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Civil Rights

Maine Civil Rights Lawyers

Defending Constitutional Rights in Portland, Topsham, and Thomaston

Civil rights form the foundation of our Constitutional Republic. These refer to the rights of individuals to receive equal treatment under the law, regardless of their race, sex, religion, age, disability, or national origin.

Civil rights are deep-rooted entrenched in federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, among others.

At Johnson & Webbert, we take pride in the myriad cases we have won on behalf of individuals and groups throughout New England. We have a proven track record of fighting for your civil rights, including the rights to free speech, due process, equal protection, and LGBTQ+ rights. 

Our attorneys have prevailed in some of Maine's most significant civil rights cases. Our successes have enforced state and federal civil rights laws that protect our fundamental liberties. 

Have you suffered a violation of your civil rights? Contact our Maine legal team for support.

Comprehensive Civil Rights Representation in Maine

We represent individuals, from workers to students, professionals, and others in all walks of life and from all backgrounds, whose civil rights have been violated.

Our representation includes enforcement of the following rights: 

  • Equal Voting Rights: All qualified citizens, regardless of race, sex, or socioeconomic status, have the right to vote in public elections.
  • Freedom from Discrimination: Individuals are protected against discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation (which includes gender identity and expression), physical or mental disability, religion, age, or national origin in various aspects of life, including employment, education, housing, public accommodations, and more.
  • Freedom of Speech, Assembly, and Association: The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees these civil liberties, allowing individuals to express their opinions, gather peacefully, and associate with others without governmental interference.
  • Freedom of Religion: This right allows individuals to practice any religion of their choice or no religion at all, free from government influence or coercion.
  • Due Process: The constitutional guarantee of fair treatment through the standard judicial system, with potential issues arising from arbitrary denial or distortion of justice.
  • False Arrest: An arrest made without a warrant or probable cause, potentially leading to personal freedom and civil liberties violations.
  • Fourth Amendment Violations: Infringements on the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, often resulting in privacy issues and unwarranted police intrusion.
  • Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners: Cruel, degrading, or overly harsh treatment of inmates, raising serious human rights and ethical concerns.
  • Maine Human Rights Act: A state law prohibiting discrimination in Maine; issues may arise when enforcement is inconsistent or ineffective.
  • Malicious Prosecution: Lawsuits filed for an improper purpose, and without grounds or probable cause.
  • Police Brutality: Excessive or unnecessary force used by police officers, often leading to serious injuries, mistrust, and community unrest.
  • Police Misconduct: Unprofessional or illegal actions by law enforcement officers, sparking controversy and undermining public trust.
  • Prisoner’s Rights: The entitlements of incarcerated individuals; issues might include neglect, abuse, and lack of access to healthcare or legal assistance.
  • Privacy Rights: The rights protecting individuals from unwarranted intrusion into their personal lives, with potential threats from government surveillance or data breaches.
  • Strip Searches: A thorough search of a person's body for contraband, potentially leading to issues of personal dignity and privacy infringement.
  • Veterans’ Rights: The entitlements of individuals who have served in the armed forces, with potential issues including access to healthcare, housing, and employment.

Why Choose Johnson & Webbert for Your Civil Rights Case?

Hiring a lawyer to fight for your civil rights is crucial. Because of our extensive experience, including in civil rights class action lawsuits, we can help you navigate laws and complex legal processes that can be overwhelming. No matter how contentious, complicated, or distressing your situation may be, our firm is here to fight vigorously on your behalf.

Ready to defend your rights? Speak with a dedicated Maine civil rights attorney today.