According to Nevada state law, a person who writes a check in the state must have sufficient funds in their account to cover the check. If the check is deemed insufficient because there is not enough money, it is commonly called a bad check and the person who issued it may get into trouble.
Nevada state law makes it unlawful to write a check without sufficient funds to cover that check when the person:
To defraud means the person purposely deceives a victim or misrepresents the facts to make the victim do what they want. The victim can be another individual, a financial institution, or a business.
Intent to defraud means the person purposely wrote the check knowing there was not enough money in the account to make good on the check, but makes it appear to the victim that they have sufficient money. A person writes a check believing they have money to cover the check does not have the intent to defraud.
If the bad check is for less than $650, then the crime is a misdemeanor. The penalty for a misdemeanor is:
If the check is for $650 or more and it is intended to pay for wages, then the crime is a gross misdemeanor. The punishment for this crime is:
If the fake check is for $650 or more and was not issued to cover wages, then the crime is a category D felony. The penalty for a category D felony is:
Being accused of issuing a bad check is embarrassing enough without also having to deal with facing a criminal charge for the check. A Nevada criminal attorney will help you resolve your bad check charge in Nevada.
Last Modified: 11-01-2016 08:05 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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