Public order and protest offences
Public order offences include crimes such as violent disorder and affray.
These offences can be tried in the crown court as well as the magistrates’ court. More minor public order offences such as threatening behaviour and disorderly conduct can only be tried in the magistrates’ court. The differences between these offences depend on the scale of the violence, whether it occurred in a group or by an individual acting alone and whether damage to property was caused or weapons were brandished. The offences can range from someone shouting and swearing in the street to a full scale riot.
Protest offences include trespassing at M.O.D sites or planting incendiary devices. Protestors routinely attract the attention of police even if there is nothing unlawful in their activities.
Sonn Macmillan Walker has extensive experience in defending hunt saboteurs and animal rights activists accused of offences from aggravated trespass to burglary and more serious conspiracy charges, Fathers 4 Justice, and anti-arms trade activists. We have been involved in two of the largest prosecutions of animal rights activists in recent years, both involving thousands of pages of prosecution material.
Call Tim Walker or Chris Stevens.