Minnesota Civil shoplifing or theft - Minor
Our son shoplifted at Walmart 6/10- just received a settlement offer from Bennett Law (collection agency?) from Utah - stating that we need to pay them $50.00 to settle all potential civil claims with Walmart. It indicates that this is above the criminal charges. It indicates that the parents have to pay the fine of the minor.
Is this a legit request and demand for payment? Is this legal in Minnesota?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Yes. If you son is pleading guilty you may be taken to court to pay. If he is pleading innocent you can contest this claim. It is a CIVIL penalty in addition to the criminal charge. I suggest your son participate in a "diversion" program if offered by your county for first time offenders (assuming he qualifies).