After checks are submitted to us, they all go through the same general procedures.
*We will attempt to verify or find a positive ID on the check-writer.
*The check will be entered into our tracking system.
*We will make contact with the accused by sending a postcard demanding payment to
whatever addresses we can find.
*The accused will be given two weeks from the date the postcard is sent to make
restitution before a warrant is issued. We require 100% of the full face value of
the check plus a $30 fee per check for the victim, plus our fees.
*When the check remains unpaid, we will begin to prepare a Theft by Check or Issuance
of a Bad Check case, and also issue a warrant for the accused’s arrest. Warrants
remain outstanding until the check-writer pays restitution and fees in full, or
*Warrants are issued by Justices of the Peace, and are forwarded to Constables or
the Sheriff for execution. <link to constables & sheriff>
*After a case is filed in court, we will ask restitution and fees to be paid as
a condition of any plea bargain agreement, or if the court agrees, as a condition
of probation if it is granted to the offender in court.
* Check-writers can make payments on restitution to
us at any time during this process. However, we may not dismiss a case solely because
the restitution is paid or the victim wants to. Our cases proceed as any other criminal
case would after they are filed.
*When we collect restitution in full on a check, plus the $30 fee for the victim,
a check will be cut to the victim at the end of the month.
Feel free to contact our office with further questions.