Threatening Behaviour – Section 4
Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986, or ‘Threatening Behaviour’ as it is often referred to, contains two primary elements. To be convicted of this offence, the guilty party must intend to cause harassment, alarm or distress to another person.
The offender is determined guilty if they are found to have intended to cause such offence by the use of words, behaviour or written signs and other representations.
Cases of Threatening Behaviour can occur in a public or private places but not in a dwelling (accommodation), provided that both the offender and the victim are within the same dwelling.
Possible penalties if found guilty of this offence, include a fine, receiving a community order and receiving a prison sentence.
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