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Stephen Howard is a Salt Lake criminal lawyer with extensive experience defending bad check cases and other fraud and financial crimes.  Bounced checks, checks written on closed accounts, or other acts of check fraud can result in prison time and thousands of dollars in fines.  If you are facing criminal charges in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah, you need an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer on your side.  Don't settle for a sales pitch.  Get an experienced criminal lawyer with a track record of achieving real results for his clients.

Depending on the amount the check was written for, issuing a bad check in Utah can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.  Bad checks written for less than $1500 result in misdemeanor charges.  If the amount of the check is $1500 or more, felony charges can be filed.

Criminal charges for issuing a bad check can be filed even if you honestly believed that there was money in your account.  Under Utah criminal law, most charges for issuing a bad check include allegations that the person writing the check knew that the check was bad when it was written.  But if a check bounces that you honestly believed was good when it was written, you are required to make good and actual payment on the check within 14 days from receiving notice that the check was refused by the bank.  If payment is not made, criminal charges can be filed.

(Note: A charge of issuing a bad check in Utah is filed when the check is written by a person on his/her own account.  Under Utah law, if the check is "bad" because it was issued on another person's account without that account holder's authorization, a felony charge of forgery will typically be filed, regardless of the amount of the check.

If you have facing prosecution for check fraud, passing a bad check, or bouncing a check in the Salt Lake area, contact Stephen Howard now for an initial consultation and case analysis.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

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.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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