My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
I am 19 years old. I started working at Abercrombie and Fitch in 2008 over the summer. I was given a job back this summer of 2009 and I took advantage of my employee status and de-sensored clothes and stole them. I was not caught, I was tempted, taking advantage of my managers' trust, and I thought I could get away with it. I've never done anything like this, only here. Yesterday, I was approached by a Loss Prevention Detective and he interviewed me. I was so nervous; I thought he knew something, or that he caught me. He began to explain how they have cameras all over the vicinity, and then he proceeded to ask me "What did you steal?" He didn't provide any footage (I would've asked to see it, but that would be defending my wrongdoings?) I didn't want to risk anything, so I told the truth. I stole approximately $320 of merchandise. The detective then said that this is only between me and the store. There were no police officers. The meeting was between my manager, the detective, and I.
I wrote a written report, of what I stole, how I stole it, as well as a long paragraph about how sorry and remorseful I am. He then made me sign that, as well as a form (I don't remember what it was called) saying that I will pay the $320 I owe to A&F. I gave back all of the merchandise an hour later, and of course, none of them were re-salable because they had no tags on them.
He then gave me a piece of paper that simply said, "Civil Demand Notice: You have been interviewed in regards to an incident pertaining to your employment with this store. This state has passed a law permitting merchants to recover civil monetary damages and possible other damages from you as a result of this incident. These damages may take into consideration the value of the merchandise, whether or not it was blemished or non-saleable, the cost of security and any other damages permitted by law. You may be receiving a letter in the future explaining the amount of monetary damages we will be seeking."
I am so nervous. I live with my parents at home, and I don't want them to get this letter. I have not committed previous misdemeanors or felonies. I am paying the $320 restitution fee to Abercrombie tomorrow and I just hope that I am not charged with further fees. Will they charge me with any court fees because of this although I will be paying the restitution fee? I don't want this to be on my criminal record because I plan on going to dental school in a few years. Will this be on my record?
I hope that this truly is between "the store and I" because I do not want to to go to court and face any harsh justice systems. I was a good employee (minus the shoplifting) and my managers did like my work ethic and personality. I don't know how far that's going to go though... I'm nervous.
Any kind of feedback or advice would be very appreciated.