My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Was detained for 484 petty theft. Refused to sign trespass advisement/
civil demand. Was arrested, field released, subsequently acquitted
Received in US mail a Letter of Civil Demand from merchant:
You should be aware that these damages are allowed by law as a CIVIL action and to not take the place of any criminal prosecution that may be imposed by local authorities. Your payment now will prevent us from filing criminal charges.
It appears as though this violates CA penal code 519 and also US Code Title 18 #876 (d) " Mailing threatening communication ". EXTORTION
Law does not permit the use of extortion as a means of collecting debt. Gomez v Garcia(9th Cir. 1996) 81 F .3d 95, 97.
Please advise if I should pursue a criminal complaint?