Presenting or “passing” a bad check, credit card fraud and forging another person’s name may seem like commonplace or “victimless” crimes. That does not change the fact that they are all theft crimes for which you can be arrested and convicted. Many people consider these to be “minor” crimes; however, any crime that involves money or property also involves trust. If you are convicted of one of these crimes, it will go on your record and appear on a background check. This will make it more difficult to get a job or apply for a loan or for school.
At Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C., we want to prevent small mistakes from having a huge impact on your life. Our attonrneys offer aggressive bad check and forgery defense. We understand that you may not have meant any harm or you may not have realized what happened. Our goal is to mitigate the damage to your future.
We can defend you against charges involving:
- Bad checks
- Credit card fraud
- False reports to the police
- Giving false identification to law enforcement
- Access device fraud (ADF)
Bad checks can be a charge even if you didn’t originally intend to defraud a business, but failed to repay the money within 10 days of receiving a notice of insufficient funds. Grading for sentencing can be enhanced, based on a history of prior offenses. Forgery can be a felony depending on the writing involved. Forgery can also include “uttering” any involved forged writing — this means passing it off as genuine, even if you did not personally forge the writing.
Finding The Best Way To Solve The Problem
Whenever possible, we seek a dismissal upon satisfaction. This occurs when you pay restitution to the injured party in trade for a dismissal of the charges. If this is not a possibility, we are experienced trial attorneys and will fight for your rights. We will work diligently to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys
(610) 685-8000, or contact us online for a free 30 minute consultation. We can meet with you at our office in Wyomissing, Lancaster and Lebanon, and we will come to you in jail, if necessary.