NORMAN BOGUS CHECK DEFENSE LAWYERS
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Many people are shocked to learn that passing a false or bogus check in Oklahoma can be punishable by a year in jail and a fine up to $1,000. Although most fraudulent check cases are resolved without such extreme consequences, it is critical to take a bogus check charge seriously. Failing to handle the matter promptly and with full knowledge of the legal process and options available could be devastating for your future.
If you have been contacted about a bad check or if your case is already being prosecuted, you should talk to a Norman bogus check defense attorney at Nichols Dixon without delay.
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Oklahoma’s Bad Check Laws
Writing a check on a closed account, forging a signature on an existing account, or writing a check on an account that has insufficient funds are all considered fraudulent. By committing any of these acts, you are defrauding the person, retailer, or service provider to whom the check is written. Committing such an act knowingly is an obvious crime of deceit that is actionable under Oklahoma state law.
What if you write a bad check unknowingly and without the intent to defraud another? What if you are unaware of the fact that your account will be overdrawn? You can still be prosecuted under state law as it assumes that you knew the check would bounce. The law holds account holders responsible for knowing the state of their account and whether or not they have enough funds to cover any check.
While this scenario is generally resolved through making the check good and paying any returned check fee, if this is not done within five days you could be charged with a crime.
Bogus check charges include:
- A misdemeanor for writing a bad check valued at $500 or less, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- A felony for writing a bad check valued between $500 and $1,000, carrying penalties of up to a year in jail, fines of up to $5,000, and restitution
- A felony for writing bad checks valued above $1,000, punishable by up to 10 years in prison
An experienced criminal defense attorney at Nichols Dixon can explore and analyze your defense options. These may include providing full restitution or a skilled defense focused on avoiding a conviction that could seriously impair future job prospects, educational opportunities, and other aspects of your life.
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