Should I pay a civil demand fine?

UPDATED: Nov 6, 2011

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Should I pay a civil demand fine?

Yesterday I was caught shoplifting. There was no police involved and the lady said that I could go after they got their products back. I didn’t sign anything and they say something about trespassing and I didn’t catch it. My mom was with me and we were let out after 10 minutes. The products were about $14 in whole but something that I took was also a part of a set, so is that in the set? How much do you predict the fine to be? Is it usually 10 times the cost of the items? What happens after I pay the fine? Will this affect the chances of me getting a job later?

Asked on November 6, 2011 under Criminal Law, California


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you were caught shoplifting and there has been a civil demand upon you as to a claim (civil action) you should consult with an attorney that practices civil law as well as criminal law about the situation you are in the and best way to get it resolved.

The civil claim is nothing in comparison to what a possible criminal action can do to you both in terms of costs but possible negative results if you are convicted of a criminal offense.

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