Hot Check Prevention

Although debit and credit card transactions and electronic funds transfers have become very popular methods for paying for goods and services, many individuals still use checks when paying for items. If a person writes a check on a closed account or issues a check that is forged or fake, he or she may face criminal prosecution for writing a "hot check."

Persons who are accused of writing fraudulent or “hot” checks may face fines, probation, and even jail time depending on the specifics of the case. If you have been wrongly accused of issuing a hot check, contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your defense.

How to Avoid Hot Check Charges

Tips for avoiding hot check charges include:

  • Make sure that you have sufficient funds in your account to cover any checks you write
  • Be sure to balance your checkbook after issuing a check to make sure your balance is current
  • If you close or change accounts, make sure to destroy all remaining checks
  • Do not attempt to "float" a check while waiting for funds to come in.
  • Make sure newly ordered checks have the correct account and routing numbers on them

It is important to stay on top of your finances and make sure to correctly balance your checkbook before issuing payments from the account to avoid hot check charges.

Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you stand accused of writing hot checks, contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 for help with your case.


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