I have restitution case with a company, should I keep paying a civil demand?

I was never arrested; the police were never involved. It is just between me and the company. I receive a letter in the mail every month to pay $100 because that is what me and the company agreed on and I do. I’ve paid half the money already and can’t afford to pay more. Also, I have heard that you should not pay the fee because the company will take you to court anyway. This happened back 3 months ago. Do you think the company will go on and sue me or should I stop paying the civil demand?

Asked on February 26, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The whole purpose of paying a civil demand with respect to a shoplifting matter is to prevent the future civil lawsuit by the merchant whose merchandise was supposedly taken. Since you agreed to pay the $100 on the civil demand, I suggest that you pay the balance owed and when paid get a full release from the merchant in writing.

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