Is it a Crime to Bounce a Check?
As an experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney I am often asked about bounced checks. In New Jersey if you gave a check and it bounced, you could be charged with a crime. Very often, those are accounting errors without criminal intent. I have seen people being charged, especially in the municipal court, for passing bad checks.
However, there is usually a relationship between the person who gave the check and the person who received it, and very often that is just a civil matter where they make good on the check and there wouldn’t be any additional charges. However, if some type of intent can be established, a prosecutor will probably be more than willing to prosecute that individual for passing that bad check.
Do you have questions regarding bounced checks? If so, contact the experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Spector.