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Why It’s Important To Know Your Legal Rights And What They Mean

By Enrique Castillano

Most modern democracies share a number of similarities to each other. For one, they all profess a respect for the rule of law and the fact that no one is above it or below it. Also, all functioning democracies tend to have a constitution or some sort of guarantee of liberties. This is why it can be important to know your legal rights in a democracy, because there can be quite a few of them guaranteed.

But how does one go about learning all of these legal rights and then what does one do with that knowledge if they somehow have the time to really learn them? Fortunately, most people don’t need to know every single legal right they may possess, because almost all of them emanate from one or another of the 10 amendments to the United States Constitution known as the Bill of Rights.

Now, it can be relatively simple to read the Bill of Rights and to restate what each says, though it’s usually the case that those not trained in the law may have only a surface appreciation for the depth and complexity of the law that’s been created in accordance with those 10 amendments. And really, how many people have the time to study the Constitution and the laws of the land?

The answer is that there’s usually only one profession in particular that does so, though many people tend to disrespect it until they need a practitioner of it. Jokes about ambulance chasing, in relation to this profession, are seemingly endless, as a matter of fact. Legal advocacy — otherwise known as people who practice as lawyers or attorneys — exists to help people know their legal rights, basically.

It’s a fact that there are a myriad of laws that exist within a society and a very large amount of rights they can emanate from certain guarantees or laws that have been enacted or enshrined. It’s important, whenever a question of law threatens to ensnare someone in a legal proceeding, that they have a lawyer by their side rather than to just attempt to go one’s own way in a court of law without an attorney, to be honest.

That’s why it’s always important that one have a legal advocate by one’s side. He or she can help when it’s time to know your legal rights and understanding and acting upon those rights is a responsibility and obligation of people in a society. After all, a constitution or charter of liberties or the like can guarantee those rights but it’s also in common upon a person to either know them or have someone close by who does.

Enrique Castillano also writes about Attorneys and Legal Matters on Spanish Language websites including Abogados and Abogado Inmigracion

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