Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia

Q: If someone gets arrested in Gwinnett county, Georgia and Thay get arrested for attempting to cash a check that apparentl

Wasn’t a good check how can they give 6 fraud in 3rd- degree felony charges and 3 criminal attempt to cash felony charges for one time incident how does that happen? A total of 9 felonies was issued, and the person wasn’t aware that the check was fraudulent or not. But once again, that’s one incident how does 9 felonies become of that.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In criminal law, it's not uncommon for multiple charges to arise from a single incident. Each charge represents a different aspect of the alleged offense. In the case of attempting to cash a fraudulent check, different charges could stem from various legal interpretations of the act.

For example, each charge could represent a different legal element related to the transaction, like the intent to defraud, the act of presenting the check, or the criminal attempt itself. It's possible for the prosecution to file multiple charges to cover different angles of the alleged crime.

The fact that the person wasn’t aware that the check was fraudulent is an important defense that should be raised. Lack of knowledge or intent can be a key factor in defending against such charges.

It's crucial for the person involved to consult with a defense attorney. An attorney can examine the specific circumstances and charges to build a defense strategy, potentially challenging the number or nature of the charges based on the details of the case. Legal representation is essential in navigating such complex legal situations.

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