Explanations and Definitions
The information on the pages in this section will help you understand what is happening with your case, what to expect, different phrases you will hear, and more.
While not a complete run-down of the entire Justice System, after reading this section you will have a much better understanding of what is happening to you now, and what will happen to you as you go along.
There also exists the possibility that the court may deny your request for removal.
Even if the charges are dismissed, which is our goal, you will still have to pay the court to remove the arrest from your record, and you will have to pay a civil attorney (not your Defense Attorney) to file the request.
The average time before a request can be submitted is 6 months to 1 year from the time the charges were dismissed.
Trials: Court appearances are very often continued and continued. There are two reasons for this – one is that your attorney asks for more time, and one is that the Prosecution is not ready. This last one happens a lot.
In most cases where a Nigerian or Eastern European scam network counterfeit check / money laundering scheme is involved, there was no investigation of your case at the time of arrest and there will be no investigation now.
This leaves the Prosecution with the responsibility of proving intent based on the accusations of the bank, check cashing store, or casino combined with evidence of your behavior and past record, even if your past record is not admissible in court.
Your attorney will ask the Prosecution for Discovery and the Prosecution may drag its heels providing it. You may go to court only to find out the assigned Prosecuting Attorney hasn't even read the file yet. This can go on for months.
This is why Fraud Aid does its best to provide your attorney with enough information and assistance that a trial never becomes necessary.
The outcome of a trial can never be guaranteed; your life is in the hands of a jury panel that, for the most part, is composed of people don't want to be there and who are influenced by regional attitudes and personal bias.
While jurors may not have a personal reason to see you convicted of anything, they are still swayed by the prevailing attitudes of the community.
A court room is a very scary place no matter how innocent you are; however, so long as you are well-prepared, have provided your attorney with your true and accurate story, and have confidence in your attorney, you have a more than even chance of refuting the Prosecution’s accusations of intent to defraud.
Verifying a check or money order: You can be arrested for merely presenting a counterfeit/forged/stolen check or money order; it is against the law to present a forged/stolen/counterfeit document of any kind and your action can cause you to be arrested by either local, state, or federal authorities.
If you take a draft to the issuing company, your arrest is pretty much guaranteed. It doesn't matter that you ask a teller or clerk to verify the draft; the draft will be shown to their supervisor who will follow corporate policy and contact law enforcement immediately.
The only way to safely verify a check or money order is to contact the account holder by phone. How to Really Verify a Check or Money Order tells you how to do this.