I was not arrested after shoplifting but received a letter demanding that I pay $150, if I pay the amount requestedcan I still be arrested later?

The value of the merchandise was $97. I was told that I would have to pay $150, plus 10% of the value of the merchandise by the LP officer.

Asked on October 10, 2011 under Criminal Law, Delaware


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you received a demand letter from law enforcement demanding payment of $150.00 concerning the possible shoplifting of merchandise, but you were not arrested for any crime yet, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney first before responding to the letter.

The reason is that law enforcement may not have enough evidence to charge you with a crime presently, but if you pay the amount demanded, the payment could be deemed an admission by you of some wrong doing.

Good luck.

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