Conviction for a Class A felony carries a maximum of 60 years in prison and a ,000 fine.
In addition to criminal penalties, state laws authorize civil fines for writing bad checks.
For example, someone might mail a check for a utility bill before payment is due, and put the bill's due date (not the date the check is being written) on the check. In some cases, direct evidence may exist that proves that the defendant wrote the postdated check with the intent to cheat the recipient out of goods or services.
In Tennessee, a bad check for less than $500 is a Class A misdemeanor, while a check for $500 or more is classified as one of five degrees of felonies depending on the check amount.
Checks for $500 or greater but less than $1,000 are considered Class E felonies, which carry up to six years in prison and a $3,000 fine, while the most serious felony designation, Class A, is reserved for checks of $250,000 or more.
In practice, whether the check writer has any redress against the financial institution where the payee deposited the check may depend on whether it can be shown that the check was accepted over the counter without examination.
In Serbia post-dating cheques is a customary practice in the retail industry.
(3) For the purpose of determining whether a post-dated instrument is a cheque, the fact that the instrument is post-dated shall be disregarded.