What to do if I wrote a check that bounced years ago but paid for it and was never served a warrant?

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What to do if I wrote a check that bounced years ago but paid for it and was never served a warrant?

About 15 years ago, I wrote a bad check but I paid it. I know there is no statute of limitations. I received a letter in the mail from the city police station to contact them because I had a warrant. I contacted the officer and she explained to me that I never came to court. I never was served, so therefore, I never knew I had a court date. So, needless to say, the judge ordered me to pay and I stayed in a holding cell until my husband was able to get the money. I am assuming that I have a record now. Is there something I can do about this? I feel like I was black-balled.

Asked on July 13, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, South Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of criminal law concerning the fifteen (15) year old matter that you have written about in order to see if there was an actual criminal conviction.

If there is, then possibly you can file a petition to "expunge" this conviction with the court. If the motion is granted, then for all intents and purposes the conviction no longe remains. The court looks at the type of crime the expungement is sought for, how long ago the conviction happened and what the person convicted has done with his life.


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