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There are four criteria for getting charged with passing bad checks and only one need apply to your case. They are:
If you are convicted of a passing bad checks offense, additional potential issues include:
The Ohio fraud lawyers with LHA take a two pronged approach to all passing bad checks cases. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made and what legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, video surveillance and recorded interviews. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review.
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
The second approach taken by our Ohio fraud lawyers is to identify whether you have a substance abuse problem. If so and that was a factor in your commission of the passing bad checks offense, we will try to negotiate your admittance into a treatment program in lieu of jail, prison or potentially a conviction in your case.
For over a decade, the Ohio fraud lawyers with Luftman, Heck and Associates have successfully represented clients charged with passing bad checks. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with passing bad checks, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have never been charged with Passing Bad Checks, jail time is rare. For this, you’ll generally face a fine, community control sanctions and/or probation.
Each subsequent time you are charged with Passing Bad Checks, it increases your chance of receiving jail time, however
A theft conviction will have a serious and potentially lifelong impact on you in many different ways. Any job that you will apply for will likely be able to see the conviction and you will be flagged as untrustworthy.
If you are asked on any job application if you have been charged with a criminal offense, or an offense involving dishonesty, you will likely have to discuss your theft conviction. Bottom line: your ability to get a job can be permanently damaged with a theft conviction.
Possibly. It depends on a couple of different factors. First, are there issues with the evidence? If the prosecutor does not feel they can prove all of the elements of the theft offense you are charged with, they might consider dismissing the charge or reducing it to a lesser, unrelated offense.
Second, if you have not been previously charged, it may be possible to convince the prosecutor that this is truly an out-of-character incident that could irreparably harm your future. The prosecutor may then choose to dismiss the charge upon certain conditions or amend the charge to a lesser, unrelated offense.