If I stopped payment on my rent check, can my landlord file criminal felony charges?

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I wrote a check for my rent to my landlord in the amount of $1,000 and had to stop payment on the check in order to save my vehicle from repossession. I told the landlord not to deposit the check and he did anyway. He sent me a certified letter threatening to press felony charges if I do not pay him the the $1,000 plus a $50 fee within ten days of receiving the certified letter. Can he press criminal charges on me for a stop payment on a check or is it civil?

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