Thomas & Paulk Gets Felony Charges Dropped

In July 2012, we at Thomas & Paulk worked with a client who was facing felony charges relating to allegedly obtaining property through a worthless check. This crime involved a white collar crime and is tried under Florida Statutes §832.05 (2009). Under this section of the law, it states that it is considered a criminal offense to knowingly draw, make or issue a check knowing that there are insufficient funds to back it up.

Under §832.04(4)(a), it is stated that it is a criminal offense to use a worthless check in the efforts to obtain property and / or services. Per the law, if the check is less than $150, it is considered a first degree misdemeanor and can be penalized with imprisonment not exceeding one year and a monetary fine up to $1,000. Should the check be valued at more than $150, it will be tried as a third degree felony. This can be penalized with up to five years of imprisonment and a fine up to $5,000.

In this case, the client was facing the latter – facing a potential felony conviction and up to five years in prison. We, however, took on the case and were able to negotiate with the State Attorney to have our client pay restitution. All of the charges were thus dropped and our client walked away with a clean criminal record. Want to know more about our previous victories? Please read through our case results. While these are not a promise or a guarantee of future results since every case is subjected to separate circumstances, it is indicative of our legal ability. To learn more about our firm or to schedule your initial case consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.