Illinois Check Fraud Defense Attorney
DuPage County Bad Check Defense Lawyer
Writing bad checks in Illinois is criminal fraud, a serious offense with serious consequences. Much of the conduct covered by check fraud may not seem illegal to many people due to the commonness of the behavior. However, just because everyone does it does not change the fact that it is illegal. Moreover, with the continuous updates in technology, it is easier for financial institutions and law enforcement to detect and prosecute check fraud cases. If you have been accused of or charged with passing bad checks, you need a knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney to help defend your rights. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented clients charged with check fraud in courtrooms throughout the Chicago area.
Check Fraud in Chicago and Cook County
Check fraud is the illegal use of a check to obtain money or anything of value when there are insufficient funds in your account to cover the check, or you lack the legal authority to use the check. Check fraud includes the following conduct:
- Writing a check from your account, or someone else's, when there in sufficient funds to cover the check
- A pattern of writing checks from your account before the funds are available
- Using multiple bank accounts to deposit checks and withdraw funds greater than what is actually available in the account
- Using business or institutional checks, to which you have access, for your own personal use, without permission and in abuse of your authority
Penalties for check fraud vary from a 1-year misdemeanor to a 3-15 year felony, depending on the number of previous convictions, the dollar amount of the fraud, and the criminal history of the offender. Penalties may also include fines up to $25,000 and financial restitution. Bad check charges require experience legal representation. Our attorneys will implement an aggressive defense plan for you. We will seek to have charges against you dismissed or reduced and minimize the disruption such charges can have on your life.
DuPage County Check Fraud Attorney
When you are facing criminal fraud for using a check to obtain money or anything of value with insufficient funds in your account to cover the check, or you lack the legal authority to use the check, you can trust the skilled attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. to defend your rights. With reputable and effective legal representation, you do not have to face serious penalties or the loss of your freedom. Contact us to discuss your check fraud case, or any property charge or white collar crime you may be facing. We serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane Counties. Your initial consultation is free.