DAVID OLSON BLOG


Author: David W. Olson


OCT. 13 2017
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges

Have you been charged with shoplifting in Florida?

 

Typically, people facing shoplifting charges fall into two categories. They either feel like the deck is stacked against them and there is no point in fighting back… or that it is not worth their time and effort because shoplifting is such a “minor” crime.

 

Don’t fall into these traps. There are a number of possible defenses that you may be able to use to battle your charges – even if it seems like a fairly open and shut case. And while shoplifting obviously isn’t as serious as something like murder, …

OCT. 13 2017
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
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In the state of Florida, assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge with steep penalties. The law, however, isn’t completely straightforward. There are several variances and stipulations that you should be aware of in case you or someone you love ever faces charges.

 

Below, we are going to explain the law in detail.

 

Defining “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” in Florida

 

According to the 2017 Florida Statutes, assault with a deadly weapon falls under “aggravated assault.” An aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, or with intent …

SEP. 28 2017
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal

This past August, our president said he was going to declare the current opioid epidemic a national emergency, which was recommended by his opioid commission.

 

Although President Trump has yet to fulfill that promise, some legislators have decided to take matters into their own hands.

 

Current Florida governor candidate and former congresswoman Gwen Graham said that our state should sue the pharmaceutical industry for their role in opioid addiction and to recover the costs we have spent on treating opioid addicts.

 

Graham’s approach is similar to what former Governor Lawton Chiles undertook when he sued the tobacco …

SEP. 21 2017
Reduced to Looting after Irma? Charges You Can Face
Reduced to Looting after Irma? Charges You Can Face

 

Hurricane Irma was a devastating, record-breaking storm that ravaged our state. In its wake, we find ourselves cleaning up wreckage, waiting for power to come back on, and assessing damage.

 

For many, though, desperation settles in as stores and homes remain shuttered and necessities like gas, food, and water are difficult to come by.

 

Some people deal with these circumstances and wait for places to reopen. Others decide not to wait and are reduced to looting from evacuated properties across South Florida.

 

Looting Fears Become Florida Reality

 

We’ve seen the stories of looters from the …

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.…