What to do if I was with a friend who shoplifted from a store and the total amount of goods stolen was under $25 but I got a letter in the mail from a law office demanding $500?

It says if the payment is not made, they will review the matter and possibly suggest that their client wal-mart take further civil action. Should I pay this to avoid a possible civil lawsuit or is it unlikely that they would take further action?

Asked on September 28, 2015 under Criminal Law, Louisiana


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If the amount is not paid, further action will probably be taken.  That further action may include filing criminal charges for petty theft.  If that  theft charge larceny is on a person's record, the person will have difficulty finding employment in the future.

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