REFERRAL ORDERÂ Unless your first offence was very serious (grave offence) like murder or rape, the court should give you a referral order sentencingÂ for up to 12 months. The sentencing means youÂ will be referred to a youth offending panel who will do some work with you in an attempt to divert you away from the criminal justice system, making sure you do not get yourself into any further trouble.
ABSOLUTE DISCHARGEÂ This sentencingÂ means that you receive no actual punishment for the offence, but a conviction is still recorded against you. This is the lowest sentencingÂ penalty that could be imposed and is usually reserved for first offences and/or minor offence.
CONDITIONAL DISCHARGEÂ This sentencingÂ can be imposed for a maximum of 3 years and means you are not punished for the offence BUT if you commit any further offences during the currency of the conditional discharge not only will you be treated more harshly with sentencingÂ for the new offence but the court can also revoke the conditional discharge and resentence you to any way they could have in the first place, which may mean a more seriousÂ sentencing.
FINEÂ This sentencingÂ is unusual as the order would usually need to be paid by the Parent or Guardian and as such the punishment is served on the wrong person.
But if this sentencing isÂ considered appropriate, the court will decide the amount of the fine depending on the seriousness of the offence and your means.
Time may be allowed for payment for the sentencingÂ but you should expect to be required to make the payment immediately.
PARENTING ORDERÂ This sentencingÂ is aimed at improving the parenting skills of the young offenderâs parent or guardian. This sentencingÂ order requires the parents/guardians to attend parenting guidance sessions supervised by a probation officer for a period of up to 12 months.
REPARATION ORDERÂ The young offender can directly repair the wrong that has been done as a result of their criminal behaviour through this sentencing. This sentencingÂ can be done directly to the victim or generally to the community as a whole.
YOUTH COMMUNITY ORDERÂ ThisÂ sentencing includes;
- Drug Treatment and Testing Order
DETENTION AND TRAINING ORDERÂ This sentencingÂ is available for 12-17 year olds.Â If you are aged 12-14 you cannot receive a DTO unless you are a persistent offender.
With this sentencing, you will be detained in a detention facility for half of the sentencingÂ and then you will be released into the care of the Youth Offending Team who will supervise you for the rest of your sentence.Â The length of the sentence is from 4 months to 2 years.
EXTENDED SENTENCING OF DETENTION/DETENTION FOR PUBLIC PROTECTIONÂ This sentencing is for those young offenders who are considered âdangerousâ and they need to be imprisoned for longer than usual in order to protect the public from serious harm.
DETENTION AT HER MAJESTYâS PLEASUREÂ This sentencing is reserved for the most serious offence of murder.Â The starting point for determining the minimum sentence where for under 18s is 12 years and 15 years for those over the age of 18.