Phoenix Check Fraud Attorney (ARS 13-1807)

If you are facing charges for check fraud in Arizona, you have a lot on the line. A conviction could lead to jail time, expensive fines, and a ruined reputation. You may lose your job and people close to you. At AZ Defenders, we recognize that people make mistakes. We work hard to make sure one bad decision – or false accusation – does not ruin your life. Our Phoenix check fraud lawyers can help you defend yourself against these criminal charges. Start with a free and confidential consultation with our Phoenix defense attorneys. Call (480) 456-6400 24/7.

Why Hire AZ Defenders to Defend Your Check Fraud Charge?

If you are charged with check fraud, regardless of its classification, you need the services of an experienced, aggressive, and effective local theft attorney on your side. Additionally, under Arizona’s white collar crime statutes, a charge under check fraud could also lead to a myriad of other related charges. The consequences can be dire and you need someone to help you get the best possible result in your individual case. We have the knowledge, skill, and practice area experience to protect your future and freedom. Our white collar criminal defense lawyers in Phoenix use proven and aggressive legal strategies for top results. We are highly motivated to achieve positive outcomes based on our genuine desire to help those accused of check fraud and other money crimes in Arizona.

What is Check Fraud

Check Fraud is a complex criminal offense under Arizona’s laws. The Arizona check fraud statute 13-1807 “Issuing Bad Checks” is defined as when a check is issued with the knowledge that there are not sufficient funds in the originating account to cover the full amount of the check as well as all other outstanding checks at the time the check was issued. Some common examples of check fraud include:

  • Check “Kiting” – Writing a check for an amount not covered by the amount in the account and then withdrawing the money from a second account before the original check has been cleared
  • Forgery – Altering a check using fake signatures or information
  • Counterfeiting – printing a check not authorized by the bank
  • Paperhanging – Knowingly issuing a check from an account that has been closed

AZ Defenders will tailor your defense strategy on the specific check fraud case you have alleged committed. Whether you knowingly committed the crime, did not mean to commit a crime or are being falsely accused, a qualified Phoenix white collar crime lawyer at our law firm can help you defend your rights.

Penalties for Check Fraud

The possible punishments for this charge range from a class one misdemeanor up to a class six felony.  Additionally, check fraud could lead to felony Forgery, ID Theft, or Fraud Schemes charges. The range of possible punishment for these charges could range from significant fines all the way up to decades in prison.

Possible Defenses to Check Fraud

Our Phoenix check fraud lawyers will help you craft a strong defense based on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Some examples of defenses you may present include:

  • Before drawing the check amount, the recipient knew, had reason to believe, or was notified that there were insufficient funds to cover the face amount of the check.
  • The financial institution was made aware of the insufficient funds and a promise to repay was made creating a temporary credit extension
  • The check was drafted under a state of intoxication or insanity
  • A stop payment was placed on the check before receiving a notice of insufficient funds
  • The insufficiency of funds was because the financial institution made an adjustment to your account without properly notifying you
  • Another party’s fraud or illegal activity resulted in the check being bad
  • A good faith ignorance that the check would not be honored
  • A demonstration of your good moral character and/or a history of successful transactions between the parties.

Free Consultation With a Phoenix Check Fraud Attorney

Discuss your unique defense strategy as someone facing check fraud charges with our attorneys today. We will provide honest and trustworthy answers to your questions at no charges upfront. Our defense attorneys can give you the legal advice you need in this difficult situation. Contact AZ Defenders online or by calling (480) 456-6400 at any time, day or night to speak with an experienced check fraud lawyer in Phoenix. We are available 24/7 to speak to new clients.

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