Disorderly behaviour is an annoying little offence.
- You should know the law.
- It can get you locked up for the night.
- It can get you a criminal conviction.
- You can be fined and ordered to pay costs.
There are several kinds of disorderly behaviour charges. They are generally known as Section 3 and Section 4 offences, But we list another two below.
They are set out in the Summary Offences Act 1980.
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Local & Private Acts
Read the five individual sections below and then you know the basic law in relation to disorderly behaviour.
A Section 3 Offence. See the section below.
3. Disorderly behaviour - Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 who, in or within view of any public place, behaves, or incites or encourages any person to behave, in a riotous, offensive, threatening, insulting, or disorderly manner that is likely in the circumstances to cause violence against persons or property to start or continue.
This offence can be punished by up to three months in prison but it usually attracts a fine in the region of $250 plus Court costs of $i30.
You will never get legal aid for this charge so, if you want a lawyer
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