Can You Go to Jail for Writing a Bad Check?

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Unknowingly writing bad checks will generally not land a person in jail, but repeated and intentional use of bad checks can lead to criminal prosecution. Consult a criminal attorney experienced with people who write bad checks with advice from a family lawyer in this free video on bad checks.

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You just lost your job and your steady stream of monthly income has declined and you have found yourself the checks that you wrote in anticipation of next week and the following week's salary are not going to be covered and you're concerned with the checks bouncing and possible civil if not criminal implications. Hello I'm Robert Todd and I'm here to answer the question, can you go to jail for bouncing a check? And generally speaking, this is going to be different from state to state because the laws regarding bouncing checks are going to vary from state to state. But generally speaking if you write one bad check or you are the victim of a bad set of circumstances, the answer is probably not. However, if you knowingly write checks on balances in a checking account that do not exist, that you know do not exist, you are probably subjecting yourself to the pearl of possibly and in some instances, probably, being subjected to criminal prosecution. If you have a specific question or you are charged with a criminal act for writing a bad check, we would advice you to seek the services of a criminal attorney who has experience in representing defendants who are charged with crimes for writing bad checks. It will be money well spent. I'm Robert Todd and thank you for watching.


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