Many reasons can make people hold demonstrations frequently. Some of the reasons may be a misuse of power by the police forces, mistreatment of some people and even insecurity in some select areas. If you are thinking about attending a demonstration, there are some things that you need to understand first before you find yourself in more trouble. It may take you time to learn and understand the law governing protesters before you decide to take part in any demonstrations. Demonstrations are at some point good for you to raise your voice to be heard by the targeted people but keeping yourself safe is the first thing. Therefore, here are the things you need to understand about protesting.
Protester rights are the first things you need to understand, and they are categorized into four. They comprise right to photograph, free speech, speak out on your property and finally right to public forums. When it comes to speaking about private property, this is something you are not allowed unless when you are permitted but speaking of your own property is permitted. When it comes to counter-protesters, they also have the same rights but if provoking each other is when police will have to separate these groups. Picture taking is not restricted to anything when you are protesting. This only applies for the public property but the rules have to change when you are on private property.
It is important for you to get prepared well ahead of time if you are going to a demonstration where you suspect there could be an arrest. You need to be prepared with an ID card, lawyer number when it comes to speed dial, emergency contacts and finally your daily medication. The bottle of the medication needs to have your name on it for it to be proved to be yours with the ID name. Lawyers are the first people that you have to think about when you need legal presentation and you need to have their contacts at hand. Every detail is required by the lawyer if you need to get professional advice.
A proper understanding of the type of offense that you are dealing with is required when it comes to legal matters. Remember that when you are caught with the police officer even for infractions, you need to be taken into the station. Also, a higher offense known as misdemeanors may also put you under police custody. Felony are big offenses like destroying public property also known as vandalism, and this is when you can be jailed. Through bonds is when you are likely to get out of the police custody.
Police are there to protect you as the protester but not to violate your rights and this is something that many people don’t believe now! When you are being harassed by a police officer, you need to take note of their identification to make your case stronger. It will be important for you to be involved in peaceful and lawful demonstrations to be safe and comply with the law requirements.