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Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO’s)

ASBO’s are commonly used to target people whose anti-social behaviour is disruptive to their local community, but which does not warrant repeated criminal prosecution.

They are only used when anti-social behaviour is persistent and serious. The Police, Crown Prosecution Service or your local Council have the power to apply to the Courts for an ASBO.

If an ASBO is made the prohibitions of the order can ban a person from entering certain places where they live, such as town centres and can also order that a person does not socialise with certain individuals. ASBO’s last for a minimum of 2 years. If the terms of the ASBO are broken, a person could face a range of penalties ranging from a fine to a maximum term of imprisonment of up to 5 years.

ASBO’s are a complex area of law, involving complicated evidential provisions where any client would be at a significant disadvantage without legal representation. Statistics have shown that since the introduction of ASBO’s a high proportion of applications were made against 10 – 17 year olds and the statistics also reflect that young people are most likely to breach the terms of their ASBO.

Our Crime Team at Stephen Rimmer LLP has had a great success in opposing ASBO applications. We are experienced in dealing with young people and will provide the highest quality expert advice in this area.

If you believe that you are, or a family member, friend or loved one is going to receive an ASBO you should contact our Crime Team on, 01323 644 222 or on our out of office hours telephone number, 07724 350 521. We can then arrange for Legal Aid to be made to fund your case.