Article 1 Section 2(a) of the California Constitution states:
“Every person may freely speak, write and publish his or her sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of this right. A law may not restrain or abridge liberty of speech or press.”
Some people assume that you can say anything at all and it is protected as “free speech” under both the U.S. and California constitutions. The law is designed to prevent people from being punished for saying things they should be able to express, including:
- Political opinions,
- Religious beliefs,
- Personal convictions,
- Participation in public forums and institutions, and
- True statements about other people.
The law does not, however, protect people from legal action if they make factual statements that are untrue and hurt another person’s reputation or business interests. The difficulty can be navigating the fine line between what is allowable speech, even if it is rude or hurtful and what is prohibited speech under the law.
As the founding attorney at the Law Office of Ryan T. Darby, Mr. Darby represents individuals and business organizations that have made statements others didn’t care for or have been accused of illegal or defamatory speech. He has committed himself to protecting the free speech rights of those within the San Diego community and handles a variety of cases including:
- Defamation Defense
- Malicious Prosecution/Abuse of Process Defense
- Anti-SLAPP Motions
- SLAPPback Litigation
Mr. Darby can help you understand your rights and can work with you to create a plan that addresses the nuances of your particular case. He can help you if your case involved a traditional type of speech (like a protest or a statement to the press) and can also help if your situation involved online communications, including blogs, review sites and social media.
It is often helpful to work an attorney who has experience interpreting and understanding the speech laws as they are applied in California. San Diego free speech attorney Ryan T. Darby has over 5 years of experience representing individuals involved in disputes relating to California speech laws and can help you understand your rights and protect yourself in cases involving freedom of speech issues.
Contact our office today to discuss your case and to explore your options for resolving the issue as efficiently as possible. We offer free consultations and are here to help.