When I was nineteen years old I had a checking account. Retail shops at the mall would take a check as payment for purchases if you provided identification. I went shopping to buy an outfit to go out on New Year’s Eve, and my friend came with me. We both spotted these jeans that we just had to have, awesome boots, and super soft sweaters. I wrote a check for the purchases, and the check bounced. Did I commit a crime? If so, should that crime bar me from having a professional job such as teaching, selling real estate, or being an insurance agent?
Think about the word ‘knowingly’ and what role that might play in the overall picture. Then ask yourself if you were nineteen years old, would you know enough to read a statute before pleading guilty, if you thought all you were pleading to is that you did in fact write a check that bounced?