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[VIDEO] Can Your Virginia Shoplifting Case be Dismissed?

Author: From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Aug 31st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Definitely contact a lawyer like myself so you can find out kind of what you’re facing and how the local court does treat these kind of cases, because shoplifting charges are very serious, and you certainly don’t want to have that conviction on your record if we can avoid it. So if you’re charged with shoplifting, definitely give me a call so we can get started discussing the case.

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Hello, I’m Andrew Flusche, you’re Virginia misdemeanor lawyer. A lot of people call me with shoplifting questions, wondering if they can have their charge for shoplifting dismissed. It’s a really good question, and something that we can talk about when you contact me about your case. In general, there’s two basic ways that we can have a charge for shoplifting dismissed to keep a conviction off your record. The first way would be if we could beat the charge, and that’s something that we could talk about, as far as what evidence there is against you, and can the commonwealth prove that you actually did shoplift.

The second way to have the case dismissed would be if you qualify for some type of first offender program or we could get some kind of other agreement worked out with the prosecutor. Those scenarios can be very complicated and so we’ll talk about those in another video. But in general, depending upon your record and the court you’re in, it may be possible to have your case dismissed, if you qualify for a first offender program, or some type of situation like that, some people call it diversion. It depends on the terminology the local court uses. But those are really the two basic ways to have your shoplifting case dismissed.

If you were to just to go to court by yourself, it’s a case where you could be facing the threat of jail time. So even if you think, “Oh, I didn’t do anything. I’m not guilty,” you definitely should contact a lawyer like myself so you can find out kind of what you’re facing and how the local court does treat these kind of cases, because shoplifting charges are very serious, and you certainly don’t want to have that conviction on your record if we can avoid it. So if you’re charged with shoplifting, definitely give me a call so we can get started discussing the case or go ahead and watch one of my videos about it so you can learn more about what you may be facing.


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“Empty Nest” Weekend

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 31st, 2015
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Technically, we’re not empty nesters, we're just adjusting to our son being away at college. However, I was curious what the first weekend would bring us. It was pretty much the same as any other weekend. The weekend's highlights...

Saturday:
  1. Coffee and read the paper
  2. Breakfast
  3. Coffee
  4. Coffee
  5. Mow the lawn
  6. Exercise
  7. Lunch
  8. Clean guns
  9. Movie date with Colleen! (Okay, that’s different — first one in 19 years)
  10. Dinner
  11. Netflix and Hopsecutioner IPA
Sunday:
  1. Coffee
  2. Breakfast
  3. Coffee
  4. Mass
  5. Coffee (I’m sensing a pattern.)
  6. Dry fire practice
  7. Phone call with son!
  8. Mid-afternoon brunch and award winning Rocko’s Milk Stout at Spencer Devon Brewery (More to come on that.)
  9. Another Netflix movie
In other words, just old married folk.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.


Fredericksburg Alert Online

Author: From http://burgnews.blogspot.com/ • Aug 29th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
A new service from the city alerts residents to city events, status and more.

Visit https://www.fredericksburgalert.com/ to register to receive txts, email or get a pager notice for a variety of notices from the city. (A pager, what's that again?) Already there are more than 40 groups of notices to sign up for. Everything from local traffic, river reports, to Parks&Rec events, even local volunteer opportunities.

Those with children in school will surely like the school closing notifications. The advantage is you get to pick and choose those alerts that are important to you and your family.

The FLS reports that the site is largely funded by Homeland Security, allowing the city to offer similar capabilities as the surrounding counties. Hopefully the city organizations will continue to keep their feeds up to date.


St. Augustine, Patron Saint of Brewers

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 29th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
August 28 is the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the patron Saints of Brewers. Now considered a Doctor of the Church, Augustine led a life of debauchery until, through the ardent prayers of his mother, St. Monica, he converted to Christianity. He died in 430 A.D.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. 
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"
Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life. 
He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. 
 Today we'll raise a toast in honor St. Augustine and persistent, loving mothers too!

Catholic Online has more on St. Augustine's life, teachings and great influence on the Church.


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

Author: From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Aug 29th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

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.


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[VIDEO] First Offender Dismissal for Virginia Shoplifting

Author: From http://www.andrewflusche.com • Aug 28th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you’re charged with shoplifting in Virginia, definitely contact me so we can discuss the situation and what see what options you have.

Video Transcription

Hello, my name is Andrew Flusche. I’m your Virginia misdemeanor lawyer. A lot of people wonder when they contact me if they would be eligible for a first offender program for shoplifting. Now this is a case that depends upon the local court where your case is pending. Shoplifting is not like marijuana and alcohol where there is an official statewide first offender program. For a shoplifting case, first offender or diversion programs depend upon the local court where your case is pending, and not every court has a program like this.

This is one reason why you need a local defense attorney who knows the local courts and who knows how to defend shoplifting cases in the court where your case is pending because whereas there’s programs in some of the courts in the Fredericksburg area, there may not be programs in Fairfax. There may not be programs in Wythe County. There may not programs in Richmond. It depends upon the court where your case is pending.

My knowledge might not be as helpful to you in a case outside of the Fredericksburg area, and likewise if you talk with a Fairfax attorney, their knowledge might not be as helpful to you if you have a case down here in Fredericksburg. This is why local attorneys are important for a case like this, not local to where you live, but local to where your case is pending.

In general, for a first offender program, it does need to be your first offense so if you’ve ever been charged with any kind of theft-related offense before, most first offender programs for shoplifting are not going to let you qualify. In general, a lot of times they also look for really clean record otherwise, so if you’ve had several brushes with the law for different types of misdemeanors and now you’ve got a theft-related offense, you probably will not qualify for a first offender program in that scenario either.

The Fredericksburg city court also has an age requirement, so if you’re in Fredericksburg city general district court for shoplifting, the first offender program is not allowed for anyone over the age of 21. That can be a problem as well, depending on your age.

If you’re charged with shoplifting in Virginia, definitely contact me so we can discuss the situation and what is possible depending upon the court where your case is pending.


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St. Augustine, Patron Saint of Brewers

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 28th, 2015
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August 28 is the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the patron Saints of Brewers. Now considered a Doctor of the Church, Augustine led a life of debauchery until, through the ardent prayers of his mother, St. Monica, he converted to Christianity. He died in 430 A.D.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. 
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"
Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life. 
He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. 
 Today we'll raise a toast in honor St. Augustine and persistent, loving mothers too!

Catholic Online has more on St. Augustine's life, teachings and great influence on the Church.


St. Augustine, Patron Saint of Brewers

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 28th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
August 28 is the Feast Day of St. Augustine of Hippo, one of the patron Saints of Brewers. Now considered a Doctor of the Church, Augustine led a life of debauchery until, through the ardent prayers of his mother, St. Monica, he converted to Christianity. He died in 430 A.D.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. 
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"
Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life. 
He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. 
 Today we'll raise a toast in honor St. Augustine and persistent, loving mothers too!

Catholic Online has more on St. Augustine's life, teachings and great influence on the Church.


Gun Shot at 73,000 fps

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 26th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Just because it's cool...


... and pretty amazing. This does remind me of the time I was shooting facing the sun and was distracted by all the smoke and unburnt powder sparkling in the sun.

You have to love Adam's reaction too.


Gun Shot at 73,000 fps

Author: From http://www.musingsoverapint.com/ • Aug 26th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
Just because it's cool...


... and pretty amazing. This does remind me of the time I was shooting facing the sun and was distracted by all the smoke and unburnt powder sparkling in the sun.

You have to love Adam's reaction too.