Theft by Check, Issuance of a Bad Check, common referred to as Hot Checks, is when a check is passed, cashed, or uttered, where the person has knowledge there are insufficient funds in the account or the account is no longer valid.
The Texas Statute for Theft By Check indicates that a person commits an offense if he issues or passes a check knowing that the issuer does not have sufficient funds in or on deposit with the bank.
Punishments coincide with Theft Punishments in Texas, based on the amount of the check.
The most common Issuance of a Bad Check cases and Hot Check arrests involve cashing checks or paying for goods with a check from an overdrawn or terminated and closed account.
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