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Worthless Check Offenses

Worthless Check Offenses

If you or someone you know is facing charges related to worthless checks in the State of Florida, there may be more at stake than you realize. A Florida criminal defense attorney can help you understand your rights, as well as the laws surrounding worthless check offenses. The penalties for issuing a worthless check in the state of Florida can be severe. Issuing a worthless check in the state of Florida for $150 or more is regarded as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

 

Pensacola criminal defense lawyers help those who have been charged with worthless check offenses in the areas of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, Milton, and Navarre, Florida. Worthless checks are sometimes also referred to as bogus checks or NSF checks, and involve checks that have been returned by banks for insufficient funds. There is often a procedure involved in being charged with worthless check offenses, and traversing the court system can take some time.

 

A person or business that has received a worthless check can file a formal notice to the issuer of the check demanding payment, but this is not required by Florida law. Often, a business will give the issuer of the check a certain amount of time to pay the full amount of the check. After that period of time, the issuer of the check may face civil or criminal charges. The decision of whether or not to pursue the matter in a civil court is up to the business or individual that was issued the check, while the decision to pursue the matter in a criminal court may be up to both the business or individual as well as the district attorney in the county that the check was issued.

 

Florida worthless check charges also apply to the use of debit cards when funds are not available. However, post-dated checks, or instances where the receiver was informed that funds would not be available until a later date, are not considered to be “worthless checks” under Florida law. Issuing a worthless check less than $150 is a first degree misdemeanor which carries with it a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If civil charges are also pursued, the check issuer may also face a fine of up to three times the value of the check, as well as accompanying attorney fees and court costs.

 

Being charged with a worthless check offense can cost much, much more than the initial value of the check. In addition, it can result in a loss of freedom and a permanent criminal record. Let a Pensacola criminal defense lawyer stand up for your rights. Call T. Andrew Marks today to discuss your case over the phone or schedule a free consultation.

 
 
   

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Worthless Check Offenses

 

WHY T. ANDREW MARKS?

Andrew has represented thousands of criminal defense clients, which include over 100 jury trials to verdict. Andrew vigorously defends his clients' legal rights through aggressive representation. Plus, he will personally return your call!
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ABOUT T. ANDREW MARKS

Andrew Marks is Florida criminal defense attorney. Based in Pensacola, he represents adult and juvenile clients charged with misdemeanors & felonies in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties in Florida.
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T. Andrew Marks represents clients who have been arrested in Florida for Assault & Battery, BUI, DUI, Forgery, Kidnapping, Restraining Orders, Lewd or Lascivious Conduct, Robbery & Theft, Sexual Battery, Weapons & Firearms, Worthless Checks, Burglary, Domestic Violence, DOMV Injunctions, Drugs, Driving Under the Influence, False Domestic Charges, Felony Sentencing, Forgery & Counterfeiting, Resisting With Violence, Resisting Without Violence, Stalking, Traffic Offenses, White Collar Crime, Disorderly Conduct, Drunk Driving, Expungement, Juvenile Crimes, Probation Violation, Sex Crimes, serving all clients throughout Florida, including Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Holmes County, Pensacola, Perdido, Cantonment, Jay, Beulah, Milton, Pace, Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Eglin AFB, Pensacola NAS, Destin, Crestview, Niceville, Valparaiso, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach.