I did the ultimate stupid thing and stole a $14 pair of socks at Kohl’s
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I agree with Mr. Marshall's advice not to send a letter. If the police were not called, then no report was made, and most likely nothing was sent to the DA. So there is a good chance there will be no formal criminal charges and nothing on your record from this. As for the letter, see the below link to the "legal guide" I wrote on this subject:
DO NOT write letters of apology. We call them "confessions."
The "civil letter" is from the store's attorneys. If you agree to pay several hundred dollars, they will agree not to sue you.
Most lawyer will advise you to ignore them. As far as I can tell, none of these civil demand outfits has ever filed an actual lawsuit. Usually they will send a few letters, each more alarming than the last, until they give up and stop wasting stamps.
This is NOT legal advice. It is a general discussion of legal principles by a California lawyer, and does not create an attorney/client relationship. You should always consult PRIVATELY with an attorney. Free consultation only applies to potential clients with a criminal case within 100 miles of Chico, California.