I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
A check is a promise to pay. When someone makes a promise to pay and the check bounces, that's a breach of contract. So, yes, you have the ability to sue in Small Claims Court to get a judgment. The judgement can then be used to garnish up to 25% of their wages each week until you're paid in full. It can also be used to try to sweep whatever money there is in their bank account on a given day - that can be helpful because it means, if they only have $400, you'll get to take it. With a check, it's all or nothing, but a levy takes all available funds.
In Maryland, a bounced check is both a civil dispute and a crime. You have the ability to send the person who wrote the checks a written demand for payment, explaining that if they do not make good on the check within 10 calendar days, you will press criminal charges. That might inspire him to pay up.
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