For check fraud, the distinction between a misdemeanor and a felony varies based on several factors. Potential variables include the specific type of check fraud committed, the state in which fraud was committed and the amount of money involved, among others.
Writing a check from another person's account without authorization and writing a bad check from your own account are both forms of check fraud. In most states, writing a check from another person's account is considered a felony. If a check is written from an authorized account, but sufficient funds are not available, the deciding factor between a misdemeanor and a felony is typically the amount of the check. Ultimately, the prosecutor decides whether to pursue misdemeanor or felony charges.