Criminal Defense Blog Smith and Eulo

Commentary on the current legal events happening across the state of Florida from our experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys. See what they have to say and break down some of the most recent criminal cases in the state.


thumb 13 year old arrested after shooting firendAnalysis: Pinellas Park Juvenile Charged with Several Counts 

13 year old arrested after shooting friend while playing video games. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Futch analyses the case.

thumb-scheme-to-defraudAnalysis: Pinellas County Man Being Accused of Scheme to Defraud

A Pinellas County man is accused of stealing over $450K by using stolen identities. Criminal Defense Attorney, Marie Taylor analyses.

thumb - st pete road rage gone wrongAnalysis: Road Rage Gone Wrong, Man in the Run After Shooting at Woman

About a week ago a man driving a minivan in St Petersburg, FL had to swerve to avoid crushing into a Mazda SUV, minutes after he proceed to shoot at the woman driving the SUV. Criminal Defense Attorney, Marie Taylor analyses the situation.

thumb - st pete mom killed stubbed Analysis: St Pete Mom Stabbed over 100 Times, Toddler Found in Alligator’s Mouth

A St. Pete’s mom was found dead at her apartment after being stabbed over 100 times. Her toddler son was later found in the mouth of an alligator. Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert Zlatkin analyses the situation.


thumb - jso arrested Analysis: Jacksonville Offer Arrested for DUI

Earlier this week a JSO officer was arrested for driving under the influence. This marks the 11th employee if the agency arrested so far this year. Criminal Defense Attorney Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

thumb mail worker arrested for stealing from mailAnalysis: Postal Worker Arrested for Stealing Faces Federal Prison

Rekisha Duckworth was arrested for stealing from Postal Service and is facing potential federal imprisonment. Criminal defense attorney Alexis Sykes analyses the situation

Le’Keian Woods' arrest in duval Analysis: Le’Keian Woods Case & His Arrest Video

Le’Keian Woods was arrested for multiple felonies in September.  Woods’s arrest went viral after the release of video depicting police use of force during his arrest and the release of Woods’ booking photo that depicted substantial injuries to his face. Criminal Defense Attorney, Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

thumb woman 2nd degree murderJacksonville Woman Charged w/ Murder of Partner

Shannon McCarthy was charged with 2nd Degree Murder after her partner’s remains were found at the home the couple shared. Criminal Defense Attorney, Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

jacksonville businessman accused of embezzlementJacksonville Businessman Accused of Embezzlement 

A Jacksonville, FL businessman was accused of embezzlement after an unrelated accident occurred . Attorney Robert Zlatkin analyses the situation.

Lake County

 thumb clermont man facing charges after shooting droneA Clermont Man is Facing Charges After Shooting at Drone

A few days ago a Clermont man was arrested and is facing charges after shooting a Walmart delivery drone. Criminal Defense Attorney, Ashley Dunbar analyses the situation.

thumb - teenage girl arrested after stubbing another teenagerTeenage Girl Arrested for Attempted Murder After Stubbing Another Girl

Late last week a Clermont teenage girl was arrested after stubbing another teenage after a fight broke out between two groups. Criminal Defense Attorney Luz Root, analyses the situation.

Santa Rosa County

thumb surgeon charged with murder of wifeSanta Rosa County Surgeon Charged with Murder on Wife’s Death

Earlier this week Benjamin Brown, a Florida surgeon was arrested and charged with murder on his wife’s death. Criminal Defense Attorney, Bryanna Bynum analyses the situation.

Lee County

thumb man charged with animal crueltyFort Myer’s Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty after Chihuahua is Found Unconscious

Earlier this week, a Fort Myer man was arrested under animal cruelty charges after an unconscious chihuahua was found on the side of the road. Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce Roistacher analyses the case.

thumb cape coral man arrested after two county chaseMan Arrested After a two-county Chase that Ended at 7-Eleven

A few weeks ago a Cape Coral man was arrested after a two county car chase that ended up in a crash at a 7-Eleven. Criminal Defense Attorney Bruce Roistacher analyses the situation.


thumb street racer kills woman on dale mabry highwayAnalysis: Street Racers Kill Woman on Dale Mabry Highway

A few days ago, an innocent woman died as a result of street racing on Dale Mabry Highway. Criminal Defense Attorney Marie Taylor analyses the situation.

thumb - ybor heights man accused of double murderAnalysis: Ybor Heights Man Arrested on Double Homicide

A few days ago, Whitney Newsome was arrested after being a accused of a double homicide in Ybor Heights. Criminal Defense Attorney, Ashley Kelefas analyses.

thumb-afterschool teacher arrestedAnalysis: Hillsborough County After School Teacher Arrested

