Failing To Pay My Bills

Can I Be Charged With A Crime For Failing To Pay My Bills?

- RJ, Texas

Answer:

Suppose you buy a used car. You write a post dated check. You drive the car home and it quits running. The person you bought it from won't take it back or fix it. You call the bank and cancel the check. The person threatens to charge you with theft by check.

What do you do? If you offer to return the property and the seller refuses, then you have a defense to theft by check. What you have then is a civil dispute. You do need to document your efforts and you should contact an attorney.

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