I was charged with petty theft after being caught stealing $80.00 worth of merchandise from JCPennys in california. I am 19 and female. They took down some information, took my picture then let me go. I got a civil demand letter in the mail and i paid half of it. Now that i've learned you don't really have to pay i have been ignoring them( The Law Offices of Michael Ira Asen who may i add is in N.Y) I have now recieved a 2nd letter in the mail saying i have 10 days to respond or "JCPenny may take legal action." SO my question is i paid half, should i ignore them or pay the rest which is another $125? Since i completed this CAD program and community service will not paying affect me and my credit?the CAD program was to get the incident of my record i had to pay a lot of money for it and it was a 4 hour class. I don't want to pay 125$ to some law offices that are across the country i already paid them 125$ the first time and i feel as though it was a waste. But i am afraid that they may peruse legal action against me.