I was caught shoplifting at walmart. They took me to the office and took a copy of my I'd and my picture for the database. I thInk they had called the police but after about an hour they said it was my lucky day and sent me home before the cops arrived. They said I should be getting my fine in the mail soon. Will this go on my record ? Or affecting me getting a job in the future?
You will probably receive a civil demand in the mail. A civil demand is not a fine nor a bill. 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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What you will probably receive is a "civil demand letter." it is not necessary to pay the demaind unless followed by a civil lawsuit, which almost never happens.
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From your description, what you will receive in the mail is not a fine but a civil demand letter. The consensus of Avvo attorneys is that you should ignore such a letter. Only a court can impose a fine after you have been prosecuted. The likelihood of that happening is extremely small, and you will not minimize the chance of that happening by paying money in response to a civil demand letter.
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