Public Order offences range from allegations such as being drunk and disorderly through to the most serious type of offences such as violent disorder and rioting. In general these offences are aimed at the use of violence and/or intimidation either by an individual or a group and involve the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words and/or behaviour.
Sentences range from a financial penalty to a custodial sentence
The type and seriousness of the allegation charged will determine the level of sentencing powers available to the Courts and could range from a financial penalty through to a custodial sentence.
With less serious public order offences it may be possible to argue for an alternative disposal which does not amount to a criminal conviction i.e. agreeing to be bound over to keep the peace.