Conviction of any public order offence is a serious matter, which is why it’s essential to seek advice and representation from one of Khans Solicitors’ experienced criminal defence solicitors as soon as you’ve been charged with any public order offence. Ideally, you should do this before giving a statement to the Police.
If you’re found guilty of any public order offence – even being drunk and disorderly without causing any significant harm or distress – you’ll have a criminal record that may harm your chances of employment in the future, particularly in careers where Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are likely to be made.
However, for some of the less serious public order offences, our experienced public order solicitors may be able to seek an ‘alternative disposal’ such as being bound over to keep the peace.
The Police are sometimes agreeable to alternative disposals like this where they don’t feel a prosecution for assault is necessary but do wish to remind someone of their responsibilities to behave themselves, or not to harass certain people. In these cases, we would request a ‘non-conviction bind-over’, which would avoid a guilty verdict, and therefore a criminal record.
In order to seek the best outcome following a public order offence, it’s essential to call an experienced criminal defence solicitor right away.
Phone us on 020 8553 5995 or contact us online and we’ll call you.