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Charged With Deceptive Practices (Check Fraud)?

Experienced Illinois Fraud Defense Attorneys

Writing a bad check or writing checks on someone else's account are serious crimes under Illinois law. Such cases are aggressively prosecuted, with harsh criminal penalties. A theft conviction can also seriously hamper your future employment options.

If you are accused of check fraud or other deceptive practices, call the Wheaton law firm of Martin & Kent, L.L.C., today to arrange a free, confidential consultation. Our proven attorneys can assert your rights and defenses to respond to the charges and ensure you are treated fairly in the criminal justice system.

Check Fraud May Be A Felony Crime

The Illinois statute on deceptive practices makes it a crime to knowingly engage in:

  • Writing bad checks (non-sufficient funds)
  • Purchasing goods or services and then canceling the check
  • Stealing someone else's checkbook or check blanks
  • Unauthorized use of another's checking account
  • Check forgery or possession of implements of check fraud
  • False statements to a financial institution to open an account

A first offense of check fraud or theft by bad check is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by jail time, fines and other penalties. However, deceptive practices rises to a Class 4 felony for repeat offenses or when the amount of fraudulent checks (single or collectively) exceeds $150. A Class 4 crime is subject to a prison sentence as well as a felony record.

In addition to the criminal penalties, you may be subject to civil liability for the fraudulent amount plus triple damages, up to a maximum of $1,500.

How Our Attorneys Can Help If You Are
Charged With Theft By Deceptive Practices

The statute defines knowingly and unauthorized use. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to get the charges dropped if there is evidence of an honest accounting error, permission to use the account or other innocent explanation. Sometimes we can negotiate restitution in lieu of criminal charges or convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges to a lesser offense.

If the prosecution goes forward, we will make every effort to avoid a felony conviction or minimize the penalties. Our lawyers are former prosecutors with more than 40 years of combined experience in criminal trials.

Check fraud charges are serious and a conviction will follow you for years. Contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C., today to schedule a free consultation. We practice in the courts of DuPage County, Kane County and Cook County.