What happens to the bad check writer?

Most “first time” bad check writers will be provided an opportunity to avoid prosecution by payment of full restitution and state mandated fees. If the check writer does not make full restitution, and if sufficient evidence for criminal charges is available, criminal prosecution may be initiated. If the check writer is a repeat offender, or if evidence exists of intent to defraud from the beginning, the County Attorney will attempt to prosecute.

Bad check writers face a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail for each bad check; $2,500 in fines, restitution up to twice the amount of the check; and state mandated collection fees pursuant to A.R.S §13-1807 and §13-1810.

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1. What should I do if I get a bad check?
2. What types of checks are NOT handled by the program?
3. What happens to the bad check writer?
4. What else can I do to recover funds from a bad check?
5. What if I receive payment after submitting a check to the program?