Will I be Able to Travel With Shoplifting Charges?

If you’re charged with shoplifting in Virginia, you may be wondering whether or not you can travel while your case is pending. The short answer is that it depends. This is an important reason to consult an attorney. Give me a call early on so we can look at your case and answer this question for you specifically.

The more complicated answer is that in many cases of misdemeanor shoplifting in Virginia, you are free to travel wherever you would like while your case is pending. However, it does depend upon the nature of your case. If you’re charged with felony shoplifting for example, you may have restrictions on where you can and can’t go, particularly whether or not you can leave Virginia while your case is pending.

But if you’re just charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, you could also have restrictions on leaving Virginia. The most important thing to look at is whether or not you were given a summons or you were arrested. If you were just given a summons, then normally there would be no restrictions on you leaving the commonwealth while your case is pending. However, if you were arrested, the bond paperwork that you received should show you exactly whether or not you may or may not leave the commonwealth.

These are just a couple of simple examples that show the complexity of answering a relatively short question such as can you travel while your case is pending and this is why you need to give me a call if you’re facing a Virginia shoplifting charge.

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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, and Facebook. 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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