Tampa, FL asked in Criminal Law and White Collar Crime for Ohio

Q: Will I have to do jail time for writing a bad check if I was unaware that I didn’t have the funds at the time?

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Brian Joslyn
Brian Joslyn
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  • Columbus, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: To be convicted of passing a bad check you must have intent. Under the Ohio Revised Code Section 2913.11, it states a person must have a “purpose to defraud” and must “know that it [the check] will be dishonored or knowing that a person has ordered or will stop order payment on the check.” Essentially, a person must be knowingly and intentionally passing a bad check to be convicted of the crime. With experienced legal representation, you can provide evidence to prove why you had no intent to pass a bad check and avoid any jail time.

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