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 2 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 is arrested.
- Warrants are issued by Justices of the Peace, and are forwarded to Constables or the Sheriff for execution.
- 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.