Challenging Check Crime Offenses
If you or a loved one has been arrested for check fraud, issuing a bad check, theft of a checkbook, forging and uttering, or a related crime, MacDowell Law Group, P.C., has the legal background you need to defend against serious charges.
Our lawyers have handled thousands of criminal cases in Fairfax County and the surrounding area. Our founding attorney, Richard MacDowell, is a former prosecutor with over 35 years of legal experience. We have helped many clients who have been arrested for theft and fraud crimes, including check crimes.
Important Information To Know About Check Crimes
Issuing a bad check is a serious crime in Virginia. A person accused of issuing a bad check of more than $500 may be charged with a Class 6 felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to five years. A person accused of issuing a bad check of less than $500 may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by confinement in jail of up to one year (Virginia criminal Code 18.2-181). Effective July 1, 2018, the General Assembly raised the felony threshold from $200 or more to $500 or more for this offense, and several other larceny and fraud offenses.
To obtain a conviction for passing a bad check, the prosecution must establish intent. If you simply failed to properly balance your checking account or made an error, you are not guilty of a criminal offense.
There Are Repercussions For Issuing Multiple Bad Checks
Virginia criminal Code 18.2-181.1 creates serious penalties for anyone who issues two bad checks within a 90-day period. Pursuant to the code, such action constitutes a Class 6 felony if the checks are drawn from the same accounts, are made out to the same party and have a combined value of $200 or more.