DAVID OLSON BLOG


Category: Theft Crimes


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 …

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

FEB. 10 2017
Theft Tip #1: Don’t Leave Your Teeth in a Stolen Car…
Theft Tip #1: Don’t Leave Your Teeth in a Stolen Car…
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Florida is notorious for wacky crime stories. There are even Twitter accounts and other social media pages dedicated to the antics of “Florida Man” that include headlines for out-there crimes. For example, “Florida Man Hands Joint to Cops.” Of all the crimes that are committed in Florida, however, no crime brings more bizarre headlines than theft.

 

In January, a woman from Lady Lake, Florida, was arrested for auto theft. The woman had been reported to the police after she tried to enter multiple homes, and when police arrived on the scene, she was attempting to get in a …

AUG. 11 2016
Burglary and Robbery: What’s the Difference?
Burglary and Robbery: What’s the Difference?
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We all know the classic image of a man in a black mask and striped shirt sneaking into a home at night with a big bag, ready to steal televisions and jewelry.

 

But what is he called again? A burglar? A robber? And what crime is he committing? Burglary? Robbery? What’s the difference?

 

Burglary and robbery are both property crimes, but slight differences in circumstance and confrontation make burglary and robbery separate crimes in Florida, with different classifications and sentences. Let’s figure out which is which by defining burglary and robbery under state law.

 

Understanding Burglary in …

FEB. 29 2016
Proving and Defending Theft Charges in Florida
Proving and Defending Theft Charges in Florida
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The law is clear: theft is illegal. But while it is the law that can put you behind bars if you are found guilty of theft in our state, specific nuances within the law can be helpful when trying to prove and defend against theft charges.

 

So, what do we mean when we talk about theft in Florida? The term can cover a variety of crimes, including larceny, stealing, shoplifting, misappropriation, conversion, and other similar offenses. But regardless of the actual crime, a person commits theft under Florida law if:

 

He or she knowingly obtains or uses,