Do I pay 250$ fee from Micheal Ira Asen,P.C For stealing in a TJ Maxx
And I am under the age of 18(14) and I learned my lesson after I got caught but they took my info and wrote it down. 2 weeks later I come to an envelop from Michael and I read reviews saying he is a big scam and don’t pay him. And what will happen if I don’t pay him.
2 attorney answers
This is what New York law calls "civil recovery."
It is basically a legal shakedown of scared shop lifters. I appear weekly in many small local courts where these types of civil lawsuits would be filed. And I have never ever seen a store file a lawsuit over one of these types of claims even though they technically can.
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I deal with Mr. Asen often. He is not a scam. NY law permits a store to seek a civil demand from people who shoplift. However, I advise my clients not to pay the fee because I have never seen a store sue to collect. I write a letter to Mr. Asen directing him not to contact my client and that ends the matter. Until he receives either payment or a lawyer’s letter you can expect him to continue writing to you, your parents, and possibly calling.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 22 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.