Fraud and Issuing Bad Checks on the Rise

By: Wallin & Klarich

Do I Need a Bad Check Attorney if I am Charged with Fraudulently Issuing Bad Checks?

With the economic downturn our law firm is seeing a rise in the number of persons who are calling our office for help and who find themselves accused of writing a “bad check”. The problem of bad checks has always been a concern for law enforcement, and with the anticipated downturn in the economy the occurrence of bad check writing will go up. Aside from the economical implications this scenario has, the impact on unsuspecting offenders is that prosecutors will likely begin to pursue offenders more vigorously.

The typical bad check prosecution is where a person will pay rent, a car payment, or any other regular bill with knowledge that there is insufficient funds in their account, but with the hope that they will eventually get the money before the check clears, or that a recently deposited check will clear. Then, the check bounces, a report is made, and charges instituted.

The charges levied against the person will generally be one count of issuing checks to defraud, and another for false pretenses. While similar, the charges are unique enough so that the prosecutor may attempt to prosecute on both charges. If you find yourself accused of a “bad check charge” you need to immediately seek the assistance of a highly skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney.

If the prosecution is successful in establishing the basic elements of the crimes (that a person knew the account did not have sufficient funds in the account when the check was drafted) successfully defending the case will be almost impossible without an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.

Wallin & Klarich is a law firm with over thirty years of experience in handling criminal matters, and has extensive experience in defending those facing bad check charges. The California fraud defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich has been successful in having these charges dismissed when the evidence could be argued that there was some sort of “misunderstanding” of good faith error on the part of the accused. In other cases our law firm has been able to keep our clients from doing job time to save their jobs and their freedom. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for bad check writing, Wallin & Klarich can be reached 24 hours a day at 1 (888) 749-0034, and you can find more information about successfully defending the case at

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