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What A Charge of Affray Means

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What is affray?

An individual or group who employs or threatens unlawful violence, causing a reasonable person to fear for their safety, is charged with affray.

Affray can occur in private or public places and carries a maximum punishment of ten years.

Circumstances you may be charged with affray

A charge of affray is possible under the law in the following circumstances:

  • Involvement in a public fight, for example, a nightclub brawl or street fight
  • Engaging in road rage
  • Partaking in a riot or violent protest
What are defences to a charge of affray?

Our Burwood affray lawyers may be able to defend an affray accusation on a case-by-case basis if:

For example,

  • Self-defence – Your acts were in self-defence to protect yourself or another (including property).
  • Duress – Threats from another party push you to act in a certain way, resulting in duress.
  • Necessity –  It can be demonstrated that your acts were necessary to avoid more harm.
Options when charged with affray in Burwood

Subject to your circumstances, you may choose either to:

  • Plead guilty – Admit you committed the crime and broke the law
  • Plead not guilty – Deny committing the offence and breaking the law


Burwood affray lawyers specialise in providing legal assistance to individuals involved in affray cases in the Burwood area. Affray is a criminal offence that occurs when a group of people engages in violent or tumultuous behaviour in a public place, causing fear or alarm to others. In such cases, seeking the guidance of experienced lawyers is crucial to navigating the legal process effectively.

Affray charges can have serious consequences, including imprisonment, fines, and a lasting impact on one’s criminal record. Burwood Affray lawyers are well-versed in criminal law and bring their expertise to defend clients facing such charges. They work to build a strong defence strategy tailored to the specific circumstances of each case.

These lawyers begin by thoroughly reviewing the evidence against their clients, including witness statements, surveillance footage, and other relevant documentation. They assess the credibility of the evidence and look for potential weaknesses or inconsistencies that can be leveraged in the defence.

If you opt to enter a not guilty plea, our Burwood affray lawyers will vigorously defend your rights to provide you with the strongest possible defence. 

Contacting our Burwood affray lawyers is the best approach to avoid an affray charge. At The Australian Legal Practice, our affray lawyers have vast experience and specialise in affray cases. We give specialised guidance and are well-equipped to fight your affray case.

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