Often times I tell clients to ignore the civil demand letters because they are not due until they are awarded a civil judgment. The stores rarely do that.
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Don't worry about those letters. Whether or not you pay the civil penalty has not effect whatsoever on the status of a criminal case. If you never pay them, they have the right to file a civil lawsuit against you, but I have never seen that happen. You can call and work out a payment plan with them if it makes you feel better, but I would just ignore them.
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Regardless of how many they send you....Ignore them. Paying whatever amount they demand in their civil penalty demand letter will have no effect whatsoever on the status of any criminal case.
As a rule, I advise clients to ignore these civil demand letters. Unless you signed some agreement to pay this store, you owe them nothing. In order for you to owe them something they would have to sue you and win. However, It would cost them much more to sue you than they can ever hope to recover so they usually don’t pursue it.
With that in mind, I would advise that they can still take legal action against you by filing suit in small claims court. If you ignore these actions, a default judgment will be entered against you. So, although you can ignore the civil demand letter, do not ignore anything that comes from a court.
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