20+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Award-Winning Criminal
Defense Firm Serving
Daytona Beach And All Of
Central Florida

Award-Winning Criminal
Defense Firm Serving
Daytona Beach And All Of
Central Florida

Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

Getting charged or investigated for a criminal charge can be a traumatic experience for any person, adult or minor. The justice system can be complicated and confusing withprosecutors using every available means to prove that you’re guilty. At Smith & Eulo, we understand how a criminal case can affect your personal and professional life.

In addition to financial setbacks from penalties and fines, you stand to lose your reputation. If you’re ever involved in a criminal case, the first step you should take is to demand to speak to an lawyer. Whatever you do, remember not to try and explain the situation or make any kind of statement to law enforcement officials. Even if you’re innocent, anything you say can be used as evidence to build a case against you.

Rely on Expert Attorneys to Explain the Nature of the Criminal Case

Oftentimes, people are arrested without knowing or understanding the charges. The court can issue a capias or arrest warrant and direct the police to arrest you if they have adequate evidence to support the charges. Talking to a Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney helps you understand the situation more clearly. You can weigh your options and receive advice on the best course of action that will not leave a permanent mark on your record. Like, for instance, a plea bargain or a fine, depending on the severity of the charges.

Criminal Charges in Daytona Beach, FL

Burglary

Burglary is a felony offense and is categorized as a first, second, or third degree. The law defines burglary as:

  • Entering or remaining in a residential or commercial structure, vehicle, or any other premises with the intention of committing an offense.
  • Entering premises that are not open to the public, without having an invitation or license and, perhaps, carrying a weapon

Typical charges and the possible sentences include:

  • First degree combined with assault  – Life imprisonment or maximum prison term of 30 years and a $10,000 fine.
  • Second degree – Maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
  • Third degree – Maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment and $5,000 fine.

Federal Crime

The punishment and penalties in federal crimes are typically harsher than crimes committed in state or local jurisdictions. Offenses can include:

  • Transporting stolen property across state lines
  • Drug trafficking
  • Human trafficking
  • Assaulting a government agent

Loitering and Prowling

Charges of loitering and prowling are based on the law officer’s suspicion that the accused could be a threat to public safety and possibly, disrupting peace. The arresting officer may also choose to detain a person if they

  • Run off for no apparent reason
  • Refuse to provide any identification
  • Try to hide or conceal an object
  • Display any other behavior atypical of a law-abiding citizen
  • Refuse to leave a location when asked to

Providing defense against loitering and prowling charges may seem easy but it is best to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working to disprove the evidence.

Probation Violation

The state of Florida defines two kinds of probation violation as technical and substantive. Technical violations occur when the person violates one or more of the conditions of their probation such as:

  • Failing a drug test
  • Not paying court fees
  • Not appearing at a mandatory probation meeting
  • Not completing the rehabilitation program ordered by the court

Substantive violations occur when the person commits a new offense during the probation term. As a result, the probation is revoked and the new charges are added to the list of offenses.

Violating your probation terms could result in imprisonment depending on the circumstances.

Resisting Arrest

When confronted by a law enforcement official, it is advisable to follow any instructions they may give you. Resisting arrest can quickly escalate into a misdemeanor or felony depending on the particular situation. For instance:

  • Non-violent – Not allowing the officer to place handcuffs, running away, hiding, tensing up, or going completely limp. These charges can earn you a maximum one-year prison sentence of specific community service hours.
  • Violent – Hitting or kicking the officer, or using a weapon or an object as a weapon to hurt the officer can result in third-degree felony charges

Stalking

Stalking charges include physical and virtual attempts for unwanted communication. For instance:

  • Physical stalking like following, watching through binoculars, or taking photographs without permission
  • Virtual stalking like making unwanted phone calls, sending messages on social media, instant messaging, emailing, or sending images
  • Aggravated stalking like sending verbal or non-verbal threats that make the other person fear for their own or their family members’ safety

Any activity or behavior that causes the other person to feel threatened, emotionally distressed, or invades privacy and personal space is considered stalking. Such charges carry a penalty of a one-year prison time depending on the severity of the crime.

