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Hi! I was just arrested for shop lifting at century 21. I was mailed a statement from their law firm demanding I pay $500 within 21 days. What will happen if I do not pay? Should I pay?

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Total cost of product was about $600. I have a court date for middle of May

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Charged for petit larceny

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NY

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Criminal Lawyer: Zoey_ JD, JustAnswer Criminal Law Mentor replied 3 months ago

No, you don't have to pay the fine. That is not a court order. It is an offer of a settlement. Essentially they are saying, "If you pay this, we won't sue you." They're almost certainly not going to sue you for $500. It's just not worth their time. On top of that, since they are having you prosecuted, you're going to be making restitution through the criminal courts anyway. Most lawyers would tell you not to pay the civil settlement offer.

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