Did you know that the Court can make a Prohibited Behaviour Order against you if you are considered an anti-social offender? Did you also know that this order is made public and published on a web site for all to see? For more information, call our Go To Court Criminal Lawyers Western Australia.
What is a prohibited behaviour order?
A prohibited behaviour order is made by the Court which specifies certain restrictions to prevent you from engaging in future anti-social behaviour. The order can prohibit you from drinking in a public place, not to enter the CBD or other defined area, not to enter a bottle shop, not to enter a certain retail premises, not to possess paints or glue, or even not to enter a pawnbroker shop. The order can only be made if you are 16 years or older.
What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour refers to actions that cause, or is likely to cause, alarm, harassment, fear distress, or intimidation to someone, or damage to property. This could have resulted in charges such as, but not limited to, public nuisance, vandalism, affray or being intoxicated in a public place.
Why are the orders published?
The purpose of publishing the identity of those who have a prohibited behaviour order is so the community can assist the police to identify any breaches. The names and photos of restricted people, together with details of their restrictions, can be found at http://www.pbo.wa.gov.au. If you believe someone is breaching the terms of the order you should report it to the police by calling 131 444.
What happens if the prohibited behaviour order is breached?
Breaching the order is a serious offence which may result in imprisonment. These orders are not made lightly by the Courts and are only made against serial offenders in which other preventative measures have not worked.