4. What you can and can’t do while on a community sentence

What you can and can’t do while on a community sentence is decided by:

  • a court when you are sentenced
  • the person dealing with your sentence once it’s started - called the ‘offender manager’

This can include:

  • being at a particular place at certain times - known as a ‘curfew’
  • wearing an electronic tag to check that you stay there
  • appointments with an offender manager
  • being stopped from going to certain places or areas, eg your victim’s home
  • being stopped from taking part in certain activities, eg going to a pub or a bar
  • being told where you have to live, eg a family member’s home

If you don’t stick to the rules while you’re on a community sentence, you could get a warning or be sent back to court, and your punishment could increase.