First Amendment / Free Speech


Freedom of speech is a basic civil right that every citizen is entitled to. Freedom of Speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The First Amendment states:

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.

If you feel like this basic human right has been violated in any way, then you may have a case for legal action against the person or company that violated your Freedom of Speech. Contact Minnesota civil rights lawyer Zorislav R. Leyderman today at 612-876-6626 to discuss your options.


Freedom of Speech includes the freedom of:

  • Religion
  • Commercial speech
  • Political core speech
  • Expression

However, Freedom of Speech has certain limitation in place about what can and cannot be said. Limitations include:

  • Child pornography
  • Obscenity
  • Fighting words
  • Speech that incites imminent lawless action
  • Rights for authors and inventors (copyright and patent laws)
  • Slander

There can be a fine line between what constitutes Freedom of Speech and what is considered outside the boundaries of protection. Slander, for example, is not allowed. Freedom of Speech often comes with plenty of controversy, especially that involving racial slander and sexism. Freedom of Speech on the internet can also cause complications and you may find that you have been arrested or charged for expressing yourself online. There is also a lot of debate surrounding Freedom of Speech and censorship in America, with strict laws regarding ‘freedom of press.’ A Minnesota civil rights lawyer can help you understand your basic human rights as well as the inclusions and exclusions of freedom of speech.


While Freedom of Speech is a basic human right, there are still instances where you may feel like this right has been violated. You may be arrested or thrown in jail; you may feel like you did not get your say. This is a common occurrence in society; however, with that being said, this does not mean it is right. If you feel like your Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression or Freedom of Religion have been violated, either online or in real life, then you are probably feeling extremely angry, violated and frustrated.


The First Amendment has been put in place to protect all citizens of America. You most likely had to learn the First Amendment in school but you may not fully understand what this entails or when it has been violated. Zorislav R. Leyderman, Attorney at Law, offers a free initial consultation so you can discuss your situation and understand your rights. Zorislav R. Leyderman has dedicated his professional life to protecting the civil rights of citizens and he will do everything in his power to make sure that your voice is heard.