In 2000, Eli Polk allegedly punched his mother, Susan Polk, in the face, requiring her to be hospitalized. As a minor, Eli Polk was convicted of "assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury" and "battery causing serious injury" after attacking a person with a flashlight.
On October 14, 2002, Polk's mother Susan fatally stabbed her husband Felix. Susan was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2007. In 2003, Polk tried to outrun police during a pursuit that reached speeds of 120 MPH. In October 2005, Eli Polk was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and two counts of intimidating a witness. In March 2006, Eli Polk was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery against a girlfriend.