also, will I have a criminal record. Whats the best way to ignore the record in NYC.I realize I wasn't clear. I got caught after I left Target and the security took me in a room and got my info down (name, birth...). Then they called my dad to pick me up and made him sign a letter. They sent me a civil demand letter 3 weeks ago and another just today which says that "your failure to pay may cause target corporation to make further effort to enforce its right under the law." My parents don't want to pay or hire an attorney to discuss this, so I am on my own. Should we pay it? Can they take me to court for not paying, or for stealing if I don't pay it? Also, realize my mistake and am really ashamed of myself. I will never do it again.
Did you give Target your contact information? Unless you're arrested and charged you won't have to appear in court. If the police do contact you, don't say anything without a lawyer present. In regards to criminal records, juvenile records are sealed in NY and, consequently, unavailable to the public.
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If the police weren't involved and there was no arrest, then there would be no record. The store may send you a civil demand letter.
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If the police were not called it is unlikely you will be arrestedv if the target security took your information, it may impact ur ability to return to the store. If for any reason the police contact you, which I doubt, contact an attorney. And stop stealing!!!!!
If you were not arrested, you do not have to appear in court. You will probably get a civil demand letter from a "lawyer" representing target. I usually advise my clients not to pay because they are not likely to file a lawsuit, as the coamst of a lawsuit is likely more than they can recover. Good luck.
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