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==================================================================Are you facing charges of writing a bad check? While New York only considers bad check offenses to be class B misdemeanors, being convicted of writing a bad check can have a potentially devastating impact on your financial and professional well-being. For that reason, you need a qualified bad check lawyer on your side to ensure your rights are protected, no matter how minor the charge.
At XYZ Law Firm, our New York criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals accused of all manner of offenses. Our legal team has successfully handled many bad check cases, and they have developed a deep understanding of New York law in this area. Our bad check attorneys know how to formulate an effective strategy for defendants facing these types of charges. To prevent a bad check charge from damaging your good name, please contact a New York back check lawyer at our firm today.
Bad Check Charges in New York
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In New York, a conviction on a bad check charge carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail. That may not sound serious, but the ramifications of such a conviction could follow you throughout the rest of your life, affecting everything from your professional licenses to your immigration status. Having a bad check conviction can make it nearly impossible to find a decent job or obtain a promotion. On top of that, you could be ordered to pay the recipient of the bad check restitution equal to three times the check amount.
You can be convicted of writing a bad check in New York if it is proven that you, or anyone authorized by you, wrote a check that didn’t clear due to insufficient funds. The prosecution must prove that the drawer of the check believed payment would be refused once the check was cashed. However, under the New York bad check law, a judge or jury may infer that the drawer knew the check would bounce if there were insufficient funds in the bank account when the check was written.
Defenses to New York Bad Check Charges
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There are a couple of defenses that could apply to your situation. Under New York law, an individual may not be convicted of writing a bad check if:
- The defendant or a person acting in his behalf made full satisfaction of the amount of the check within 10 days after it bounced.
- The defendant is an employee who, in writing the check, merely executed the orders of his or her employer or another superior officer or employee generally authorized to direct the employee’s activities.
If you can make good on the bad check within the time period specified by New York law, it is advisable to do so immediately. If not, you need to seek the advice of a New York criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a New York Bad Check Lawyer Today
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If you or someone close to you has been charged with writing a bad check in New York, you really can’t afford to go without an experienced criminal defense attorney, even though the charge may seem minor. To learn more and for an evaluation your case, please contact our New York bad check lawyers today at 555-555-5555.