Debts and Credit – Bad Checks – Idaho
Related Idaho Legal Forms
Note: This summary is not intended to be an all inclusive summary of the law of bad checks, but does contain basic and other provisions.
TITLE 28 – COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
CHAPTER 22 – MONEY OF ACCOUNT AND INTEREST
28-22-105. Checks dishonored by nonacceptance or nonpayment; Liability for interest; Collection costs and attorneys’ fees.
Whenever a check, as defined in section 28-3-104, Idaho Code, has been dishonored by nonacceptance or nonpayment and has not been paid within fifteen (15) days and after the holder of such check sends such notice of dishonor as provided in section 28-22-106, Idaho Code, to the drawer at his last known address, then if the check does not provide for the payment of interest, or collection costs and attorneys’ fees, the drawer of such check shall also be liable for payment of interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from the date of dishonor and cost of collection not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00) or the face amount of the check, whichever is the lesser; provided however, that if the holder of the dishonored check has the right to collect a set fee under a written agreement or has notified the drawer by a posted notice at the point of sale that the drawer will be required to pay a set collection fee if the check is dishonored, the holder is not required to give the notice of dishonor as provided in section 28-22-106, Idaho Code, and may assess a collection cost of the notice amount regardless of the size of the check, but the set fee may not exceed twenty dollars ($20.00). In addition, in the event of court action on the check, the court, after such notice and the expiration of said fifteen (15) days, shall award reasonable attorneys’ fees as part of the damages payable to the holder of the check. No attorneys’ fees may be awarded to a collection agency in a proceeding pursuant to section 1-2301A, Idaho Code. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any check which has been dishonored by reason of any justifiable stop payment order.
28-22-106. Statutory form for notice of dishonor.
The notice of dishonor shall be sent by certified mail to the drawer at his last known address, and said notice shall be substantially in the following form:
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