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Scott C Silva

Criminal defense Attorney at Chandler, AZ

5.0   19 reviews

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About Scott

Learn Scott’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%

    26 years, 2,250 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%

    26 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Personal injury
    10%

    22 years

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 North Valley Magazine and East Valley Magazine in 2013.  He was awarded the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014-18 and selected "Top 100 Lawyers"  by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Additionally, he was recognized as a "Premier" trial attorney in the State of Arizona by The National Academy of Jurisprudence and was recognized as one of the top DUI attorneys in the State of Arizona by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense.

He has been practicing law since 1997.  His courtroom experience is immense.  He has represented clients in over 6000 cases, including over 2500 DUI cases, and has been counsel of record in over 600 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 is a former judge, serving as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court, 2014-2018.   

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 and is a Member of the National College for DUI Defense.  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 since 1997.

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.  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 

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Licensed for 25 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Scott

Silva Law Firm, P.C. (MAIN OFFICE)
90 S Kyrene Rd.
Suite 1
Chandler, AZ, 85226
Scott C. Silva, Attorney at Law
300 W. Washington
Fourth Floor
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely a DIAMOND level attorney
Mr. Silva is gold, perhaps a ‘diamond,’ amid all the ‘rough’ attorneys out there. Having Mr. Silva represent me was like hitting the lawyer lottery! Everyone knows that the state of Arizona, (specifically, the city of phoenix) is relentless when it comes to DUIs. I knew this going in. I understood that I’d made a poor choice. It was on me. …it was only a matter of attaining the best possible legal result, under extremely adverse conditions. I should have stayed in that mindset. Instead, my family convinced me to retain a so-called ‘high-end’ attorney that would charge me $7000 upfront to try to take an unwinnable case to trial, drag it out for nearly a year, and then demand another $10,000 prior to setting a trial date. I was running out of time and options. Enter Scott Silva: Mr. Silva provided the calming influence that I clearly needed. From the moment we spoke, he presented the facts. The accuracy of these facts remains intact to this moment. Given my limited experience with several criminal defense attorneys, (as of late) I found Mr. Silva to have a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to MY legal reality. I didn’t expect that he would empathize but he truly did. We got the exact outcome that he predicted from the moment I spoke to him. It was beyond fair. Everybody makes mistakes, and nobody wants to go through this process but if you are forced to, you REALLY need to talk to this man. Don’t waste your time or money. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable of the process, or qualified to navigate you through it.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Silva represented me for a felony case. He helped me get a fair result. It was much better than I expected. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Dorab | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's very good lawyer
I like his service he easy to talk to and very understanding .he trys to do his best for his client and tryst to get the best results as possible
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Man of Integrity
He really means it when he says he treats every single person with professionalism and respect. I didn't end up hiring Scott but he gave me a couple really long phone calls explaining all the things that could have happened with my charges. My charges were dropped thankfully but it felt good to have found someone like Scott to have my back. I know he doesn't need this review after reading his background and experience but it's the very least I can do for someone who made such a terrifying situation more manageable from the moment we spoke.
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Posted by Regina | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great choice for lawyer
Scott represented me in Chandler Court for a criminal case. He was very professional and the case was eventually dismissed. I would definitely recommend his as a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2015
Best choice for a lawyer
If you are looking for a private lawyer, definitely pick him. I have had other lawyers and he is the best I have seen. He is very experienced and is a really good communicator. He will listen and keep an open mind. I know he is really good in trial but my case ended up settling without a trial which was better for me anyway. I was accused of drug sales and I have a criminal history. Given what I was facing, the result was really good. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Juan | May 9, 2015
Great Trial Attorney
