Bad Check Offenses

Bad Check Offenses

Wrentham Criminal Defense Attorneys

Contact a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney at our firm today if you or a loved one has been accused of a criminal offense involving a bad check.

Massachusetts has specific laws in place to prevent and prosecute the writing or issuing of bad checks. Also often referred to as worthless checks, bad checks are those for which the issuer knows there are not funds to cover payment but issues them anyway. Any offense involving a bad check has the potential to be serious, particularly when the intended victim of the offense is the IRS, Department of Revenue or any other governmental agency. It is also illegal to stop payment on a check with the intent to defraud the person or entity to which it was issued.

Penalties for Bad Check Offenses

The penalties that a defendant in Massachusetts may face for a bad check offense will vary depending upon the value of the check as well as the intended or actual victim.

A person who has been issued a bad check has the right to take legal action to collect the value of the check. If the person who issued the check does not respond and pay the full amount within a set period of time, criminal charges may be filed against him or her. The issuer of the bad check may face criminal charges and civil charges and therefore penalties for both.

Contact a criminal defense lawyer at our firm today for a free consultation regarding your bad check offense.