DUI/DWI

A DUI or DWI charge is serious offense and the penalties you’ll incur depend on several factors such as:

  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Levels
  • Previous convictions
  • Casualties
  • Damages to property

Each subsequent DUI charge carries more severe penalties and restrictions, and you also risk getting your license revoked.

  • Fine of $2,000 and above
  • Five years or higher prison sentence
  • Felony of the third degree
  • Vehicle impounded for at least 90 days
  • Enrolling in an ignition interlocking program for at least 6 consecutive months

Drug Charges

Drug charges and the consequent punishment depends on various factors such as:

  • Class of the drug
  • Intentions to use or distribute
  • Amount of the drug found in your possession

Typical penalties according to the the relevant charges include:

  • Possessing marijuana less than 20 gms – Misdemeanor with a maximum of 1-year prison term and $1000 fine
  • Possessing marijuana between 20 grams and 25 pounds with the intent to sell – Felony with a maximum of 5-year prison term and $5000 fine
  • Possessing more than 25 pounds of marijuana – Trafficking charges with a felony charge carrying a maximum of 30 years prison sentence
  • Possessing cocaine less than 28 gms for personal use only – Third-degree felony charges with a maximum of 5 years’ prison term and a $5000 fine
  • Possessing less than 28 gms of cocaine with the intention to distribute – Second-degree felony charge with a maximum 15 years’ prison sentence and a $10000 fine
  • Possessing more than 28 gms of cocaine – Felony trafficking charge with prison sentences of 3 years to life and fines ranging from $50,000-$250,000 depending on the amount of drugs found

What to Expect in Your Criminal Case

The criminal defense process will most likely be something you are very unfamiliar with. It can be very intimidating to go through the legal process by yourself, so ensuring you have the expertise of a great criminal defense attorney can put your mind at ease. If you need criminal defense representation in Daytona Beach, Smith & Eulo Law Firm is here to assist you!

The first step in the process of defending your criminal charges is to contact a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Most lawyers offer a free initial consultation to give you an idea of what it will take to defend your case, including our team at Smith & Eulo. You can schedule your free consultation with us by calling 407-930-8912.

Once you’ve secured legal representation, your lawyer will ask you as many questions as possible to understand the details of your case. They will be able to tell you the likelihood of a positive outcome, as well as exactly what to do in order to achieve it. A good attorney will make certain you are completely prepared for your court date and will coach you on exactly what to say and do.

