Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997
Demands for payment of debt causing alarm, etc.
11.—(1) A person who makes any demand for payment of a debt shall be guilty of an offence if—
(a) the demands by reason of their frequency are calculated to subject the debtor or a member of the family F3[or the civil partner within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010] of the debtor to alarm, distress or humiliation, or
(b) the person falsely represents that criminal proceedings lie for non-payment of the debt, or
(c) the person falsely represents that he or she is authorised in some official capacity to enforce payment, or
(d) the person utters a document falsely represented to have an official character.
(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,500.
Inserted (1.01.2011) by Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (24/2010), s. 170 and sch. part 5 item 17, S.I. No. 648 of 2010.
A fine of £1,500 translates into a class C fine (€1,000 to €2,500) as provided (4.01.2011) by Fines Act 2010 (8/2010), s. 6(2) and table ref. no. 1, S.I. No. 662 of 2010.