C O U N T Y
A R I Z O N A
P R O G R A M
110 East Cherry Avenue
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-4627
Provided by the Coconino County Attorney’s Office
David W. Rozema, Coconino County Attorney
Special tips on how to avoid
bad checks and simple
guidelines for using the Bad
To The Residents of Coconino County
Bad checks cause an unnecessary expense for everyone. Merchants, professionals, and many other citizens in
Coconino County lose thousands of dollars each year through bad checks. Everyone suffers, especially when
merchants are forced to charge higher prices in an attempt to recover their losses. Theft with a pen is less
obvious than theft with a weapon, but it is still a crime. In 1984, a state law went into effect granting the
County Attorney specific powers to combat the raging problem of bad checks. This law states that any person
issuing a bad check may be charged with a misdemeanor (A.R.S. 13-1807).
The Bad Check Program provides the opportunity for most offenders to avoid prosecution by paying full
restitution along with a statutory fee. This demonstrates the County Attorney’s determination to represent each
bad check recipient and secure what is rightfully theirs. If the check writer does not pay the full restitution and
the County Attorney has sufficient evidence, criminal charges may be filed against the check writer. If the
check writer is a repeat offender, or if an intent to defraud is apparent, the County Attorney can proceed
immediately with prosecution.
This guidebook has been prepared to assist merchants and others in minimizing their losses due to bad checks.
It explains specific procedures to use when accepting checks which will help reduce the number of bad checks
received. Please read this information carefully and follow all of the steps closely. This guidebook supersedes
all previous information received from the Bad Check Program.