Public Order Offences

Filed under the Public Order Act 1986, public order offences are activities alleged to cause disruption or offence to the general public.

Here are some public order offences examples:

  • Rioting
  • Loitering
  • Being drunk in a public place
  • Fear or provocation of violence
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Violent disorder
  • Begging
  • Doing graffiti
  • Affray
  • Racially aggravated threatening behaviour
  • Failure to disperse

Public order offences sentencing guidelines

Here are the sentencing guidelines for some of the graver public order offence crimes:


If you were to commit a rioting offence, the trial would then take place in a Crown Court where you would be given a maximum sentence of 10 years.


If you were to commit an affray offence, the trial would take place in a Crown Court where you would receive a maximum of three years’ imprisonment.

Violent disorder

If you were to commit a crime of violent disorder, the trial would take place in either a Crown Court or a Magistrates Court. It comes with a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.

Fear or provocation of violence

If you were to commit a crime pertaining to fear or provocation of violence, the maximum imprisonment time is 6 months or a fine of up to £5,000 (level five on the standard scale).

How we can help

Allegations of a public order offence can have a significantly negative impact on your state of mind and family life. The key to clearing your name is a swift response.

If you suspect that you have committed any of the above crimes, or that you are currently being investigated for your involvement in one of the above crimes, it is vital that you seek legal advice immediately and we will take care of the rest. Our team of criminal defence solicitors are available to talk through your case - call us on 0161 833 9253 (our Manchester office) or 0800 1 444 111 (our London office).

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