Writing bad checks is illegal in New Jersey under state statute NJSA 2C:21-5. The act of writing bad checks is committed when you write a check, but don't have the funds in your account to cover the amount written. Writing a bad check can be an innocent mistake or done maliciously. But, the consequences can be harsh regardless. If you've been convicted of writing bad checks, you need to hire a defense attorney right away. To be convicted of the crime, a defendant must be presumed to have known the check would not be honored when they wrote the check.
If the amount of the written check or money order was less than $200, it would be handled by the municipal court. In this situation, you could face a prison sentence of up to 6 months and a fine of up $1,000. If the prosecutor can prove you used a vehicle in the course of the crime, you can also have your driver's license suspended for up to 2 years. The higher the amount is over $200, the harsher the consequences.
The seriousness of this crime depends on the amount the check was written for. In New Jersey, the degree of the offense depends on the amount of the check.