Normally if you were going to be arrested the police would be called and you'd be held at the store until they arrived. It is not impossible that you could be charged later but it is highly unlikely. The "fine" is a civil demand or request for payment. It comes from the store, not the court, and you don't have to pay.
Don't pay the civil demand. It's unenforceable and constitutes legal extortion. Ignore the letters and eventually they will quit coming. IF you are sued in small claims court, you will be one of the first and you can simply pay it then. IGNORE the civil demand.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
Typically if the police are not called then there will be no criminal case filed. The paper signed sounds like a civil demand letter which is a threat of a civil lawsuit. If you do not pay the store could file a civi suit against you. I have seen hundreds of these letters and have never seen them actually file suit. Payment of the demand has nothing to do with whether or not criminal charges will be filed. I suggest you stay away from the store and not talk about the case with anyone. If the police call or show up get an attorney immediately. If you receive a court notice or complaint then retain an attorney.
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