Reviews

David Carnevali
David Carnevali
23:26 11 Sep 20
When I googled defense attorneys Ken Smith in Europe was the first one I chose and when I called within 5 minutes of... talking with Ken a weight was lifted immensely and then he told me how much to retain him and I thought just like everyone else I lost him to my surprise he worked with me reassured me everything was going to be okay and now the case is finished I came out beautiful and he's been like a friend nicest person I've ever met and a man of his word he has integrityread more
Tonia Vaughn
Tonia Vaughn
20:06 09 Sep 20
Smith & Eulo law firm gets the job done! They are responsive and professional I highly recommend this firm!! Thanks... guys for all you do!!!read more
Mr. Lewis
Mr. Lewis
21:10 28 Jun 20
Alex Smit-Johnson is definitely professional, reliable and trustworthy. He will bring great skills to this team as well... as stellar client satisfaction.read more
Vincent Stevenson
Vincent Stevenson
17:27 28 Jun 20
Alexander Smith-Johnson is a very knowledgeable lawyer that has a way of making legal jargon understandable to us... common folks. He is thorough and precise in his work. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. He makes himself available to you every step of the way.read more
Anthony George
Anthony George
17:23 28 Jun 20
Alex Smith Johnson is a very passionate, dedicated professional and is a great addition to this firm. His ethics are of... the highest standards; Alex was a beacon of hope for me at a time when my options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed improbable. Not only was he able to defend me from an unjust accusation, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself. I am eternally grateful for his service.read more
Boston Finest
Boston Finest
21:58 27 Jun 20
Mr. Alex Smith-Johnson joining this firm is a great addition to say the least. Smith-Johnson’s bravado in the court... room is in a class of it’s own. Any client that has the opportunity to represented by Alex will be in great hands from beginning to end. His dedication to his craft heightened when he became fluent in the Spanish language! Need I say more?read more
bo Jackson
bo Jackson
23:52 26 Jun 20
Alex Smith Johnson was a great intro into my first time using a lawyer. He advised me on my cases in the state of... Florida and also helped me with Info for cases out of state. He also showed me a a very high level of professionalism in the courtroom! I appreciate his honesty as well as his expertise In helping me. He also let me know what negatives could happen with my case so there would be no surprises if I didn’t get declared innocent. If you are looking for a lawyer then i highly recommend Alex smith johnson! The young man also inspired me as he said he wanted to win every case like Floyd Mayweather wins boxing matches! I’m Glad he takes his craft that serious!read more
Dwight Tennyson
Dwight Tennyson
21:11 25 Jun 20
Alexander Smith is extremely professional, personable, and knowledgeable. An avid advocate for his clients, he has the... innate ability to illustrate legal situations in terms anyone can understand. He is able to instill confidence in his clients regardless of the circumstances, ensuring that their interests are his number one priority. My interactions with Mr. Smith have been second to none in terms of legal counsel and I would definitely recommend him to anyone!read more
Willie Smith
Willie Smith
18:26 25 Jun 20
Apparently Mr. Smith-Johnson is the newest member to join this firm and its it was clear as day after our first... conversation as to why he was brought on board. Mr. Smith-Johnson was both compassionate and effective in communicating his concerns regarding my legal problems. Throughout the entire legal process, Mr. Smith- Johnson assisted me in understanding what was happening every step of the way. In addition, he valued my feedback in wanting to help resolve my matter as soon as possible (It was if I was an actual lawyer as well lol). If you’re considering who to choose for your legal representation, I would HIGHLY that you choose Me. Smith-Johnson at this law firm!read more
Mutae Settles
Mutae Settles
14:09 25 Jun 20
