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It has come to my attention i wrote 4 bad checks in SC I almost

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It has come to my attention i wrote 4 bad checks in SC I almost cant believe it so i sent for the proof they have. It was a business account to a liquor company(supplier) They said if just pay the checks andXXXXXcost and no problem. I apparently wrote the checks in nov 2006.They told with court fees the total was 2950 dollars. Is there a stutue of limitation on this. Oh ya the officer also told me It was put on me record just this May(2013) but he said it looked like it was on there came off and got put back on. It all just sounded like too much.
Hi,

Thank you for your question.

When you say an "officer" told you it was put on your record, can you explain what you mean?

Who is the officer and what record?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ya sorry about that. I got pulled over for speeding and it came up on his screen. He said he didnt arrest me because i now live in missouri and it to far from SC.

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am another expert on JustAnswer. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.

There is a statute of limitations for bad checks. It is 180 days from the date that the check was written, per S.C. Code Ann. § 34-11-60. However, that is to charge someone with bad check law.

Once charged, there is a warrant for your arrest. If so, then the warrant itself has no statute of limitations, so provided you were charged in 180 days from writing the bad checks (and I assume you were), the warrant stays "live" indefinitely, and once you are "caught," you may be prosecuted in SC.

Oh ya the officer also told me It was put on me record just this May(2013) but he said it looked like it was on there came off and got put back on. It all just sounded like too much.

Likely, that is because someone input it wrong into the national warrant database, took it out, and put it back in. This happens sometimes. It does not affect the matter at all.

At this time, you can if you wish contact an attorney in SC and have them possibly QUASH the warrant with the help of a bail-bondman and create a court date for your appearance, at which time the matter may be negotiated away. Since this is a relatively minor matter, the prosecutor is likely to agree to drop the charges or otherwise agree to a non-conviction provided that the checks are paid. Otherwise, I would strongly caution about entering SC as if you are stopped by a peace officer in that state, they may not be as hesitant to arrest you as the other officer who spared you - they could have actually arrested you, notified SC, and transported you to SC to stand trial.

Your next step should be to contact an attorney in SC to take care of this. Again, this is relatively minor, and is likely going to be taken care of easily, but it does have to occur.

May I recommend the SC Bar referral program - here. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I spoke with a lady in the bad check unit in SC she told me if I paid everything plus the 82 dollars I would not have to appear in court. Should I make sure there are no felonies If I go this rout. And do you think she can be trusted with what she tells me. Or do you think an attorney should facilitate the process

You can ask the person you spoke with, but if you can simply pay, then it is likely a misdemeanor. I don't trust anyone who holds my.life and record in their hands, and neither should you. What if they make a mistake? An attorney. Should be used for peace of mind.

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