Daytona Beach Criminal Attorney

Daytona Beach Criminal Attorney 

Fighting for Clients In Deland, Daytona Beach and Throughout Central Florida

Daytona Beach is known for a lot of things – beaches, nightclubs, the boardwalk…and arrests? Like any tourist destination, there’s always a police presence to keep both tourists and residents safe, particularly during the annual events that send people flocking to the area -like Bike Week, Spring Break, or the Daytona 500.

Daytona’s festivities are certainly a part of the city’s allure, but the combination of packed venues, crowds, alcohol, and increased police presence is also a recipe for a rise in the number of arrests.

If you’ve been picked up in Daytona Beach for DUI, marijuana possession, or another felony or misdemeanor criminal charge and are in need of a top-notch criminal attorney, consider Thompson Law, P.A. for your legal needs. Attorney Matt Thompson is a Florida native who has dedicated his career to representing Florida residents in all manners of criminal and civil law matters.

We have offices in DeLand and Daytona Beach and help clients throughout Central Florida fight their criminal charges

What Is A Defense Attorney?

A defense attorney or criminal defense lawyer, plays an important role in representing those who are accused of committing crimes. At Thompson Law, P.A., our of Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyer is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support to clients in their time of need.

This is what you can expect from a defense attorney:

  • Legal Expertise: At Thompson Law, P.A., our criminal attorney, Matthew Thompson, possesses in-depth knowledge of criminal law and procedures in Florida. He stays updated on relevant laws, regulations, and case precedents to ensure that he builds strong defense strategies for clients.
  • Case Evaluation: A criminal defense attorney will typically conduct a thorough analysis of your case. They will examine the evidence, review police reports, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case. This allows them to develop effective defense strategies for your case. At Thompson Law, P.A., we offer free, confidential consultations.
  • Defense Strategy: A Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyer knows how to develop a strategic plan that will protect your rights and interests. Attorney Thompas can explore all possible legal defenses and work towards securing the best possible outcome, whether it be a dismissal of charges, reduction of charges, or acquittal at trial.
  • Courtroom Representation: If your case goes to trial, a defense attorney will provide skilled courtroom representation. They will advocate for your rights, cross-examine witnesses, present evidence, and challenge the prosecution's case to build a strong defense on your behalf.
  • Negotiations and Plea Bargaining: a defense attorney can engage in negotiations with the prosecution to seek favorable plea agreements. They will work to minimize the potential consequences for your case.

Were you arrested in Florida? At Thompson Law, P.A., we understand that every case is unique. Our Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyer provides personalized attention and care to each and every client. 

He’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, explain the legal process, and address any questions or uncertainties you may have. Backed by more than 18 years of experience dedicated to criminal law, he is ready to fight for you. Dial (386) 280-4977 to schedule your free, confidential consultation today.

Criminal Cases We Handle In Daytona Beach

At Thompson Law, P.A., we can help defend you if you have been arrested for the following:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • Kidnappig
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  • Resisting an Officer
  • Robbery
  • Stalking
  • Tampering and False Information
  • Theft
  •  Trespass
  •  Violations Of Probation And Violations Of Community Control

A Small Firm Experience with “Big Firm” Results for Your Criminal Defense

Unlike some of the larger, multi-lawyer firms located in Daytona Beach, when you hire Matt Thompson, you aren’t paying for a partner’s high-rise corner office or company bonuses. Instead, clients are charged for exactly what they get – zealous legal representation. 

Whether you’ve retained Attorney Thompson for a DUI or drug charge, or whether you need assistance in the firm’s other practice areas, Thompson Law, P.A. is rooted in the belief that the firm’s responsibility is simple: to provide the best possible legal representation to clients, at a price they can afford.

A Criminal Lawyer Who Knows Both Sides of the Law

Having served as a Volusia County prosecutor for 6 years, Matt Thompson knows how the criminal justice system operates. Matt uses his experience as a prosecutor to make sure his clients get the best possible criminal defense representation. 

He is known for his aggressive stance in the courtroom as well as the personal attention afforded to each and every case he takes on. At Thompson Law, P.A., we want our clients to maintain an open and honest line of communication and to be assured that every consideration is being taken to provide the best possible legal strategy to win a criminal case.

If you’re in need of a first-rate lawyer to defend your DUI, drug, or felony or misdemeanor criminal charge, consider Matt Thompson and Thompson Law, P.A. We’re “A Florida Firm” dedicated to protecting the rights of Florida residents, and we welcome you to contact us to discuss how we can help you. 

