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’, ‘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 also requires explanation, as to what those definitions mean in practice.
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, and, whether you could simply be bound over to ‘keep the peace’ in order to avoid a conviction and protect your reputation.