2019 Arkansas Code
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, and Courts
Subtitle 7 - Particular Proceedings and Remedies
Chapter 122 - Civil Liability of Persons Caught Shoplifting
§ 16-122-102. Written Demand Required - Amount of Damages
(a) Under the provisions of this chapter, the owner or seller shall issue a written demand letter by certified mail for the return of the merchandise or, only if the merchandise has not been returned or recovered, its retail cash equivalent, and a penalty in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200) for an adult to the last known address of the adult.
(b) If the individual to whom the written demand is sent complies with the terms of the demand letter within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the letter, that individual shall not be subject to further civil liability with respect to that specific act of retail theft.
(1) If the individual to whom the written demand is sent does not comply within thirty (30) days of the receipt of a demand letter, then the owner or seller may bring an action against the individual for the recovery of civil damages and penalties in any court of competent jurisdiction if the total damages do not exceed the jurisdictional limit of that court.
(2) In an action brought under this subsection, the owner or seller may recover the following:
(A) Civil damages in an amount equal to the retail value of the merchandise if the merchandise is not recovered or returned, or if the merchandise is recovered or returned, civil damages in an amount equal to the difference between the market value of the recovered or returned merchandise and the retail value of the recovered or returned merchandise;
(B) A civil penalty of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) for an adult;
(C) Court costs; and
(D) A reasonable attorney's fee.
(d) This section does not apply to juveniles subject to the Arkansas Juvenile Code of 1989, § 9-27-301 et seq.