What to Do If You’ve Been Accused of a Crime

Being arrested for or charged with a crime in Daytona Beach can be an emotionally overwhelming experience. However, facing criminal charges does not mean you are automatically guilty of the alleged offense. There are certain steps you can take immediately to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

Step #1: Exercise You Right to Remain Silent

By exercising your right to stay silent after an arrest, you are protecting yourself from self-incrimination and unreliable statements. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself – thus, giving you the right to remain silent when questioned by police officers.  

It is important to understand that anything you say during questioning can and will be used against you in court. In addition, even if you have done nothing wrong, incriminating or ambiguous answers can easily be misinterpreted or twisted by the prosecution to make it seem like you are guilty.

Step #2: Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Next, seek legal advice from a lawyer immediately. An attorney will be able to explain the charges against you and discuss any potential defenses that may be available. Your lawyer can also provide guidance on what course of action might be best for your particular case.  

Hiring a lawyer after an arrest can give you peace of mind and help ensure the best outcome for your case. A knowledgeable attorney will be familiar with the state laws, know how to negotiate with prosecutors, and work hard to protect your rights and interests throughout the legal process. 

Your lawyer will also provide sound advice about possible defenses that may be available to you and make sure all relevant evidence is collected for your defense. With an experienced attorney on your side, you are more likely to have a good understanding of the charges against you and reach a favorable resolution.

Step #3: Prepare Your Case

Once you understand the charges against you, consider pleading guilty or not guilty when entering an arraignment in court. If you plead guilty, sentencing will follow and depending on the circumstances of your case, this could range from probation to jail time. If you plead not guilty, more proceedings will take place including hearings and possibly a trial.

Remember, your attorney can thoroughly investigate your case, gather and analyze evidence, and help you determine all your available options in order to obtain the best possible result in your case. 

While it may be possible to have your entire case dismissed, if a dismissal is not an option, your lawyer could negotiate a favorable plea deal to ensure you avoid serving harsh criminal penalties, such as jail or prison time.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Daytona Beach, do not hesitate to call (386) 280-4977 or contact us online to let Thompson Law P.A. fight for you.


  • Domestic Violence

    Client was texting a friend when her significant other tried to grab for her phone. When the client tried to pull away, the victim claimed that he was battered and the client was arrested and brought before DCF due a child being in the house. Attorney Matt Thompson wrote a letter to the State explaining the discrepancy in evidence and claimed that the client was in fact moving away from the victim and did not intentionally try to hit the victim. All charges against the client were dismissed.

  • Sale and Possession of Heroin

    Defendant entered a treatment facility while case was pending. Attorney Thompson provided progress reports of all of her progress during her stay to show improvement. State agreed to amend all charges to simple possession and the Defendant was sentenced into Drug Court.

  • Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

    Client was accused of shooting a shotgun over the head of two minors. Attorney Thompson did a public records request to discover that officers reported to the scene of the crime the night of the incident and spoke to the victims on the evening the alleged crime occurred and believed the victims to be intoxicated and unreliable. Attorney Thompson conducted depositions of the officers and ultimately all charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and no incarceration.

  • Grand Theft, Fleeing, Possession of a Fictitious Driver’s License

    Attorney Matt Thompson, through depositions and litigation was able to show that officers did not act according to the warrant by picking up the client immediately upon sight. The charge of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, which carries a mandatory felony conviction, was dismissed by the State and the client was offered probation and no felony conviction.

  • Sexual Battery & Domestic Battery

    Mr. Thompson took depositions of the victim showing that the victim was not truthful with police when she provided her statement as to what happened. Confronted victim with social media posts, bank records, and telephone records to show that she was not in the places that she stated she was during the time the alleged crime took place. Case 1 was dismissed and the Defendant pled to Case 2 and received two (2) years of prison and credit for fifteen (15) months in prison.

Highly-Respected in the legal Community

  • Best of the West
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  • The National Trial Lawyers


  • Over 15 Years of Experience
    There's no substitute for experience. When faced with a serious crime, you need an attorney who has successfully handled numerous cases like yours.
  • Aggressive Trial Attorney
    Matt Thompson is a skilled trial attorney and has achieved many positive jury verdicts. If your case goes to trial, you can be confident that Matt is equipped to represent you.
  • High-Quality Legal Representation
    At Thompson Law, P.A., every client matters. This means that your case will receive the personal attention and care it deserves.
  • Criminal Defense Is All We Do
    Because our firm only focuses on criminal defense matters, you can trust our team has the specific knowledge needed to handle you case successfully.

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