Breach of the Peace 


Breach of the Peace Defence Lawyers Greenock, Dunoon & Dumbarton, West of Scotland

If you have been charged with breach of the peace, the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defence lawyer can make all the difference to the outcome of your case. 
We will provide honest and clear advice and ensure your position is represented throughout. To discuss your circumstances with our experienced and knowledgeable solicitors, call us today on 01475 601 999 or complete our online enquiry form with brief details and we will get back to you. 

  • What is breach of the peace?

    Breach of the peace is one of the most prosecuted offences in Scotland. The crime covers a broad range of behaviour but almost always relates to some form of public disorder. This may include shouting, swearing, being disorderly or disruptive. Alternatively, you may be facing a charge under s.38 (1) Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. This is a charge of engaging in threatening or abusive behaviour which would likely cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm. The main difference between this charge and a breach of the peace is that there does not require to be an element of public disorder.
    To prove the offence has been committed, the conduct must have been likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm. The prosecution does not need to show that the behaviour actually caused fear and alarm, simply that it could cause this response in a reasonable person.
    Penalties can range from an admonishment to imprisonment for up to five years depending on the specific circumstances and serious nature.

Defending a breach of the peace charge

The way breach of the peace cases are dealt with depends on the facts. The defence is often based on the argument that the person’s behaviour was reasonable. We have successfully defended clients in many breach of the peace cases and can assist you regardless of the circumstances involved.  

Contact our Breach of the Peace Defence Lawyers for Greenock, Dunoon, Dumbarton, Lochgilphead, Rothesay, Campbeltown, Oban and across Scotland

If you have been charged with breach of the peace, you do not have to deal with this alone. Contact our criminal defence solicitors for a free initial consultation to discuss your circumstances and needs. Call us on 01475 601 999 or please fill in our online contact form.

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