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Affray Charge

Being charged with affray is potentially very serious. The charge is used to deal with serious incidents where the police allege that unlawful violence has been used or threatened causing others to fear for their safety.  At Cartwright King our solicitors understand that heated exchanges can occur and also that everyone has the right to a fair trial to argue their case. If you are facing an allegation that you have been involved in an affray, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor immediately. We will advise you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you and argue your case for you at the police station and in court.  

Free initial telephone consultation

Our Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. We can represent you at any time at the police station. If you are arrested make sure that you ask for a solicitor from Cartwright King. Advice at the Police station is free. Please call us on 0808 168 5550 or email

How can affray be caused?

According to Section 3 of the Public Order Offences Act 1986, affray is a criminal offence, committed when someone threatens violence toward another person, and behaves in such a manner that other people are fearful of their personal safety. The offence can be committed in public or private.  

What are the consequences?

Affray is considered a very serious offence and depending on the circumstances of the case, you can be prosecuted at either Magistrates Court or Crown Court. In the Magistrates Court the maximum penalty is 6 months imprisonment, but at the Crown Court it is 3 years imprisonment, which is why you need the best legal representation to defend you.

How we can help   

We understand that it is possible to be caught up in a situation or events without committing an offence. In particular the Prosecution must prove that a person “intended” to use unlawful violence and that person must be “aware” that their conduct would cause others to fear for their safety. For example, you may only have been acting to defend yourself. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process from police station to trial.

Our experienced solicitors will take great care in researching the circumstances and defending your position.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of affray can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

How to make contact

If you are asked to attend a police station or arrested always ask for a solicitor from Cartwright King. Do not speak to the Police until you have spoken to one of our lawyers.

Advice at the Police Station is free. 

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Solicitors can provide advice across the country as we have offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleLutonManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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