Offences Against Public Justice

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If you have been accused of any offence against public justice, it is vital that you seek sound legal counsel as soon as possible.

The penalties under these offences can vary from fines to life imprisonment and are treated very seriously in the court of law.

DPP Law solicitors specialise in offences against public justice. We can help build your defence if you have been accused of any of these types of offence.

We have a dedicated team who are experts in picking apart very complicated situations that involve offences against public justice. After many years of experience in this arena, we are committed to achieving a successful outcome for all our clients. Below are just some of the many types of offences against public justice.

If you believe you have been wrongfully arrested and/or unfairly charged then please complete the enquiry form and we will contact you as soon as we can.

Wasting Police Time

Under the Criminal Law Act 1967, wasting police time is described as causing “any wasteful employment of the police” by “knowingly making to any person a false report”. The person is guilty of this offence is she makes the law enforcer thing that a person or property was in real danger.


Perjury is the act of swearing a false oath or intentionally lying – in writing or verbally – concerning matters material to an official proceeding. The act of perjury can often vary in different locations, however it is considered a serious offence. By misrepresenting facts and concealing the truth, perjury essentially derails the passage of justice in the court system.

Contempt Of Court

Contempt of court is committed when something is said, written or broadcast which creates a risk to the course of justice that the proceedings will be seriously impeded or prejudiced. An example of this is if a newspaper, reporting on a trial, publishes details on members of the jury.

Perverting The Course Of Justice

Perverting the course of justice is an offence committed when someone purposefully prevents or tries to obstruct justice from taking place – either for themselves or for someone else. In the UK, it carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Witness Intimidation

Witness intimidation occurs when an attempt is made to confront a witness of the alleged crime in order for their account to change. Witnesses can be threatened or persuaded online, verbally or physically in an attempt to alter their version of events.

Jury Intimidation

As the jury makes the final decision on the outcome of a court case, they need to be protected from any outside influence. Jury intimidation – or jury nobbling – is when attempts are made to threaten, influence or persuade one or more jury members to reach a particular verdict in the outcome of a trial.

Resisting Arrest

There are a number of different ways someone can resist arrest – which is deemed as a criminal offence in the UK. Examples of this offence include:

  • Physically struggling to free oneself after being handcuffed or moved in to a police vehicle
  • Threatening a police officer with threats of violence while being arrested
  • Attacking a police officer while being arrested
  • Fleeing from police while being arrested
  • Presenting a police officer with fake ID

Concealment Of Evidence

Hiding or destroying items of evidence or not presenting evidence when questioned is a crime. Pretending you have no knowledge of an offence being committed and not answering questions from police officers are also examples of concealment of evidence.

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