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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.
We will be answering questions as they are submitted, through August 28, 2018.
The Child Abuse Diversion Program is small, currently only generating 3 referrals a month; however, it is anticipated utilization of this program will increase in the coming months. In the coming months, training to a larger number of attorneys is planned, concurrent with the establishment of a new vendor contract.
Only felony offenders are referred to the Child Abuse Diversion Program. The charges are either aggravated assault (ARS 13-1204) or child abuse (ARS 13-3623).
In the Response Form, under the Program Requisites Section, Number 1, the vendor must address all requisites of the Child Abuse Diversion Program Scope of Work, which includes 2.12, establishing program fees.
We are hoping to begin this contract on or near October 1, 2018.
The required attachments are not part of the 5-page limit mentioned in the Response Form.
One contract to one vendor is our preference due to the small number of current referrals. However, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office may consider making multiple awards for various reasons but particularly; to ensure that referred individuals can readily access the service location(s) in Maricopa County.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office does not have a particular program time limit in mind. Rather, the program description and the needs of the offender should determine the frequency and duration of the diversion program.
If you have a question that is not speicified on this FAQ page, fill out the Diversion Program Question Form.