i got caught shoplifting for some $10 or so
no police were called and i had to sign a paper and a fine will come in the mail between 50-500 dollars
i was wondering since no police were called will i have to appear in court? will this go in my record?
im 20 if that makes a difference
The fine is generally acknowledged on this site as being a scam. No one on this site ever suggests paying it.
Anything you signed you were probably under duress.
If you are not arrested or given a GOVERNMENT/POLICE/COURT citation, you don't have to go to court (you have to be given a government notice).
If you were not arrested, I don't see how government would get it on your record.
That "fine" is basically some law office in south florida sending you a letter and begging for money. If you give beggars what they ask for they will keep begging. (what a scam)
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Don't ever sign anything.
Don't ever admit to anything.
Don't ever talk to the police when you are a suspect.
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You will probably get a letter from an attorney demanding that you pay money. These letters are commonly referred to as civil demand letters. You don't owe them anything. In order for you to owe them something the would have to sue you and win. Even if they could potentially win the cost of suing you is substantially greater than any amount of money they can ever hope t recover. As such they don't pursue it. They send out these letters hoping that you don't know better and simp,y send them the money. I generally advise clients to ignore them. After one or two letters they will stop and move on to their next victim of legalized extortion. Not paying will not effect you in any way and would have no bearing on whether or not criminal charges would be brought against you. Seeing as the police weren't contacted it is unlikely that you will be charged. If, however, you do receive some notification from the court or police, don't ignore that and contact an attorney ASAP.
No, unless the notified the police and they send you something in the mail OR, they made you sign something promising to appear in court as some stores have the authorization to do so.
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