[VIDEO] Will Virginia Shoplifting go Away by Paying The Store?

If you’re charged with shoplifting, definitely contact me so we can discuss your case and how I can help you with it.

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Hello, my name is Andrew Flusche. I’m your Virginia misdemeanor lawyer.

If you’re charged with shoplifting, can you just pay everything back to the store and have the case dropped? Let’s find out.

It really depends upon the store in question. A lot of stores have policies, where essentially once the police are involved, and charges and pending, they’re not going to be willing to just drop your charge even if you make restitution and pay for whatever you’re accused of taking. The reason being is that, they want to draw a hard line against shoplifters.

Unfortunately, that’s the way it works in a lot of cases. However in some scenarios, is some stores, or restaurants, it may be possible to make restitution to the establishment and get them to agree to drop the case.

What we can do sometimes, is do what’s called a “Accord and Satisfaction,” where basically you make a payment to the establishment for any merchandise, or food, or whatever wasn’t paid for, and also maybe a small extra amount for their time, and trouble, and dealing with the police, and they would agree to drop the charge. That does happen in some scenarios.

Unfortunately for many retail establishments when we’re talking about shoplifting goods, a lot of them just simply won’t agree to that. It’s typically not possible to just have your case dismissed if you pay for the items.

This is why you definitely need a attorney to help defend your shoplifting case, because the case isn’t normally just going to go away by simply paying for the items. That’s the same reason why a lot of times if you’re stopped at the store, and you’re accused of shoplifting, and you offer to pay right then, unfortunately a lot of times it’s too late at that point as well.

If you’re charged with shoplifting, definitely contact me so we can discuss your case and how I can help you with it. We can discuss whether or not you could just pay for the items and maybe have the case dismissed. In all likelihood, that’s not going to be possible and we will probably have to go to court for your case.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and Avvo. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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