Crimes against Public Order

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What Are Crimes against Public Order?

Crimes against public order are violations that interfere with the normal operations of society. These crimes go against publicly shared values, norms, or customs.

A public order crime does not require an identifiable victim. Individuals can be charged with public order crimes if their conduct or acts are considered “harmful to society.” Public order crimes primarily focus on the offensive conduct.

What Are Some Examples of Crimes against Public Order?

The most common examples of crimes against public order are:

Public order crimes are based on societal norms, so the definition may vary depending on the community. In some jurisdiction, public order crimes may or may not include the following:

What Are the Legal Consequences of Public-Order Crimes?

Legal penalties for crimes against public order will also vary depending on the crime. Punishment is typically split into two categories:

Minor Crimes

Serious Crimes

Are There Any Defenses to Crimes against Public Order?

Most criminal defenses will apply to public order crimes. These can include:

*Defenses will not completely excuse a defendant, but it may help reduce the sentence or punishment.

Should I Get an Attorney?

Yes. Crimes against public order can result in strict legal consequences, even if there was no specific victim involved. An experienced criminal defense attorney can assist you during trial and help determine if any defenses are available in your case.

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Last Modified: 09-15-2016 10:21 PM PDT

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