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David R. Scoggins

Federal crime Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   24 reviews

also known as David Scoggins


Licensed for 41 years

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    35%
    I have been licensed in the Federal Courts of the United States of America since 1982 and have represented citizens accused in Federal Courts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, typically on drug conspiracy and fraud prosecutions.

    40 years

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    I commenced the practice of law in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in 1981 and have resolved over 6,000 cases. I have represented the citizen accused in hundreds of jury trials. Most often, I am at court in Dallas and Tarrant Counties and often in Collin, Denton, Rockwall and Kaufman Counties.

    41 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DWI defense has been a significant enjoyment in my law practice for 35 years. If you are a likable client and have a good on-the-police-car-dashboard video and a good intoxilyzer room video, you have a good chance to win, even if blood alcohol concentration testing is against you. Your first DWI needs to be evaluated closely for trial because, even if you try the case and lose, the punishment can be less than a plea bargain would accomplish. You need a lawyer that will stand up for you.

    41 years

  4. Juvenile law
    5%
    I have represented juveniles on delinquency cases in numerous counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and particularly appreciate the fact that the accused juvenile's parents get to sit at defense counsel's table with their child during juvenile delinquency jury trials. I have significant experience in Child Protective Service termination of parental rights litigation. Such cases are the most important that an attorney can be honored to fight. FREEDOM and FAMILY are the fights that matter.

    41 years

  5. Personal injury
    5%
    I am especially interested in personal injury litigation with significant wrongful injury and unique facts. I enjoy the cases that involve the principal involved as much as rightful compensation for undeserved suffering. Let's talk about it.

    41 years

David Scoggins was born in Dallas, Texas in 1954 and has been a lifelong Texan. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in 1976 and thereafter graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. ( Is this a great country or what? You graduate from State supported universities with a degree in Government and Law and spend the next 35 years of your legal career fighting the government. Only a great nation would have such confidence in the rule of law and justice!).

He immediately obtained his license to practice law in Texas state courts from The Supreme Court of The State of Texas  and shortly thereafter was licensed in the Federal Courts of the United States.

In 1981, David R. Scoggins commenced the practice of law in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and has resolved over 6,000 cases. He has represented citizens accused in Federal Courts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, typically on drug conspiracy and fraud cases.

He has also tried hundreds of jury trials in Felony and Misdemeanor courts in Texas. He has most often appeared at court in Dallas, Collin (McKinney) and Tarrant Counties (Fort Worth) with a significant docket in Denton, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties also. He has often been persuaded by clients to represent them in distant counties for significant cases such as murder, intoxication manslaughter, organized crime, healthcare fraud and drug conspiracy prosecutions.

David Scoggins is a Past Master of East Dallas Lodge 1200 and has served on the Jurisprudence Committee for the Grand Lodge of Texas.

David Scoggins is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest level of professional excellence as determined by ratings from fellow Lawyers and Judges). He has been AV rated for more than a dozen years. He is also rated Superb by AVVO.

He continues to be excited by the opportunities and challenges of Law and the pure joy of being at that point in his career of almost always having more trial experience than his prosecutor opponent. He looks forward to immediately beginning to help you.

 

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Licensed for 41 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1981
Updated 10/23/2022

