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1000 Riverside Ave Suite 301 Jacksonville, Florida 32204
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D. Scott Monroe, Esq. is an award-winning criminal defense attorney and the recipient of the prestigious Elite Advocate Award for the last 6 years given by the American Academy of Legal Advocates. He is the founder of the distinguished Monroe Law Firm, which has received the coveted Top 10 Best Criminal Defense Law Firms in Florida Award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Monroe Law Firm was also voted as the Law Firm of the Year by the America Institute of Legal Professionals in 2023.

Mr. Monroe is the former founder of Monroe & King, P.A. (currently doing business as First Coast Criminal Defense) which he ran for 8 years and was voted as one of the Top 10 Firms in Florida for Client Satisfaction from 2016 through 2022 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and designated as the Law Firm of the Year in 2021 and 2022 by the American Institution of Legal Professionals. Mr. Monroe departed his prior firm in 2023 to begin his new award-winning firm Monroe Law Firm. For clarity, Mr. Monroe is no longer a practicing attorney at the firm he founded 8 years ago Monroe & King (First Coast Criminal Defense).

Award-Winning Representation

Mr. Monroe has been rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney since 2019. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States. AV Preeminent® is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Mr. Monroe has also been rated as a Super Lawyer since 2020. These are two of the most distinguished awards that can be bestowed on a practicing attorney.

In 2023, Mr. Monroe received 2 prestigious awards. American’s Most Honored Lawyers rated Mr. Monroe in the Top 1% of all criminal defense attorneys in the country and name Mr. Monroe as one of America’s Most Honored Florida Lawyers.

In his career as a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Monroe has never lost a trial and has been rated by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Criminal Trial Attorneys in the country. Mr. Monroe He has built a reputation for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State of Florida by establishing a firm that puts providing second-to-none service, client satisfaction, and the best results possible for its clients over financial gain and profit.

Mr. Monroe’s philosophy has always been quality over quantity in every aspect of his law practice. Mr. Monroe and Monroe Law Firm will always put the quality of their services ahead of the quantity of cases they take. In order to provide more time, attention, and resources to each of his cases, Mr. Monroe intentionally keeps his case count low. Mr. Monroe understands that his clients only have one case; that is the only case they care about, and that’s how it should be. Thus, he has developed a business model different from other firms, one where he is able to treat each case as his only one and allocate whatever time and resources are needed to provide elite legal representation.

Available Whenever You Need Him

Mr. Monroe and his Firm handle all cases from Petit Thefts to Murder. The Monroe Law Firm treats every case as important and special as any other regardless of the severity of the crime alleged. Mr. Monroe and his team are passionate and relentless about providing clients with the best outcome possible and doing whatever possible to accomplish his client’s goals. This zealous dedication to his clients has carried him through an award-winning career. His personalized client service is second to none and he will always make himself available for you.

Mr. Monroe founded this firm on the basis that:

  • He would be there to help them through every phase of their case in and out of the courtroom
  • Every client would know that he and his team work for them and not the other way around
  • He would take the time to explain all the evidence, the law, the pros, the cons, the possibilities, and the legal options to his clients
  • He would tell his client not just what they should do but why
  • Every case would be a collaboration with his client as part of the process
  • Mr. Monroe believes that the best way to defend you is to get to know you and make you more than a name on a piece of paper to the Judge and Prosecutor.

Put Experience on Your Side

Mr. Monroe began his career with the Jacksonville State Attorney’s Office where he was the DUI Unit Prosecutor and Misdemeanor Supervisor for approximately two years while handling serious multiple-offender DUI cases and any cases that gained media attention. He continued his career as a felony prosecutor in Jacksonville and eventually became a Special Prosecutor for the State of Florida with the First Judicial Circuit in the Florida Panhandle.

As a DUI Defense Attorney, approximately 80% of the first-time DUI offenders Mr. Monroe has represented have either had their cases dropped entirely or had their DUI reduced to a Reckless Driving charge. That is why Attorney and Practice Magazine has awarded Mr. Monroe as one of the Top 10 Best DUI Defense Attorneys in Florida. In 2019, Mr. Monroe was given the distinguished award of Top 1% Best DUI Defense Attorneys in the country by Premier Lawyers of America.

Mr. Monroe also specializes in drug possession and drug trafficking cases and has been so successful in this area that Premiere Lawyers of America rated him as one of the Top 1% Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys in the Country.

He has also been designated part of the Top 1% Best Criminal Defense Attorneys for:

  • General Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense
  • White Collar Crime Defense
  • Drug Possession & Drug Trafficking Defense