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Public Order Offence Solicitors

Specialist criminal solicitors and barristers

Public Order Offences include a range of behaviours which can bring rise to a Criminal Prosecution under the Public Order Act 1986. Prosecutions classed as a ‘Public Order Offence’ can range from being drunk in a public place through to being involved in a riot.

If you have been asked to attend the Police Station or have been charged with such an offence, you should seek expert legal advice and representation as soon as possible. Call us on 03452229955 or complete our Contact Form and our Solicitors will provide you with a brief overview of the options available and the cost of legal representation.

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What are Public Order Offences?

The Public Order Act 1986 makes certain types of conduct illegal and a criminal offence. A person found to be acting in contravention with the Public Order Act 1986 may face a prosecution, which could result in a criminal record and a custodial sentence (prison sentence). The type of conduct which is prohibited includes the use of or threat of violence against another person in a public place. The purpose of the act is to ensure that individual rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are balanced against the rights of others to go about their daily lives unhindered.

Public Order Offences

We can represent individuals regarding the following Public Order Offences:


Violent Disorder

Failiure to Disperse

Drunk and Disorderly

Causing Fear or Provocation of Violence


Threatening Behaviour

Drunk and Incapable

Racially Aggravated Threatening Behaviour


Disorderly Conduct

Racially Aggravated Disorderly Conduct

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The Benefits of Paying Privately for Legal Representation

We have been covering only private client criminal cases for many years and the benefits to our clients are clear. Our clients receive a much higher level of legal expertise and attention, because they are funding their cases privately. This enables us to dedicate more time in preparing the case, compared with firms that may also offer legal aid. Legal aid lawyers (Duty Solicitors) are often over-worked and are covering more cases than they should, as the nature of their work is not profitable, and this can result in your case not receiving the time and attention it deserves.

Our private client solicitors are specialists in their field, have significant experience and will have dealt with other cases like yours in the past and will know the best strategies to achieve a not guilty verdict.

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 Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;

£1500 + VAT


If you have been charged with the offence of Riot, under Section 1 Public Order Act 1986. For the prosecution to secure a conviction they must prove beyond reasonable doubt that at least 12 people were threatening violence or acting with a common purpose to use violence. The conduct of those involved in the riot must be such that it causes a person with reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety. A Defendant convicted of this offence can receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years in the Crown Court.

Violent Disorder

A prosecution for Violent Disorder is contained within Section 2 of the Public Order Act 1986. This offence occurs when 3 or more persons who are present together use or threaten unlawful violence and the conduct of them (taken together) is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety. A person that pleads guilty or is found guilty following trial of violent disorder can receive a prison sentence of up to 5 years in the Crown Court.


The offence of ‘Affray’ is contained within Section 3 of the Public Order Act 1986. A person is guilty of affray if they use or threaten unlawful violence towards another person and the conduct is such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety. A person that pleads guilty or is found guilty of affray following trial can receive a prison sentence of up to 3 years in the Crown Court.

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Causing Fear or Provocation of Violence

A prosecution for Causing Fear or Provocation of Violence will be brought under Section 4. A person is guilty of this offence if they:

  • Use towards another person threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or
  • Distributes or displays to another person any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting,

The prosecution will also need to prove that the intention was to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him or another by any person, or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence by that person or another, or that person is likely to believe that such violence will be used or it is likely that such violence will be provoked.

A person convicted of this offence can receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months and / or a fine of an unlimited amount.

Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress

Section 4A creates an offence of Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress. A person charged under Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 is guilty if it was their intention to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, and he

  • Uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour or
  • Displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, thereby causing that or another person harassment, alarm or distress.

A person found guilty of this offence can receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months and / or a fine of an unlimited amount. If the offence is racially aggravated a defendant could receive a greater penalty at the Crown Court.

Threatening, Abusive or Insulting Behaviour

An offence is committed under Section of the 5 Public Order Act 1986 if a person uses abusive language or gestures with intent to cause another harassment alarm or distress. The maximum penalty for this offence is a £1,000 fine.

Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Our top-rated criminal defence team understand that being prosecuted will have a devastating impact upon your career, future income and your professional profile. For that reason, we leave no stone unturned when it comes to scrutinising the evidence and planning a strong defence strategy.