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
David received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Ana | March 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great person and attorney!
Mr. Scoggins is great. I have used his services multiple times and I only have good things to say. He always picks up his phone and tells you his opinion and what options may be available. This is so much better than having to talk to a paralegal and waiting and waiting for no response. He is so responsive that he has even answered my questions after hours. I really appreciate that. He is knowledgeable and I like that he tries to find solutions that are outside the box. It is so hard to find attorneys that are nice and helpful so I am very fortunate to have him as a resource. Ana Hernandez-Pace
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Posted by Marco | August 2, 2019
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DWI Case
Mr. Scoggins was hired to represent me in a first time DWI case and on top of everything throughout the entire process. He was responsive and explained to me every step of the way how things were going to happen. He helped to greatly lessen my charges and I am extremely satisfied with his assistance.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Patient and willing to explain what was going on
Mr. Scoggins was very responsive and helpful. He answered the phone on a Sunday and explained simple concepts regarding how a criminal booking procedure works. He used simple terms to explain what was going on. He stayed in touch and answered any questions until the person was booked. He didn't rush the conversation into a retainer.
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Posted by Darrell | April 3, 2019
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Conspiracy
To whom it may concern, we hired Mr. SCOGGINS, on a conspiracy case against our daughter, let me be perfectly clear, this guy went straight to work he didn't jack around, we were scared to death, but in his own little way , he calmed my family down, and to see him go up against the feds and hold his own was a site to see, if your in need of a big time lawyer, look no further.
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Posted by Nick | February 24, 2018
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A great attorney!
Mr. Scoggins was diligent in pursuing justice in my case. He kept me informed promptly on developments, and kept in touch with the DAs office and the court. The case, which was based on allegations of spousal abuse in Collin County, was resolved successfully, with all charges dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased with his service’s
I hired David and he was very professional and nice .. He was able to get my case dismissed. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Kyle McDowell | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Good work
Worked diligently with the prosecutor to get me an acceptable plea, outcome way better than expected saving me time and money. Would recommend.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2017
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Great Lawyer
David worked diligently on my son's case even under trying circumstances. He was very professional, very informative, and very effective.
Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2017
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Case dismissed
David is a great lawyer who worked diligently to get my case dismissed. Later my case was then expunged & never kept me from pursuing my dreams as a nurse. Thank you much, David!
Posted by Ornold | April 11, 2017
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Superb, Smart, Knowledgeable and Communicative
David is very professional and helpful. He responds to requests in a timely manner and really showed the personal level services I expected. He is definitely someone you want on your side to help you through. I highly recommend him. I not only found an excellent attorney but a good friend as well.
Posted by Yolanda | March 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dependable and knowledgeable attorney
Mr. Scoggins is a great attorney. He will always answer your call or text message, and he will explain everything in terms that you can understand and comprehend. Very helpful in many areas of the law.
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer In Dallas
Beyond The Best Attorney For Hire, Detain entry, & Consulting. As My Attorney Mr.Scoggins Have Assisted Me Numerous Occasions and Have Dropped Felony Charges Down To Tickets That Was Later Dismissed. I Highly Recommended This 10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Attorney For Hire. He Will Help You Out oF Any Situation. So When You Have A Criminal Problem He Is The One To Solve I. Thank You David -CJolly-
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Posted by Trish | February 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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I would refer anyone facing criminal charges to Mr.Scoggins!
I talked to several attorneys before choosing Scoggins because I was facing several felony charges in two counties and I was obviously extremely scared about my future. The first time I talked to Mr.Scoggins I immediately felt at ease and not because he was sugar coating the severity of my crimes but because he immediately started talking to me about possible solutions rather than trying to scare me about the possibility of going to prison, while the other well known Dallas attorneys seemed like they were trying to scare me into hiring them. He genuinely seemed concerned and even discussed careers I could go into if I were to be convicted. I immediately knew this was who I wanted to represent me. I was also surprised that he literally quoted me almost a third of what the other attorneys did. He answered all my questions and would meet me anytime to discuss my cases. Basically I started out with 7 drug related offenses and he got me probation.... I messed up a couple different times but he still gave several options to help me stay on probation.... He definitely goes above and beyond because at that point he had no obligation to do so. In the end I was still granted probation with 6 months rehab and of course I left and got another felony... so of course I rehired him to take care of that as well of course by this point the only option I had was another 6 month rehab with 3 or possibly 5 years probation or 2 years TDCJ ( which was completely my doing) . I choose to take my time and I do believe for the amount of charges I was facing I got off pretty well I went from 8 felonies to 4 because he got half of them dismissed. Now that it's said and done I believe spending 11 months in tdc prob saved my life and definitely changed me for the better. Mr.Scoggins is passionate about his career and very professional ,he tells it like it is,always answers phone emails and texts asap .... I felt like he actually cared about me as a client and he did everything he could to keep from going to prison and if I would have took his advice I wouldn't have ended up there. I hope I never need an attorney again but if I do He would be the one.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2016
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A++++ Attorney
Mr Scoggins goes above and beyond that of what I have ever seen.I used him for a criminal defense case.He not only got me a deal.But now that I'm having trouble with the Probation department head is taking great care of that issue.Always returns calls if he isn't able to answer.
Posted by Rogelio | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
ARGUABLY THE BEST OF THE BEST
David Scoggins is a man of his word. He speaks to you directly and with a firm confidence. He will not tell you something you want to hear just to keep your business. It's white or black but there will never be any gray areas just to sell hopes and dreams. Mr. Scoggins was recommended to us in 1992 or 1993. Since that incident we have never looked into, thought about, much less went to someone different for second opinions. Most recently he reduced a plea deal from 5 years to 3. Two years to the date of my probation beginning he filed a motion for early dismissal of my probation. Mr Scoggins prepared for a week or more. My probation officer said she was fine with me being off. Even though my judge was tough, she was willing to dismiss my probation early. BUT the DA was lingering and playing around with "wording and technicalities". Mr. Scoggins was beyond prepared for those needles in the haystack and silenced the DA to a point where I saw the DA feel like he was outclassed and no where near Mr. Scoggins level. I've recommended to people to him and the outcomes have been positive. Lets be sincere MOST of the time when we contact Mr. Scoggins it's because we did something we shouldn't have. So when I mention positive outcomes, that means that considering the situation we put ourselves in the outcomes are better than you expected. Every time I had a question or concern they were answered directly and honestly. Not once did he avoid make me feel like my case wasn't important to him. Though he has thousands of cases going instantaneously he makes you feel, and GIVES yours the attention necessary like if your case was the only one he was working on. No matter the time of day or night he rises to the occasion. Whether he ask you to come to his office or responds through text. From personal and close experience he is highly recommended and though I'm on the track to never need him, I wouldn't go anywhere else if it came to it! Last but not least he doesn't make promises but he tells you EXACTLY what's going to happen
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Posted by John Michael | December 6, 2016
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A savior on Earth!
I got in a little bit of trouble with the federal government and mr. Scoggins saved my bacon in more ways than I can even begin to explain. David went above and beyond his duties as an attorney to do everything he could to save me from the clutches of the government. If you need a federal attorney look no further. Mr. Scoggins is the best lawyer and kind-hearted hard-working man I've ever known. Thank you David for everything you did for me. You are truly a blessing.
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Posted by Tyler | September 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
David has been my family lawyer for a long time. He is alwayse very helpful when I have found myself in a bind. He is easy to get ahold of and wasalwayse keeping updated. He just recently got me off probation 2 years early. Thanks David
Posted by Jeremy | August 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Deserves to be governor
I hired Mr Scoggins and if it wasn't for him I would be serving time. The best attorney ever seen!He always kept me informed and told me that I was going to be fine.He is a true gentleman and great attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2016
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Review for Mr. David Scoggins
I have recommended David to family & friends that have found themselves in trouble. He helped me through a time that I found myself in trouble. He got me on three years probation & after half way through that, he got the probation dropped & the case dismissed. Always returns phone calls & emails. Makes sure you're informed at all times during the process. Very reassuring at all times. Worth every penny spent. I'd like to thank him again for all his help!
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Posted by Matthew | July 24, 2012
Awesome lawyer the man deserves to live on southfork he is that good
Him and his daughter are both excellent lawyers I trust ther law firm with my family and freedom
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • David R. Scoggins, Attorney at Law
  • 1981 - Present
  • Worked through school years in Line Haul Dispatch & Auto Ctr.
  • Sears, Roebuck & Co. - Dallas & Austin
  • 1970 - 1978

