Don’t Plead Guilty to Theft If All You Did was Really Bounce a Check

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By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

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Theft by check is governed by Texas Penal Code 31.03(e).  Issuance of a bad check (“IBC”), is controlled by section 32.41.  The differences are simple, but major — one charge is like any other theft charge, and the other is simply writing a bad check.  Most theft by check charges are class b misdemeanors or above ($20 to $500 are class b misdemeanors) while an IBC charge is a class c misdemeanor — the lowest level of offense in Texas.

Theft is a crime of moral turpitude while IBC is not.  Further, class b misdemeanors are more difficult to have expunged than class c misdemeanors.

Theft in Texas is simply defined when a person, “…unlawfully appropriates property with intent to deprive the owner of property.”  A Theft by check is merely a theft where the check was the…

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