You can ignore the civil demand letter from Wal-Mart. Unless you hear from the police, DA or court, you're not going to be in any trouble.
If you were not cited nor arrested for a CRIMINAL offense, you are not being prosecuted in criminal court. But, you may receive a CIVIL demand letter for money damages for your alleged actions. It does not need your attention until (and if) it matures into a civil lawsuit in court when served with court process.
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It is possible you might receive a letter in the mail demanding payment of sums of money from a law firm for Walmart. And I agree with the other attorneys that you don't need to worry about paying that civil money payment. Also, you might receive a notice in the mail for a court date because criminal charges were filed against you, since stealing is a crime. If that happens you need to contact one of us local Avvo criminal defense attorneys.
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The loss prevention officer mentioned a letter for civil assessment fines, like my colleagues who also answered, I would not pay the law firm unless a law suit is filed.
Regarding the charges. You. Did not mention whether the police were called or whether you given a citation and let go. If you were not put in jail then expect a notify letter from the prosecutor stating charges were filed.
You need to find an experienced criminal attorney to help you.
Hold onto, but don't necessarily be in any rush to pay, the civil demand. If the police weren't called you should be OK, but if you are contacted again by anyone resist the temptation to speak without your attorney present.
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