USA is the land of the free and home of the brave - words aptly written by Francis Scott Key. But a few verses of a poem that was written centuries ago doesn’t make the statement true. It is made true by the constitution and the laws of the state. And knowledge about some of these basic rights will save a lot of your hard-earned money that otherwise you might have to spend on a lawyer. Here are some of them.
- The right to free speech – The First amendment to the US Constitution allows for freedom of speech, both for the individual and for the press and the prohibition of making of any laws restricting these. So the next time you want to speak your mind about George Bush or Barack Obama, don’t be afraid of getting arrested!
- The right to bear arms – Every citizen of the States has the right to buy and keep firearms, except certain restricted items and heavy artillery. It is one of the most hotly debated issues but the basis of the law was that every citizen of the US is responsible enough to carry a firearm and not use it except in case of emergencies.
- Requirement of a search warrant for any search and seizures – This protects the people from injudicious misuse of force and authority by the police authorities. You can deny the searching of your premises and yourself if you’re not presented with a court-approved search warrant.
- Miranda rights – If ever you are arrested, there are a combination of rights that have to be read to you by the arresting officer, which include the right to remain silent and that to an attorney. If these rights aren’t read to you, you can claim wrongful arrest.