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public order offences

Public Order Offences

Public order offences are the most commonly prosecuted cases in the District Courts. Every day, people, some of whom have never been in trouble before appear in District Courts across the Country having been charged with public order offences.

The Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acy 1994 is the legislation used to prosecute public order offences. The most common offences to be prosecuted are section 4 (Intoxication in a public place), section 6 (threatening and abusive behaviour) and section 8 (Failure to comply with a direction).

Other more serious offences include section 11 (entering a building with intent to commit an offence), section 15 (violent disorder) and section 19 (obstruction of a police officer).

Often, the only evidence to prosecute public order offences is the oral evidence of the arresting Garda. It would not be unusual for someone to appear before the courts on a public order offence having never been in trouble before and never appear before the courts again.

It is often the case that someone will attend court with an understanding in their own head of what has happened. However, this may be different to what the state are alleging. It is important to have a solicitor familiar with the court and the court process to guide you through and to be able to advise you of the likely outcome. We are available to talk about any upcoming cases you may have over the phone before arranging for attendance at court.

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Paddy Mc Garry, Principal, Mc Garry Law

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