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Writing a bad check may result in criminal charges filed, a summons to court, warrant for your arrest and having a permanent record of being a bad check writer. The Program offers you, the check writer, the opportunity to divert this matter from going to court. If the balance is paid in full before criminal charges are filed, then this offense will not go on your permanent record.
Payments can be mailed or brought into the MCAO Check Enforcement Program at: 11 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003
We only accept money orders or cashier’s checks. Include your Personal ID (PID) number on all forms of payment. A receipt will be given or mailed to you showing the payment was received and your account credited. Do not pay the merchant(s), or the person(s) to whom the check was originally written.
You may have a warrant out for your arrest. You have the following options:
If you or your business has received a bad check in exchange for goods or services, fill out a Victim Information Form (first time victims only), attach the bad check to a completed Submittal/Witness Form (use a separate form for each bad check), and mail or deliver these materials to our office: MCAO Check Enforcement Program, 11 West Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003. If there is sufficient evidence to prove the ID of the check writers, we will take action — including criminal prosecution — to collect the funds you are owed from the bad check writer plus a $25 merchant fee at no cost to you.
Most “first time” bad check writers will be provided an opportunity to avoid prosecution by payment of full restitution and state mandated fees. If the check writer does not make full restitution, and if sufficient evidence for criminal charges is available, criminal prosecution may be initiated. If the check writer is a repeat offender, or if evidence exists of intent to defraud from the beginning, the County Attorney will attempt to prosecute.
Bad check writers face a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail for each bad check; $2,500 in fines, restitution up to twice the amount of the check; and state mandated collection fees pursuant to A.R.S §13-1807 and §13-1810.
We encourage the victims to contact the check writer to resolve the issue of non-payment. We have provided “Demand for Payment” guidelines and example letters you can mail to the check writer. This should be taken prior to contacting the Check Enforcement Program.
For more in-depth information about the Check Enforcement Program - read our guidebook.
MCAO will answer questions when submitted and will post the questions and answers on the MCAO public website for all interested persons to review.
If you have a question that is not specified on the FAQ page, fill out the Diversion Program Question Form.
No. The Pre-Proposal Conference will be in person only.
With some exceptions, offenses under ARS § 13-3405, § 13-3407, and § 13-3408 are eligible for the Drug Diversion Program. These are felony offenses. Deputy County Attorneys must also consider additional eligibility criteria in MCAO policy.
MCAO does not guarantee a minimum number of referrals to the contracted vendor. However, this is expected to be a high-volume referral program and MCAO may consider one or two vendors to service all of Maricopa County.
MCAO plans to contract with one or two vendors who best meet the requisites in the Scope of Work.
In the Scope of Work: Sections 2.12, 2.13, and 2.14 address vendor fee requirements. Proposals for fee schedule should be labeled “Exhibit B” and attached with the submission.
MCAO plans to award the contract in August 2019, with a likely program start date in September 2019.
No. The required attachments of the Contractor Response (Questions 22-24) are separate from the 25-page limit.
Drug Diversion is an individualized treatment program, so program length can vary based on the clinical assessment. In general, an MCAO Deputy County Attorney (DCA) will suspend prosecution for one year for an offender’s participation in a diversion program. In rare circumstances the DCA may ask the Court for an extension, up to an additional 12 months.
If you have a question that is not specified on this FAQ page, fill out the Diversion Program Question Form.
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