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There is a United States Constitution but there is also a Constitution for each state. Often the protections are even greater under the State Constitution than under the Federal Constitution. So it is wise to consult both before deciding which would be best to cite in your legal case. There also is often a State Bill of Rights as well as the United States Bill of Rights at the Federal level. A Federal Constitutional Right is a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution to the citizens of the United States and so guaranteed as to prevent legislative interference with that right. Constitutional Rights are not immune to governmental regulation but a Constitutional Right can not be imposed on or destroyed under the artificial guise of being regulated. Therefore the United States Constitution only permits reasonable regulation of an individual’s actions and a person’s beliefs are not subject to regulation by the state. Constitutional rights are guaranteed to rich and poor, public officers and private persons, children and adults, the guilty and the innocent, doctors and patients, prison inmates and alleged mentally incompetent persons. One must be careful not to confuse a political or social interest with a guaranteed constitutional rights. If a law imposes upon fundamental constitutional rights, by penalizing those who choose to exercise those rights, then the law is itself patently unconstitutional. Deprivation of one person’s rights has a chilling effect on others trying to assert their constitutional rights. A deprivation of a constitutionally protected liberty is not “a little bit unconstitutional”, it is unconstitutional period. Therefore one does not have to have a complete deprivation of a constitutional right for there to be a constitutional violation of a person’s rights.