The incidences of bad checks rise when the economy is bad. If you aren’t feeling the effects of the economy now, all you have to do is turn on the news to know that the rest of the country is. When people struggle to pay bills they sometimes resort to drastic measures, even illegal ones.
Madison County, Illinois, on the Missouri/IL border instituted a Bad Check Program over 11 years ago and is still getting good reviews. The program makes it easier for businesses hit by bad checks to get restitution from their victims.
The program also works for the benefit of defendants facing a worthless check charge. If they qualify they can pay restitution and take a class rather than face harsher criminal charges. The classes focus on finance and learning to manage money.
The success of this program is likely due to the fact that it helps all parties involved without additional expenses to the state or county courts.
With the economy officially in a recession businesses expect the incidence of bad checks to rise. People are more likely to resort to drastic measures when money is tight. According to this article in Suburban Journals, however, many local business decline to report bad checks because the trouble involved often outweighs the small monetary loss from the checks.
Facing criminal charges for writing worthless checks in Illinois not only puts a burden on the person facing the charges, charges they may not have incurred if the economy was better and unemployment wasn’t at an all-time high, it puts a burden on the local courts.
Considering the fact that most worthless checks are written for small amounts, it is hardly worth the cost involved to prosecute people for serious criminal offenses.
If you are facing a worthless check charge or any similar charge in the state of Illinois you are likely under a lot of stress and wondering if alternative programs like the Bad Check Program apply to you. You won’t know until you ask, and we know who you should ask. Call today for a consultation on your case and to hear more about how an experienced attorney can help you when you are up against criminal charges like these.