Our public order offence solicitors do not simply accept the police view of the case. Police often make mistakes about the context or about who was to blame in a situation, and they even sometimes lie.
These cases can affect a person's mental health, family life, and career. Our job is to fight for you, using all of our skill and experience to get you the right result.
Being accused of public order offence is frustrating. There can be an immediate fear of damage to a person's career or even his or her liberty.
People who are accused can feel injustice when a false allegation has been taken seriously by police, especially if the evidence against them is just another person's word. Sometimes racism is also alleged. which makes the allegation even more stressful.
These cases are often about somebody's words, not what they actually did, which can feel bizarre. In some cases, police investigate a person just because they were at the scene when someone else was violent or aggressive, even if the person didn't actually do anything wrong.
Police also investigate based on online comments or mobile phone messages, even if they weren't meant seriously at the time. Being targeted as a result of a social media post can feel like an intrusion on free speech. Searching for a public order offence solicitor is not an experience most people expected to have.
When the police become involved after a dispute, they make a decision about who is to blame. They often base it on who called them first or whether anyone has injuries. This isn't a reliable way of getting to the truth. This means they often wrongly take the aggressor's side.
In spite of how most people regard the work of the police, simply trusting them to exonerate you can be a dangerous thing to do. They don't have enough resources and sadly often lack experience.
One injustice of public order cases is that the major consequences that a conviction can have are often way out of proportion to the seriousness of what is often a fairly low-level allegation.
If racism is part of the allegation, it often sends the police and CPS into overdrive against the suspect, even if there is no real evidence to support it.
These cases are also low-priority for police, which means there can be delays before they are concluded. This can increase the stress felt by the person who has been accused.
You don't have to feel like you are hostage to the arbitrary opinion of the police, and have to just put your hopes on them getting it right. There are ways of actually influencing how it turns out.
A good start is having specialist public order offence solicitors representing you. This will reduce the feeling that you are in a dangerous situation which is just drifting along without being managed.
Motivated and experienced lawyers put pressure on police and the CPS to resolve the case informally without a criminal record or court hearings.
They also build your defence from the ground up. This means looking at the weaknesses in the prosecution case, the backgrounds of witnesses, and all available evidence sources, especially ones the police have missed.
Instructing specialist public order offence solicitors also ensures you get the best court representation through experienced specialist barristers. This way you have the best chance of a not guilty verdict if it goes to court.
The public order offence lawyers at Mary Monson Solicitors have been defending these cases for decades. We know what works to get results.
We start with dialogue with police, making it absolutely clear that we expect our client's case to be treated fairly. We then continue with persistent pressure for non-criminal alternatives to prosecution to be considered, such as the case being discontinued, or so-called 'restorative justice'. In many cases we also make it clear to the CPS before they decide whether to proceed that they will face major opposition at court if they do.
While this is going on, we will be doing a full investigation into what actually happened so that we are fully prepared to fight. This may include obtaining CCTV, finding defence witnesses, investigating the police's witnesses and even police officers' records.
We work with top public order specialist barristers throughout England & Wales, who have proven track records of winning.
Do make sure you have a proactive lawyer early on. Public order cases can often be stopped if there is early intervention. It is harder once the case is further down the line.
Don't contact complainants or witnesses. It's unlikely to make things better, it nearly always makes it worse, and you could risk being accused of another offence. If there is a new ongoing issue caused by the other party, contact the police.
Don't write any messages of apology to anyone involved. They could be misrepresented as a confession of guilt.
Don't rely on police to get to the bottom of what has happened and exonerate you. The police do not have time or resources to look at all the angles in a way which could benefit you. They usually take a simplistic approach based on dealing with the case efficiently.
Don't assume it will all be OK without you being proactive. Justice works for people who work to get it. If anyone advises you that it's just a waiting game, this might not be accurate.
If it’s a case we can take on, we’ll defend you at any police station or court in England or Wales. We have offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Salford, and we’re happy to have a consultation with you on the phone or in person.