When someone deliberately and intentionally writes you a hot check in exchange for property or service, he or she is a thief. Our office considers this act in the same light as if the person had walked into your store, office or home and stole your property. This case is filed in a district or county court as a theft.

The office of the District Attorney of Fort Bend County intends to prosecute violators of the law. As a recipient of a hot check, you are the victim of a crime. Our office will make every effort to obtain restitution on your checks while in the process of prosecuting hot checks. If you have any questions, contact the Worthless Check Division in our office. Remember, hot checks can only be controlled with your help.

Writing bad checks is treated as a theft and can carry the following maximum penalties:
  • Checks for less than $100.00 = $500 fine
  • Checks for $100.00 - $749.99 = $2,000 fine and 6 months jail time 
  • Checks for $750.00 - $2,499.99 = $4,000 fine and 1 year jail time