What does a statutory civil damages claim mean after being charged with petite theft?

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What does a statutory civil damages claim mean after being charged with petite theft?

I recently was charged with petite theft from a store and have to appear in court in a few weeks. I got a letter in the mail from a law firm saying that the store may consider moving forward with a statutory civil damages claim against me. They are asking that I pay a settlement amount of $200. If I pay that within 20 days of the date of the letter I will get a written realease of the claim. What does that mean and is it seperate from what I am already going to court for?

Asked on March 4, 2012 under Criminal Law, Florida

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