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Know Your Rights: 6 Consequences if You Don’t

Not standing up for yourself could mean a lost job or even lost freedom

As citizens, we all have rights that cannot be violated. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t be violated. If you want your rights to be upheld, it’s often you who has to insist upon them and fight for them. Maybe that’s not right, but it’s often the way it is. So, if you don’t know your rights, you will immediately be at a disadvantage in many situations.

Here are some of the consequences of not knowing your rights.

1. The Law Could Wrong You

If you do get on the wrong side of the law, and your rights as a citizen are not respected, a miscarriage of justice could occur. Many people prefer to act like these kinds of injustices don’t happen, but the stats show that they are scarily common occurrences.

Thus, you need to know your rights to be able to fight for them through the legal process. Police will find it much more difficult to take advantage of you and ignore your rights when you have a proper understanding of what they are in the first place.

2. And You Could End Up Behind Bars

Anyone who fails to stand up for their rights when faced with hostility from law enforcement could end up behind bars as a result. This is obviously not a situation anyone wants to imagine themselves in. But you should, just in case you find yourself in that situation. It’s not a nice prospect, is it?

But it’s a clear example of what can happen and where you can end up if you’re not willing to fight for your rights and insist upon a fair hearing before the law. Sometimes, it can be good to scare yourself with the worst case scenario when you need a reminder of how precious your rights are.

3. Failure to Get the Compensation You Deserve

There are all sorts of things that can go wrong for us in life. And you need to know that you can get compensation for many of those things. Of course, this means going through court proceedings, but it could also mean getting the money you know that you are worthy of, and nothing is more important than that.

Therefore, don’t fail to get the deserved compensation. For example, you might be the victim of medical malpractice. If so, find malpractice lawyers who care. And then get the compensation you deserve.

4. Companies Might Cheat You Out of Money

You also have rights as a consumer. It’s not possible for companies to just cheat you out of money; at least, it shouldn’t be possible. However, it’s still the case that many businesses will try to take your money and run.

And they feel comfortable doing this because so many people simply don’t know what their rights are, so they know many consumers won’t even try to take action. Don’t be one of those people that companies feel confident deceiving. Instead, know your rights as a consumer and stand up for them.

5. You Won’t Fulfill Your Role as a Citizen

Your rights were fought for and won in past generations, and you will be letting down that legacy by not understanding and embracing them fully. In short, you will fail to fulfill your role as a citizen.

While that statement might sound dramatic, it’s true. There is no two ways about it. If you want to be a good and proud citizen, you need to value existing rights, rather than letting down those that have come before you. You also owe it to yourself to be the best citizen possible.

Justice and you
Do you fully understand the law? Photo from Pixabay.

6. Not Taking Action (aka Ignorance isn’t Bliss)

When you don’t know your rights, the end result will usually be you failing to take action when you ought to do so. If you don’t stand up for yourself, then you risk losing money, job, and even freedom and liberty. That’s how serious your rights are. They need to be defended, but you can’t defend your rights until you have a full and proper understanding of:

Know Your Rights: It’s in Your Best Interests

Thus, if you’re still in the dark about your rights, it’s time to change that! How? Expand your knowledge in this area. Maybe your start a search online, chat with a friend who’s knowledgeable with the law, or seek out an experienced lawyer.

Rights are important, and there are many different rights. Whether you’re faced with a criminal charge or you want to organize a workplace strike, you need to know what are your rights.

12 thoughts on “Know Your Rights: 6 Consequences if You Don’t”

  1. One of the best knowledgeable post really. One must be aware of their rights in their country and in case if they fail to understand and use their rights for themselves they can face several consequences. Great post dear

  2. It is so easy to not really remember your rights and duties – and not be a part of the system. It’s an important post, irrespective of the country you are a citizen of, we need to be aware of this!

  3. Such an important post! Excellent information! One would hope that the people most responsible for protecting our rights would automatically be following the rules themselves, but some of them are some of the worst offenders! (I should know; my husband was in law enforcement for almost 20 years 💓). This material is really good to know 👏🏼👍🏼🌺🌺

  4. Great one, Christy. Another with suggestions about how to find out what those rights ARE would be super as well. Thanks for the nudge – there are a couple of tenant/landlord laws I need to investigate. I need to bump up to make sure I’m getting what I’m paying a small fortune for!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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