If you or a family member has been accused of a criminal offense involving a bad check, you need to contact a Florida Bad Check Lawyer immediately.
Florida has established laws to prevent and prosecute the issuing of bad checks. Referred to as worthless checks, bad checks are those for which the issuer knows there are no adequate funds to cover payment but issues them anyway. Any offense which involves a bad check may be serious especially when the intended victim of the offense is the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Revenue or any other government agency. It is illegal as well to cease payment on a check with the intent to defraud the person or entity to which it was issued.
Penalties for Bad Check Offenses
In Florida, the retribution that a defendant may face for a bad check offense differs. This depends on the check value as well as the intended or actual victim. The penalty may range from 60 days in jail up to 5 years in prison for an offense involving stopping payment on a check. If the value of the check is less than $150, the accused will face a lesser penalty, otherwise he or she may face a longer term of imprisonment.
A victim of a bad check offense has the right to take a legal action to solicit the value of the check. Criminal charges may be filed against the issuer if he or she does not pay the full amount within a set period of time. He or she may face criminal charges and civil charges alike.
Contact a criminal defense lawyer at our firm today for a free consultation regarding your bad check offense.