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Is writing a bad check in Utah a felony?

The level of criminal charge for writing a bad check in Utah depends in part on what you mean by "bad check."  Depending on the circumstances, "bad check" charges in Utah can be filed as either misdemeanors or as felonies.

If a check is "bad" there are insufficient funds in the person's checking account, the Utah criminal code considers the charge to be that of "issuing a bad check or draft."  The level of offense for bouncing a check is determined by the amount for which the check was written.  Amounts under $500 are considered class B misdemeanors.  If the amount is $500 up to $1499.99, the charge is a class A misdemeanor.  Amounts over $1500 are felony charges, and amounts over $5000 are second degree felonies.

If the check is "bad" because it is a forgery, the charge is a felony regardless of the amount of the check.  But a forgery charge for writing or passing a bad check in Utah will usually be accompanied by a second charge theft by deception or attempted theft by deception.

If you are facing Utah criminal charges, an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney can make all the difference.  Stephen Howard has successfully defended thousands of serious criminal cases, with a track record of real results.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
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