Every New Mexico resident has rights that are protected under various amendments to the U.S. Constitution. For example, no individual or group can threaten or prohibit another person from exercising his or her religious beliefs. And a conspiracy occurs when two or more people intentionally intimidate, threaten or oppress another person’s civil rights.
Deprivation of civil rights under color of law is also a serious matter in New Mexico and throughout the United States. No one, including law enforcement officers, can deprive an individual of the rights, immunities or privileges to which he or she is entitled under the protection of the U.S. Constitution. If a police officer uses his or her power to deprive a subject, suspect or defendant of civil rights, that would constitute a violation of the law.
Civil rights violations may occur in all aspects of life
It is not only during a traffic stop or police investigation that a violation of someone’s civil rights may occur. Violations also apply to oppression, intimidation or violence that takes place in other areas of life, including when a person is serving on a jury, in the workplace, voting in an election or applying to attend a university in New Mexico. These are just a few examples of situations where civil rights violations can occur.
Where to seek support when a violation occurs
A person’s first thought may be to seek assistance from New Mexico law enforcement officers when a violation of civil rights has occurred. However, what about situations where the offense was, in fact, committed by a member of a local police department? Regardless of when or where a violation has taken place, it is always best to seek immediate legal support before determining the best course of action to address the issue.