What Are Legal Rights?


Legal rights are those rights that are encoded in laws from a legal system of a society. They are generally going to deal with a person’s ability to have freedoms and the ability to pursue their own course in life without anyone else interfering or doing them harm.

Therefore, it is generally illegal in a society to override someones else’s legal rights and this accomplishes a form of protection for people as they pursue their own ends. Where difficulties arise is when individuals decide to steal the legal rights from another person.

Physical stealing of money or property would be one such example of trampling on the legal right of an individual to securely hold and maintain their own money and property.

In the United States, these rights are very sacred and are embodied in our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The problems also arise when lawmakers and citizens begin to interpret these laws and rights in their own ways, which most of the time they are attempting to morph the legal right into an better fit for their own purposes.

Of course over the centuries, there have been many different societies all with differing concepts of just how freely an individual’s legal rights can be stretched compared to the “rights” of the state. In some societies, the rights of the people are so restricted that the governmental body becomes very oppressive and restrictive.

In the legal system put together in the United States by the Founding Fathers, there is the concept that we were created by our creator to have equal opportunity to pursue freedom and happiness, as long as we do not interfere with the same objectives of other people.

At the time of the inception of the new experiment of a representative government, the world was full of Kings and Queens, and having the people become in any manner, to have a voice in the affairs of the government was unthinkable.

Legal rights have similar intent as that of moral principles such as treating your fellow occupants of this planet with respect and dignity, people have the right to think and speak freely, and the rights of others should be respected.

Of course, not everyone agrees with that concept, so in some societies, in the past, as well as currently, people who gain control can suppress those rights to differing degrees, and the people must suffer under repressive regimes.

When a society constructs laws that define the legal rights of people in a society, then courts are used to adjudicate the law in terms of whether a person’s legal rights are being violated.

Taking the life of another human being is the ultimate violation of the deceased person’s legal rights, but there are other transgressions that also take another individual’s legal rights.

These episodes fall into the descriptions of trickery, fraud, stealing property and money outright and other such occurrences that would diminish the legal rights of another. Consequently there are laws of punishment for people who take the legal rights from another person, ranging from death, if a person murders another person, to incarceration and fines for lesser instances.

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