First Amendment Law: Slander, Defamation and Libel

America is truly the “Land of the Free” and the “Home of the Brave.” The First Amendment to our United States Constitution stands as a testament to the extremely high value our country places upon free-flowing opinion and debate, however unpopular those opinions may occasionally be:

“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.”

At DeMichele & DeMichele, we have a proven track record of protecting our clients’ constitutionally-protected right to express themselves without fear of losing their assets, life savings, or good name to a libel or slander claim.

Free speech does have its limits. Certain statements or writings that are malicious, false, reckless, or even just negligent may also be defamatory and, depending on the context and identity of the parties, might warrant legal action. If this is the case, then you definitely have the right to protect your reputation from these hurtful and potentially damaging attacks.

Yes, it’s easy to see how First Amendment cases are complex, emotionally challenging and difficult to win. And you don’t have to be a politician or reporter to trigger a First Amendment case. Free speech lawsuits can and do affect everyone in society; this includes not only print newspapers, town council candidates, and political activists, but also Internet publications, personal blogs, and average businesses or private individuals engaged in their ordinary day-to-day business. The bottom line is that you are entitled to experienced and zealous representation to defend your constitutional rights.

If you believe you have been defamed or, alternatively, you have been accused of defamatory conduct, contact a First Amendent attorney at DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. right away and schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

At DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C., we take a genuine interest in each client’s unique circumstances. To set up an confidential consultation, contact a First Amendment lawyer at DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C., or call (856) 546-1350  today for the help you deserve.

 

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