I tried to steal something from Walmart and when I was walking out of the store an employee came with me and told me to follow him to the camera room where he took a picture of me and wrote some stuff from my I.D down. He also gave me a paper and had me sign it which said they could take a picture of me. I wasn't sure if I had too, but I didn't want to ask. He asked me what my social security was and I said I didn't know it even though I did. He let me go but gave me this letter saying I would get fined $100-250. He told me if I didn't pay there would be a warrant for my arrest. Is this true, will the cops arrest me? What do I do? Well a couple days ago I received a letter from an attorney's office saying I had to pay $250 within a month. What will happen if I don't pay this?
Most likely, nothing. These are civil demand letters, paying one does not ensure no police report will be made. In practice, they usually call police right away if they're ever going to. Expect more, angrier letters.
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If Walmart files charges, which they may do whether you pay the civil demand or not, then you will receive a summons to appear in Court to answer to the charge of petit larceny.
If you pay the civil fine to Walmart then charges most likely won't be filed. If you don't then eventually you will be summoned to Court on petty larceny charges. If you did it pay Walmart.
Your question says that you tried to steal something from Walmart. Did you actually walk out of Walmart with merchandise on your person without paying for it? If so, what was the value of the merchandise. Also, it may be an important fact as to whether or not if you did walk out with something, did it get returned to Walmart? If so, then Walmart may have a difficult time showing damages.
Even if you do pay the attorney demand letter, you may still be charged criminally. One option would be to pay the attorney demand so long as you get a written promise from Walmart that they will not pursue criminal charges against you.
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