A Federal Civil Rights Attorney Will Uphold Your Rights in Court
If you’ve been charged with a crime but believe your civil rights were violated, you can fight these charges with a federal civil rights attorney. Your federal civil rights protect you from discrimination related to race, disability, gender, age, ethnicity, and religion.
If law enforcement professionals took part in individual rights violations, a civil rights lawyer will fight on your behalf. Some potential federal civil rights violations include illegal search and seizures, cruel and unusual punishment, or law enforcement abuse.
Some other potential conflicts related to civil rights violations include being terminated from a job due to discrimination or being discriminated against when purchasing real estate. At the Zoukis Consulting Group, you can obtain assistance from a federal civil rights attorney who will work tirelessly on your behalf to safeguard your civil rights in court.
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Are Individual Rights Violations a Federal Crime?
There are several federal laws that state violating civil rights is illegal and considered a federal crime. For instance, Title 18, U.S.C., Section 249, is a federal civil rights statute that makes it unlawful to cause bodily harm to people based on religion, race, skin color, or national background.
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241, makes it illegal for anyone to threaten, intimidate, or persecute any person from the free exercise of any right afforded by the Constitution or United States laws. There are also federally protected activities in which no one can stop a US citizen from participating in.
For instance, any interference from allowing a citizen to vote is illegal or from participating in a US service or program. Jurors in federal court, along with federal employment applicants or employees, cannot be discriminated against or kept from pursuing these activities.
Whichever federal civil rights have been violated, a civil rights attorney from the Zoukis Consulting Group can help defend you in court.
What are Federal Civil Rights?
The United States Constitution and federal laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, protect the personal rights of individuals from illegal discrimination. Civil rights laws have made it unlawful to discriminate against people based on the following criteria.
- Skin color
- National origin
There are various public settings in which civil rights are protected, such as education, housing, work locations, law enforcement exchanges, healthcare settings, and other public places. Essentially, federal civil rights are related to ensuring that all people are equal under the law.
Some other essential federal laws protecting civil rights include:
- Age Discrimination Act of 1975
- Fair Housing Act
- Voting Rights Act
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
What are the Punishments for Federal Civil Rights Violations?
The punishments for federal civil rights charges vary greatly depending on the crime. Hate crimes involving bodily injury can receive a maximum of a 10-year prison sentence. Oppression or intimidation preventing people from exercising their civil rights carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine, or both.
Interference of federally protected activities can lead to a punishment of up to one year in prison, a fine, or both. Any intentional damage to religious property due to discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, or race can lead to one year of imprisonment, a fine, or both.
However, if bodily injury occurs due to setting a fire or explosive on religious property, those at fault can face up to 40 years in federal prison.
A Federal Civil Rights Attorney Will Defend Your Rights in Court
A federal civil rights lawyer from the Zoukis Consulting Group will defend you against your charges and potentially reduce your sentence or help find you innocent by showing law enforcement guilty of violating your civil rights.
The type of sentence you receive in court can depend on the skills of your legal representation. As such, the civil rights attorneys from the Zoukis Consulting Group will ensure you receive the best criminal defense services available.
Have you been discriminated against? Has law enforcement racially profiled you, conducted an illegal search and seizure, or abused you to coerce a confession? If so, the Zoukis Consulting Group will provide you with a strong defense to protect your civil rights. We also have federal prison consultants who can advise you about life in federal prison.
For a superior civil rights defense team, schedule your initial consultation today.
Published Feb 15, 2022 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 11, 2023 at 6:10 pm