DAVID OLSON BLOG


Author: David W. Olson


SEP. 20 2017
It’s Hurricane Season: Learn about Florida Insurance Fraud Charges Now
It’s Hurricane Season: Learn about Florida Insurance Fraud Charges Now
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Florida’s 2017 hurricane season has been predicted to be one of the most severe in years, and Irma is just the beginning. The damage wrought by Irma and other potential storms will result in millions or even billions of dollars in property insurance claims.

 

Unfortunately, hurricane insurance fraud is on the rise in Florida, and is driving up the cost of insurance for Floridians everywhere. Therefore, the insurance companies will be on the lookout for insurance fraud following Irma, as will law enforcement.

 

Before you submit your insurance claim for any damage you suffered due to …

SEP. 8 2017
Florida School Arrests: Which Kids are the Most Affected?
Florida School Arrests: Which Kids are the Most Affected?
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Florida is home to three of the top 10 largest school districts in the United States, and five of the top 20 largest school districts:

 

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools is ranked 5;
  • Broward County Public Schools is ranked 7;
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools is ranked 9;
  • Orange County Public Schools is ranked 11; and
  • School District of Palm Beach County is ranked 12.

 

With so many students attending school, it should be no surprise that a number of those students are arrested for school-related incidents, with the 10 most frequent offenses being for:

 

  • Non-aggravated assault or

AUG. 31 2017
Rage Over Charlottesville Leading to Disorderly Conduct Charges
Rage Over Charlottesville Leading to Disorderly Conduct Charges
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The recent events that took place in Charlottesville have caused Americans all over the country to take to the streets and join rallies and protests. People are protesting for and against Confederate statues, racism, Anti-Semitism, white nationalism, and our current president’s response to the heartbreaking tragedy.

 

While these protests are uniting many citizens, they are also leading to a number of arrests for disorderly conduct.

 

Rallies and Protests around the Country and the Arrests That Have Resulted

 

  • In Durham, North Carolina, eight people are facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges for causing a Confederate statue

AUG. 25 2017
Avoid a DUI in Florida with These Apps
Avoid a DUI in Florida with These Apps
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An arrest for DUI in our state is costly, and leaves you with a criminal record that will compromise your employment, housing, and other prospects.

 

Naturally, no one wants or intends to end up with a DUI, but many times people are unaware of how impaired they are or what their blood alcohol content might be when they get behind the wheel. This is compounded by the fact that alcohol impairs judgment. Worse, even if your driving itself is not impaired, you can still be stopped at a checkpoint and placed under arrest if you’re above the legal …

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 …