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I bounced four business checks

Delmar, NY |

My Business is going bankrupt. I wrote 4 checks this week. They all bounced. I have paid back most of the value in cash to all parties. They continue to threaten to have me arrested if I dont pay quicker but I simply cannot pay quicker. Can I face criminal charges for this?

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Issuing a bad check in the State of NY appears to be a class B misdemeanor.

It's possible that if the prosecutor pursues the matter and a criminal judgment is entered against you that you may also have to pay restitution. The restitution debt probably would not be a debt you can discharge in a bankruptcy, should you end up there.

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Owing money is not a crime. Passing bad checks is. You must find a way to pay them back. Then don't write any more bad checks.

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If you knew the checks to be bad when you issued them then yes it is a crime. If you receive any calls from detectives asking you to come answer questions, they want to arrest you. You have a 5th Amendment right to remain silent. You should exercise it.

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I am sorry to hear about your situation. Yes unfortunately. In the future if you can't pay, it is better not to than to write a check w/out sufficient funds.

You should contact an attorney to discuss your questions as additional information would be helpful.

Our firm has many years of experience in this field.

I wish you the best of luck.

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