The amount of the check was $650
I agree with the other attorneys. If she doesn't make it right, including reimbursing you for your bank fees, you can pursue criminal and civil charges.
Yes, passing bad checks is a crime, but you have to put her on notice that she has 10 days to make good on it. If she does, then there's no crime to pursue. If not, there is.
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It's a crime if it was intentional. First ask the tenant to make good on the check. More often than not, that will get the result you want...to be paid.
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