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Attorney John Burke Gets Negotiating a Worthless Instrument Case Dismissed

Negotiating a Worthless Instrument Case can be difficult, because often the evidence is merely the bounced check. The mens rea, or mental state, of the person bouncing the check is an element the State must prove, however. The Negotiating a Worthless Instrument Statute states that "the person intentionally issues or negotiates a negotiable instrument knowing that it will not be honored by the maker or drawee." Attorney John Burke of Zerillo Law, LLC handled a felony Negotiating case in Knox County recently. There, the defense was that the bookkeeper actually issued our Client's checks, in which case Attorney Burke argued that there was no mens rea. Attorney Burke was able to negotiate a complete dismissal upon a small restitution repayment. For more on Zerillo Law, LLC, click here.

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