Fraud, forgery, identity theft, and bad & worthless checks are serious criminal charges in Wisconsin. Offenses like these, typically referred to as “white collar crimes”, are typically borne out of financial stress. No doubt your stress has been elevated exponentially since you were charged with a criminal offense. When under this kind of pressure, you need to talk to someone who is on your side, and is interested in what is best for you. Please contact me for a consultation on your Wisconsin criminal court date, and what you are facing.
Whether you intentionally misled someone or wrote a few checks and were unaware that they would bounce, I can help. I want to know what got you into this situation so I can help get you out with the best possible results.
I have handled many cases like this in the Wisconsin court system. Chances are I’ve handled one similar to yours. But, I know that all cases are different and want to hear the specifics of your case.
Wisconsin Worthless Checks – Laws & Penalties
Anytime you write a check that you anticipate will not be honored by the bank, you can be charged with worthless checks (aka bad checks). This offense includes insufficient funds, writing a check on a closed account, or writing a check on a non-existent account.
If the value of the check(s) is less than $2,500 you will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 9 months in jail and fines reaching up to $10,000.
However, if the value of the check (or combined checks if written within a 90 day period) is more than $2,500 you will be charged with a Class I felony. This felony charge is punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 943.24
Forgery – Laws & Penalties
The charge of forgery involves falsely making or altering a writing or object with the intent to defraud and so that it appears to have been made by someone else or under different circumstances. In most cases, forgery is considered a Class H felony punishable by up to 6 years in prison and fines of $10,000.
Even if you aren’t the person who altered the item, but knowingly try to pass a forged document, you can be charged and convicted of this felony.
In certain, rare circumstances, forgery is considered a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 9 months in jail and $10,000. To see if your forgery case may be considered only a misdemeanor charge, you need to consult with an experienced attorney.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 943.38
Identity Theft – Laws & Penalties in Wisconsin
Identity theft is defined by Wisconsin statute as intentionally using, attempting to use, or possessing any personal identifying information or identification document of another without authorization or consent.
If you are charged with this Class H felony you could spend up to 6 years in prison and be ordered to pay fines up to $10,000.
Ref: Wisconsin Statute 943.201
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