We appreciate that for many white-collar workers and regulated professionals a conviction for a crime could result in a professional regulatory body such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Medical Council or Financial Conduct Authority assessing whether you remain suitable to continue in your profession given the criminal conviction on your record. We aim to secure the best possible outcome for all our clients, as a conviction could result in life changing consequences or prevent you from continuing your chosen career path.

It is important to appreciate that whilst a relatively minor conviction, such as using Threatening, Abusive or Insulting Behaviour, will not result in a custodial sentence (prison). However, a conviction could potentially result in the end of your career or issues with other aspects of your life, such as travelling to other countries for holidays or work. Our lawyers understand that being prosecuted can be a tough time and your case is a priority for us. Instructing our specialist top-ranked criminal lawyers to represent you will give you the best possible chance of a successful outcome and we will fight your corner to win.

Our solicitors appreciate that if you are a public figure or sports personality, a criminal conviction or even investigation could potentially result in suspension from public office or cancellation of sponsorship/advertising deals. It is, therefore, crucial that you instruct a qualified and experienced criminal defence law firm that has previously represented many high-profile clients and professionals, as this will provide you with the best chance of a not guilty verdict.

A criminal record for an offence such as assault, battery or harassment could also cause difficulties in family law / care proceedings as a criminal conviction will create a further obstacle to overcome in those proceedings. The lawyer you choose to instruct to defend your case will have a significant impact upon the direction and outcome of the case, therefore you should take serious consideration when choosing the law firm.

To contact one of our specialist private crime lawyers, phone us on 0345 222 9955 for an initial telephone case assessment and a no obligation fixed fee quotation or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.

An exceedingly competent, professional and dedicated practice lead from the front by Manjinder Kang. In my experience, it is often very difficult to find a professional organisation that truly delivers on their promise of expertise,quality of service, compassion and dedication to their client. I would not hesitate in recommending Kang & Co Solicitors.

Mr C. Pilkington

Kang and Co were exceptional in helping me retain my licence after an unfair dash-cam case was brought against me. I was faced with 6 point, a ban and £800 fine, and I received none of these. Win, win, win! Very happy with them.


Amazing service overall. I was impressed with how fast I had responses from emails with any queries or questions. On the day of my meeting with Kang & Co all options were made very clear and the advice I was given provided the result I wanted! I highly recommend Kang & Co, especially for motoring convictions.

Mr J. McBrearty


An extremely professional service – full and honest appraisal of situation and a positive outcome. Highly recommend!

Sheila Ni Conchobhair

I cannot thank Manjinder for all the help and support he gave us prior to and up to my husbands court date. This could of been a very testing time should my husband not have won his case. Special thanks to Mr Shoker who was fantastic on the day.

Mrs Noone


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Our Competitively Priced Agreed Fees for Motoring Offences start from £1,000 + VAT

Our Competitively Priced Fixed Fees for Criminal Offence cases start from £1,500 + VAT


An Excellent Service, Mr. Kang is a highly sought solicitor. Very knowledgeable about the subject to hand and extremely confident with the advice given to me at the time of a stressful situation.

I would recommend Kang and Co Solicitors above any other company I’ve spoken too.

Above all I got the outcome I desired based upon Mr. Kang expertise.​

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Very clearly explained the process, took his time over getting a very clear and accurate history of events and mitigation. Barrister on the day was well prepared, went over key mitigation and presented it well in court, an excellent advocate. Barrister clearly explained possible outcomes and most realistic outcome.

Excellent service from initial contact to finishing the court case. Would recommend to anyone.

Robert Morris

Kang & Co Solicitors is a truly specialist high-end law firm providing legal advice and representation for all matters involving Criminal Law, Driving Offences, Transport Law, Pace Interviews, Regulatory Law and Licensing Law.

Our head office is located at 1 Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre and we offer our services throughout England and Wales on a private fee-paying basis. We also have an office at 5 Chancery Lane in London and another office in central Milton Keynes. We are frequently instructed by individuals and businesses nationwide.

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Birmingham Office

1 Victoria Square
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B1 1BD

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London Office

5 Chancery Lane

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Milton Keynes Office

100 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire, MK9 1FH

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09:00 – 17:00
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