I was given civil theft notice and asked me to call to the number given in it and pay fine.I sit going to be in my record. How much they may charge and should I cal and pay back so that i will be safe without record
Publix will keep your info on file so you have a record with them internally but no cops = no crime = no court = no criminal record..
As for the civil demand letter whether or not you pay that is a personal decision.
In order for Publix to get the civil penalty they have to be able to prove (by clear and convincing evidence) that they were injured by your theft. The statute authorizing the civil demand (see F.S. 772.11 - a link appears below ) permits a retailer to seek a minimum of $200 in damages, but to do so they have to first file a civil lawsuit, which will cost them hundreds of dollars just to file, and then many more to prosecute. Their demand letter to you is essentially an offer to settle a potential civil lawsuit for $200.00, a lawsuit which has not yet, and which may never be, filed.
Please see: FS 772.11 - Civil Theft / http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/772.11
Wishing you luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You were Not arrested. You were not charged with a criminal offense. There is no criminal record that could exist against you at this time
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