I was caught in a serious bind. A very unfortunate situation that could have left me behind bars for many years. I... contacted several attorneys and they all either said from their experience I couldn't win the case and turned me down or completely avoided my calls. Someone referred me to Alex Smith-Johnson and I'm glad they did. When I first met him I was in tears because I figured I wouldn't see my kids grow up because of how serious my charges were. He calmly looked at me smiled and said "Don't worry. I got your back, Tail club".  When that man stepped foot in the courtroom he commanded attention. He spoke confidently, articulate, and even had the judge complimenting him. I don't have a squeaky clean past and I have been in and out of the court system but I have to say, I have never seen a black man control the courtroom like that before. At the end when the judge made his decision I didn't know what to expect but when he dismissed my case I literally screamed Hallelujah and started immediately praying, thanking God for bringing Mr. Smith Johnson in my life. The confused look on the opposing attorney's face was priceless. I turned to Mr. Smith Johnson to thank him for his hard work and he winked and said " I told you I had your back, Tail Club".. I don't know what Tail Club means but I assume it means he's the greatest attorney in the universe. So bottom line, hire that man if you want your case dismissed.read more
Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
12:03 25 Jun 20
My spouse needed a lawyer for her case a while ago, and we are so grateful to have had the chance to have Alex Smith... Johnson represent her. I was truly amazed at how professional, non judgmental and kind he was during the process. Once he got the case dismissed I knew that I would always have a lawyer who would fight for me. Truly, a cut above the rest!read more
Brittney Jackson
Brittney Jackson
03:38 25 Jun 20
I heard that Attorney Alexander Smith-Johnson is joining this law firm! He is a phenomenal addition to this group of... lawyers.read more
Chameika Banks
Chameika Banks
00:34 25 Jun 20
This is a great law firm, but more specifically the the attention given to detail by my attorney, Mr. Alex... Smith-Johnson, went beyond what I could have imagined. He explained every step of the process to me and brought a sense of hope to my situation. I also appreciated his professionalism and friendly character. If ever needed again, I will not hesitate to contact him. Thank you again, Mr. Smith-Johnson!read more
Cher Brutus
Cher Brutus
20:29 19 May 20
This firm has been a literal Godsend for me. Ken Eulo epitomizes the definition of your "go to lawyer". Ken checks ALL... the boxes; knowledgeable, communicative, thorough and a straight shooter (quality I appreciated the most). There aren't enough words to express my appreciation for all the diligent work he put in to ensure a positive outcome in my complicated case. He not only did the work, he did it with compassion and for that I am forever grateful. Thanks again Ken!read more
you tuber
you tuber
21:12 22 Apr 20
I spoke to Smith, a real excellent lawyer. He helped me with my legal questions for free and provided great assistance.... He was very patient and nice. Definitely recommend this law firmread more
Lavar Edmonds
Lavar Edmonds
01:15 19 Feb 20
While I was on vacation in Florida, I ran into some trouble and needed help quick. Darryl Smith was available right... away and helped sort everything out. He knows what he's doing and works quickly and for a reasonable price.read more
Christopher Oliver
Christopher Oliver
18:56 17 Feb 20
Best law firm ive ever dealt with. Everyone was very professional and friendly. Highly recommend to anyone who has a... legal issue. Thank you Ken Eulo for all you have done.read more
Christina Trillo
Christina Trillo
04:53 01 Feb 20
In a Moment where our family was scared and didnt know where to turn Ken Eulo stepped in and worked fast! He is... personally with you 100% of the way. He's transparent and up front. He was able to get us better results than we could have ever hoped for.read more
Ksenia Maiorova
Ksenia Maiorova
02:14 22 Jan 20
I own an immigration law firm in Orlando and when our clients need referrals to a criminal defense attorney, Smith &... Eulo is our go-to. I am extremely selective with the referrals I give to my clients, because they ultimately reflect on me, but all of our clients, friends and contacts who have used Smith & Eulo have been very satisfied with their work. Attorneys Ken Eulo and Darryl Smith bring a unique advantage to criminal defense, which is their background at the Public Defender's Office.read more
Brandon Merrill
Brandon Merrill
22:31 18 Dec 19
Mr. Smith represented me for an old misdemeanor VOP case and was able to get everything resolved without me having to... return to Florida, as I reside out of state. Initially, I thought there may be grounds for dismissal due to a new law in Florida but Mr. Smith determined due to the details of my case that it did not apply (technicality). This took the wind out of my sails as far as thinking I would get a favorable result, but Mr. Smith was able to work everything out and get a favorable result despite the grounds for dismissal not applying to my case. Very happy to put all this behind me, and very thankful for this law firm and Mr. Smith's efforts in getting my case resolved.read more
amin pabani
amin pabani
16:04 09 Dec 19
One of the best if not the best in the business. Attorney Eulo helped my son out multiple times also got him off... probation. Excellent staff that will work with you to get the best results.read more
