Fighting Check Kiting Charges
Check kiting is a form of embezzlement because it involves the passing of a worthless or bad check. A person may write a bad check with the intention of depositing money into the bank account before the check hits the bank. This is why the term “kiting” is used to define the practice. If you have been accused of kiting checks, you need an experienced Minneapolis white collar crime defense lawyer representing you.
The sooner work begins on your case the better. Jennifer Speas has the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and build a strong defense for you with the purpose of having a better future.
How Check Kiting Happens
If you write a check that you know will not be honored because the account was closed, didn’t exist, or there were insufficient funds, you may be charged with check kiting. Unfortunately, this is an easy offense to be charged with. Many people write checks not knowing the funds will be insufficient when the check hits the account. This is why you need a white collar attorney to help you throughout the case.
If convicted of check kiting, you could face the following penalties:
- More than $500 – up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
- More than $250 but less than $500 – $3,000 in fines and up to one year in jail
- Less than $250 – $1,000 in fines and up to 90 days in jail
The criminal record will result in difficulty finding a job, a place to live, and moving forward with anything that involves a background check.
Understanding And Solid Defense
When you are going through an accusation of check kiting, you need a Minneapolis white collar crime defense lawyer who knows what you’re going through. Many times, a check kiting offense is committed out of desperation and necessity. Other times, there may be circumstances that truly led to the account having insufficient funds, such as some kind of fraud against you that drained your account. Ms. Speas will evaluate every fact and circumstance and use them to build a solid defense.
Contact A Minneapolis White Collar Crime Defense Lawyer
Check kiting may not seem like a big deal, but it is a very serious offense in Minnesota. It can result in fines or prison time, as it is considered passing bad checks. If you or a loved one has been charged with embezzlement as the result of check kiting, you need an experienced defense attorney helping you. To learn more, call the Speas Law Firm, P.A., at 612-333-6160 for an initial consultation.