Worthless Check Deferred Prosecution Program

In an effort to collect worthless checks in a more timely and convenient manner for the merchant and to alleviate the need to prosecute each Worthless Check case, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office provides a program that helps both the merchants and the check writer.

Once a check has been returned to the merchant due to "insufficient funds" or "account closed", the merchant must complete several simple steps before turning the matter over to the District Attorney’s Office.

  1. Mail a certified letter to the check passer demanding payment in full plus the $25 returned check fee within 15 days.
  2. At the end of fifteen days, bring a copy of the letter, the dated receipt for certified mail and a copy of the check. Also bring the original check for authentication purposes.
  3. The merchant may then fill out the Application for Worthless Check Process.

Once the Application is completed, the Worthless Check Unit will send a letter to the check passer requiring payment in full within thirty (30) days. If the check is paid at the courthouse, the merchant will receive payment within 3 business days. If they do not pay, a postcard will be sent to the merchant informing them that a warrant has been issued. The program will present the necessary information to the Magistrate for the warrant so that the merchant does not have to take any further steps.



The application is available for download in PDF format. Once printed and filled-out, you return it to the locations listed below under Schedule.

It is also available by using the contact information at the bottom of this page.


The following checks are NOT eligible for the Deferred Prosecution Program:

  • Two Party Checks
  • Stop Payments
  • Checks over two years old



A Coordinator for the Worthless Check Unit will travel to the county four mornings a week to collect applications. Applications will also be accepted from 1:00 to 3:00 pm every afternoon in Room 902 of the Wake County Courthouse.

Day Time Place
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
1:00 -3:00 pm

1:30 -3:00 pm
Wake County Justice Center Room 9300
Every Monday 9:00am -12:00 pm Cary:
120 Wilkinson Ave. on Town Hall Campus
1st & 3rd Tuesdays 9:00am -12:00 pm Wake Forest:
221 Brook Street
1st & 3rd Wednesdays 9:00am -12:00 pm Fuquay-Varina:
114 N. Main St.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 9:00am -12:00 pm Garner:
120 E. Main Street
1st & 3rd Thursdays 9:00am -12:00 pm Wendell:
9 S. Pine Street
2nd & 4th Thursdays 9:00am -12:00 pm Apex:
205 Saunders Street


If you should have any questions or comments, please call the coordinator for the Wake County District Attorney's Worthless Check Deferred Prosecution Unit, Donna Moye, at 919-792-5077.  She will be happy to assist you with your application.

The street address is: 

Wake County Justice Center, 300 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  27602

The mailing address is:
Wake County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: Donna Moye
P.O. Box 31
Raleigh, NC 27602-0031

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