Gary Churak's Answer
The bottom line, you’ve been charged with theft no matter where the case is pending, in municipal or JP court, or in the district court as a felony. It’s a very serious offense that if you’re not going to jail over can at least affect your ability to get employment, get apartments, to get loans, bank accounts. You need an experienced qualified criminal defense attorney to represent you on any case that you’re in charged with theft including any cases involving a NSF check, a hot check. Often, people write a check, transfer, or move, or something happens, and they forget about making a deposit, and the check sits there and have no clue that they even have a hot check out there until they’re arrested. Other situations involve people who for whatever reason have been subject to identity theft. I’ve had a number of cases where checkbooks have been stolen and thousands and tens of thousands of dollars of hot checks written on forged signature. Attorneys are important because theft is a serious matter.