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Murder and Other Violent Offenses


West Palm Beach Murder and Violent Crimes Defense Attorney David W. Olson

Murder is the offense of unlawfully killing a human being. It is important to note, however, that not all killings are unlawful, and depending on the circumstances of the case, it may be justified.

Successfully defending a client accused of murder or other violent crimes requires experienced, aggressive and highly competent legal representation. When a client’s freedom, future and life are at stake, he or she must be able to rely upon his or her criminal defense lawyer. Attorney David W. Olson has more than 33 years of experience defending clients charged with criminal offenses and is available for a free case review.

There Are Numerous Murder Charges in Florida

There are various categories of murder as detailed in Chapter 782 of the Florida Statutes. They include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • First Degree Murder – a premeditated, planned killing or felony murder
  • Felony Murder – death occurs as a result of committing or attempting to commit certain crimes
  • Second Degree Murder – (a) murder committed with a depraved mind; or (b) accomplice felony murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter – often a result of “heat of passion” or provocation
  • Involuntary Manslaughter – accused acted with culpable negligence or excessive use of force

Violent Crime Defense

A violent crime is one that involves actual or threatened physical harm. In addition to murder offenses, there are many violent crimes that may be prosecuted under Florida or federal law, including, but not limited to:

  • Assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, sex offenses
  • Battery, aggravated battery, felony battery
  • Robbery, armed robbery, arson, kidnapping, weapons charges
  • Domestic violence, child abuse, aggravated child abuse, crimes against elders

Depending on the degree of the offense, a conviction can potentially result in a life sentence or 15 or 30 years in prison. David Olson provides aggressive and tenacious legal representation for those charged with violent crimes.

West Palm Beach Vehicular Homicide Attorney

  • “Vehicular homicide” is the killing of a human being, or the killing of an unborn child by any injury to the mother, caused by the operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to cause the death of, or great bodily harm to, another. (782.071 Fla. Stat.)

Often referred to as vehicular manslaughter, a conviction for this reckless driving charge can potentially result in 15 years in prison, as well as permanent driver’s license revocation. Victims often include other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, innocent bystanders, bicyclists and joggers.

West Palm Beach Lawyer for DUI Manslaughter

DUI manslaughter occurs when a person is killed as a result of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A conviction can potentially result in 15 years in prison, expensive fines and permanent driver’s license revocation.

Aggressive Defense for Murder, Violent Crimes, Vehicular and DUI Manslaughter

Attorney Olson will sit down with you and listen carefully as you discuss the course of events that led to your arrest. He will examine the police reports as well as any existing evidence such as witness statements or video footage. In some cases an expert may be hired, such as a personal investigator, motor vehicle crash reconstruction engineer or forensic scientist.

In all cases there are legal defenses and strategies that may be employed to challenge the prosecution’s case against you. If you were charged with DUI manslaughter, for example, the prosecution must prove that the blood, breath or urine test results were accurately computed, handled and secured. Any weak links in the evidence chain will be challenged; an error or flaw can potentially result in a dismissal.

Law Office of David W. Olson, West Palm Beach, Florida

Attorney Olson is a recipient of the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0 Peer Rating for legal excellence and professionalism. He has represented thousands of adult and juvenile clients in felony, misdemeanor, state and federal criminal cases. Attorney Olson serves clients in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County as well as throughout the state. To schedule a free case review, call The Law Offices of David W. Olson at 561-833-8866.


Vehicular Homicide, 782.071, Fla. Stat. (2014)

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