The private entity or a principal of the private entity is convicted of any of the following:
A misdemeanor under any state or federal law if proof of the defendant's dishonesty is an essential element of the offense or if the offense relates to debt collection.
The private entity uses or threatens to use force or violence against an offender, a member of his or her family, or his or her property.
The private entity threatens the seizure, attachment, or sale of an offender's property without disclosing that prior court proceedings are required.
The private entity, with knowledge that the statement is false, makes or threatens to make a statement to a 3rd party that adversely affects an offender's reputation for creditworthiness.
The private entity initiates or threatens to initiate communication with an offender's employer. This subdivision does not apply if the communication is authorized under a court order or federal law or if all of the following apply:
The private entity has provided written notice to the offender at his or her last known address, at least 5 days beforehand, of its intent to communicate with the employer.
The private entity harasses an offender, including by doing any of the following:
Communicating with the offender or a member of his or her family at any unusual time or place or at a time or place that the private entity knows or has reason to know is inconvenient to the offender or the family member. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the private entity shall be presumed to know that communicating with an offender or a member of his or her family at his or her residence before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. is inconvenient to the offender or the family member.
Publishing or threatening to publish the offender's name on a list of offenders who allegedly refuse to pay restitution. This subd. 6. b.
does not apply if the district attorney authorizes the publication of the offender's name in such a manner.
Advertising or threatening to advertise the sale of financial information regarding the offender in order to coerce the offender to pay restitution.
Disclosing or threatening to disclose information concerning the alleged violation of s. 943.24
without disclosing or agreeing to disclose the fact that the offender disputes the allegations. This subd. 6. d.
applies only if the private entity knows that the offender reasonably disputes the allegations.
Disclosing or threatening to disclose information relating to an offender's case to any person other than the victim, the district attorney, or persons to whom the district attorney has properly authorized disclosure.
Causing a telephone to ring or engaging any person in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously with intent to annoy, abuse, or harass any person at the number called.
Using profane, obscene, or abusive language in communicating with an offender, a member of his or her family, or others.
Engaging in any conduct which the district attorney finds was intended to cause and did cause mental or physical illness to the offender or a member of his or her family.
Attempting or threatening to enforce a claimed right or remedy with knowledge or reason to know that the claimed right or remedy does not exist.
Except as authorized by the district attorney, engaging in any form of communication that simulates legal or judicial process or that conveys the impression that the communication is being made, is authorized, or is approved by a governmental agency or official or by an attorney when it is not.
Using any badge, uniform, or other thing to indicate that the person is a government employee or official, except as authorized by law or by the district attorney.
Conducting business under a particular name or implying that the business has a particular name if the use of the name has not been authorized by the district attorney.
Misrepresenting the amount of restitution alleged to be owed by an offender.
Except as authorized by the district attorney, representing that an existing restitution amount may be increased by the addition of attorney fees, investigation fees, or any other fees or charges when those fees or charges may not legally be added.
Except as authorized by the district attorney, representing that the private entity is an attorney or an agent for an attorney if the entity is not.
Recovering or attempting to recover any interest or other charge or fee in excess of the actual restitution or claim unless the interest or other charge or fee is expressly authorized under the contract with the district attorney.
Communicating or threatening to communicate directly with an offender who is represented by an attorney. This subd. 6. q.
does not apply to communications permitted under par. (c)
Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
Communicating with an offender or a member of his or her family at a time of day or night, with such frequency, or in such a manner as to constitute harassment of the offender or his or her family member.
Records relating to programs established under this section are not subject to inspection or copying under s. 19.35
. A district attorney may disclose information relating to persons participating in the program only to a private entity operating or administering such a program, to another district attorney, to a court, or to a law enforcement agency. A private entity operating or administering such a program may disclose information relating to such persons only as permitted under sub. (5) (d) 6.
or to the district attorney or, with the district attorney's consent, to another district attorney or to a law enforcement agency.
Notwithstanding s. 978.06 (1)
, a district attorney or a private entity acting under sub. (5)
may charge a defendant who is a party to a deferred prosecution agreement under this section a fee to cover his, her, or its costs under the agreement. The district attorney may require that the fee be paid directly to the district attorney's office or to the private entity. The district attorney, or the district attorney and the private entity, may establish guidelines on when fees may be waived for an offender due to hardship and may authorize extended payment plans of not more than 6 months in length.
History: 2005 a. 462
; 2007 a. 96