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Check Fraud (Bad Checks)

Manchester NJ Ocean County Bounced Check Attorney

A bad check can result in much more serious consequences than most individuals foresee when it is presented for payment. Writing a bad check of just $200 results in a felony criminal offense at the Ocean County Superior Court in Toms River that can land you in prison. And even a municipal court charge for a bad check of less than $200 results in a record and the possibility of up to 6 months in jail. A skilled attorney should certainly be retained by anyone hoping to avoid such an outcome for issuing a bad check in Jackson, Brick, Berkeley, Toms River, Manchester or elsewhere in Ocean County. At Marshall & Bonus, we have successfully represented clients charged with fraudulent check violations for decades. These results are achieved as a result of our 100 plus years of collective experience serving the region and extensive familiarity with the court system. In fact, Matthew Dorry is an attorney with the firm and has served as prosecutor in over 15 Ocean County municipalities. A lawyer on our defense team is available immediately to discuss your charge in a free initial consultation by calling (732) 286-6500.

Bad Checks & Check Fraud in Ocean County

A person can be charged with a Bad Check offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-5 if he or she issues or passes a check or money order, knowing that it is invalid and will not be honored by the back or entity from which it was drawn. There is a presumption of knowledge that the check was bad and would not be honored if: (1) the account was closed when the actor wrote the check; (2) the actor had no account when the check was written; (3) if the person who wrote the check fails to make good and cover the check within 10 days of notice that he/she bounced the check. The penalties and grading of this offense vary depending on the value of the check or money order written as follows:

Amount of Check




Under $200

Disorderly Persons Offense

Up to $1,000

Up to 6 Months County Jail

$200 to $999.99

Fourth Degree

Up to $10,000

Up to 18 Months Prison

$1,000 to $74,999.99

Third Degree

Up to $15,000

Up to 5 Years Prison

$75,000 or More

Second Degree

Up to $150,000

5-10 Years in Prison

Stafford Township Bad Check Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with writing or passing a bad check in Stafford, Barnegat, Seaside Heights, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor or elsewhere in Ocean County, you would be well served in consulting with a defense attorney at our firm. Our lawyers are highly knowledgeable in this offense and will provide you with the guidance that you absolutely need to escape a criminal record and the penalties that can result from a conviction. To speak to one of our attorney anytime 24/7, contact our Toms River Office. Attorneys are available by telephone by calling (732) 286-6500.

What Clients Say About Our Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Exemplary attorneys. I hired them for a DUI and an expungement. I was happy with the results for both cases. Special thank you to Samera for always answering all of my calls and questions JC
I'm 45 years old and this was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law. I was in need of a lawyer and after careful research, I called John F. Marshall Attorneys and was introduced to Abe Basch. Abe was professional, supportive and very thorough. I had three charges against me, one civil and two criminal. I was so scared and expressed that to Abe. The first day I had to go to court, I was an absolute nervous wreck but Abe prepped me and kept my anxiety levels down by going over the process of the courts thoroughly with me. He fought to get my charges dismissed and won all three cases (two court appearances). Abe is positive, confident and he ensured I felt the same way. I'd like to say thank you to Abe for working so diligently on my cases to get them dismissed. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest! I highly recommend Abe for any charges you may be faced with. Rose C.
I was out of state on a family emergency and I had to retain council asap as a boy friend was sitting in county jail with the new no bail point system and Mr marshal and staff made me feel Soo much better knowing that my detained loved one was in such great hands! He spoke to me as I was outta state kept in touch allowed me to work out payment due to the situation and just all out the difference in my bfs voice alone with all the medical problems and such he was going threw sounded better than he had since the first day he was there and was Soo happy that Mr marshal went that day retained to see him in the jail and have him ready for court which wasn't supposed to be till Friday but again Mr marshall and team got it so we can get him now on wendsday and all I have to say is if your looking for a real down to earth lawyer that will work with you and help in anyway possible and I can't for get the team at the office TONI and everyone else thank you again I'd give 100 stars if I could! Nicole J.
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