In Florida, a person may face criminal charges for writing a worthless check. A person or company paid with a bad check may mail a formal notice to the person that issued the check, demanding the full payment of the check as well as certain fees. If the check issuer does not pay within 7 days, the person or company that filed the notice may take legal action in criminal and/or civil court.
It is important that you work with a Florida criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of issuing a bad check. Whether you have received a notice demanding payment in the mail or if there is already a lawsuit pending against you, an attorney can step in and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. At Finebloom & Haenel, our legal team is dedicated to providing people just like you with the experienced and dedicated representation they need in the face of all types of serious criminal charges, including those involving worthless checks.
If the alleged victim of a worthless check chooses to take civil action against you, he or she may seek financial damages of up to three times the amount of the check. You may also be required to pay attorney fees, court costs and bank fees if you are found guilty.
If the victim contacts the state attorney and criminal charges are filed against you, you may face such penalties as imprisonment, fines, restitution to the victim and more.
You may be able to avoid serious penalties and the negative effects that a conviction can have on your reputation if you consult a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Finebloom & Haenel today for a free consultation!