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What is a Section 4A offence?

What is a Section 4A offence?

Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986 regulates the intentional causing of harassment, alarm or distress. It is a summary offence, which means it is tried in the Magistrates Court. The maximum penalty for committing this offence is 6 months imprisonment or a fine.

What is Section 4A of the Public Order Act?

The Public Order Act offence refers to a single incident where you have intentionally caused distress or alarm to another person. The offence under Section 4A of the Public Order Act is a summary only offence, which means it can only be heard by the Magistrates Court.

What public order offence can be racially aggravated?

an offence under section 5 of that Act (harassment, alarm or distress), which is racially or religiously aggravated for the purposes of this section.

How long does a Section 4 public order last?

If convicted of the offence of using threatening words and behaviour, an offender may be sentenced to a maximum period of imprisonment of six months.

Is it illegal to cause someone alarm or distress?

:(1) A person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, he: (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or. (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting.

Is Section 4 public order either way?

Racially/religiously aggravated section 4 is an either way offence, with the maximum penalty on indictment being two years imprisonment or a fine or both. The maximum penalty on summary conviction is 6 months’ imprisonment or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or both.

What crimes can be racially aggravated?

Racially or religiously aggravated assaults

  • Serious violent offences.
  • Common assault.
  • Racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage.
  • Fear or provocation of violence and intentional harassment, alarm or distress.
  • Harassment, alarm or distress.
  • Arrest.
  • Harassment.
  • Putting people in fear of violence.

What does section 4A of the Public Order Act mean?

Section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, also known as intentional harassment, alarm or distress, is one of the more common offences in the criminal courts. If you are accused of an offence under section 4A, the Prosecution must prove that: You have intended to cause another person harassment, alarm, or distress,

Is the racially or religiously aggravated offence a specified offence?

The racially or religiously aggravated offence is a specified offence for the purposes of sections 266 and 279 (extended sentence for certain violent, sexual or terrorism offences) of the Sentencing Code.

What are the offences under the Public Order Act 1986?

Public Order Offences 1 Offences against Public Order. 2 Public Order Act 1986. 3 Riot (section 1, Public Order Act 1986) The penalties, for this most serious public order offence are heavy. 4 Violent Disorder (section 2, Public Order Act 1986) This offence may be in a public or private place.

Who are racially aggravated section 4A solicitors in London?

At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with racially aggravated section 4A cases. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts throughout the country.

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