Free speech is one of the cornerstones of the American legal system, encoded as a stipulated right in the very First Amendment to the Constitution that governs this nation. Despite the importance of it, it’s also a widely misunderstood right for many citizens.

The legal intention of the right is to provide freedom of the press, freedom of protest against the government, and freedom of religious worship and practice. However, many commonly assume that free speech only means they can say whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want. This is not true, given that in most locations, it is illegal to yell “fire” in a movie theater as to not create dangerous stampedes.

While free speech has been subject to quite a few court cases over the last two-plus centuries, one would think that its original boundaries would have been clearly established by now. In many situations, it has and is a mature and well-developed doctrine. However, the rise of the Internet and social media has brought new conversations and complications.

Courts have upheld at times that hate speech is protected as free speech, preserving the rights of white supremacist organizations and fringe religious groups to gather and march in public. However, is such speech okay on Facebook or Twitter? Some users feel like they have freedom of expression rights here, but an argument can also be made that the companies running these platforms have their right to determine what content is appropriate and acceptable or not.

Further complicating things is the rise of fake news, which has been around a while, but became a point of interest during the 2016 presidential election. Do users have free speech rights to peddle stories known to be false? As with all other chapters in the story of the First Amendment, it will take years and many court decisions to interpret the social media and Internet boundaries.

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If you are in custody and want to try to get released while you are waiting for a trial to take place, then you will need to apply for bail with the help of bail bond company like Speedy Bail Bonds Toms River, NJ. The bail is the amount of money (or property) that you are required to pay to secure that release. You will still be classed as going on a “bail hearing” even if you are not asked to pay any money. If you are issued without payment being required, that is a ‘release on personal recognizance.’

Whether or not money is expected to be paid, you will still need to demonstrate that you meet the requirements to get released. Bail hearings are not about the facts of the offense that you are accused of having committed. The only thing that is being discussed is whether or not you should be allowed out while you wait for trial. The judge will look at things like whether you are a flight risk, and whether you could potentially be a danger to the community.

Your judge will deny bail if they think that either of those things is the case.  They will also deny bail if they are concerned that you do not have any ties in the area that would keep you in town.

If you are denied bail, or you are awarded bail but the amount set is too much for you to pay, then it is possible to appeal. You will need to prove that you will stay in the area and that you will behave responsibly while you are on bail. You can re-apply in the same court that denied you, or if the urgent appeal to a higher court, so don’t just accept the ruling if you are worried you will be stuck in jail for a long time.