I had to close my bank account back in October due to some online fraud issues. A few days earlier I had written a check at the grocery store. When I closed the account, the bank manager who was handling this asked me if I had any checks coming in in the next few days. I told her about this check and gave her the amount and check number. She told me that she would transfer it over to my new account.
Well, obviously she didn't do that because a couple of months later I received a letter stating that I had written a hot check. I called the check place and they told me that they could set up a bank draft and take care of the check and fees. I agreed to this. A few days later it dawned on me that the account information they had was for the old account. I called them back and they said wait a few days and they'll see what the bank says. No one ever contacted me so I assumed it was taken care of. I stupidly never checked my bank statement though to make sure it went through.
So, today I receive in the mail a notice that a warrant has been issued for my arrest in this matter. It said to report to the police department and I will be advised of my rights and given an opportunity to appear in court on this charge or to plead guilty and pay restitution, fees, and a statutory penalty.
Does this mean I am going to jail no matter what? It also says "Total Cash Bond $276.56". If I pay that will I avoid jail time? Any advice would be appreciated.