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Associations

  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • U.S. District Court- Northern District of Texas
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Superb Rated Attorney - 9.7
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Rated AV Preeminent for 15 Years
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (12)
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"He is an amazing and creative trial lawyer. Sometimes creativity gets you places that the facts won't. He is a very effective advocate for his clients and I have learned a lot just by watching him. Best lawyer I know!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"There are defense attorneys that whine and hope to get a good deal... and there are others that actually know the law and work a case to make sure that their clients get treated fairly in the justice system. David does not have to resort to whining because he understands the law, he researches defenses, he investigates facts... bottom line, he comes to court prepared to take care of his client. He is the apex of professional representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an exceptional trial attorney who truly fights for every client. Many attorneys, myself included, have benefited greatly from his expertise and knowledge. There is no attorney I would recommend more than David."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There's a lot to be said for a lawyer who is respected and admired by both his clients and his peers. David stands apart in the practice of law -- there's no better advocate to be found."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great lawyer. Well known and highly respected."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David has mentored me as I started my practice. First of all, he is a straight up type of person. He is honest and dependable. As an attorney, he is brilliant. In my third year of my solo practice, he was co-counsel with me on a child sex-abuse case where my client was in law enforcement. Watching him in that trial was the best education I could ever hope to get. I admire him as an attorney but even more as a human. You cannot go wrong with David Scoggins."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Scoggins has mentored me through many legal matters in my career. He is the most knowledgeable attorney that I know. He is dependable and has a wonderful attitude. He not only gets very favorable outcomes for his clients, but he is never too busy to mentor young lawyers. I am very proud to work with an attorney of this caliber."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know David for many years. He is always well prepared and has a genuine concern for the welfare of his clients. He is a "lawyer's lawyer"."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This lawyer is a true court house lawyer. He knows all of the ins and outs, as well as the law. He has been a great mentor and he still has many tricks up his sleeve when it comes to defending and standing up for citizens accused of crime. He is the hardest working lawyer I've ever met."
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Dallas Federal crime Lawyer David R. Scoggins
David R. Scoggins
Federal crime Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 41 years
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