Times of financial hardship often lead people to engage in uncharacteristic and risky behaviors that can potentially to lead to severe consequences. In some cases, individuals feel so financially strained that they write checks to purchase items—sometimes items of necessity—when they know they do not have the financial means to cover. In other cases, individuals (not necessarily facing financial hardship) find that they’ve been confused of check fraud—plain and simple. In either case, such individuals need to know they have options available to them should a law enforcement officer charge them with check fraud or other related criminal charges. A Colorado criminal defense attorney can ensure that you have all the resources at your disposal to receive fair representation when faced with such charges—or fight such charges in the event you feel you’ve been wrongfully charged.
A qualified criminal defense attorney should be considered a necessity by anyone charged with check fraud. Those charged with check fraud should know that if they don’t have solid legal resources at their disposal, then they can potentially receive a sentence in which they pay the maximum fine or serve the maximum prison sentence allowable. Worse yet, these individuals can also potentially be convicted of crimes they did not commit, and consequently, those individuals could spend funds on additional legal fees in attempts to appeal your conviction. In either case, a criminal charge will appear on their records, and this charge may follow them for the rest of their lives.
Check Fraud Penalties in Colorado
-Less than $500: 3 months to 1 year in jail; fines of $250 – $1,000
-$500 to $1,000: 6 – 18 months in jail; fines of $500 – $5,000
-$1,000 or more: 1 year to 18 months in prison; fines of $1,000 – $100,000
If you’ve been charged with check fraud, you should do everything within your power to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. By providing your attorney with all the facts early on, you significantly increase your chances of your case prevailing. That said, however, your attorney will need to review all facts and specific nuances of your case in order to determine whether or not the entire charge can be dropped or whether or not you can just avoid receiving the maximum penalties.