Facing charges for issuance of a bad check? If you didn’t have enough money in your account to cover a check you’ve written, you could find yourself facing bad check charges. You can be arrested for issuance of a bad check, even if you gave someone the check as a gift (good to know, in case your grandmother writes you a bad check for your birthday and you want to prosecute). In this respect issuance of bad check charges are distinguishable from the offense of theft by check, which requires that you
receive something of value, in exchange for the bad check you’re alleged to have written.
Issuance of a bad check is a class C misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of up to a $500 fine, unless the bad check was issued as a child support payment, in which case you could be facing a class B misdemeanor. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $200, and up to 180 days in the county jail.
Frequently, people charged with issuance of a bad check have no idea that a case is pending against them until they get arrested in a routine traffic stop, or at their home or place of employment during the yearly Great Texas Warrant Roundup. When an arrest on one of these charges occurs, it’s possible to post an attorney bond to obtain the person’s release from jail. However, if you know that you have a pending arrest warrant for issuance of a bad check, it’s possible to post an attorney bond and remove the warrant without your ever being taken into custody.
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