Can a rent to own furniture company file criminal charges against you when there is a mandatory arbitration agreement in the lease?
Question Details: A rental center filed theft/stealing leased or rented property charges. In the lease agreement there is a mandatory arbitration agreement that survives the termination of the lease agreement.
An arbitration clause means that you have to arbitrate, not sue--that is, it affects your rights to civil court. However, it has no effect on their right (or yours, for that matter) to look to press charges for what is believed to be a criminal act (e.g. criminal fraud; theft; deliberately passing a bad check; etc.). A contract between two people or a person and a business cannot override or limit the criminal law.
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