Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO)
Anyone over the age of 10 can be given an ASBO if they behave antisocially.
There are different rules for ASBOs in Scotland.
Behaving antisocially includes:
- drunken or threatening behaviour
- vandalism and graffiti
- playing loud music at night
Getting an ASBO means you won’t be allowed to do certain things, such as:
- going to a particular place, eg your local town centre
- spending time with people who are known as trouble-makers
- drinking in the street
An ASBO will last for at least 2 years. It could be reviewed if your behaviour improves.
Penalties for not obeying your ASBO
Breaking or ‘breaching’ the ASBO is a criminal offence and you can be taken to court. The sentence you get will depend on the circumstances and your age.
You can be fined up to £250 (if you’re aged 10 to 14) or up to £1,000 (if you’re aged 15 to 17). The fine may have to be paid by your parents if you’re under 16. You might also get a community sentence or, if you’re over 12, a detention and training order (DTO) for up to 24 months.
You can be fined up to £5,000 or sentenced to 5 years in prison, or both.