Baltimore County State's Attorney

Bad Check Restitution Program

Scott D. Shellenberger, State's Attorney


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How to determine a check's
eligibility for the Program

A check is Eligible if...

  • The amount is no more than $2,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions. 

  • It was received in Baltimore County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.

  • A “Demand for Payment” was sent to the check writer allowing 10 days to make check good.

  • A photo I.D. number (driver’s license, military I.D.,or state identification card) was recorded at the time of transaction.

A check is Ineligible if...

  • It is pre/post-dated.

  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.

  • It is a two-party, rent, stop payment, traveler's, credit card, or payroll check.

  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.

  • There is no amount, date or signature on the check.

  • The check has not been processed by a bank.

  • The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.

  • The check involves an “extension of credit” or was payment on an account.

  • Victim agreed to hold or check was partially paid.

Check(s) ineligible for the Baltimore County State's Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through Small Claims Court or by a private collection agency.