Virginia Beach, VA asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: I had a shoplifting court case. First day i went to court it got dismissed. now I'm receiving mail saying i need to pay

i need to pay them restitution. Why would i need to pay restitution back to the establishment if i was found not guilty/court case was dismissed?

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Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Spotsylvania , VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The letter is likely from a law firm on behalf of the store which had ypu charged. If it was the court, call the cletk's office and ask why you got that letter.

Ali John Amirshahi
Ali John Amirshahi

A: Need more info.

Was your case tried or just dismissed without a trial?

Who wrote you the letter?

I certainly wouldn't pay them anything without consulting an attorney. They could use your payment as an indication of guilt.

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