My question involves criminal law for the state of: New York
i was caught lifting and taken to the back.
The LP took my info (permit) along with unscanned items and I signed the paper . Told I wasn’t getting a trespassers charge and could return (I won’t be). LP said it would stay internal. The cops were there already but everyone assured me it wasn’t for me but for someone they already had in custody. I did not get a copy of papers and was allowed to leave . Will I face criminal charges ? If the cops were already there wouldn’t they have already arrested me? Also I just received a letter in the mail stating: “This is a demand that you pay $206.95 in satisfaction of this civil claim. This is not an attempt to settle a debt...You have a right contest your liability in court.” Do I have to pay this and what will happen if I don’t? I am 18 but my parents don’t know this happened and I don’t want them to find another letter like this in the mail. Should I just pay it? How many of these letters should I expect?