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Public Order Offences

Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – Public Order Offences


Charges for public order offences are brought under the Public Order Act 1986 and the Criminal Justice Act 1967.


Public order offences can involve a range of circumstances – and prosecution for public order offences may rely on charges being in the public interest.


Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise at any stage of a public order charge, including charges relating to:

  • Affray
  • Criminal damage (including graffiti)
  • Firearms and weapons offences
  • Harassment
  • Incitement to racial hatred
  • Incitement to religious hatred
  • Riot
  • Violent disorder
  • Violence against the person (eg assault).

Public order offences may also involve obstructing a member of the emergency services – including parking a vehicle to restrict free movement of vehicles on the public highway.


In some cases, self-defence may be applicable in an allegation involving a public order offence – however, it is necessary to prove that a defendant was entitled to use force or threaten violence in defence of himself, another person or property.


Because allegations or charges relating to a public order offence are extremely complex, it is vital to take expert legal advice from Duncan Lewis crime lawyers as soon as possible.


Public order convictions can result in heavy financial penalties and in some cases imprisonment.


Duncan Lewis crime lawyers defend public order charges robustly, with meticulous attention to collecting and preparing evidence, to ensure the best possible outcome for a defendant.


Duncan Lewis can also advise clients on alternative disposal in public order offences, if prosecution is not in the public interest.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – Our reputation for excellence


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 public order offences.


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.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – When to contact us


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 public order 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 involving public order offences.


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.


Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors – How to contact us


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 relating to public order charges – 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 Criminal Solicitors – Legal Aid & Private Client –Public Order Offences


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 public order offences on 020 7923 4020.

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