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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Restitution Awarded in Civil Forfeiture Prosecution for County Ordinance Violation


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today to Kenosha County District Attorney Robert D. Zapf explaining that restitution of up to $10,000 can be awarded in a civil forfeiture prosecution for violation of a county ordinance that prohibits the issuance of worthless checks. Van Hollen determined that restitution is authorized under sections 800.093 and 943.24(5)(b) of the Wisconsin Statutes. A district attorney may decide that civil forfeiture prosecution is preferable to criminal prosecution in certain cases.


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