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  • Alabama. Check of $500 or more, fine of not less than $500 nor

    more than $5000 or imprisonment up to 3 years, or both; under $500

    check, fine depends on amount and offense. Court shall also order

    restitution to plaintiff; defendant shall pay court costs if

    convicted.

  • Alaska. Issuing check for $25,000 or more, maximum fine of

    $50,000, imprisonment up to 10 years, or both, Issuing check for

    $500 or more, up to $25,000, maximum fine of $50,000, imprisonment

    up to 5 years, or both. Issuing check for $50 or more, up to $500,

    maximum of $5000, imprisonment up to one year, or both. Issuing

    check under $50, maximum fine of $1000, imprisonment up to 90 days,

    or both.

  • Arizona. Up to six months in jail or up to $300 or both if

    under $25; up to five years in state prison or up to one year in

    county jail or up to $500 fine or both if between $25 and $100; up

    to five years in state prison if over $100 or if no account.

  • Arkansas. Checks of $200 or less for 1st conviction fine of not

    less than $50 nor more than $500 or imprisonment up to 30 days or

    both; 2nd offense fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1000 or

    imprisonment up to 90 days or both; 3rd and subsequent offenses

    fine of not less than $200 nor more than $2000 or imprisonment up

    to one year or both.

When more than one check is involved and such checks were drawn

within 90 days of each other and each is an amount less than $200,

the amount of such separate checks may be added together to arrive

at and be punishable under the $200 or more amount to which this

category refers.

Checks for $500 involve a fine not exceeding $10,000 or

imprisonment up to 10 years or both.

  • California. Where amount is less than $200 an is first offense,

    up to one year in county jail.

  • Colorado. Misdemeanor - imprisonment in county jail for not

    less than three months nor more than 12 months or by fine of not

    less than $250 nor more than $1,000 or both.

Felony - imprisonment in state penitentiary for not less than

one year nor more than 5 years or by fine of not less than $1,000

nor more than $15,000 or both. If twice previously convicted,

punishment is imprisonment in state penitentiary for not less than

one year and not more than 10 years or fine of not less than $2,000

nor more than $30,000 or both.

  • Connecticut. Up to $1,000 fine or one year in jail or

    both.

  • Delaware. Misdemeanor - up to 2 years in jail, $1,000 fine, or

    both. Person who issued check must make restitution to person to

    whom check was issued. Felony - up to seven years and such fine as

    court may order.

  • District of Columbia. Up to three years imprisonment and $3,000

    fine or both.

  • Florida. Felony - up to 5 years in prison or $1,000 fine.

    Misdemeanor - up to $300 or six months in jail.

  • Georgia. Check for less than $100, fine of not more than $500

    or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or both. check for $100 or

    more but less than $300, fine of not more than $1,000 or

    imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or both. Upon conviction

    defendant required to make restitution of the amount of the check

    together with all costs, which are presumed to be $20.

When more than one check is involved and such checks were drawn

within 90 days of one another and each is in an amount less than

$100, the amounts of such separate checks may be added together to

arrive at and be punishable as above.

Check for $500 or more; a fine of not less than $500 nor more

than $5,000 or by imprisonment for up to three years, or both.

  • Hawaii. Up to one year in jail or $1,000 fine or both.

  • Idaho. Fine or imprisonment or both as follows: If under $50,

    1st offense - $300 and six months; 2nd offense - $1000 and one

    year; 3rd offense, or if amount in excess of $50 - $5,000 and three

    years.

  • Illinois. Up to $500 fine or up to one year in jail, or

    both.

  • Indiana. Up to $5,000 fine or up to one year in jail, or

    both.

  • Iowa. Up to $100 fine or 30 days in jail for misdemeanor. Up to

    seven years in penitentiary, or one year in jail or up to $500

    fine, or both, for felony.

  • Kansas. Up to $2,500 fine or up to one year in jail or both. Up

    to $5,000 fine or one to five years in jail or both.

  • Kentucky. Up to $500 fine. One year in penitentiary for a

    misdemeanor. Felony punishable by imprisonment from one to five

    years and a fine of not more than $10,000, or double the offender's

    gain from commission of the crime, whichever is greater.

  • Louisiana. Check for under $100, imprisonment for not more than

    6 months or fine of not more than $500 or both. A third or more

    such conviction, fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for

    not more than 2 years or both. Check for $100 or more and less than

    $500, imprisonment for not more than 2 years or fine of not more

    than $2,000 or both. Check for $500 or more, imprisonment for not

    more than 10 years or fine of not more than $3,000 or both. In

    addition, the court may order as part of the sentence restitution

    of the amount of the bad check plus reasonable attorneys fees.

  • Maine. Up to $1,000 fine or 11 months in jail, or both.

  • Maryland. Misdemeanor - maximum fine $100 or imprisonment up to

    60 days or both. Felony - maximum fine of $1,000, imprisonment up

    to 15 years, or both.

  • Massachusetts. Up to $300 fine or one year in jail. Up to $600

    fine and up to 2 years in jail or up to 5 years in

    penitentiary.

  • Michigan. Up to $250 fine or six months in jail. Up to $500

    fine or one year in jail.

  • Mississippi. Checks under $100 - a fine of not less than $25

    nor more than $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for not less

    than five days nor more than six months or both. Upon conviction of

    second offense for check less than $100 a fine of not less than $50

    nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not less than 30 days nor

    more than one year. For the third offense a felony regardless of

    amount involved, imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term

    of not less than one year nor more than five years. For a check of

    more than $100, deemed a felony, punishment of fine of not less

    than $100 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term of not

    more than three years or both.

