Constitutional and Statutory Rights
Every lawyer at Harvey & Binnall took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. We take this commitment seriously and regularly handle cases that address important constitutional issues. Our white-collar criminal defense section challenges unlawful searches and seizures, coerced confessions, violations of Miranda rights and other constitutional wrongdoing by law enforcement officers and prosecutors. We also handle civil claims involving restraint on free speech, religion and assembly and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality and other protected classes.
Our federal court attorneys take these claims as far as we need to through the appellate courts to protect our clients’ inalienable rights. We never back down from the fight to uphold individual freedoms guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution.
Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Students and Faculty
Americans have the right to voice their opinions, including unpopular and offensive opinions. This free speech right is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Schools, which should be places of higher thought and learning, often try to control the voices of their students and faculty to appease their funding sources, to preserve their image, or to placate certain groups at the expense of others. Sometimes the opposing opinions of the student body may be the catalyst to restrain speech or the mammoth bureaucracy of large educational institutions may be responsible.
Our firm advocates for the rights to free speech on our college and high school campuses. We represent students who have been disciplined for expressing their point of view. Sometimes we are able to resolve these cases at the institutional level to quickly restore our clients’ rights to free speech. However, we are also willing to pursue all legal remedies in the federal courts.
We recognize that time is of the essence when speech has been unlawfully restrained. When appropriate, we immediately pursue an emergency injunction to lift the restraint on speech while the case is pending. Our quick actions have led to case resolution in about a week.
Discrimination at Work, on Campus and in Housing
The U.S. Constitution and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, gender, nationality and religion in employment, education and housing. Our firm represents employees, students and tenants in Title VII and Title IX claims to protect our clients’ rights to equality.
An Alexandria federal court lawyer at our firm will pursue all available remedies in discrimination claims, including monetary and injunctive relief. While we are based in northern Virginia, we are proud to represent clients nationwide. Our goal is to put our clients in the position they would have enjoyed had they been treated fairly and to prevent discrimination from occurring to them and to others in the future.
Learn More About How Harvey & Binnall Can Protect Your Constitutional Rights
The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the country. We zealously defend the rights guaranteed under our Constitution. If your constitutional rights have been violated, call one of our federal court lawyers to learn more about your legal options.