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Public Order Offence Solicitors

Criminal Defence

Conviction for a public order offence can lead to a criminal record. This can affect your career and your personal reputation. Cartwright King’s proficient public order offence solicitors will do everything they can to help clear your name, protect your reputation and safeguard your future.

Get in touch with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor, now.

How Cartwright King can help you 

If you’re arrested or charged, Cartwright King can help you with:

  • Free advice at a police station
  • Riot charges
  • Charges of violent disorder
  • Charges of affray
  • Charges of intentional harassment, alarm or distress
  • Charges of threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour
  • Representation at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court
  • Seeking Legal Aid

Benefit from free legal advice at a police station

If you’re arrested on suspicion of a public order offence, Cartwright King’s professional Criminal Defence Solicitors are available day and night to offer free legal advice at the police station. Our priority is to ensure that your position is protected and your defence is properly presented.

You have the right to choose who you want to represent you legally. Tell the police you want to be represented by Cartwright King, and the police will ensure that we are contacted to provide you with the advice you need.

Unique Public Order Offence advocacy services

We can represent you at every stage of your case. Our unique advocacy services give you legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through your case.

Why choose Cartwright King for your public order offence defence?

Criminal defence is our forte that’s why our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that you have legal representation when you need it most. 

70% of our cases involve defending against criminal charges, including public order allegations. Our reputation is built on successfully clearing people accused of criminal activity. We’re trusted, resourceful  and calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on. 

Your initial phone conversation is Free

Call us now to speak to one of our Criminal Defence lawyers for a free, no obligation chat. When facing public order offence allegations, there’s no substitute for talking to a specialist lawyer.

The discussion is completely free, informal and confidential and allows us to:

  • Understand your circumstances
  • Assess the best way forward

Legal Fees

If you find yourself arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and taken to a police station, remember you have the right to free and independent legal advice

Instructing Cartwright King means you’re choosing the leading provider of Legal Aid for criminal defence services. Any  representation and advice we provide you in the police station is entirely free.

To receive calm, collected legal representation, and an immediate, 24/7 response, please call us, or email your enquiry.

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Frequently asked questions.

There is a wide range of offences set out in the Public Order Act 1986, which make many different kinds of behaviour criminal offences. They usually refer to the use of or threat of violence or harassment towards someone else, in a public place. They usually involve more than one person and someone else to have been threatened to have felt fear. Crimes related to a public order offence include:

Riot (Section 1 Public Order Act 1986)

A riot is caused when at least 12 people are either threatening violence or are acting with ‘common purpose’ to use violence. The behaviour of those causing a riot must be such that the average person would feel afraid of their actions. If you were to commit this offence, the trial would take place in a Crown Court where you could be given a maximum sentence of 10 years. 

Violent Disorder (Section 2 Public Order Act 1986)

This is caused when 3 or more people are causing the same offence as those of a riot with the trial taking place in either a Crown Court or a Magistrates Court. The maximum sentence you can be given is 5 years. 

Affray (Section 3 Public Order Act 1986)

Affray involves 2 or more people who are causing a disturbance by using threatening behaviour and causing others to fear for their safety. This offence can lead you to receive a 3-year prison sentence at the Crown Court so it is best to seek advice from our criminal defence lawyers as soon as possible.

Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress (Section 4A Public Order Act 1986)

This offence is caused by demonstrating abusive behaviour toward somebody by using threats and insults. The maximum sentence is 6 months and the trial would only take place in the Magistrates Court unless the offence was said to be racially aggravated in which case you could receive a greater penalty at the Crown Court.

Threatening, Abusive or Insulting Behaviour (Section 5 Public Order Act 1986)

This offence can be caused by using abusive language or gestures with intent to cause another harassment alarm or distress. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine.