California Penal Code 476A

Are you facing charges for Writing Bad Checks? Violation of Penal Code 476A can be a serious felony or misdemeanor offense. Depending upon the amount and way in which you wrote or accused to write bad checks, you could face years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. If convicted of a felony, you may no longer be able to take advantage of financial and housing opportunities that may have benefited you greatly. Those facing charges for PC 476a are advised to contact a trusted firm and have their case evaluated.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our OC fraud defense lawyers have decades of combined experience assisting those facing fraud charges. They can provide you with a free case evaluation and consultation without any obligation to retain an attorney’s services. Call or fill out our contact form to get help today.


Defining PC 476 A


According to California Penal Code 476A, Writing Bad Checks is defined as intentionally writing a bad check to pay for goods or services.


In order to prosecute for CPC 476A Orange County Writing Bad Checks, the state has the burden to prove you were guilty of either:


  • You wrote an invalid check
  • You were aware that the check was invalid
  • You planned this fraud


Penalties for CPC 476A Violations


Writing Bad Checks can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor penal code offense, and those found guilty can face:


  • Misdemeanor – Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail and a potential $1,000 maximum fine
  • Felony – 3 Years in the California State Prison and a potential $10,000 maximum fine


Bad checks drafted for $450 or less, are automatically filed as a misdemeanor if the offender has no related theft charges, or prior convictions for CPC 476 A.


Other Potential Penalties:


The victim may also sue the offender in civil court for restitution.


Bad Check Legal Defense


If you are facingĀ  charges for violating California Penal Code Section 476A, there is hope. Our attorneys have been able to obtain positive case outcomes for many of the bad check defendants that they have represented. Even if you do not go to trial, a skilled defense attorney may be able to help you obtain a better plea deal. Call (888) 250-2865 or fill out our contact form to find out why MacGregor & Collins, LLP is trusted throughout California for skilled legal defense.

Free Consultation

Criminal Defense Guides