Chase has a long history of arrests that began when he was only 7 years old, including armed robbery and fraud. He once had a different name.
"For the first 31 years of his life, he was Floyd Lee Downs. He legally changed that in 1997, swearing to a Gainesville judge that he was not trying to hide his criminal past."When he was 24, he was arrested in Orlando for hitting his girlfriend. At 31, he beat up a man in a Gainesville bar during a fight over a World Series game.""Chase was arrested in Fort Lauderdale when he was 28, accused of using another man’s Social Security card to try to get a fake drivers license.""…he owed $20,000 in back child support and that during one six-year stretch, he hadn’t filed federal tax returns.""He was first arrested at age 7, he says, for burglary, sneaking into and trashing a school on a Saturday.""He was arrested again at age 11, this time for armed robbery. He had tucked a crowbar inside his jacket and gone into a Louisville gas station with two older boys, according to Bar-examiner records. He demanded money from the clerk and then snatched more than $200 from the cash drawer.""He had scrapes with the law but was never convicted of a felony.""In 2003, one year after he passed the Bar exam, he was admitted to The Florida Bar at age 37. He has not been arrested since nor disciplined by the Bar."