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Affray just really what is it?

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Affray is a public order offence, the offence is committed if a person threatens or uses unlawful violence or force towards another person, which causes another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their safety. If two or more people threaten or use violence against another, the conduct of both those individuals will be taken into account. The offence can be committed in a public or private place.


When tried in the Magistrates Court, the maximum sentence you can face is 6 months imprisonment and a fine.

When tried in the Crown Court, the maximum sentence you can face is 3 years imprisonment and a fine.


Often a defence to an Affray is a factual dispute by denying being present or the defence of self-defence. Self-defence provides that a person may use reasonable force in defence of themselves or another. If you find yourself accused of Affray you should seek expert legal advice. Here at Johnson Astills we provide expert legal advice, should you find yourself charged with this offence please contact our offices who will be able to advise you further.

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To discuss any offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Johnson Astills at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough office on 01509 610312.