Mr. Silva was my attorney for an assault case. It went to trial because I was using self defense. The other person lied in the trial and said I started the fight. Mr. Silva did a great job in the trial. He is a really good speaker and was very prepared. I won the trial. Thank you Mr. Silva. You were awesome.
Posted by Richard | April 5, 2015
Great Job!
I am a professional and it was important for me to have an experienced lawyer who would get me the best result possible. I was referred to Scott and I am very happy I chose him. He is excellent at his job and is very easy to work with. I really appreciate his work and advice and I would refer him to friends and family members.
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Posted by Cat | April 5, 2015
I recommend this lawyer
Mr. Silva was referred to me by a friend at work. I never thought I could afford to hire a really good lawyer. But his fees were really fair and he knew exactly how to help me. I am so happy I had him. I would recommend him to anyone. I talked to some other lawyers and they were so slimy and gave me no advice. Sorry, but it is true. He was not like them. He was honest and nice and he negotiated me a really good deal!
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Posted by Steve | May 13, 2014
Wonderful Attorney!
Mr. Silva is a wonderful attorney. I talked to several lawyers and he was the only one who didn't seem to be trying to "sell" me his services. He was very honest and talked to me about all of the possibilities in my case. His fee was very reasonable and he worked hard to get me a good result. I wanted an attorney with a lot of experience, and he definitely has that. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2013
Best Lawyer!
Hired him for a DUI case. I was very impressed by his knowledge and how he explained everything to me. I was really stressed and he made everything easier to deal with. Considering my situation, the result was really good. You can trust this guy. I would definately use him again, but I hope I don't need to.
Posted by Manuel | August 18, 2013
Excellent Lawyer!
Scott was my lawyer for a felony case. It was a serious charge and I was totally innocent. Scott researched the case and found some evidence that the cops missed which proved I was innocent. The case was completely dismissed. It was incredible! Scott is a very smart lawyer and easy to talk to. He seems like he really cares and he really wants to help people. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2012
Highly Recommended!
Mr. Silva did a great job with my case. He was very honest with me about what he could do to help. I was very comfortable with him. He did exactly what he said he was going to do and he was easy to get a hold of. He is very professional and explains everything. I knew I messed up and my result was better than I expected. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Deborah | September 15, 2012
Excellent Lawyer!!!
Scott represented me in a personal injury case when I was hurt in a car accident. He was very informative and helpful from the beginning to the end of the case. The settlement was better than I could have imagined. He is very good and gets great results. If I need a lawyer again, I would definately call Scott.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2012
I could not be any happier!!!!!
I am extremely pleased with Scott's results from my DUI. He saved me a lot of Money, and most important jail time. He was very prompt in getting back to me when I had any questions and always kept me informed with what was going on in my case. I hope I never need him again but I strongly recommend him and would use him in the future. His knowledge and confidence truly shined in my situation and I could not be any happier!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2012
Great attorney!
He is an incredible attorney, very knowledgeable and responsive to my needs. He clearly explains the process and obviously knows how to do his job!
Posted by Lilly | May 23, 2012
Great Lawyer!
Scott represented me on a DUI case after my previous attorney had charged me way too much money and totally messed up my case, right in the beginning. I was told by a friend to call Scott and see if he could fix things. He charged me a much better price, completely cleaned up the mess, and I ended up with a great result. He is a great attorney and a really nice person.
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Posted by Ron | May 21, 2012
The BEST!
When you really need a lawyer he is the ONLY one to hire... Professional, Intelligent, and knows the "Law" he is always available to discuss your case and keeps you informed of its progress. He was recommended to me and I continue to recommend him to everyone in need of a qualified attorney. You may only have one chance to pick the right lawyer so pick Scott Silva. I'm glade I did.
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Posted by Jim | May 19, 2012
An outstanding client advocate and defender
Scott Silva is a strong advocate for his clients who is extraordinarily familiar with the law and court system. He is well connected within the Arizona legal community and you can be sure that he will provide you with a strong and aggressive defense.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Silva Law Firm, PC
  • 2001 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Shell, Nermyr, Silva, LLC
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of David Michael Cantor
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • Arizona State Attorney General's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
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Education

