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What Does a Constitutional Lawyer Do?

A constitutional lawyer protects the rights granted by state and federal constitutions. A lawyer can represent you, likely in court, if you feel that your constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech or the right to bear arms, have been violated. Constitutional lawyers are often involved in civil rights cases, and might work on public policy and lobbying as well.

How Do I Know If I Need a Constitutional Lawyer?

Some common constitutional law cases revolve around matters of:
  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of religion
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to assembly
  • The right to bear arms
  • The right to vote
  • The right to due process
  • The right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure

Do your legal issues involve these matters? If so, a constitutional lawyer can advise you on how likely you are to have a successful case, as well as the process you may go through.

How Much Does a Constitutional Lawyer Cost?

Lawyers take different approaches to billing, but many constitutional attorneys charge either an hourly rate or a contingency. A contingency fee means that you don't have to pay anything up front, but your lawyer will take a percentage if you win your case. If you don't win, your lawyer won't receive any payment. This method generally isn't used unless you have a good chance of winning a sizeable amount in a lawsuit. Discuss rates with your lawyer up front to avoid costly surprises.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Constitutional Lawyer?

Depending on whether you're looking for money as retribution, or for a law or regulation change, you'll be facing a different timeline and process. You may be able to form a class action suit if a large group of people has been affected by the same issue; however, these last a long time and there's no guarantee of a resolution. A constitutional lawyer can give you a better understanding of what your process would be like and how long it would take.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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