My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA. In October of 2009, I was busted for shoplifting at a Sears. I did not resist, I quietly followed the LP guy to the back. I stole about fifteen dollars worth of merchandise. No cops were called and I'm sure none of the LP guys were cops either. I asked him if there was any program they had where I could do community servce or work it off to pay for them. One of the guys said "you're not getting off easy" the other guy then added "yeah he is. hes getting off easy because we're making him pay a civil demand instead of calling the cops" I was somewhat relieved and asked him if any employer would see this and he told me that they would not if i never wnet in the store again and I payed the civil demand. about a month later, the civil demand came and i gave it to my dad to take care of it. He acted stupidly and ignored it and then they sent a second request. I told him to take it seriously and he sent a check for 50 dollars (they asked for 325 total but allowed us to pay in monthly installments of 50 dollars plus a small service fee.) ANyways, I was supposed to pay on november 20th, but my dad ignored it and we ended up paying on the 8th, about one day before they said theyd pursue a civil suit. It has been over a month since that day and no more civil demand letters (with the pay coupon that I use to send the check with) has been sent. I;m afraid theyre done trying to get civil recompensation and are filing a suit. If so, how long before I receive a court notice. and also, how long after the crime can I expect to see a criminal court notice if they do decide to press charges ? is it likely they will ? Is there a chance that the lawyer was just satisfied with the 50 dollar payment and decided to not send anymore letters ? since it was just a knee gel pad I tried to steal. Last question, how would I be notified that I have criminal charges pending (in person, mail, etc)
SUMMARY for tl;dr:
10/27/09, stole, got caught, no cops or citation
11/19/09, they said I have till the 9th to pay or else theyll consider law suit (2nd letter they sent)
12/8/09, sent 50 dollar payment
1/25/10 havent received another civil demand letter and i would need one since they have a pay coupon that i send money through.