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Can you get arrested for writing a bad check?

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One can be arrested for writing a bad check and prosecuted criminally. State laws address the civil and criminal penalties for writing bad checks. A civil penalty addresses how much the recipient of the bad check is allowed to receive, and this amount can be higher than the bounced check.

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The amount could be double or even triple the original amount plus damages and attorney's fees. Usually, a bad check does not become a criminal matter unless there is intent to defraud by the person writing the check. Most individuals cover a bad check as soon as possible, so criminal penalties do not come into play.

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