Maryland has specific laws in place to prevent and prosecute the writing or issuing of bad checks. Bad checks are those for which the issuer knows there are not funds to cover payment but issues them anyway. Any offense involving a bad check has the potential to be serious, particularly when the intended victim of the offense is the IRS, Department of Revenue or any other governmental agency. It is also illegal to stop payment on a check with the intent to defraud the person or entity to which it was issued.
The penalties that a defendant in Maryland may face for a bad check offense will vary depending upon the value of the check as well as the intended or actual victim. For an offense involving stopping payment on a check, the penalties may range from 60 days in jail to up to 5 years in prison. If the value of the check is less than $150 the defendant will face the lesser penalty; if the check is valued at more than $150 he or she may face the longer term of imprisonment.
A person who has been issued a bad check has the right to take legal action to collect the value of the check. If the person who issued the check does not respond and pay the full amount within a set period of time, criminal charges may be filed against him or her. The issuer of the bad check may face criminal charges and civil charges and therefore penalties for both.
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