Scott C. Silva is an AV "Preeminent" ® Peer Rated Attorney (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected as one of the TOP FIVE criminal defense attorneys in Maricopa County by East Valley Magazine in 2013.
He has been practicing law for over 17 years. His courtroom experience is immense. He has represented clients in over 3500 cases, including over 1500 DUI cases, and has been counsel of record in over 500 bench and jury trials (this number includes cases that went to verdict or were completely dismissed by the judge during--or immediately prior--to the start of the trial).
He has appeared in courthouses throughout Maricopa County and is well-known by judges, prosecutors, and fellow lawyers. He personally handles all of his own cases and never hands a case over to an associate or partner.
Mr. Silva has extensive experience handling serious felony cases and high-profile criminal cases covered by the national news. He was defense counsel in the "Wal-Mart Murder" trial in July, 2000, and was defense counsel in the first-degree murder case of "State v. Barraza" in 2001, which was featured on the ABC television show "State V."
Mr. Silva also has an immense amount of experience in handling all types of DUI cases. He has conducted jury trials and received Not Guilty verdicts in every type of DUI case, and has developed cutting-edge defense techniques using modern science to fight DUI charges. He teaches DUI law every year to other defense attorneys and has been defending DUI cases for over 17 years.
Mr. Silva has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.
"My philosophy is that every client deserves extremely professional, intelligent, caring, and successful representation at an affordable rate. As a sole practitioner, I personally represent all of my clients, and I will never hand your case over to another lawyer or associate. When you hire me, you get me, and I am the only attorney that you will have to deal with. If I am too busy to take your case, I will tell you so and I will refer you to other attorneys. But if I do take your case, you will know that I will be there with you every step of the way, to answer your questions, to go with you to court, to advise you on the law, and to advocate on your behalf." - Scott C. Silva