  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Instructor/Certificate
  • 2018
  • APDA Statwide Legal Conference
  • Certificate
  • 2017
  • APDA Statwide Legal Conference
  • Certificate
  • 2016
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Instructor/Certificate
  • 2015
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Instructor/Certificate
  • 2014
  • DUI & Blood Testing Issues
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • Admitting Medical & Prescription Records
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Instructor/Certificate
  • 2013
  • Criminal Law Practice Strategies & Resources
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Instructor/Certificate
  • 2012
  • AACJ Criminal Law Ethics
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • City of Phoenix: Alcohol Treatment Options
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • City of Phoenix: Daubert, The New Arizona Rules of Evidence & 2012 DUI Laws
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • City of Phoenix: Resources for the Native American Client
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • Foundations of Foreclosures
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • Annual Worker's Compensation Program
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • New Driving on Supended License Law
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • Daubert and Retrograde Outside of Two Hours
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • Ethical Trends Today
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • DUI Law Update
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • Discovery and Investigation of Computer Crimes
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • Immigration Law
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • City of Phoenix: Blood Analysis Control Sheets
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Sex Offense Prosecutions
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • DUI Law
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Jury Trials, Rule 11s & Appeals
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • City of Phoenix: Electronic Disclosure Rules
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • DUI Law
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • Representing Criminal Aliens
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • Juvenile Case Information
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • DUI and Other Traffic Offenses
  • Certificate
  • 2007
  • SBA: Pretrial Motions
  • Certificate
  • 2007
  • City of Phoenix: DUI Case Processing
  • Certificate
  • 2006
  • SBA: Legal Ethics
  • Certificate
  • 2006
  • City of Phoenix: Expert Witnesses
  • Certificate
  • 2004
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Law Degree
  • 1996
  • Duke University
  • Bachelor
  • 1994
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Legal Cases

  • DUI
  • DUI Charges Dismissed
  • Shoplifting
  • Case Dismissed
  • Harassment
  • Case Dismissed
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Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys LinkedIn Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers LinkedIn Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • DUI Law LinkedIn Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1997 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2000 - 2000
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1998 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Superb Attorney Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Recognized as Primier Trial Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Superb Attorney Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top Arizona DUI Attorneys
  • NAFDD
  • 2014
  • TOP FIVE Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Valley Magazine
  • 2013
  • TOP FIVE Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • East Valley Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Superb Attorney Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Superb Attorney Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Matindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Dedicated Service Award
  • Phoenix CAA Criminal Defense Office
  • 2005
  • "Exceptional Attorney" Rating
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 1999
  • "Exceptional Attorney" Rating
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 1998
  • Dean's List
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1996
  • Volunteer Service Award
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 1996
  • Outstanding Advocate Award
  • O'Connor Cavanagh
  • 1995
  • Dean's List
  • Duke University
  • 1994
  • Dean's Achievement Award
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Legal Terminology and the Inner Workings Behind How a Case Proceeds Through the Criminal Justice System
  • 2018
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Identifying Issues in a DUI Case
  • 2015
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Reviewing a DUI Police Report
  • 2014
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Identifying Issues in a DUI Case
  • 2013
  • APDA Statewide Legal Conference
  • Defending Drug DUI Cases
  • 2012
  • School District Roundtable
  • What Is A Disorderly Conduct Offense?
  • 2011
  • Career Opportunities
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers: Myth & Reality
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (46)
Endorse Scott
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"II have known Mr. Silva for over 20 years. He is an outstanding attorney. He is a force to be reckoned with in the Court room, his legal research and writing skills are top notch, and he flights to defend and protect his clients. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Silva is an excellent attorney and a good advocate for each of his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Scott for a few years and he is an excellent attorney. Very bright, organized, and an aggressive and effective trial attorney. I endorse his strongly."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an excellent attorney. He works hard and fights hard for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is one of the elite DUI / DWI attorneys around. Referring clients to him is easy given he is without peer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give Mr. Silva my highest recommendation for any criminal or DUI case. Mr. Silva is very knowledgeable and experienced and has secured remarkable results for my clients. He is committed, honest and always puts the best interests of his clients first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His contributions here are always excellent, and completely accurate. He is obviously an excellent lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Silva is as knowledgable as he is personable. He is honest with his clients and provides them with shrewd, well reasoned representation. I regularly look to him for guidance and insight."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He works hard to achieve wonderful results for his clients. He has a tremendous amount of trial experience and his skill in the courtroom is second to none. I highly recommend him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I would give Scott my highest recommendation for any criminal or DUI case. I have worked with Scott on several matters and he is very knowledgeable and experienced. He is honest and trustworthy and puts the best interests of his clients first."
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