A Hillsborough county 20-year-old teacher is accused of sending “inappropriate” TikTok messages to a 13-year-old student. Criminal Defense Attorney, Marie Taylor analyses.

thumb-minors-arrested-fleeing-eludingAnalysis: Two Minors Arrested for Multiple Charges in Hillsborough

Earlier this week two minors were arrested for several charges after fleeing from cops in a stolen vehicle. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Futch analyses.

thumb-ybor city shootinngAnalysis: Ybor City Deadly Shooting, Looking for 2 Suspects

On Oct 29th there was a tragic shooting in Ybor City, FL. Police are still looking for two suspects. Criminal Defense Attorney Carlye Owens analyses.

thumb-rachel-goode charged with murderAnalysis: Rachel Goode Charged with 1st Degree Murder of Overdosed Man

A Hillsborough County woman has been charged with 1st-Degree Murder after being identified as the person who provided the drugs to a man who was found dead in a motel room from an overdose. Criminal Defense Lawyer, Marie Taylor analyses.

thumb steven lorenzoAnalysis: Steven Lorenzo a Man Accused of Killing Two Men Is Undergoing Sentencing

A man accused of killing two gay men almost 20 years ago is undergoing sentencing, there’s just one issue, and Criminal Defense Attorney Rose Hernandez analyses the situation.

Marion County

thumb-woman-arrested after driving stolen carAnalysis: Dunnellon Woman Arrested After Driving A Car Reported Stolen

Earlier this week a woman driving westbound in the 2400 block of NW 10th Street in Ocala was caught driving a stolen car. Criminal Defense Attorney Evan Gardiner analyses the situation.

thumb - melvin areas killed Milagros Guzman LopezAnalysis: Marion Oak’s Melvin Areas Allegedly Shot & Killed A Woman

Late last week Melvin Areas allegedly shot and killed Milagros Guzman Lopez in Marion Oaks and is currently evading law enforcement. Criminal Defense Attorney Bryanna Bynum analyses.

thumb - ocala man steals over $2 million in relief funds from covid-19Analysis: Mohamed A. Awad from Ocala Admits to Stealing over $2 million from Covid-19 Relief Fund

Criminal Defense Attorney, Bruce Lee Roistacher analyses the situation of Mr. Awad, and shares some tips to protect yourself from accidently being accused of fraud.

thumb-aj-owens-family-upset-over-charge for LorinczAnalysis: No Murder Charge for Lorincz in Marion after Shooting AJ Owens

Criminal Defense Attorney, Javier Chavez analyses the charges given to Susan Lorincz after she shot and killed AJ Owens through her door in Marion County, FL.

Ocala Man Arrested after Allegedly Stealing a Semi with $200K worth of Seafoodthumb-man-steals-truck-200k-in-seafood

According to local Florida news reports, Alain Marti-Rosell was recently arrested for stealing a semi-truck containing over $200,000 worth of seafood and meat. The 39-year-old man now faces multiple felony charges for the alleged theft.

thumb-teen-killedTeen Killed After Taking Turns At Shooting Each Other While Wearing Armored Vest

On April 10Th 2022  a 17 year old shot and killed a 16th year old while taking turns at shooting each other while wearing an armored vest. Criminal Defense Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation and comments on potential charges for the teen.


thumb family shot at 9 times two men arrestedRoad Rage Leads to Arrest of Two Men After Shooting at Family SUV

Two men in Brevard County are under arrest after shooting 9 times at a family SUV. Criminal Defense Attorney Grace Casagrande analyses the situation.

thumb brevard teacher accused of child abuseMerrit Island School Teacher Accused of Child Abuse

A Merritt Island preschool teacher, Laura Carmichael, was arrested last week after being accused of beating a student, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal defense attorney Ashley Dunbar analyses the situation.

brevard county hit & run one dead thumbBrevard County Man Accused of Leaving the Scene of an Accident after One Person Died

Leaving the scene of an accident, no matter how bad it is, can cause far worse consequences than the actual accident. In this case, the driver was involved in a crash that left one dead and another with serious bodily injury and left. Criminal Defense Attorney Ashley Dunbar analyses.

thumb chanel williams arrestedChanel Williams Faces Several Charges After 15 year-old Gets Shot in Her Residence

Chanel Williams from Brevard County is facing multiple charges after a 15 year-old got shot in her house, by another teenager. Criminal Defense Attorney Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

thumb brevard county principal arrestedBrevard County Principal Accused of Child Abuse Against Minor with Disabilities

John Long, 65, was arrested for allegedly pushing and holding a child with special needs on the ground using his knee. Criminal Defense Attorney Luz Root analyses the situation.

thumb - peter filibertoPalm Bay Councilman Charged with DUI and Possession of Cocaine

This past weekend a Palm Bay Councilman was arrested after trying to run away from police for speeding. Once caught he was charged with not only a DUI, but with possession of cocaine. Attorney Robert Zlatkin analyses the situation.

