What is a DTO (Detention Training Order) in UK?

Updated on Thursday 22nd November 2018

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A Detention and Training Order (DTO) is issued for young offenders in UK who have committed a serious crime or several offences for which different punishments are imposed. This order applies in two different ways, where the youngster serves detention and then takes part in different training and education programmes under the strict supervision of the Young Offending Team in UK. Parents or tutors must receive complete legal support, in order to understand what a DTO means, a matter where our criminal defence solicitors in London can help.

Who can receive DTOs in UK?

Young criminals with ages between 12 and 17 who have committed different serious crimes like robbery, shoplifting, internet frauds or violence against others can receive a DTO from the authorities. Such important cases which involve minors are issued by the Youth Courts in UK where the young offender receives a DTO if found guilty of criminal acts and inappropriate conducts. Once the DTO is issued, the teenager will spend half of the sentence in custody and the other half out in the community under the strict supervision of the Youth Offending Team in the UK. The last part of the DTO refers to several community programmes where the young criminals receive information and educational training which will help them stay away from crimes and reintegrate back into the society. A DTO is issued for no more than two years; parents or tutors can appeal the sentence in no more than 21 days from the date of the verdict, with the help from our defence solicitors in London.

What you need to know about the training period

A young criminal who deals with a DTO will be guided throughout the entire community sentence, meaning that once found in a detention center, he/she will receive support in angry management, parental relationship problems, drug and alcohol issues, or will obtain support in education or when searching for a job. The Young Offending Team in UK is in charge of the young criminals who received DTOs in UK, until the sentence is over. It is good to know that if the teenager breaks the rules of the training part of the DTO, he/she can be sent back to custody for at least three months. In such situation, our criminal defence solicitor in London can provide legal support for both parents and young offenders in front of the authorities.

For complete information about the DTOs a young criminal can receive, we invite you to get in touch with our team of defence solicitors in London.