  • Missouri. Up to $500 fine or six months in jail or both. Up to

    $1,000 fine or one year in jail or both. In addition prosecutor can

    collect fee of $5 for checks less than $10, $10 for checks - $10 -

    $100 and $25 for check of $100 or more.

  • Montana. Check amount under $500.00=Up to $500 fine or six

    months in jail, or both. Check amount over $500.00=Up to $50,000

    fine or 10 years in penitentiary or both. (MCA 45-6-316.)

  • Nebraska. Obtaining property worth: More than $1,000 - Class

    III felony. More than $300 but less than $1,000 - class IV felony.

    Less than $75 - class II misdemeanor; 2nd offense - class IV

    felony. Issuing or passing a check of any amount - class II

    misdemeanor.

  • Nevada. Up to six months in county jail or $500 fine, or both.

    State prison of one to 10 years or $10,000 fine or both.

  • New Hampshire. Up to $200 fine or up to one year in jail, or

    both.

  • New Jersey. Up to $1,000 fine or up to one year in jail or

    both.

  • New Mexico. Up to $1000 fine or 30 days in jail, or both. One

    to 3 years in jail, or up to $1,000, or both.

  • New York. Up to three months in jail, or up to $500, or up to

    double the amount of the drawer's gain from the commission of the

    offense.

  • North Carolina. $50 - $500 or up to six months in jail. If

    check is less than $50 - $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. Over

    three convictions, up to one year. If check drawn on non-existent

    account, fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for not more

    than 2 years or both. If check drawn on account closed by drawer

    prior to time check drawn, fine not to exceed $400 or imprisonment

    for not more than 5 months or both.

  • North Dakota. $25 - $250 fine, or up to 3 months in county

    jail, or both. If no account - fine up to $500 and one year in

    jail.

  • Ohio. Misdemeanor: Up to 6 months in jail, $1,000 fine, or

    both. Felon: Up to 5 years, $2,500 fine, or both.

  • Oklahoma. Up to one year imprisonment or up to $1,000 fine or

    both. One to 10 years imprisonment or up to $5,000 fine.

  • Oregon. Misdemeanor: Up to $1,000 fine or up to one year in

    jail, or both. Felony: Imprisonment for not more than 5 years.

  • Pennsylvania. Up to $1,000 fine or up to 2 years in

    penitentiary, or both.

  • Rhode Island. Up to $500 fine, or up to one year imprisonment,

    or both. Up to $2,000 fine, or up to 2 years imprisonment, or

    both.

  • South Carolina. Up to $2,000 fine or up to 10 years in jail, or

    both. In magistrate's court - first conviction, not less than $50,

    nor more than $250 or imprisonment of 30 days; second or subsequent

    conviction, fine of $200 or imprisonment for 30 days. Conviction in

    court of General Sessions, first conviction fine not less than $300

    nor more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 2 years

    or both; for second or more conviction, fine of not less than $500

    or more than $2,000 or imprisonment for not less than 30 days or

    not more than 10 years.

  • South Dakota. First offense: a fine of not more than $100 or

    imprisonment for not more than 30 days or both. Second offense: a

    fine of not more than $300 nor less than $100 and imprisonment of

    not more than 6 months or less than 30 days. Third and subsequent

    offenses: a fine of not more than $500 nor less than $300 and

    imprisonment for not more than one year nor less than 6 months.

    Felony: Up to 3 years and not more than $1,000 fine.

  • Tennessee. Not over $100 - not over 11 months 29 days in jail,

    not over $500 fine, or both. Over $100 - from three to 10 years in

    jail.

  • Texas. Up to 2 years in county jail or up to $1,000 or both. 30

    days to 2 years in jail and up to $1,000. Two to 10 years. Holder

    of bad check may charge obligor with any additional processing

    fees.

  • Utah. Less than $200 - up to 6 months or $299 or both; more

    than $200 but less than $300 - up to one year or $1,000 or both.

    More than $300 but less than $1,000 - up to five years or $5,000 or

    both; more than $1,000 - up to 15 years or $1,000 or both.

  • Vermont. Up to one year in jail and $1000 fine or both.

  • Virginia. $200 or less fine or 10 days to 12 months in jail, or

    both. One to five years in the penitentiary or fine and jail, or

    one to ten years penitentiary in discretion of court.

  • Washington. Misdemeanor - full restitution; the defendant need

    not be imprisoned, but the court shall impose a minimum fine of

    $500. Of the fine imposed, at least $50 shall not be suspended or

    deferred. Upon conviction for a second offense within any

    twelve-month period, the court may suspend or defer only that

    portion of the fine which is in excess of $500. Felony - Up to one

    year in jail or up to $1,000 fine, or both.

  • West Virginia. Maximum fine of $100, up to 10 days in jail, or

    both. For obtaining property under $200 - maximum fine of $200,

    imprisonment up to six months, or both. For obtaining property over

    $200 - maximum fine of $500, imprisonment from one to five years,

    or both.

  • Wisconsin. Up to $1,000 fine or one year in jail.

  • Wyoming. Misdemeanor - Fine of not more than $750 or

    imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Felony - Fine

    of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for a maximum of 10 years,

    or both.


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