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Cocoa Police Arrested Teen for Attempting to Kill His Mother

The Cocoa Police Department recently arrested a 17-year-old for attempted murder of his mother. The defendant allegedly hit his own mother with a frying pan and stabbed her several times. Attorney Caleb Robinson analyzes the situation.

anthony diaz arrested 17 pounds of weedTexas Man Arrested for Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell After Failing to Move Over for Stopped Deputy

Attorney Luz Root gives her take on Anthony Diaz’s arrest for possession of cannabis after failing to follow the simple move over rule that’s strictly enforced in the state of Florida.

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Analysis: Brevard County Man Arrested for DUI Manslaughter

Attorney Caleb Robinson analyses the tragic crash that cause a man’s death due to another man driving under the influence.

Dade County

thumb man accused of kidnapping and abusing girl27 Year old Man Abducts 14 Year Old Girl 

Akil Cousins is in custody facing abduction and sexual battery charges after a 14-year-old girl. Reports say he grabbed her from a bench in front of loanDepot Park. Criminal defense attorney Ximena Castillo analyses the situation.

thumbnail doral man caught stealing catalytic converters from motelDoral Man Caught Stealing Catalytic Converters

Davislay Gonzalez from Doral got caught stealing catalytic converters from an extended stay motel. Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert Zlatkin analyses the situation.

thumbnail miami dade teen arrested drag racingMiami Dade 18 year-old Arrested for Drag Racing

Authorities in Miami-Dade County announced the arrest of an 18-year-old man in relation to illegal street racing. Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation.

Escambia County

thumb - overprotective driver held uber driver at gunpointEscambia County Dad Facing Charges After Holding Uber Driver at Gun Point

On May 4th an Army Veteran dad held an uber driver at gunpoint after he dropped off his 13-year-old daughter. Criminal Defense Attorney, Luz Root analyses.


thumb teenager arrested shooting in orlandoSanford Teenager Arrested for Opening Fire at Bar

Over this past weekend a Sanford teenager opened fire after a fight broke out at a bar, injuring 10 people. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Futch analyses the situation.

thumb ricardo bell from altamonte crashed his porsche into treeMan Crashes Porsche after Fleeing Caps, Also Charged with Drug Possession

Earlier this week Ricardo Bell from Altamonte Springs was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding and drug possession, after crashing his Porsche into a tree. Criminal Defense Attorney, Luz Root analyses.

thumb child drowns in pond parents chargedSeminole Parents Charged with Manslaughter After Son’s Death 

a Seminole county couple are facing manslaughter charges after their toddler was found floating in a nearby pond and later died. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matthew Futch analyses the situation.

thumb man caught on videoAn Intruder Was Caught on Camera, Now Being Charged

a Seminole county man decided to check his surveillance video footage after his son’s phone went missing. For his demise, what he found was quite scary and shocking…


thumb man arrested for using kids to beg for money for fake nonprofitMan Arrested for Using Children to Beg for Money for Fake Nonprofit

An Orange County man was arrested for taking 4 orange county kids to Alachua County to beg for money for fake non-profit. Criminal Defense Attorney Ashley Dunbar analyses the situation.

thumb Jalen Kitna UF quaterback arrested for child pornFlorida Gators’ Quaterback Arrested for Child Pornography

The Quarterback for the University of Florida Gators was arrested Wednesday for possession of Child pornography in Gainesville Florida, setting a new standard for the term “Florida Man.”


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Couple Accused of Child Neglect After Passing out at the Beach

A couple was arrested after they were found passed out and intoxicated on the beach while their 2 kids were left unsupervised and alone in a pool. Criminal defense attorney Grace Casagrande analyses the situation.

Jacksonville Couple Accused of Attempted Murder in Daytonathumb - rafael garcia rodriguez

Rafael Garcia Rodriguez and McKynzie Kelley of Jacksonville were arrested in Daytona recently after a shooting outside of a bar. Criminal Defense Attorney, Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

Two Daytona Beach Woman Arrested After Tossing Baby in the Air Outside Barthum- women tossing baby in air

Two underaged women were throwing a baby in the air and flipping him upside down at a bar, while both women were intoxicated. Criminal Defense Attorney Luz Root analyses the situation.

