Larceny by Check, MA Criminal Defense Lawyer
About Being Charged with a Larceny by Check Offense in Massachusetts
Brockton, MA Criminal Defense Attorneys for Larceny Charges
“Larceny by check” refers to the act of deliberately writing a bad check—that is, one that you know will not be covered by sufficient funds in your bank account to pay on the check in an attempt to defraud an individual, bank, or business.
Many people accidentally bounce a check now and then, so in order to prove a charge of larceny by check the district attorney has to establish that you were aware of the lack of funds when you wrote the check, and that you deliberately set out to commit fraud. One way the state attempts to prove you intended to commit fraud is if you ignore the “insufficient funds” notice from your bank, which banks send out a few days after a checking account has been overdrawn.
Larceny by check may seem like a victimless crime, but Massachusetts law treats it every bit as seriously as if you had physically robbed a home or an individual.
If you’re convicted of passing a bad check, you can be sent to state prison for as long as five years, and you may also have to make financial restitution to your victim.
Our criminal defense lawyers will do their best to work with the district attorney to plead down your charge, or to offer full restitution in return for dropping all charges. In the unlikely event that your case goes to trial, they will do everything in their power to bring to light exculpatory evidence in your favor.
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As is the case with other larceny charges, larceny by stealing from a person is rarely the subject of extended courtroom trials. If you have been charged with this crime, the criminal defense lawyers of The Noonan Defense Firm may be able to plead down your case with the district attorney, or have the charges dismissed pending a period of probation. Restitution of the value of the property will also go a long way toward having a larceny conviction erased from your record, or not entered there in the first place.
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