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What happens if I ignore my civil demand letter?

My first and only crime, I stupidly issued myself money card to buy diapers for my baby cause I was struggling and I got terminated. I agreed to pay the $53.99 back. She had me sign a paper or two but they sent me a letter telling me to pay $453.99. I can't pay the $400.00, I don't have a job or any family to help. What should I do?

Lawrence Lewis
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Ignore it until the attorney calls you or the police tell you about the criminal arrest warrant.

Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 11/4/2013

Answer By John J. Carney
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
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They almost never do more than send the letter and hope you are stupid enough to pay, which about half the people are. Most lawyers advise people to ignore all demand letters. You must make better decisions in the future or you will not have one.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/3/2013

Michael Breczinski
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If you do not pay the amount then they can sue you and get EVEN MORE money. Pay it.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/2/2013

Answer By Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
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Nothing happens. Don't confuse the civil case between you and the store with the criminal case in court between you and the state. Signing the papers was foolish enough, and paying the civil demand will make you look even more guilty.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/1/2013

Answer By Steve Freeborn
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
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You can still be charged criminally.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 11/1/2013

Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
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Nothing. You'll get a few more threatening letters, but that's it. You don't have to pay it.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/1/2013

Answer By Jared Austin
Austin Legal Services, PLC
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By statute they are entitled to collect it. If you do not pay it, they could see you or send you to collections.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/1/2013

Answer By James Smith
Law Office of James E. Smith
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Pay what you can.

Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/1/2013

Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
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I would only pay the $53.99 and let her take you to court.

Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 11/1/2013

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