A Daytona Beach Woman Charged w/ 2nd Degree Murder of Roommatethumb woman in daytona tries to use mountain dew to erase dna evidence

A Daytona Beach woman, Nichole Maks, is accused of stabbing her roommate to death, then pouring Mountain Dew on her to concise evidence. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Futch analyses the situation.

A Business Man Got Charged with Grand Theft after Pool Construction Schemethumb-maurice-bushoe-grand-theft

Volusia County has charged Maurice Bushroe with Grand Theft. The state is alleging that he owned Blue Ribbon Pools which was a pool construction business based in Port Orange, and continued to charge customers knowing he was going out of business. Criminal Defense Attorney, Kortney Daly analyses the situation.

New Jersey Man Extradited to Florida over Online Threat to Sheriff Chitwood thumb - new jersey man extradited

A New Jersey man was extradited earlier this week to Florida after making an online threat to kill Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chitwood… Criminal Defense Attorney, Rose Hernandez analyses the situation.

We All Deserve A Second Chance: Jevon WaldenJevon-Walden-Darryl-Smith-in-court

On January 26, 2023, Jevon Walden who is represented by Darryl Smith, Managing Partner and Criminal Defense Attorney at Smith & Eulo Law Firm stood in front of the Judge to try to reach a resolution on Walden’s case.

thumb 13-year-old charged 13-Year-Old Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Classmates on Snapshot

A thirteen year old child was arrested in Volusia county for multiple charges. It is alleged that he posted on social media that he was going to shoot up the school. The Child sent out a snapchat to a group of people with a gun to a child’s head with a caption that said “I got 32 rounds for u.”

thumbnail- deland man accused Deland Man Charged with Poisoning after Pouring Bleach to Co-Worker’s Drink

On Oct 25, 2022 a Deland man was charged with poisoning and tampering with evidence after he poured bleach to a coworker’s drink. Criminal Defense Attorney Rose Hernandez breaks down the case and shares her take on the situation.

Indian River

thumb accused double murderTeen Accused of Double Murder

Earlier this week a  17-year old was arrested on charges of double murder. Criminal Defense Attorney, Bryanna Bynum analyses the situation.


thumb police looking for man who committed arson

Orlando Police Looking for Arson Suspect

Orlando police are looking for a man they believed was involved in arson of an abandoned building. Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt Futch analyses the situation.

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Nicholas Carrasquillo Accused of Murder in Road Rage Shooting

Earlier this week there was a road rage incident on East Colonial Drive, that unfortunately resulted in the death of man who was just 30 years old. Criminal Defense Attorney, Grace Casagrande analyses.

thumb 3 orange county men charged with kidnapping

3 Orange County Men Charged with Kidnapping

Three men were arrested for kidnapping a man and then holding him for ransom for failure to pay his $500 rent. Criminal Defense Attorney, Luz Root analyzes.

thumb sara muni apopka police officer arrested duiApopka Police Officer Arrested for DUI & Other Charges

The Orlando Police Department recently arrested an Apopka police offer for allegedly driving under the influence.  Allegedly she didn’t stop there. Criminal Defense Attorney, Caleb Robinson analyses her charges.

thumb - 17 yr old arrested 2nd degree murder17-Year-Old Charged with 2nd Degree Murder for the Death of De’Shayla Ferguson

Orange County Sheriff’s Office arrested a seventeen year old for second-degree murder of sixteen year old, De’Shayla Ferguson. He was also arrested for the killing of a unborn child because Ms. Ferguson was twenty weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

Zac Stacy Domestic Violence Charges in Orlando FLZac Stacy’s Domestic Violence Incident Broken Down

Domestic violence is more common across the United Stated than anyone would like to admit. It happens to regular people, it happens to artist, to athletes like former NFL player Zac Stacy, who a few days ago…


thumb physician in lake wales arrested for voyeurism of minorLake Wales Physician Accused of Voyeurism of a Minor

Earlier this week a Lake Wales Physician was accused of having a hidden ring camera in his changing room, where he allegedly recorded a minor. Criminal Defense Attorney, Marie Taylor analyses the situation.

thumb-man attacks ex-girlfriendPolk County Man Accused of Attacking Ex-Girlfriend 

Jose Chaidez of Polk County is facing multiple charges after attacking his ex-girlfriend and another man who tried to intervene. Criminal Defense Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation.

thumb arson polk countyShooting Investigation in Polk after a High Speed Chase 

On Sunday Nov 20, 2022 Luke Neely engaged in a high speed chase on I4 after police confronted him when they got called to a residence for arson. Criminal Defense Attorney Rose Hernandez breaks down the case and shares her opinion on the case.


