A civil demand is not a debt and you would only have to pay it if they successfully sued you. The likelihood of that happening is extremely small.
Paying or not paying the civil demand will have no effect on any criminal actions which might be brought against you.
Learn from this mistake, and don't shoplift anymore.
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If the merchandise was recovered intact, as in the sae condition as on the shelf, I think you can ignore the demand. They want to assert that the time of the security and restocking etc, is collectible. Peopple are there anyway, so no damages.
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I have been practicing criminal defense for 15 years and have represented hundreds of individuals charged with thefts. I have never seen one of them sued when the failed to pay the civil demand. This does not mean it will not happen but it rarely does.
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