Can you go to jail for NSF checks?
Penalties for Writing a Bad Check With a misdemeanor, you can face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If charged as a felony, you could face time in prison with much more substantial fines. If you attempt to write a bad check but it is caught before bouncing, you can still face criminal prosecution.
What happens if you write a check with insufficient funds?
If the issuer doesn't have enough money in his or her account to cover a check by the time it clears, the check may bounce — in other words, it will be returned to the payee who tried to cash it. Whether you write or receive a bounced check — also called a nonsufficient funds, or NSF, check — it will cost you.
Is a NSF check a felony?
A bounced check typically becomes a criminal matter when the person who wrote it did so intending to commit fraud, such as writing several bad checks in a short time frame knowing there is no money to cover them. This can be seen as a felony in many states, especially when the checks are for more than $500.
Do banks automatically resubmit NSF checks?
Generally, a bank will redeposit the check twice when there are insufficient funds in your account. However, there are no laws that determine how many times a check may be resubmitted.