Public order offences are those activities or behaviours which are alleged to cause disruption or offence to the general public. These offences require that the conduct is performed in a public place. Pubic order offences include:
- Disorderly Behaviour in Public (Disorderly Conduct)
- Indecent Acts in Public
1.Disorderly Behaviour in Public (Disorderly Conduct)
In WA, the law provides that a person who behaves in a disorderly manner in a public place or in sight or hearing of any person who is in a public place or in a police station or lock up is guilty of an offence. The use of insults, threats or offensive language and behaving in an insulting, threatening or offensive manner are deemed to be ‘disorderly behaviour’.
The maximum penalty for the charge is a fine of $6,000.
There are possible defences for this charge such as identification, insanity and duress. The experienced team at Efficient Law Group are equipped to advise you on your liability under this charge and avenues available to you to deal with this charge.
2. Indecent Acts in Public
If person does an indecent act in a public place or in sight of any person who is in a public place or in a police station or lock up is guilty of an offence.
This is an ‘either-way’ offence meaning that it can be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or in the District Court depending on the seriousness of offence. If the matter is dealt with in the Magistrates Court, the maximum penalty for the charge is 9 months imprisonment and a fine of $9,000. If it is dealt with in the District Court, the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment.
There are possible defences for this charge such as identification, the act was not in public, the act was in the best interest of the public, insanity and duress.
At Efficient Law Group we would help you navigate the charge to achieve the best possible outcome.