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Public Order Offences

Offences alleged under the Public Order Act 1986 are common and very wide- ranging in seriousness. You may be facing allegations of using ‘disorderly behaviour’ ‘using threatening behaviour with intent’, ‘causing harassment, alarm or distress’, ‘affray’, ‘violent disorder’ or ‘riot’.

We are here to help you understand exactly what you have been charged with, and accused of doing. Some of these offences involve an allegation of racial or religious aggravation. This requires explanation and involves an uplift on sentence.

Allegations of this nature are often made in the course of a protest, or other public gathering. We will be able to advise you where you believe your actions were lawful, and perhaps also in accordance with your Human Rights. Where the charge is very minor in nature, we would aim to negotiate with the prosecution as to whether it is in the public interest to prosecute you.

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