Criminal record means arrest or conviction after trial or plea. If no arrest, should be no state criminal record.
Civil demand letter has been referred to as a "legitimate rip-off hoax". You going to fall for it?
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If they haven't reported this to the police then the only record you have is with the store- not an actual criminal record with law enforcement.
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If you weren't arrested, you don't have anything to worry. If the police showed up and gave you a citation, this constitutes an arrest. Also, if you weren't arrested, I suggest you do not pay anything. Civil demands have no legal force. The letter will probably threaten to sue you and/or report you to the authorities, but that's BS. I have never seen that happen. Good luck.
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My colleagues are correct. A civil demand letter written by a law firm or company creates no independent obligation to pay. If you receive a notice from a court, including but not limited to a civil lawsuit, you should respond and probably consult a lawyer.
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Unless the incident is reported to the police department, then no you will not have a criminal record. You will get a civil extortion letter. I use these as toilet paper on a regular basis. They can be useful for cat litter box liners, paper airplanes, and a variety of other activities. Payment? Hell no.
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A civil demand letter does not constitute the filing of criminal charges. However, if you were either arrested by the police, or cited for a crime, then that would show up on a criminal background check. I would advise you to keep an eye on your mail as the notice that criminal charges have been filed are sometimes mailed to you.