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Understanding your rights is the first step to protecting them. When can the police stop you–and what can they legally demand? You have freedom of speech, but are there some things you cannot say or do? What are your rights at school? Our experts answer essential questions about your rights in a series of Know Your Rights publications.

Please note: these resource sheets do not give legal advice. You should not rely on the information you get from this site and should speak with a lawyer to get advice on your specific situation. We also cannot promise that the information on this site is complete, accurate, or up-to-date.

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8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Victims’ Rights Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:19:06+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Only the government - not crime victims - may press charges and prosecute crimes. However, crime victims have a right to sue the alleged criminal in a civil action for [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Military, Draft Registration and Veteran Rights Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Most military law matters are not civil liberties issues. ACLU does not generally handle cases involving military law proceedings such as court-martial. Service members charged with acts such as going [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU has been fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people since 1936, when it brought its first gay rights case. Our goal is an America where [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Resource Sheet for People Living with HIV/AIDS

2016-07-06T12:23:08+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Almost 30 years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS persists. Basic misinformation—about HIV/AIDS, how it is transmitted, and what it means to live with it—is at [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Criminal Defendants Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:26:10+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Although many aspects of criminal law involve civil liberties issues, including the guarantee of rights to criminal suspects and the limitation of police powers provided by the Fourth, Fifth, and [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Freedom of Speech, Expression and Association Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:27:16+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

The rights of free speech are guaranteed to us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 19 of the Tennessee State Constitution. These [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Prisoners’ Rights Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:29:57+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU-TN knows that prisoners in county jails and state prisons have great difficulty getting help. Unfortunately, our resources and staff are quite limited and we receive hundreds of valid complaints [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Poverty and Welfare Rights Resource Sheet

2016-07-06T12:41:02+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU does not represent individuals who are applying for, or appealing a denial of, government benefits (Temporary Assistance to Needy Children/TANF, General Assistance/GA, Food Stamps, Medicare, TennCare, Social Security, and [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Police Brutality and Misconduct Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

ACLU-TN does not provide criminal defense, except in extremely rare circumstances. If you have been charged with a crime, your defense attorney is the best person to answer questions about [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Open Records Resource Sheet

2017-03-28T06:53:41+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

Under the Tennessee open records law, a Tennessee citizen may personally inspect all state, county and municipal records, and all records maintained by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center management corporation [...]