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What A Charge of Affray Means

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What is affray?

A charge of affray relates to a person or group that uses or threatens unlawful violence, causing a reasonable person to fear for their safety. 

Affray can be committed in either private or public settings and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

Circumstances you may be charged with affray

A charge of affray is possible 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?

On a case-by-case basis, our Campsie affray lawyers at may be able to defend a charge of affray if:

For example,

  • Self-defence – Your actions were in the protection of yourself or another (including property), resulting in self-defence.
  • Duress – The threats of another party forced you to act in a certain way, equating to duress.
  • Necessity – It can be proved your actions were in necessity to prevent an ensuing greater harm.
Options when charged with affray in Campsie

Subject to your circumstances, you may choose either to:

  • Plead guilty – Admit to committing the offence and breaking the law
  • Plead not guilty – Deny committing the offence and breaking the law


If you decide to plead not guilty, our experienced Campsie affray lawyers will vehemently protect your rights so that you get the best possible defence. 

The best way to get off a charge of affray is to contact our Campsie affray lawyers. Our affray solicitors at The Australian Legal Practice have extensive experience and specialise in affray charges. We provide tailored advice and are armed with the right knowledge to fight your affray case.

Call (02) 8084 9929 today to arrange a free initial consultation with our Campsie affray lawyers.


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