What is a civil demand letter?

Specifically, regarding a shoplifting charge.

Asked on May 7, 2017 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A civil demand letter is a request from a merchant (or more typically a law firm that represents them) for payment for the costs associated with a shoplifting incident. It oft times is made instead of reporting a shoplifter to the police but it can be done in conjuction with bringing criminal charges.


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