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What is the punishment for fraud in Texas?

I'm being accused of check fraud from a cash advance location. I lost my job right around the time these checks were written and I had no intention of being fraudulent. The whole situation looks bad. I got a notification that charges were being filed against me and that I could potentially go to jail. What is the most appropriate course of action, aside from the obvious choice of paying them back. I don't have all that money at this time. Can an attorney help me so that I don't go to jail?

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    Mark Thiessen | Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    1017 Heights Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77008
    (713) 428-2322
    The only way you are not going to jail is by hiring an attorney. Fraud is a felony. At least 2 years in prison and up to 20 depending on the amount. A good lawyer will be able to tell your side of things. It is an absolute must that you hire the best lawyer you can afford.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 2/19/2013
    Victor Rivera | Rivera Legal Group, PLLC
    1011 Surrey Lane
    Flower Mound, TX 75022
    (214) 646-3236
    Check fraud is when you take a check that you know is counterfeit and put your information on it to try to cash it out. Your details do not like check fraud but rather Theft by Check. Has a case been filed by the district attorney against you yet? If not, wait until the DA files it so you know what you are actually charged with because the possible punishment range varies per charge.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 2/19/2013
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