Meralyn Kirkland
Meralyn Kirkland
01:10 09 Dec 19
The Attorneys there are very personable. They take a genuine interest in your issues and honestly work their best to... get them resolved for you. Every staff member there treats you like family.read more
Jamela
Jamela
01:44 19 Nov 19
I love this law firm, clean, organized, and professional. They stayed on top of my spouse case and kept us updated.... Everything went smooth and now he is a free man ❤️ thank you.read more
Taheem Joseph
Taheem Joseph
01:33 19 Nov 19
I have been Eulo client since 2018. He have not one time let me down. He is very reliable and stayed on top of my case.... I am now a FREE MAN because of him!!! I highly recommend him.read more
Audrey Zlatkin
Audrey Zlatkin
13:03 15 Nov 19
Robert is an incredible Orlando criminal defense attorney. I would recommend Smith and Eulo Law Firm to anyone looking... for top quality legal representation in the Orlando area.read more
Jeffery Snipes
Jeffery Snipes
18:29 26 Oct 19
Can't say anything bad about this law firm. Robert is awesome. I have dealt with a lot of lawyers in my years but this... is where my money is going to go for my family and friends.. thank you so much Robert... Snipesliferead more
Chris Murray
Chris Murray
15:26 09 Oct 19
Amazing firm! They helped me resolve my violation of probation AND cleared my warrant AND had my probation ended that... same day! With no jail time! Every other firm I talked to previously said it wouldn't be possible! I highly suggest them to anyone looking for a trustworthy team to handle their case!read more
Jeremiah Allen
Jeremiah Allen
20:37 25 Sep 19
Mr. Smith is a fantastic lawyer. He a strong advocate for his clients. Highly recommend.
Henry Rivera
Henry Rivera
19:13 18 Sep 19
I am truly grateful to have gotten Ken Eulo’s representation and dedication to have my case dismissed within a few... hours. Yess I said a few hours. I contact the Smith & Eulo Law Firm on Monday 09/16/19 to find out if they can help me with an on going case that I had in Florida even tho I currently live in New York. On Wednesday 09/18/19 we finalize all paperwork and he filed the motion with the court and within a few hours on this same day my case was dismissed. I trusted this man 1000+ miles away to represent me and without a doubt he did just that. This man is a true man of his word and is very dedicated to his work. I would recommend this Law Firm to anybody who is in need of a lawyer. Ken Eulo Thank you so much for all you have done and all you will do. I wish you nothing but more success. Cheers to you and a firm that truly believes in its people and the rights of our community. Ps. If you choose this firm my people let them know Henry Rivera sent you.read more
Neysha Ruiz
Neysha Ruiz
01:25 29 Aug 19
It is very hard to find a lawyer, specially one that will not judge you and is willing to work with and for you. Smith... was always available and listen to all of my concerns. He always tried to find answers and worked very hard to get results. He didn’t give up and for that he will always have my gratitude. Got better results than I could ask for. I will recommend this firm forever.read more
Brian Clark
Brian Clark
19:35 31 Jul 19
Robby is a great attorney. He was able to knock my DUI case to a reckless driving withholding adjudication. He was very... precise and fast. It was not long process. He does not sell you dreams and explains what your options are thoroughly before hand. He does not make any promises, but will let you know what he feels your best options are. He is very good with communication. I would recommend Robby to anyone. Thanks Robby!!read more
Scadia Fuller
Scadia Fuller
23:14 08 Jul 19
I’m blown away with the results Of Smith & Eulo Law Firm, Darryl Smith helped my family and I out so much. Darryl was... very professional and prompt with answers and information throughout this whole journey. Defiantly a huge difference from the public defender we originally had in the beginning. I’m glad to have my father back in my life and his grandchildren’s life. We are so blessed and grateful with this outcome. I highly recommend this law firm.read more
Matthew Ramos
Matthew Ramos
21:58 07 Jun 19
I give this firm 5 starts all the way. I'm a person that as a loundry list of a criminal record. Mr. Smith and his... team work hard to get me what I wanted. I'm free with my family with no worries in the world with the law. I will definitely recommend him to everybody. Mr. Smith ?☝️read more
Jessie Valdez
Jessie Valdez
17:00 07 Jun 19
I wanna thank Smith & eulo law firm for helping me out . They did a great job sending in a motion for early... termination. I’m so grateful for this law firm . I would recommend any and everybody... two thumbs up and 5stars well deserved. God bless this firm ....read more
