I am nineteen years old and About a month ago i got caught shoplifting at a Wal-mart. The people took me to a room and told me that they would call the police and all that stuff, but really took down my info and take a picture of me. The items totaled less than 30$. They said they would let me go because they were feeling kind, and they said that they would not call the cops and only take down my info as a "regulatory thing" because i did steal, but i didnt leave with the item.They said that id get a break but i signed a paper. Then a few days ago i get a letter in the mail saying i have a payment to make of 200$ and i will get a "release" of the cvlil "penalty" claim.
1. Do i pay it?
2. Should i call a lawyer or? Whats my next step?
1. Ignore it. It's a legal shakedown that can be ignored.
2. You don't need to unless charged with a crime.
Hire an attorney in he county where this happened.
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Its a law that says that you owe money because you allegedly stole from a merchant. You can usually call them and try to settle for an amount lower than $200.00 because those people sending you the letter know its a form of legal shake down for money.
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