What to do if I was accused of shoplifting $30?

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What to do if I was accused of shoplifting $30?

I did not see the item when I checked out. Now they want me to pay $165.19 in restitution to the store. If I pay this, does that admit guilt? I can never go there or I will be charged with trespassing. I have never been in any trouble ever and am 50 years old.

Asked on May 1, 2013 under Criminal Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

So you have not been arrested or charged with anything?  And the letter that you got was from the store or their attorneys requesting money so that they will not charge you, correct?  Restitution is generally what a Court will order you to pay if convicted of the crime in order to make the person you stole from whole.  If the item was only $30 then paying $165.19 seems a bit over the top.  I would speak with an attorney in your area but you can not be made to pay that amount by anyone other than a Judge.  Seek help.  Good luck. 


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