DAVID OLSON BLOG


Category: Murder


JAN. 20 2017
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted
31% More Florida Gun Murders Since “Stand Your Ground” Enacted

Building a defense for murder charges is not easy, but in Florida, defendants have it easier than most. The controversial “Stand Your Ground” law is a well-known defense for anyone who has been accused of unlawfully using deadly force. It is a defense that has allowed many to walk free from assault and even murder charges.

 

Stand Your Ground is not a new law, but it became truly controversial when changes were made in 2005. Previously, defendants had to prove that they had attempted to retreat or flee from the victim before using deadly force. In 2005, Florida dropped …

OCT. 21 2016
Murder vs. Manslaughter: What’s the Difference under Florida Law?
Murder vs. Manslaughter: What’s the Difference under Florida Law?

If someone dies at the hands of another person, most people would probably think the charges are pretty cut and dry. It’s a murder, right?

 

Not so fast. If you are accused of taking the life of another person, you could find yourself facing one of several different charges.

 

Let’s go through the different charges that someone can find themselves up against in Florida if they are charged with ending someone’s life.

 

First Degree Murder. These charges are the most severe in the state of Florida. You may be charged with first-degree murder charges in the …