What are the penalties for passing a worthless check?

Worthless checks are either first-degree misdemeanors or third-degree felonies under Florida law. A first-degree misdemeanor can mean up to one year in a county jail and a $1,000 fine, while a third-degree felony can mean up to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentences may also include:

  • Community service work
  • Court costs
  • Merchant fees (based on the value of the check)
  • Payment of restitution
  • Payment of supervision costs (probationary fees)
  • Probation

Most first offenders are allowed the take advantage of the Worthless Check Recovery Program through the State Attorney's Office. For more information or if you have questions, contact the State Attorney's Office at 305-292-3400 and ask for the Worthless Check Division.

Show All Answers

1. What is a worthless check?
2. What information should be taken on the check?
3. What should I do when I receive a worthless check?
4. What is the advantage in sending a registered or certified letter (recommended but not required)?
5. What are the penalties for passing a worthless check?
6. What happens if a case of a worthless check cannot be prosecuted?