DAVID OLSON BLOG


Author: David W. Olson


AUG. 18 2017
El Patron and What a Domestic Violence Allegation Can Cost You
El Patron and What a Domestic Violence Allegation Can Cost You
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You know that if you are convicted of committing a crime, you could face serious consequences, such as jail time and expensive fines. However, time and money aren’t the only things that a crime, or even just an accusation of a crime, can cost you.

 

In addition to legal penalties, a criminal allegation can ruin your job, your house, your family, and your good name. When that allegation relates to domestic violence, though, the legal and personal consequences can be even more severe.

 

Let’s look at the recent incident involving El Patron and Paige, two professional …

AUG. 11 2017
Will You Get Cited or Arrested for Pot? Depends on Where You Live
Will You Get Cited or Arrested for Pot? Depends on Where You Live
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During the November 2016 election, amongst other surprising outcomes, our state voted to legalize medical marijuana for “individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician.”

 

These conditions include things like cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other health issues a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would be beneficial.

 

While you can’t get medical marijuana yet, by October of this year, the Florida Department of Health will begin issuing licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers and identification cards for eligible patients and caregivers.…

AUG. 10 2017
Understanding Three Lesser-Known Florida Sex Crimes
Understanding Three Lesser-Known Florida Sex Crimes
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You probably know most of the more common sex crimes in Florida. Things like rape and prostitution. However, those aren’t the only acts that our state considers sex crimes. There are a number of lesser-known sex crimes that not only still carry the lifelong, devastating consequences of being a sex offender, but sometimes are even committed unintentionally.

 

Before engaging in any kind of sexual act or activity, make sure that you are aware of the laws and know your rights. If you are facing a sex crime charge, consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon …

JULY  27 2017
Understanding Hate Crime Charges in Florida
Understanding Hate Crime Charges in Florida
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Hate crimes are a serious charge in any jurisdiction, but Florida has recently passed legislation to crack down on hate crimes, both enhancing penalties and broadening the definition of what constitutes a hate crime in our state.

 

Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you understand how hate crime charges work here. What constitutes a hate crime? What are the consequences? How can you defend against charges? Below, we’re going to provide an overview.

 

What Does It Mean to Commit a Hate Crime in Florida?

 

A hate crime is defined as a criminal act that …

JULY  21 2017
4 Defense Strategies to Beat Florida Drug Possession Charges
4 Defense Strategies to Beat Florida Drug Possession Charges

 

Both nationally and right here in Florida, law enforcement is once again cracking down hard on drug crimes, even minor ones. It is now more important than ever that you know your rights and how to fight back if you find yourself charged.

 

Below are some of the defense strategies that you may be able to use if you get arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

 

Whether or not you should use any particular strategy is something that you should discuss with your lawyer, because what is best for you will depend on the particulars …

JULY  12 2017
New Law Says That Bitcoin Is Money Laundering… Now
New Law Says That Bitcoin Is Money Laundering… Now

 

 

The Florida legislature recently revised its financial laws, stating that Bitcoin can be used for money laundering. Previously this was not the case – because Bitcoin was not regarded as actual money.

 

Here’s an explanation of how the laws have changed and what this means for you.

 

Understanding Bitcoin and How It Can Get You into Trouble

 

What is “Bitcoin”? A bitcoin is a form of digital monetary exchange that is accepted as a payment method by many legitimate websites such as Amazon, Overstock.com, Target, Expedia, and Dell. However, bitcoins can be difficult to define …

JUNE  29 2017
Resisting Arrest: How to Act When Stopped By a Florida Officer
Resisting Arrest: How to Act When Stopped By a Florida Officer
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More and more, we hear news stories of people getting charged with resisting arrest, but what exactly does it mean to resist arrest?

 

Let’s look at an example of a Florida man who was arrested for resisting arrest after a traffic stop last month.

 

Just after midnight, a police officer saw a man leave a motel without stopping before pulling out into the road. The officer stopped the Chrysler Sebring and asked the Lakeland man for his license multiple times.

 

The man supposedly refused to give the officer his license because he wanted to know why he …

JUNE  23 2017
DUI Manslaughter Conviction Lands Florida Man in Prison for 30 Years
DUI Manslaughter Conviction Lands Florida Man in Prison for 30 Years
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It was more than a year ago when Terry Dinkins, a 66-year-old Florida resident, got into his vehicle after having “a lot to drink,” as he later admitted to officials. Reports would show he had been driving with a blood-alcohol content level of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit.

 

Driving the wrong way on State Road 435, Dinkins crashed his Lexus convertible into an oncoming Nissan Altima. The crash killed the Altima’s driver and passenger, Brandi Cole and Silvia Barajas.

 

Last month, Dinkins was convicted of DUI manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison. …

JUNE  16 2017
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida

 

 

There are many things that are illegal: theft, drugs, assault, murder, rape, drinking and driving, domestic violence, fraud. The list goes on and on. If you were to commit or be accused of committing one of these crimes, you could be arrested and criminally charged.

 

If you are accused of violating a Florida law, you will be charged with a state crime and prosecuted by the State of Florida. However, depending on specific details of the accusation, you may be charged with violating federal law as well, which could mean you could be charged with a federal …

JUNE  9 2017
Former UF Player Takes Girlfriend’s Cellphone, Charged with Theft
Former UF Player Takes Girlfriend’s Cellphone, Charged with Theft
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We love sports and the athletes who play for our favorite teams. We cheer for them from the sidelines. We admire them. And because they are in the public eye, we often expect more from them. So it’s no surprise when they fall, it’s breaking news.

 

Recently, Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of DUI here in South Florida. Just prior to that, one of our own – Matt Elam, who went to Dwyer High School and then went on to play football for the University of Florida and the Baltimore Ravens – was arrested for larceny