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What To Do if You've Been Accused of Check Fraud

It's a crime in New Jersey to write a check without the money in your account to cover it, pure and simple. Problems with your direct deposit, confusion as to when you'd receive a payment from someone else, or any other explanation for an NSF check won't get you anywhere. Even worse, any bad check for more than $200 can be charged as a felony.

If you're facing check fraud charges, call a lawyer whose experience with white collar criminal defense can give you an advantage against the prosecution. Contact the Law Offices of John F. Marshall. With five offices throughout the state, we offer free initial consultations and convenient client service from Shrewsbury to Cranford.

If you are arrested or charged with check fraud or any related offense, you have the same rights as any other defendant — the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the right to confront the witnesses against you, and the right to trial by jury on any felony charges. Our lawyers can help put your rights into action.

Don't make a bad situation worse — get dependable legal advice

The first thing to keep in mind if you're facing bad check allegations is the importance of maintaining silence. Anything you say can indeed be used against you and anything you say afterward to improve the situation will only invite this response: "were you lying then or are you lying now?"

Tell your story instead to our defense attorneys. We'll find ways to present your case and your situation in the most favorable possible light at every opportunity — at the beginning of the case, in pretrial motions, at trial, and if necessary at sentencing. We have had good success keeping check fraud cases in municipal court, where the maximum sentence is six months and your options for restitution or conditional discharge are much greater than they would be in superior court.

We can keep creditors from using the criminal courts as collection agents

Some bad check cases reflect nothing more than the attempt of a frustrated creditor to use the criminal justice system as leverage against you on a debt, especially in cases where a collection agency secures future payments through authorization to access your account for several months. We know how to work with prosecutors to keep these cases out of court.

To learn more about our approach to client service in check fraud cases in any amount, contact a defense attorney at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall.

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The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall represent New Jersey adult and juvenile clients from offices in Shrewsbury, Cranford, Toms River, Jersey City and New Brunswick. We provide prompt and convenient client service to people in such communities as Newark, Plainfield, Freehold, Eatontown, East Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge, Westfield, Clark, Rahway, Piscataway, Sayreville, Elizabeth, Middletown, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Jackson, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Edison, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Linden, Belmar, Eatontown, Hazlet, Holmdel, Ocean, Sea Bright, Hoboken, Weehawken, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Tinton Falls, Wall, Brick, Dover, Jackson, and other locations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, Burlington County, Mercer County, Essex County, Hudson County and Morris County.

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