thumb-woman arrested for selling drugs to woman who overdoseWoman Arrested for Allegedly Selling Drugs Three Years Ago to A Woman who Died from Overdose

A Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman they say sold drugs three years ago to a Bunnell woman who later died of a fatal overdose. Criminal Defense Attorney Grace Casagrande analyses the situation.

thumb road rage incidentPalm Coast Man Accused of Stabbing Another Man After Road Rage Incident

A Palm Coast man is being accused of stabbing another man due to a road rage incident. Criminal Defense Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation.

thumbnail- child abuseWoman Arrested for Child Abuse After Shaving Girl’s Head, Shoving Metal Piece in her Mouth

On Aug 15th, 2022  a woman in Flagler County was arrested after being accused of shaving a child’s head, writing derogatory words on her face and shoving a metal bar in her mouth.

St. Johns

thumb-hit-list-by-3-high-school-studentsAnalysis: 3 High School Students Charged with Written Threats

Earlier this week 3 high school students in St. john’s County were charged with written threats, to kill or do bodily harm to other students, after a “lethal hit list” was found. Criminal Defense Ashley Dunbar analyses.

thumb - 12 arrested in drug raidAnalysis: 12 Arrested in Drug Raid in St. Augustine

Earlier this week 12 people were arrested after a two-house drug raid in Saint Augustine, FL. Criminal Defense Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation.


thumb - conspiracy crimes floridaWhat Is Considered a Conspiracy Crime in Florida?

Early this week the former national chairman of the Proud Boys got sentenced to 22 years in prison, so we asked Criminal Defense Attorney, Bruce Roistacher to explain to us what is considered a conspiracy crime in Florida.

marijuana pardon bidenWhat Does Joe Biden’s Marijuana Pardon Mean?

On Oct 6th, 2022 President Joe Biden announced a history making move on marijuana, by pardoning “simple possession of weed” offenses at the federal level. Here’s what the breakdown of what it means.

Palm Beach

thumb - mom arrested for selling crack cocaine in front of daughterMom Arrested for Selling Crack-Cocaine in Front of 1-year-old Daughter

A Riviera Beach mom was arrested for selling crack-cocaine in front of her 1-year-old daughter. Criminal Defense Attorney, Grace Casagrande analyses.

thumb Lawrence MitchellPalm Beach’s Lawrence Antonio Mitchell Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder

Lawrence Antonio Mitchell, 43, is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bail on a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm after his recent arrest, three days after the shooting that left 28-year-old Troy Nichols dead in Riviera Beach.

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17-Year-Old Charged with Murder After Shooting Fellow Teen

A 17-year-old has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing another teenager in Palm Beach county. Attorney Rose Hernandez analyses the situation.


thumb John Thigpen accused 2nd degree murderClay County Man Arrested for 2nd Degree Murder

On June 12, 2023, John Thigpen was arrested for second-degree murder in Clay County after calling the police when he killed his friend during a dispute.  Criminal Defense Attorney Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

thumb clay county man arrested for selling drugsClay County Man Arrested Accused of Selling Fentanyl & Crack Cocaine

This month Rydell Omar Green was arrested in Clay County for selling narcotics that included fentanyl and crack cocaine.  Reports indicate that police used a confidential informant to conduct the sting operation.  Criminal Defense Attorney Alexis Sykes analyses the situation.

Osceola County

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Father Arrested after Punching Umpire at Son’s Baseball Game

Over the weekend an Osceola County father was arrested for battery charges after punching the umpire officiating his son’s game.

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Man Shoots & Kills Neighboor, Rushed Him to the Hospital

Earlier this week Gany Djurabayev shot and killed Bekzod Nishonboev in Osceola County. Currently Djurabayev is custody with no bond. Criminal Defense Attorney Luz Root analyses.

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Man Charged with Child Neglect After Found Asleep at the Wheel

On the weekend of Halloween 2022  an Osceola Man was found asleep behind the wheel with his children in the back seat. Turns out he had overdose. Attorney Luz Root analyses.

Jacinda Marie Decaro accused of murdering 4 year old daughter

Mother Arrested for Premeditated Homicide of Young Daughter

On January 10Th 2022 Judge Amy Carter signed a warrant for the arrest of Jacinda Marie Decaro who is accused of killing her young daughter by intentionally giving her a lethal does of Diphenhydramine, which is commonly referred to as Benadryl…


thumb alec baldwin charged kortney daly analysisProsecutors in Santa Fe NM Have Charged Baldwin with Involuntary Manslaughter

The prosecutors in Santa Fe New Mexico decided to file formal charges against Alec Baldwin for the shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of ‘Rust’ on October 21, 2021. Attorney Kortney Daly analyses the situation.

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