You can be given a Drinking Banning Order (DBO) if you break the law or cause problems while drinking alcohol.

Reasons you may get a DBO include:

  • vandalism and graffiti
  • antisocial behaviour
  • violent or threatening behaviour
  • urinating in public

You can get a DBO if you are in England and Wales and 16 or older. DBOs are issued by:

  • magistrates’ courts, if the police or local authority apply for one for you
  • county courts, if you are already facing civil legal proceedings there
  • criminal courts, when you are convicted of an alcohol-related criminal offence

Every DBO is different and is decided by the magistrates who hear your case and the circumstances of your offence.

What happens when you get a DBO

Getting a DBO means you may not be allowed to do certain things, such as:

  • drink or possess alcohol in public
  • buy alcohol
  • enter certain places that serve alcohol

A DBO can last between 2 months and 2 years. You can appeal against a DBO.

You may be offered a health and drinking awareness course, which can shorten your DBO. The course is voluntary and you must pay for it.

Breaking or ‘breaching’ a DBO is a criminal offence and you can be taken to court and fined up to £2,500.

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