Maximum Penalties for Theft by Check in Texas
Balancing a checkbook is a life skill that has sadly become less common as debit cards have become popular and educational programs that teach such skills to students have been cut back. While this is a widespread trend, you are still legally liable for checks that you write. If you should intentionally or unintentionally write a check without having sufficient funds available to cover it, then you might be subject to hefty fines, fees, and even criminal charges.
If you have been charged with theft by check, you need to know that this is a serious crime that comes with serious consequences. A skilled and experienced Denton criminal defense attorney can help you to prepare the strongest case possible and ensure that your legal rights are properly respected. Do not take any unnecessary chances with your freedom; contact Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560.
Theft by Check: The Criminal Penalties
Like most crimes, theft by check is penalized based on the severity of the offense. In this case, that means that steeper penalties are imposed when more money was allegedly stolen. The following represent the maximum penalties that may be imposed, determined by the cumulative value of the thefts committed:
- Less than $20 – Fine of $500
- $20-$500 – Fine of $2,000 and six months in jail
- $500-$1,500 – Fine of $4,000 and one year in jail
- $1,500-$20,000 – Fine of $10,000 and six to twenty-four months in state prison
- $20,000-$100,000 – Fine of $10,000 and two to ten years in state prison
- $200,000 and up – Fine of $10,000 and five to ninety years or life in state prison
In addition to these penalties, you may have to pay certain fees and restitution if you are convicted of theft by check. As you can imagine, such a conviction can have many repercussions that could affect the rest of your life.
It is important that you do not delay the commencement of your defense. If you are facing a hot check prosecution, contact the Denton criminal lawyers of Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560 today.
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