Bad Checks / Fraud / Forgery

Bad/Worthless Checks, Fraud, and Forgery are criminal offenses in Minnesota. They are sometimes referred to as white collar crimes are no less serious than many other criminal charges. You may be facing hefty fines and possibly even prison time depending on your offense.

When facing serious criminal charges like these, you need the help of an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney. We can help you fight in court to protect your rights under the law. And we can insure that you are treated fairly in Minnesota criminal court. After all, you are innocent until proven guilty.


Fraud, forgery, and worthless checks are offenses that are typically committed in times of financial stress. Perhaps you didn’t know that your check wouldn’t be honored by the bank, or maybe you felt you were in a desparate situation and made a bad decision.

Whether you think you are innocent of the charges and are ready to fight, or you feel terrible about what happened, and just want to make this problem go away as quickly and painlessly as possible, you need an experienced defense lawyer to protect your rights in court. Whatever the situation, we are here to help, to be on your side.

We have handled many cases like this in the Minnesota criminal courts. We know that you are likely under a lot of stress and worried what this charge might mean for your future. We can put your mind at ease by ensuring that we will work as hard as possible to ensure you get the best possible results in court.

So to find out for yourself exactly how we can help you work through this mess, contact us today for a free legal case evaluation on your criminal charges.

Minnesota Aggravated Forgery & Forgery – Laws & Penalties

Forgery involves signing someone else’s name as your own on a document. What the document is and how it is used typically dictates if you will be charged with forgery or aggravated forgery.

Aggravated forgery is a felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. You may be charged with aggravated forgery if you forge if the situation involves any of the following:

  • A writing that involves legal rights and privileges
  • An official corporate seal
  • Public record
  • Bank records

Ref: Minnesota Statute §609.625

Forgery is slightly less serious but is still considered a felony. Forgery is punishable by a potential sentence of up to 3 years in prison and fines reaching $5,000. If you intend to defraud using false writing and the document does not constitute aggravated forgery, you may be charged with this offense.

Ref: Minnesota Statute §609.63

Fraud in Obtaining Credit – Laws & Penalties in MN

You may be facing this fraud charge if you lied on a credit application or to a creditor about your financial situation, employment, or other determining factor. This offense could be as simple as exaggerating your income. If found guilty, you will face up to 90 days in jail and fines of $300.

Ref: Minnesota Statute §609.82

Issuance of Dishonored Checks/ Worthless Checks – Laws & Penalties

If you issue a check that you know or should know will not be honored, whether because of a closed account, nonexistent account, or insufficient funds, you may be charged with this offense, known as bad checks. You might say that you didn’t know there were insufficient funds, and that is entirely possible. But you need someone to fight for your account of what happened, because the prosecution will argue that bookkeeping and knowledge of your account is your responsibility so you should have known.

How you are charged for this offense depends on the value of the check(s) in question.

Value Sentence
More than $500 Up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
More than $250 but less than $500 Up to one year in jail and $3,000 in fines
Less than $250 Up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines

Ref: Minnesota Statutes §609.535

Free Case Evaluation on Minnesota Criminal Offenses of Bad Checks, Fraud, & Forgery

White collar crimes are often committed out of necessity and desperation. Although difficult circumstances won’t explain away your charges, it may help in arguing the facts of your case. And there are always legal options to fight the charges, or negotiate an outcome that you can live with.

But you need a defense lawyer working on your behalf who understand what you are going through and wants to see you succeed. Call us to discuss your case today, there is no obligation for our consultation.