About a month ago I was caught shoplifting about 27 dollars worth of food from a local grocery store. I have no prior arrests or convictions. The arresting officer mentioned something about how it might qualify for diversion. I was wondering what is required for that and how I go about it.
The second question I had was that the retail store sent me a civil demand asking for 300 dollars. I was wondering how this works exactly. How is the amount for the civil demand chosen? I received another piece of paper with it that said something along the lines that the amount chosen could be between 100 to 650. Is the number just chosen arbitrarily? Can I just ignore this since criminal charges were already filed?I dont know if it helps at all but I'll provide exactly what the letter they sent me said "Our records indicate that on (date) you took possession of merchandise belonging to Whole Foods Bellevue without paying for it. In accordance with RCW 4.25.230 a copy of which is attached, we are authorized to demand of you payment of actual damages plus a penalty in the amount of the retail merchandise (not to exceed $2850.00) plus an additional penalty of not less than $100.00 and not more than $650" The penalty was $27.65 Civil Demand was $300.00 Balance due $327.64