Public Order Offence Solicitors
Top ranked Criminal Law firm. Specialist Criminal Solicitors and Barristers for Public Order Offences
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.
Our law firm is ranked amongst the top tier of law firms in the United Kingdom with a top ranking in the category of Crime (which includes Driving Offence), the highest ranking that can achieved in the Chambers Guide.
The Legal 500 guide describes Kang & Co Solicitors as being “well adept at tailoring its resources to an individual case and investing heavily for the client. Legal advice is honest and the team always takes into consideration the views of the client.”
Public Order Offences
We can represent individuals regarding the following Public Order Offences:
Failiure to Disperse
Drunk and Disorderly
Causing Fear or Provocation of Violence
Drunk and Incapable
Racially Aggravated Threatening Behaviour
Racially Aggravated Disorderly Conduct
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.
Our Agreed Fees for Private Crime cases start from;
£2,500 + 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.
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.
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 specialist 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.
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