Binghamton, NY asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: I was caught by shoplifting. What should i do?

I was caught by shoplifting. And i feel really guilty about it.

When i got caught, the security handcuffed me and took me to the back of the shop and made me sign 'civil demand notice' which says that i admit that i did a wrong thing, and i signed a paper that i agree to not shop at Bloomingdales for few years. and they told me that there will be a letter sent to me soon. So i got a letter, and it says i have to pay $425 for civil demand within 30 days. i searched in google and viewed many other lawyer's answers about this problem and most of them said 'just ignore it'. I am confused now. Do i have to pay this? or is there any other solutions?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Arkady Bukh
Arkady Bukh
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The usual answer to this question is to ignore the claim letter because the amount is so small that it is unlikley that Bloomingdale's will take it to court and will stop bothering you. However, they do have a claim for that amount and you could pay it if you can afford to do so.

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