If you’re arrested for stealing merchandise from a New York City retail store, the store will demand that you pay a “civil penalty” for shoplifting. Unless your lawyer advises otherwise, don’t pay the civil penalty.
While a suspected shoplifter is under arrest at the store, security guards typically will attempt to get the suspect to:
After you’ve been arrested for shoplifting at Macy’s, or Century 21, or Sephora, etc., you will eventually be released to the safety of your home. Within a week or so, you will receive a letter in the mail from a law firm. The letter will demand that you pay the retailer a civil penalty, up to $500, in connection with the alleged shoplift.