Scott Monroe is an experienced trial attorney primarily practicing in the areas of criminal defense, DUI defense, and civil litigation. Mr. Monroe's legal career began as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville.
After a very successful career as a prosecutor, Mr. Monroe left the State Attorney's Office and began his own law firm and has been using his extensive experience to zealously defend the rights of his clients ever since. He handles cases involving:
- Juvenile crimes
- Drug crimes
- Violations of probation
- Felony cases
Experience as the DUI Unit Prosecutor
After graduating law school, Mr. Monroe joined the State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, as an Assistant State Attorney. While there, he served as the DUI Unit prosecutor and Senior County Court Attorney for over two years. As the DUI Unit prosecutor, he handled all felony eligible DUI cases for all 17 County Court Divisions and handled Felony DUIs in Circuit Court.
During this time, he handled thousands of DUI cases and conducted over 50 DUI trials. In addition, he was responsible for training and overseeing all County Prosecutors. He worked closely with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) DUI Unit and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program in North Florida.
Throughout his career as a DUI Unit Prosecutor, he received extensive training in:
- Defense of impaired drivers
- The collection of breath and urine samples in a DUI case
- Toxicological analysis of urine and blood samples completed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and medical staff at hospitals
- Agency and department inspection of the Intoxilyzer 8000
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and Medical Foundations for Visual System Testing
- Retrograde Extrapolation
- DRE evaluations and testimony
- Standard Field Sobriety Exercises
- The classification of drugs/controlled substances
- The effects different classes of drugs have on the human body
- Criminal cases involving the alleged impairment of drivers by alcohol and or controlled substances
This experience and training provides Mr. Monroe excellent insight, knowledge, and understanding on how a DUI and other criminal charges are prosecuted and how to thoroughly defend the accused when charged with a crime.
Passing on Education to Other Professionals
Mr. Monroe is a routine instructor at DUI seminars, conferences, and training programs offered to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys throughout Florida. He conducted regular training on DUI prosecution for new prosecutors in the 4th Judicial Circuit.
Additionally, Mr. Monroe has attended numerous wet labs either as an instructor or participant offered to local law enforcement agencies and to the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville. He taught a portion of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's training course for new Breath Test Operators, was an instructor on DUI enforcement and prosecution at training courses offered to recruits at JSO's police academy and to JSO officers attending refresher courses.
Since 2012, Mr. Monroe has been hired by the Florida Department of Transportation through the TSRP program to teach seminars regarding:
- TSRP's Basic DUI Enforcement
- Advance DUI Enforcement
- Prosecuting the Drugged Driver
Experience as a Special Prosecutor
Mr. Monroe also worked for the State Attorney's Office in the First Judicial Circuit and was appointed as the Special Prosecutor on numerous Executive Assigned cases in other Judicial Circuits which were assigned to him by the Governor of Florida.
While in the First Circuit, he taught the DUI training course for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Mr. Monroe also taught a DUI course to members of the Florida Highway Patrol stationed in and around the Pensacola area.
After the marriage to his wonderful wife, who lived in Panama City Beach, Mr. Monroe transferred to Walton County where he handled misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases while still serving as the special prosecutor for the entire 1st Judicial Circuit.