Jessenia Zayas
Jessenia Zayas
22:54 16 May 19
I'm from out of town and Daryl made sure I felt a hundred percent informed and comfortable with how the case was going!... Case was dropped within 24 hours and I recommended them to a friend who had same results. They keep in contact no matter the hour of day or not, and I felt so at ease with this law firm. 100/100 strongly recommend and they DON'T COST AN ARM AND LEG THANK YOUread more
Kaltume Otiki
Kaltume Otiki
11:43 13 May 19
Neat and organized office.when I hired the law firm,I could comfortably go to the bed because I know I had Hired the... best!Its what is important their firm.,it’s not about them wining the case but also do it in a Legal and timely manner.Their clients come first n they do have a lot of compassion for his client .He explains to you step /step of what is going to happen and that calms you down and builds your confidence. Mr Smith,his partner ,Mr Eulo and allstaff in their office,in the office only at aim at “one thing”getting their clients discharged and acquitted.THANK You to MR SMITH.read more
Amanda Rivera
Amanda Rivera
20:03 12 May 19
Robert Zatklin was amazing talking care of my husband's case. He was looking at some time. Or want easy but he fought... and fought hard to .hey us the pr come that we wanted and what might family needed. I would recommend him to everyone. He always answered my questions never left things in the air and was always honest. He is the best!read more
Stephen Cone
Stephen Cone
15:44 10 May 19
Robert Zlatkin is an incredible criminal attorney. He has helped me out of a lot of tight spots. I wouldn’t hesitate... to recommend him to anyone.read more
Mike Baker
Mike Baker
13:03 03 May 19
Ken is one of the best Attorneys that I know. He handled my case care and professionalism. He came with a sound plan... of attack and great follow-up/follow-through. When we needed more time to gather documentations he handled everything and got me more time. Hopefully I will never need an attorney in the foreseeable future but if I do he will be my first call.read more
Taccara Gillyard
Taccara Gillyard
12:33 03 May 19
I’ve dealt with this law firm a handful of times and every time I was satisfied with the outcome! I’ve referenced... many friends to them as well who has also had great outcomes! Ken is always there and great at keeping you updated with the process of your case so you won’t ever have to stress or worry with not knowing what’s going on. Honestly there isn’t a case too big nor small for this law firm! They will definitely fight not with you but for you!read more
Love Victoria
Love Victoria
12:28 03 May 19
The most wonderful criminal lawyer around and he will get things done in an orderly fashion. Got my boyfriend off from... 22 months to probation. Ken is the best lawyer around and I would definitely use him again and his team. Thank you Ken for the help you did for me. I would recommend him to all my friends and people who’s in trouble. GREAT ATTORNEY!!!!! Thanks Ken again and the work you did for me.read more
Ezra Junior
Ezra Junior
23:34 04 Apr 19
Thanks to Ken, I was able to come home wwit my family, when I didn't see it possible. Very personable and could be... reached when I needed to speak with him. He also made it possible for me to get early termination from community control. Very helpful and knows his stuff. Definitely recommend to anyone who needs great representation....read more
jrlozada Pietroski
jrlozada Pietroski
12:34 30 Nov 18
I was referred to this law firm and spoke with D.Smith told him about my fiance's criminal case and after having a... previous bad experience with another firm i was nervous about this time around. We spoke about our needs and expectations and was very confident in getting the case resolved. He was always able to return my calls and questions by the end of the day. Very compassionate and understanding. So happy with this firm they were able to get exactly what i asked for and now me and our kids our little family will be back together! I will deffeninatly be using Mr.Smith for any law issues from now on. I am very blessed and i wish the best for the firm. Thank you all for your time and understanding. I highly recommend this team for your case!read more
Eddy Tolentino
Eddy Tolentino
18:59 03 May 18
Extremely satisfy with the professionalism, dedication and attention of details. Mr. Eulo is a very accesible attorney... that prove care is on the action rather then just a word. They have a effective process, open communication and affordable fee. Normally being young could be a negative factor but in this case is the opposite because he can relate and apply his extensive knowledge to real life scenarios for the best outcome.. Trust them with you eye closed and they with open them with kind and helpful service ...read more
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