Mr. Downs has been a Brevard County resident since his family migrated from Ohio in 1983. After working as an EMT, Mr. Downs began his legal career. He began working in criminal defense as a paralegal before transitioning to becoming an independent legal analyst and brief author. As a legal analyst, Mr. Downs was retained by many Florida criminal defense attorneys to lend his skills in formulating winning defense strategies. His acumen for successfully directing cases was in high demand. Mr. Downs authored countless successful motions to suppress evidence and motions to dismiss charges. He is also the author of dozens of prevailing appeals in all levels of the Florida Court system and in the Supreme Court of the United States. Many of Mr. Downs’s appeals resulted in published opinions.
After years of encouragement from some of Brevard County’s most respected attorneys, Mr. Downs began his law school career at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Tampa, Florida. There, Mr. Downs excelled, earning Certificates of Merit for achieving the highest marks in Florida Drunk Driving Law and Practice, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Skills, Legal Research and Writing, and Torts. He also successfully completed a directed legal study in Criminal Defense. Mr. Downs competed nationally in Moot Court competitions, was a distinguished member of the Moot Court Board, and was the winner of the coveted Melissa Mitchell Moot Court Competition. Mr. Downs graduated cum laude after earning Dean’s List and Honor Roll honors in each semester and he did so while completing law school in only 2 years.
Upon graduating with his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Downs joined Murphy’s Law Offices, P.A. as a Law Clerk under the tutelage of highly regarded Attorney John C. Murphy. After proving himself, Mr. Downs was made partner and the firm name changed to Murphy & Downs.
While some attorneys advertise the fact that they began their career working for the State, Mr. Downs has dedicated 100% of his professional career working to Defend the Accused.
Jason S. Downs continues to reside in Brevard County where his wife works as a social worker for persons with disabilities, his father is a respected member of the law enforcement community, and his brother is a Captain Fire/Medic. His ties to Brevard County are strong and his commitment to defending those in his community who are accused of crimes is unwavering. If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime, contact Attorney Jason S. Downs today.
Florida Supreme Court
Florida State Courts
Federal District Court For The Middle District Of Florida
Federal Circuit Court Of Appeals For The Federal Circuit
American Inns Of Court
Vassar B. Carlton American Inn Of Court
National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Brevard Chapter
National College For DUI Defense
National College For DUI Defense, Brevard Chapter
Florida Bar Association
Florida Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Florida Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section
Florida Bar Association Criminal Defense Section
Florida Bar Association Appellate Law Section
Brevard County Bar Association
Brevard County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Juris Doctor, cum laude, WMU Cooley Law School
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, summa cum laude, Hodges University
Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude, Hodges University
Mr. Downs’s highly regarded article on the Exclusion of DNA Evidence at Trial was recently published by The Florida Defender law journal in their Winter, 2019 Edition, Pages 22-26.
He was also published again in the Spring, 2020 Edition of The Florida Defender law journal for an article regarding lab testing in cannabis-related DUIs.
Mr. Downs was again published in the Winter, 2020 Edition of The Florida Defender law journal for an article regarding the restriction of police authority in neighboring jurisdictions.