“Do I have to Pay a Civil Demand Letter after being caught Shoplifting?”
In Florida, retailers are authorized by statute (F.S. 772.11) to seek monetary relief from folks for acts civil theft. However, seeking and getting are 2 different things.
In order for a retailer to actually get the penalty, the retailer must first be able to prove (by clear and convincing evidence) that they were injured by your theft.
The statute authorizes the retailer to seek a minimum of $200 in damages, but to do so you either have to voluntarily pay them or they (the retailer) will have to file a civil lawsuit, which will cost them hundreds just to file, and then hundreds or even thousands more to prosecute their claim.
In Florida, the civil demand letter to you is essentially an offer to settle a potential civil lawsuit for $200.00, a lawsuit which is not yet and which may never actually be filed, and it has nothing at all to do with criminal court, so whether or not you pay the retailed is both a civil and a personal question.
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