Football related offences can be dealt with by specific pieces of legislation such as the Football Offences Act or Football Spectators Act – or may be prosecuted as a public order offence, depending on the circumstances.
The court may impose a Football Banning Order on spectators found guilty of football related offences – and this will usually involve being prohibited from attending matches, or an exclusion zone being imposed round the football ground – or even a ban on travelling to a football match or using public transport such as a train without the approval of the court.
It is vital to seek legal advice as soon as possible if facing allegations or charges relating to football offences – not only will those convicted of a football related offence have a criminal record, but a Football Banning Order can impose severe restrictions on an individual’s freedom of movement or association and may also mean having to surrender a passport.
Not everyone facing allegations under the Football Offences Act or Football Spectators Act is guilty of the offences – and because of the nature of a football crowd, it is easy to become involved in a situation as a result of proximity.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise on what are often complex cases involving football related offences – and offer robust criminal defence services to clients who may be facing a Football Banning Order or other penalty.
A Football Banning Order may be in place for between three and five years – and in more serious cases where a prison sentence is imposed, the court can also impose a Football Banning Order of up to ten years, so taking legal advice early in a police inquiry into football related offences is crucial.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in criminal cases involving football related offences and Football Banning Orders.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious matters such as murder and rape.
Clients do not have to wait until they have been arrested to contact Duncan Lewis about any criminal charges – our team can advise from the initial stages of a police inquiry, or if it is likely a client may be arrested to face a criminal charge involving football related offences.
Duncan Lewis crime lawyers can also advise on Civil Liberties matters such as wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and prisoners’ rights in custody – as well as advising on appeals against conviction or sentencing for offences under the Football Offences Act or Football Spectators Act.
All Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors are highly trained and highly experienced – and are dedicated to offering the best criminal defence services to our clients at police stations, courts and prisons.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – including more than 20 offices across London and the southeast and in all major cities across England and Wales.
A member of the Duncan Lewis criminal defence team can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to offer expert legal advice on all criminal charges and for police interview under caution.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing charges involving football related offences – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice.
For 24/7 help at a police station in England and Wales, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services – Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors to discuss football related offences on 020 7923 4020.