Me and my friend were caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart, no police were involved, they didn't make us sign anything, but they did say it would affect our criminal record and that we would be receiving a civil demand letter requesting we pay anywhere from 50-2000 dollars in 5-8 weeks and that if we didn't pay they could get a warrant for arrest on us. Now I'm all for paying the civil demand letter but the items we stole were a little less than about $15 so paying more than $50 would be ridiculous. I just want to know that if I should pay? Because I've been reading that you could ignore the letters and eventually they'll give up although there is a small possibility of getting sued.
The consensus of Avvo attorneys is that you should ignore the civil demand letter. It is highly unlikely you will be sued. Paying or not paying also will have no effect on whether or not you will be criminally charged.
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No, you can ignore the civil demand. What you've been reading on Avvo s correct.
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There is no obligation to pay a civil demand letter sent by a private law firm.
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