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Have you been charged with bad checks or credit card fraud in Connecticut? Fraud, credit card fraud and related offenses, and writing bad checks can be serious offenses, depending on the amount involved. Any criminal offense will leave you will a permanent criminal record that can follow you for life. As a Connecticut bad checks lawyer, I am here to help guide you through this difficult time.
Most often, these offenses are committed by people under extreme financial stress. The loss of a job, unexpected medical bills… many things can send a tight financial situation into a nosedive.
If you made a mistake at a difficult time in your life, I understand and want to help you.
Although financial stress is not an excuse for criminal behavior, there are still defenses I can pursue. I have handled many white collar offenses within the Connecticut criminal courts. I know what you are up against, and what it will take to fix this problem.
Please contact me today for a free criminal defense consultation on fraud related criminal charges in Connecticut.
You may be charged with a bad checks offense if you attempt to pass a check knowing there is insufficient funds to cover the amount, or knowing the bank will refuse the check, such as when writing a check on a closed account.
The penalty you face for this charge depends on the amount of the check:
|$250 or less||Class C Misdemeanor||Up to 3 months in jail and $500 in fines.|
|$250- $500||Class B Misdemeanor||Up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.|
|$500- $1,000||Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines.|
|More than $1,000||Class D Felony||1-5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.|
If you give incorrect information to an issuer of a credit card, you could be charged with the criminal offense of giving false information. For example, if you lie about your income or financial situation to be approved for credit. This offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines.
If you steal the credit card of another person, or come into possession of someone else’s credit card with the intent to sell it or use it for purchases, you can be charged with this offense. Credit card theft is typically a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines up to $2,000.
This offense can be committed by using a credit card that is no longer valid (i.e. where the account is closed), using a stolen credit card, or representing yourself as a valid account holder knowing no such account exists or the account does not belong to you.
The extent of your charges depends on the value of the items or services obtained through the illegal usage.
|Up to $500||Class A Misdemeanor||Up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines.|
|$500 or more||Class D Felony||1-5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.|
Identity theft is defined by Connecticut statute as obtaining personal identifying information of someone else without their authorization and using that information for an unlawful purpose (obtaining credit, goods, or services, etc.). This “personal identifying information” can include social security numbers, employee numbers, mother’s maiden name, account numbers, etc.
This offense is a Class D felony which is punishable by 1-5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Connecticut fraud laws are broad and far reaching. There are many offenses that are categorized under this heading. The only way to know for certain what kind of penalty you may be facing for your charge is to consult with an experienced Connecticut bad checks lawyer.
I am prepared to fight on your behalf, and there are always legal defenses. You may have thought you were authorized to use a credit card or borrow a check, and I will fight to clear up this misunderstanding.
I also understand that people make mistakes and bad decisions in times of stress. If this happened to you, I will fight to protect your rights and get you the best outcome possible under the law.
You deserve a second chance! Call Connecticut bad checks lawyer Erin Field and get a consultation on your case, today.
|Unlawful Entry into Coin Machine||CGS § Sec. 53a-127a||Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year)|
|Fraudulent Use of an Automated Teller Machine||CGS § Sec. 53a-127b||Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year)|
|Issuing a Bad Check||CGS § Sec. 53a-128|
|Payment Card Theft||CGS § Sec. 53a-128c|
|Identity Theft in the First Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-129b||Class B felony (1 to 20 years)|
|Identity Theft in the Second Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-129c||Class C felony (1 to 10 years)|
|Identity Theft in the Third Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-129d||Class D felony (1 to 5 years)|
|Forgery in the First Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-138||Class C felony (1 to 10 years)|
|Forgery in the Second Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-139||Class D felony (1 to 5 years)|
|Forgery in the Third Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-140||Class B misdemeanor (up to 6 months)|
|Unlawfully Using Slugs in the First Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-144||Class B misdemeanor (up to 6 months)|
|Unlawfully Using Slugs in the Second Degree||CGS § Sec. 53a-145||Class C misdemeanor (up to 3 months)|