A Civil Demand and Criminal Prosecution are two separate things. A Civil Demand is a money judgment only, in which the retailer can request restitution of up to $200.00. If you fail to pay, the retailer can attempt to sue you for the restitution amount and attorney fees. Because this is not always done by the retailer, it may be advisable to hold off on paying the Civil Demand until any criminal prosecution takes place.
In terms of the criminal prosecution, typically it takes a couple of weeks to a month before the retailer sends their retail fraud information to the police and or local prosecutor. At this point, the court will send you a notice date in the mail for your criminal arraignment. If this occurs, please be mindful that a retail fraud conviction can have severe consequences on your criminal record, which can make it very difficult to find employment and various educational opportunities. You will need a criminal attorney in this matter. Please contact me at the information provided on my profile to further discuss your situation.
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