I have been charged with passing bad checks. It did not know a check bounced and I moved and did not get notices.

Asked over 1 year ago - Belmont, NY

I plead not guilty at arrangement. Should represent myself ? should i now plead guilty? What will happen if i change my plead?

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  1. Yefim Rubinov

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    Answered . Get a lawyer, period.

  2. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer to assist you. Do not represent yourself in an criminal proceeding.

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  3. John M. Cromwell

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    Answered . Don't represent yourself. Hire a lawyer.

  4. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . You should not represent yourself. Hire an attorney to represent you.
    It's a misdemeanor and you would have a criminal record if you plead guilty..


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  5. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Don't just plead guilty - that will give you a criminal record for life. You need to hire a good criminal defense lawyer to see what your defenses are, what your options are and what can be worked out with the prosecutor.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  6. Kris K. Skaar

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    Answered . You should not represent yourself. You should get experienced local criminal defense counsel who can answer your questions about changing your plea based on your specific situation. Although you might not be looking at a lot (or even any) jail time, there is still a lot at stake. You may be put on probation (which can be a pain) and you will then have this on your record. Remember that even if you might be civilly liable for the check, that does not mean that you violated the criminal law. This is why you need good, experienced counsel.

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