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NOV. 9 2018
Probation Lawyer West Palm Beach | Expunge or Seal a Record
Probation Lawyer West Palm Beach | Expunge or Seal a Record

David Olson Law is here to help you get your life back on the right track. Here is some basic information on sealing or expunging a record.

Sealing and Expunging

 

After a criminal history is sealed, the general public will no longer have access to the record. According to Florida law, only certain government agencies will be able to view sealed information. If a court grants for your record to be expunged, it will be physically destroyed by criminal justice agencies, except the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will retain a copy. That copy is kept confidential …

NOV. 8 2018
West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer | DUI Law
West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer | DUI Law

David Olson Law is committed to providing the best legal services available. DUI charges can be hefty, but we are here to help.

The Law

 

Regardless of where you live within the State of Florida, being convicted of driving under the influence can have serious and sometimes life-altering legal repercussions.  In fact, Florida’s DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country and can dramatically affect someone’s life without the assistance of effective legal counsel.  For example, an allegedly drunk driver may face a DUI-related arrest if a Florida police officer believes that they are too impaired to …

OCT. 17 2018
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force

Many people who have not had pleasant interactions with the police wonder if they have had excessive force used against them. Here we will clarify the laws behind the use of excessive force.

 

What is Excessive Force?

 

Excessive force refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it’s also referred to …

OCT. 10 2018
Criminal Defense Lawyer West Palm Beach | Stand Your Ground
Criminal Defense Lawyer West Palm Beach | Stand Your Ground

The use of stand your ground laws in Florida have been controversial for some time. Here we will go over the basics around this law.

 

What is Stand Your Ground?

 

The enactment of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in 2005 did not create a new type of affirmative defense with regard to the use of deadly force. The principle that a person may use deadly force in self-defense if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm has been the law in Florida for well over a century. …

OCT. 3 2018
Criminal Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is a Hate Crime?
Criminal Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is a Hate Crime?

Hate crime laws have been somewhat controversial since they were put into place. Here we will go over the specifics of what makes a hate crime different from other types of crime. If you are charged, we are here.

 

Hate Crime Classification

 

The key to hate crime classification is the motivation of the person accused of the crime. If the criminal act was motivated simply by the defendant’s prejudice or hatred of the victim because of the victim’s perceived race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the criminal act qualifies as a hate crime. Therefore, it is an …

SEP. 26 2018
White Collar Crime Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is Credit Card Fraud
White Collar Crime Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is Credit Card Fraud

One of the most common forms of financial fraud being committed is credit card fraud. With the increase of online shopping, many people’s information is more vulnerable than ever to criminal activity.

What is Credit Card Fraud?

 

Credit card fraud is a form of identity theft in which an individual uses someone else’s credit card information to charge purchases, or to withdraw funds from the account. Credit card fraud also includes the fraudulent use of a debit card and may be accomplished by the theft of the actual card, or by illegally obtaining the cardholder’s account and personal information. …

SEP. 12 2018
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts

There are plenty of rules and regulations surrounding the licensed concealed carry of firearms in Florida. Many people with a license forget some of the most important rules that can land you in jail if broken, however.

Do

 

When it comes to carrying a concealed weapon and interacting with law enforcement, there are several simple steps you can follow to avoid legal issues. The biggest one is being very open and clear with police that you have a legal firearm. By making your intentions clear you can avoid placing lives in danger. Keep your hands visible and do …

AUG. 17 2018
Drug Attorney in West Palm Beach | What is Prescription Drug Fraud?
Drug Attorney in West Palm Beach | What is Prescription Drug Fraud?

In the last decade and more, Florida has been notorious for being a “pill mill.” Substance abuse is everywhere, and prescription medications were readily available. So, this lead to an increase in prescription fraud, meaning those looking for drugs were misrepresenting themselves to gain access. This includes doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, and more. If you have a prescription drug fraud accusation against you, here’s what you should know before seeing our drug attorney in West Palm Beach:

 

What is “Doctor Shopping”?

 

It is not uncommon for people with drug abuse issues to manipulate an array of doctors to …

AUG. 8 2018
Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach | How to Expunge a Record
Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach | How to Expunge a Record
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Everyone has a past. However, if you have a record that doesn’t speak true to yours or has become a hindrance to your future, you may be able to get it expunged. Getting an expungement or sealing your record can be a great reason to contact a criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach. Keep reading to learn more:

 

What Does it Mean to Expunge a Record?

 

A criminal record can make it hard to move on and better your life after a mistake. It can make it hard to get a job, get a loan, and …

AUG. 1 2018
West Palm Beach Attorney | 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Cop
West Palm Beach Attorney | 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Cop
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You never know how you’re going to react in a certain situation until it happens to you. When having an interaction with a cop, there are a few things that can dig you into a deeper. So, be sure to never say these things to a cop and, instead, call our West Palm Beach attorney:

 

Anything

 

You have the right to remain silent. And in most cases, this is your best bet. This doesn’t mean to ignore all questions. You still need to provide your name and identification. But, if any specifics about the situation that could …