I am now 21. Age 20 in October of 2012 I was caught shoplifting (1st offense) barely $50 worth of merchandise from a Safeway in California. The store security took down my address and made me sign a paper that told me I was going to receive a fine and then "most likely" an order to appear in court to pay again/etc. The store security told me that I was not allowed back into any Safeway, but never once mentioned for how long. It is now April 2013, and while I did receive the civil demand fine (which, in order to avoid further conflict, I immediately paid), I have not received any orders to appear in court.
My questions are:
How long does Safeway have to file against me/send me a court order?
When would be a "safe" time to start shopping at Safeway again?
Is this petty-theft, or more?Is something like this jail-time worthy, even for a first-time offender? I obviously don't want it to be, I am just sick with worry over doing something so stupid and having it ruin my life. I have not entered a Safeway in the last six months, and I will not do so for at least a full year. Even then I don't know if I will feel totally comfortable- the store security had said that if "they" caught me, I could be arrested for trespassing. Again though, they never mentioned how long I was not allowed in.