In short, no. A payment in response to a demand letter is a civil, rather than criminal matter. Moreover, pursuant to Maryland law, the payment of the civil penalty cannot be introduced into evidence in a criminal case as an admission. Regardless, you can still be charged criminally and prosecuted. Whether you have a "record" as a result of the criminal prosecution, should it occur, will be based on the particular facts and circumstances of your case, your background, etc.
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There still guarantee that you won't, because Walmart and the prosecutors office are two separate and independent entities. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
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Payment may satisfy your civil liability to WalMart. But if WalMart submits the incident to the police, and you are charged with theft, the payment can be used as evidence against you at your subsequent criminal trial.