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If there is an officer, you may want to ask him if the threat to file criminal charges if you don't pay is not extortion? He can offer this to you, but if the 'victim' does, it is extortion.
That being said, if you did do the damage, it would be less expensive to pay the damages than to have an arrest, go to court and then pay the damages plus a fine, court cost and the Public Defender fee, (the court cost, PD will be around 500.00 in Florida for Misdemeanor court).
If you did not do the damage and need to fight this then you can make that decision as well.
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