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What is the penalty for writing back checks and cashing them?

I wrote 2 checks this month from someone's checkbook and made it out to cash then cashed them at the currency exchange. Are the police going to come after me when the person realizes this happens? It was $250 in total.


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    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    That is a good possibility. You can be charged with theft, forgery, identity theft, and a few other charges. I suggest that you have an attorney ready.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    What is the penalty? Jail or prison upon conviction of the criminal charges. You'll learn the actual charge[s] filed and any enhancements, priors, or violations alleged, and get copies of all the police reports and prosecutors evidence when appearing for arraignment at the first court hearing. The charges actually filed by the prosecutor will determine how much time could potentially be imposed. When questioned, arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or statement be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? No amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or elsewhere are going to effectively help in a legal defense. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney who does, who will try to get a dismissal, charge reduction, diversion, programs, or other decent outcome through motions, plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Mari Morrison | Mari Morrison Attorney at Law
    PO Box 36783
    Birmingham, AL 35236
    (205) 982-8515
    You will be charged with a misdemeanor. You should offer to pay the restitution and get them dismissed.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    The police may come after you. It could be a misdemeanor or a felony, probably a misdemeanor. You need to get the money and have it to repay the victim. That will help the disposition.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Aaron Black | Aaron Black Law
    3219 E. Camelback Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85018
    (480) 729-1683
    This could be many things in Arizona. The most common would be Forgery, a class 4 felony. However, depending on what the police know there could be additional charges for theft. If the checks were written on two separate days, or there were two separate transactions the state can allege this as two distinct and separate crimes making it prison mandatory if you are convicted after trial. If you have no prior felonies you would be looking at probation on the first check and 2.25 - 7.5 years in prison on the second check - if charged as a class 4 felony for forgery. You need to stop posting on pubic websites and retain counsel.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona - Replied: 3/13/2013
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