated by wealthy or powerful companies, institutions, and entities, even if it means waging the battle in court.

Contact us today

If you need a New Jersey free speech attorney in Bergen or Hudson Counties, contact the law office of D. Gayle Loftis at 201-646-9141 or email us to schedule a consultation with the personalized attention your case deserves.