The Consequences of Not Knowing Your Rights

Not standing up for yourself could mean a lost job or even lost freedom
Learn your protections as a citizen. Photo by Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via The Blue Diamond Gallery.

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 a whole range of situations and scenarios. Here are just some of the consequences of not knowing your rights.

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. You need to know your rights so that you can fight for them throughout 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.

Justice and you
Do you fully understand the law? Pixabay image (CC0).

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. 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 reminding just how precious your rights are.

You Could Fail to Get 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 mean getting the money you know that you are worthy of, and nothing is more important than that. So, don’t fail to get the compensation you deserve. It could be the case that you were the victim of medical malpractice. If so, find malpractice lawyers who care. And then get the compensation you feel you deserve.

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 what your rights are as a consumer and stand up for them.

You Won’t Be Fulfilling Your Role as a Citizen

Your rights were fought for and won in generations gone by, and you will be letting down that legacy by not understanding and embracing them fully. In short, you will be failing to fulfill your role as a citizen. That might sound dramatic to you, but that’s what it essentially all boils down to. There is no two ways about it. If you want to be a good and proud citizen, you need to value the rights you have, rather than letting down those that have come before you. You also owe it to yourself to be the best citizen you possibly can be.

Not standing up for yourself could mean a lost job or even lost freedom
Learn your protections as a citizen. Photo by Nick Youngson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via The Blue Diamond Gallery.

You Fail to Take Action Through Ignorance

When you don’t know what your rights are, the end result will usually be you failing to take action when you really should. If you don’t stand up for yourself, you could lose money, lose your job or even lose your 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 what they are and what they actually mean for you. So, if you’re still in the dark regarding your rights, it’s time to change that by expanding your knowledge in this area.

Rights are important, and there are all kinds of 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.


  1. 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!
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  2. 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 👏🏼👍🏼🌺🌺

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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