Often a check will not clear the first
time it is presented to a bank for payment but will
often clear if presented the second time.
We ask that you present the check to the
Bring the original check and a copy of any
letters demanding payment to our office located on
the second floor of the Cass
2501 West Wall Street,
contact our office at (816) 380-8250.
We will provide you with a
criminal complaint form
for you to
complete or you may print if from this website.
Once we have received these items, we will
begin the appropriate process.
DO NOT accept payment (either full or
partial) after the check has been sent to our
office, as we will then be unable to proceed.
If an offender offers to pay money to you
in satisfaction of a bad check, inform them that any
payments they wish to make must be made to the Cass
County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Once we receive the criminal complaint
form completed by you, we will send a “ten day”
letter to the bad check writer demanding payment
within ten days.
This letter is required by law and allows
the bad check writer to bring payment, which
includes the required administrative fee and
merchant fee to our office within 10 days of the
postmark date of the letter.
If the restitution is paid, it will be
forwarded to you and the case is considered closed.
If the individual fails to respond or pay
the amount owed, the case will be reviewed to
determine if appropriate criminal charges will be
If a formal criminal complaint is filed
against the bad check writer, the individual must
appear in court to face misdemeanor or felony
The individual who received the check may
be required to appear in court to testify.
To dispose of a bad check case, an
offender must pay all restitution owed, which
includes the administrative fee and the
merchant/victim fee, to which you are also entitled.
If convicted, the check writer may be
placed on probation.
If the offender is unwilling or unable to
pay restitution, the check writer may be sentenced
to jail time.
Unfortunately, we are unable to prosecute
all bad check cases.
There are many factors that go into the
decision to pursue criminal charges based on
Missouri statutes and evidentiary reasons.
We are unable to pursue post-dated checks
or checks in which partial payment has already been