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Public Order Offences

The terms Public Order Offences covers a wide range of criminal offences from Drunk and Disorderly to Rioting.

Legal advice for Public Order offences

If you are arrested you should ask for a Solicitor at the earliest opportunity. You have a right to legal representation. J R Jones solicitors are available 24 hours a day on 0961 369 885. Please make a note of this number. In office hours you can also call us on 0121 777 7864.

Advice at a Police Station is free of charge and will be paid for by Legal Aid. This does not depend on your financial circumstances.

Below are details of some of the offences included in the Public Order Offences Act 1986. (This list is not exhaustive as there are many different offences listed under this act.) Click on a link to jump to that section:

Drunk & Disorderly

This is being drunk in a public place and guilty of disorderly behaviour.

Drunk and disorderly is classified as a minor offence and itcan only be dealt with by the Magistrates Court with a maximum penalty of a fine.

We have a lot of experience of defending clients charged with drunk and disorderly. Please contact us for more information.

Disorderly Conduct

This is defined as the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words orbehaviour, or disorderly behaviour.

Disorderly behaviour does not require an element of violence, actual or threatened.

This offence is classified as being minor and it can only be dealt with by the Magistrates Court. The maximum penalty for disorderly conduct is a fine but repeat offenders can face an ASBO which can have serious consequences if breached, including imprisonment.

We have a lot of experience of defending clients charged with disorderly conduct. Please contact us for more information.

Violent Disorder

This is where three or more people who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence and the conduct of them (taken together) would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their personal safety.

In these circumstances each of the people using or threatening unlawful violence is guilty of violent disorder.

This offence may be in a public or private place. It could, for example, be in a bar or on the street.

Violent Disorder is a serious offence and it can be dealt with by the Magistrates Court or Crown Court, depending on the circumstances, and it can result in a penalty of imprisonment.

We have a lot of experience of defending clients charged with Violent Disorder. Please contact us for more information.

Affray

Affray is when someone uses or threatens unlawful violence towards another and his conduct is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety.

The behaviour must be directed against an individual, not against property. This offence can be committed in a public or a private place,contact us including your own home. There must however ‘be more than mere words’.

Affray a serious allegation and it is an offence that can be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court, depending on the circumstances, and it can result in a penalty of imprisonment.

We have a lot of experience of defending clients charged with Affray. Please contact us for more information.

Riot

Riot is a highly distinct offence as it is defined as twelve or more people present together whoused or threatened unlawful violence for a common purpose; and that the conduct of them was such as to cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety.

Riot is the most serious of Public Order Offences and can only be dealt with in the Crown Court.

The maximum penalty for Riot is ten years' imprisonment and/or a fine of an unlimited amount.

If you have been arrested or charged with Riot, please contact us for more information.