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Punishments for Antisocial Behaviour

Antisocial Behaviour Punishments

The ASBO was first introduced as part of the Crime and Disorder Act in 1999. ASBOs got amended through the most recent Serious Organised Crime and Police Act in 2005.

ANTI SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: This page explains why and how you can get punishment for antisocial behaviour. Check what will happen if you fail to follow the rules.

ASBOs are civil orders. They aim to protect the public from people who behave antisocially.

In particular, antisocial behaviour that causes alarm, distress, or harassment will get punished.

For Example: The resulting sanction may prohibit a person from entering defined areas or carrying out specific anti-social acts.

Typical examples of antisocial behaviour would include:

Note: CPNs, CBOs, and civil injunctions replaced Antisocial Behaviour Orders in England, Wales, and in Northern Ireland. But, different rules apply for Antisocial Behaviour Orders in Scotland.

A court can hand out a CPN or civil injunction. It happens most often if the police, the council, or a landlord make a report of persistent antisocial behaviour. A CBO would only apply if you get convicted of a crime.

You can get a civil injunction or a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) from the age of ten (10). But, you must be at least sixteen (16) years old to get a Community Protection Notice (CPN).

The restrictions put in place mean that to avoid further severe penalties the person will not be able to do certain things in public such as:

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Note: Punishments can also include fixing the damage that you caused to someone's property. There are several other ways to improve your behaviour (e.g. attending a support group).

How Long the Punishment Lasts

The court would inform you how long you must follow the rules for. A CPN does not have a maximum time limit. But, the length of time given in a civil injunction or a CBO would depend on the age of the offender.

Offenders under 18 years old:

Note: There is no maximum amount of time for offenders 18 and older. A CBO would get reviewed every year and then either stopped altogether or extended further.

Civil Injunction Punishment

The punishment for failing to follow the rules of a civil injunction will result in:

Note: The punishment for failing to follow a CPN is a fine between £100 and £2,500.

Criminal Behaviour Order Punishment

The punishment for failing to follow the rules of a CBO will result in:

ASBO Penalties in Scotland

It is a criminal offence to break or 'breach' the stipulations of an ASBO. Breaching or disobeying an Antisocial Behaviour Order can result in a court sentence. The length of sentencing for an ASBO breach penalty depends on your age and the circumstances behind the misdemeanor.

Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) Penalties in England (United Kingdom)