Knoxville Worthless Check Defense Attorneys

Worthless Checks

The crime of passing a worthless check is punishable as theft in the state of Tennessee. The impact that a worthless check charge can have on your life is significant. Our theft defense lawyers have experience and a successful track record handling these types of cases. Call us today if you have been charged with this crime.

Tennessee law states that an individual commits the crime of passing worthless checks if he or she intentionally:

With regard to proving intent, the statute allows "fraudulent intent" to be inferred if there was no bank account when the check was written or passed or if the person did not pay up within 10 days after being notified that the check was rejected by the bank. Still, another provision of this statute also states that it does not apply to a "post-dated" or any other kind of check or if the drawee (the bank) had good reason to believe that the person who wrote the check did not have sufficient funds on deposit when the check was made.

In Tennessee, passing worthless checks is treated the same as theft. The amount of money on the check on the date of issue represents the value of the theft for purposes of assessing the punishment. Passing worthless checks is:

(Source: Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-105)

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Just as in a theft charge, a worthless checks charge can have a negative impact on your reputation. It raises questions and doubts about your honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. It could jeopardize your career prospects, job and your future. The stakes are just too high to wait any longer. If you or someone you love is facing a worthless checks charge, please contact an experienced Knoxville criminal defense attorney at Baker Associates to discuss your legal rights and options.

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2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

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Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
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Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

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