I have been caught shoplifting while I was living in the dorm and it was just 2 days ahead of check-out day from the dorm so I didn't have another address. When they said that they will send a fine to my address I gave this one, then I figured out all mails coming to dormitory will be sent back to the senders because we move out. I have to receive that mail to my new address or it will become a criminal record. But I can't reach police to do that. I mailed Boston police but they didn't answer. I am in Massachusetts.
Best to hire an attorney help you clear this matter up. Were you arrested at the time of the alleged incident?
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One thing that's important is to determine who the "they" is in your story. If "they" is the store, you should not be contacting the police. The store may want your address to send you a civil demand letter, which they have to take you to court to enforce. If the police were not called to the store at the time of the shoplifting, you will almost certainly not be charged criminally.
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"He said I should pay the fine, otherwise it would be a criminal record." That's incorrect. Paying the civil fine has absolutely no connection to your criminal record. Civil fines are sent by lawyers. They depend on you being so scared that you will do anything to stay out of jail. If the store wants to collect the civil fine they would have to take you to small claims court, pay the fee the court charges, and pay the lawyers to prosecute the case. It is not worth it to them. Seriously. Also, you should never never ever talk to the police without a lawyer on your side. Literally, NEVER TALK TO THE POLICE WITHOUT A LAWYER ON YOUR SIDE.
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