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Writing a bad check may result in criminal charges filed, a summons to court, warrant for your arrest and having a permanent record of being a bad check writer. The Program offers you, the check writer, the opportunity to divert this matter from going to court. If the balance is paid in full before criminal charges are filed, then this offense will not go on your permanent record.
Payments can be mailed or brought into the MCAO Check Enforcement Program at: 11 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003
We only accept money orders or cashier’s checks. Include your Personal ID (PID) number on all forms of payment. A receipt will be given or mailed to you showing the payment was received and your account credited. Do not pay the merchant(s), or the person(s) to whom the check was originally written.
You may have a warrant out for your arrest. You have the following options:
If you or your business has received a bad check in exchange for goods or services, fill out a Victim Information Form (first time victims only), attach the bad check to a completed Submittal/Witness Form (use a separate form for each bad check), and mail or deliver these materials to our office: MCAO Check Enforcement Program, 11 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003. If there is sufficient evidence to prove the ID of the check writers, we will take action — including criminal prosecution — to collect the funds you are owed from the bad check writer plus a $25 merchant fee at no cost to you.
We encourage the victims to contact the check writer to resolve the issue of non-payment. We have provided “Demand for Payment” guidelines and example letters you can mail to the check writer. This should be taken prior to contacting the Check Enforcement Program.
For more in-depth information about the Check Enforcement Program - read our guidebook.
MCAO will answer questions when submitted and will post the questions and answers on the MCAO public website for all interested persons to review.
With some exceptions, offenses under ARS § 13-2910, subsection A are eligible for the Animal Cruelty Diversion Program. These are felony offenses. Deputy County Attorneys must also consider additional eligibility criteria in MCAO policy.
MCAO does not guarantee a minimum number of referrals to the contracted vendor. However, looking at the number of submittals to MCAO in the past year with diversion-eligible offenses, approximately 175 individuals may be referred to the Animal Cruelty Diversion Program.
MCAO plans to contract with one vendor who best meets the requisites in the Scope of Work.
In the Scope of Work, specifically, 2.9-2.11, addresses program fees.
MCAO plans to award the contract in mid-April 2019, with a likely program start date in May 2019.
No. The required attachments in Section D of the Contractor Response are separate from the 20-page limit.
The ACE Program should be a 4-hour course. However, the ATOP Program is an individualized treatment program, so program length can vary based on the clinical assessment. (see Scope of Work for details on ACE and ATOP) In general, an MCAO Deputy County Attorney (DCA) will suspend prosecution for one year for an offender’s participation in a diversion program. In rare circumstances the DCA may ask the Court for an extension, up to an additional 12 months.
To submit an inquiry, please fill out the Diversion RFP Question Form and someone will get back to you within 2 business days.
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