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What is the Arkansas hot-check law?

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The Arkansas "hot check" law comes into effect when a person in the state of Arkansas writes a check for an amount he knows cannot be covered by the money in his bank account. Whether the hot-check writer has committed a felony or misdemeanor depends on the amount of the bounced check, but the penalties are also different depending on where the offense was committed.

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As an example, in Saline County, Ark. it is a misdemeanor to write a hot check for less than $200. If the check is over $200 or the offender has written multiple checks totaling more than $500 over a three-month period, he may be charged with a felony, as of 2014.

However, In the city of Springdale, someone who writes a hot check of up to $1,000 is still qualified as a misdemeanor offender, with anything over that amount considered a felony. In addition to criminal charges being brought against the person who writes a hot check, there can also be a civil penalty incurred. Under Arkansas law, someone who was the recipient of a hot check can ask for the amount of the check plus a $30 fee to be awarded to him, as of 2014.

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