St. Charles Defense Attorney Bill Byrnes
Passing Bad Checks  Defense

Writing, or passing bad checks is a crime in Missouri. If you’ve been charged in St. Louis and St. Charles are charged with. Bill Byrnes wants you to know you have rights, and he’ll work hard to make sure you are properly defended.

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Charged with Passing Bad Checks?

Whether you made a mistake in writing a bad check or your bank or employer were at fault for the bounced check, the consequences can be severe. Often, a bounced payroll check from an employer will cause a person to write a bad check, not realizing that their paycheck will not clear. Other times, a simple mistake in personal accounting will make someone believe that they have more money in their account than they originally thought. In any case, check fraud charges may be brought upon the offender, possibly resulting in a hefty fine and even jail time.

The penalty for passing bad checks depends on a couple of factors, mostly the amount of the check. You may either be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.


If you’ve written a check from your own active checking account for an amount less than $500, you may be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. In this case, you may face up to one year in jail, as well as a large fine.


A Class C Felony charge may be brought upon you if you write a bad check of more than $500, or if write a check from a bank where you do not hold an active account. The penalty for felony check fraud is much higher than the penalty for a misdemeanor. You may face up to seven years in prison.

Byrnes Law Firm wins, and we’ll win for you too!

The Byrnes Law Firm practices many areas of criminal law, and has helped many people like you deal with assault charges, and has dedicated himself to protecting your constitutional rights. Bill wants you represented by the best, and would love to speak with you about your assault charge defense case. CALL OUR OFFICE to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. Our phones are available 24 hours a day.

Why Call Bill Byrnes?


For nearly two decades, attorney Bill Byrnes has sought to protect the rights of individuals and families in St. Charles, St. Louis, and throughout the state of Missouri. Through his hard work, knowledge, experience, and dedication, he has won the respect of clients and colleagues throughout the state.


Bill is more than just some lawyer. He truly cares, and treats each of his clients with a far more personal touch than most other lawyers.

Proven Results

Hundreds of clients and thousands of cases, Bill Byrnes has the history and track record to prove he’s prepared for your case. He’s even set case law during his career!

Passing Bad Checks Defense
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What Should I Do If I’ve Written A Bad Check?

If you do bounce a check, it’s important that you never talk to a bank, commercial institution or officer without first seeking the legal advice from a criminal defense lawyer. These conversations could be used against you to proceed with a criminal case of passing bad checks or fraud.

Bill is a St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorney and has over fifteen years experience helping clients just like you who have found themselves in need of a defense lawyer. Many of his defenses for passing bad checks include a post-dated check or an accident with no intention to create check fraud. Even if you know you are guilty, you are entitled to a defense to keep this off your permanent record. Pleading guilty to a bad check charge can create problems for you when filling out rental, loan, academic and employment applications even if it is a misdemeanor!

Bill will give you free advice on your check charges and your best defense. Call 24 hours a day at 636-896-4300. Bill will help. The call and initial legal consultation are always free.

Bill Byrnes, accepts passing bad checks and check fraud cases across St. Louis, St. Charles, Montgomery, Franklin, Lincoln and Warren County Missouri. Do not let a bad check ruin your record.


Byrnes Law Firm understands that many people struggle with the financial burdens their case may have, and likely feel reluctant to even speak with a lawyer about their case, often choosing to go at it alone. This is a mistake, and more often than not, will lead to an unfavorable outcome in your case. When your rights are at risk, you need a strong and experienced lawyer at your side to get you through with the best possible outcome, and the Byrnes Law Firm wants you to know that you can call and consult with them about your case absolutely free. Tell your story, and know your options. You’re in good hands.

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