Accused of Issuing Worthless Checks in Miami?
Miami Fraud Crime Lawyer
Issuing a bad or worthless check is a criminal offense whereby the accused individual has either drawn, issued, made or delivered a check, draft or some other written money order, or used a debit card, when at the time of doing so, they knew that there were not enough funds in the respective account to cover the transaction or payment. This does not, however, apply to the practice of postdating a check, to be cashed at some other time in the future. It is a form of fraud, and therefore, the intent to defraud must be proven. This is why we are not prosecuted for every bounced check or overdraft on our account that we have ever made. The key element is that there has to be intent, and full knowledge that there was not enough money in the account to cover the payment at the time of the transaction.
Penalties for Worthless Checks in Miami
If you are being charged with the crime of issuing worthless checks, please talk to a competent, experienced lawyer in the field of criminal defense and fraud. The penalties for issuing a worthless check less than $150 is a first degree misdemeanor, which can carry with it up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. When the amount in question is worth more than $150, it is a third degree felony and punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
If you are facing worthless check charges, don't delay in contacting an attorney. The state will aggressively pursue prosecution of a worthless check charge, and the best defense is to have a criminal defense attorney with the expertise and legal acumen to defend your case fully. Contact us at Seltzer Law PA today for a free, confidential evaluation where we can discuss your case and lay out your best options.