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Asked on: 7/06/13, 5:17 am

What are charges is person wrote 5 bad checkstotalling over 3,000?

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Answered on: 7/06/13, 10:28 pm by John Laurie

Have they been charged criminally? if so then the paperwork regarding the case will list the charges.


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Answered on: 7/07/13, 1:25 am by Terry A. Nelson

Five counts of theft. If they are filed as misdemeanors, each carries up to a year in jail if convicted. If filed as felonies, each carries a couple years in prison if convicted.

The honest answer is that no attorney can predict the outcome, nor even give an intelligent opinion, without reviewing and knowing all the charges, evidence, police reports, expected testimony, priors history, defenses, sympathies, etc.

When charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or statement be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? Effective plea-bargaining, using those defenses, could possibly reduce the potential ‘time’ and other penalties you face. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, programs, or other decent outcome through motions, plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.

If serious about hiring counsel to help in this, feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to help fight and get the best outcome possible, using whatever defenses and sympathies there may be.


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