How do I file a check with the District Attorney’s Office?
If the check is an NSF check:
If the check was written on a closed account:
Federal law allows banks to replace a check with an imaged substitute check. Your bank may use this process and you would not receive the actual hot check you received and deposited. Usually a substitute check will say “This check is a legal copy.”
You will have to obtain either the original or substitute check to file it with our office.
It is a requirement that the DA’s office have the original hot check or a substitute check from your bank in order to accept it for collection and prosecution.
The district attorney’s office does not charge the merchant for collection of hot checks. The check writer is charged a fee set by statute, in addition to the original amount the check was written for and the $30.00 merchant fee authorized by statute.
No once a check has been turned into the DA’s office the check writer must take care of it with our office.
The district attorney’s office sends out restitution once a month, usually around the 10th of the month.
You should immediately contact the Hot Check Division, find out how much you owe, and make arrangements to pay the checks, the merchant’s fee, and the DA’s fee. You can pay by mail with a money order or cashier’s check, and if paying in person, you may pay in cash. As you would expect, the Hot Check Division does not accept personal checks. Never send cash in the mail. Do not make restitution to the merchant directly. It will not save you.
A warrant has been issued for your arrest. You are advised to surrender to the county sheriff or pay the full amount of restitution in your case.
You will not have a criminal record for the hot checks filed with the Hot Check Division if you pay those checks before a criminal case is filed.