In Texas, there are two type of bad check charges: issuance of bad check and theft by check. You can be charged with issuance of bad check, if you write a check to someone, it bounces, and you fail to make good on the check. Issuance of bad check is a class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $500. In Dallas County, jurisdiction for issuance of bad check case lies
in the justice of the peace court. If an issuance of bad check charge is filed against you, the justice of the peace will issue a warrant for your arrest. You may or may not be notified. Once issued, this arrest warrant can be executed anywhere in the State of Texas. You are subject to arrest at your home, your place of business, or during a routine traffic stop. Don’t let this happen to you! If you’ve been charged with issuance of bad check, we can post an attorney bond on your behalf, have the warrant recalled, and avoid your being arrested. Don’t go to jail… call us before it’s too late. In addition to removing the arrest warrant, we an also represent you on the underlying issuance of bad check charge, and may be able to assist you in avoiding conviction or even obtaining an outright dismissal of the case.
Theft by check is the more serious of the two charges. Theft by check is, at a minimum, a class B misdemeanor, with a penalty range of up to 180 days in the county jail, and up to a $2000 fine. However, theft by check can also be charged as a felony, depending upon the alleged value of the check at issue. Unlike issuance of bad check, theft by check involves an allegation that you obtained something of value in exchange for the check you wrote. In Dallas County theft by check cases, jurisdiction lies at the county criminal court. As with issuance of bad check, if a theft by check charge is filed against, a warrant will be issued for your arrest, and you may or may not be notified.