De Brett Solicitors - Public Order Act Offences
Public Order Act offences
Public Order offences are among the more common criminal charges faced by people and include things such as being drunk and disorderly all the way through to the most serious type of offences which include violent disorder and rioting.
The level of sentencing powers available to the Courts varies depending on the type and seriousness of the allegation charged, and range from a financial penalty through to a custodial sentence.
For some less serious public order offences it may be possible to obtain an alternative disposal which does not amount to a criminal conviction, such as agreeing to be bound over to keep the peace.
Typical charges that De Brett Solicitors deal with include:
Riot - This is when twelve or more people who are together use or threaten to use violence in a way that could lead others to feel that their own personal safety is at risk.
Violent disorder - Similar to riot, this is applicable to smaller groups of three or more people.
Affray - When two or more people fight in public, it could lead to other people at the scene to feel that their personal safety is at risk. Those found guilty of affray may also be charged with assault, riot, or unlawful assembly.
Fear or provocation of violence - This could include threatening, abusing or insulting another person with violent words or behaviour.
Harassment, alarm or distress - Anti-Social Behaviour Orders - more commonly known as ASBOs - were introduced to the UK in 1998 to deal with these offences. They can include drunk and disorderly behaviour, as well as criminal activity like arson, drugs offences, vandalism, intimidation and racism. ASBOs are currently being replaced with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) which will fulfil the same role.
Anyone charged with a public order offence needs a specialist legal defence solicitor to ensure that any possible defences are explored and the best advocacy is provided on the day of any hearing.
If you have been charged with any Public Order offence it is vital to obtain specialist advice as soon as possible. Call us today on 020 8770 0299.