Patrick J. Silva
Silva & Silva
Attorneys at Law
* 20 Years of Top Level DUI Experience!
* I Teach Other Lawyers DUI Defense!
* Well Known & Respected in the Courts!
Who do you want as your attorney? The Master or the student? Patrick Silva has over 20 years of DUI experience, he has been published in DUI reference books, he has spoken in front of hundreds of attorneys at conferences, taught classes to lawyers on his secrets and strategies, and has a nationally listened to podcast dedicated to teaching other DUI lawyers how to win. (909)798-1500
How do I beat a DMV APS Hearing?
Hello this Attorney Patrick Silva with another answer to a fequently asked questions. Recently we were asked. How do I beat a DMV ASP hearing? The DMV APS is a whole nother animal, it is an administrative process and the DMV only has to prove three elements against you. The officer had the right to pull you over, He had the right to arrest you, and your blood or breath came back at higher then .08. The DMV process is very technical it all relates title17 and a time line. your best chance it to speak with an attorney who specializes in DUI's. Hire that attorney who local with that particular DMV office that is going to be your best chance. Again the DMV APS hearing is a very technical matter, It level of proof is call preponderance of the evidence. When you went ot court and if you went to trial the burden is called beyond a resonable doubt. This is Attorney Patrick Silva Have a Great Day.
Who is Patrick Silva DUI Specialist?
Hello this is Attorney Patrick Silva
You’re probably watching this video and saying who is this guy, should I hire him, do I even need a lawyer. Let me tell you after 17 years of doing DUI Defense I’m still passionate about winning for my clients. I love the battle in the courtroom . I am blessed, I have been able to rise to a level, all be the let’s call it the wise guy on top of the mountain. I am able to teach other lawyers the art of DUI Defense. I was very fortunate this year 2017 to speak in front of 100+ lawyer at the California DUI Lawyer Association at our Annual San Francisco Convention. I was able to teach them little tricks of the trade that have been winning me cases for years. You’re saying ok how can this guy help me, well let me tell you if you ask yourself a different question, you get a different answer. I ask myself when a client comes in how am I going to win this case. Other lawyers ask themselves what type of deal is the D.A. going to give me.. If I can’t win the case, I say ok if I can’t out right get a dismissal, how do I get it reduced. If I can’t get it reduced, then how do I keep my client out of jail and pay a fine.
There’s huge problems with the blood and breath testing that allegedly goes along with this, along with the Field Sobriety Test. Well let me give you a quick tutorial on the blood problems, the blood problems the use of a machine called gas chromatography here’s what happening in San Bernardino and Riverside County in San Bernardino County the use what’s called a single column gas chromatography the use something called the pack column within that machine. Here’s the kicker the American Board of Forensic Toxicology in 2014 says that a single column gas chromatography is not good enough to tell what the blood number is in your system, the same problem exist in Riverside at the Department of Justice, so both tines we are very successful attacking the blood on trail on that premiss. It’s like your old cell phone, are you still using a flip phone, No technology has risen. In California almost every other lab as gone away from the single column “not good enough” machine, now they are using double column. What about the breath, here ‘s the breath problem, breath is guessing what’s in your blood. If you blew a .10 in a breath machine, based on human physiology, just based on your body alone the variables of breath testing you could have been a .04 to a .11.
Field Sobriety Test is junk science. Field Sobriety Test if you are a ballerina great, but based on your body and age you can’t do them and here’s the kicker. In 1975 NHTSA commissioned a study, Dr Marcellina Burns did the study. She took 10 cops, 6 different test, 238 people and over the course of a year brought them in got some trunk, some not so drunk and with a little alcohol. The cops came in gave them the voodoo test, walk a line, stand on one foot and the cops had one question to answer hey is this person over the legal limit or under the limit that was it. But here is the kicker almost 20% of the people the cops said were definitely over the legal limit, had zero alcohol in there body. Let’s go to 1998 another study commissioned be NHTSA in that study the government says the performance on the Field Sobriety Test is not an indication of impairment for driving.
Give us a call at (909) 798-1500 I’ll give you a free consultation, I’ll analyze your case, Takes me about an hour. The facts are important that’s where I get my strength. We are located in Beautiful Downtown Redlands 205 E. State Street also know as Farmers Market Night every Thursday it is a great event. We have Restaurants, coffee, just come down and visit us. Make an appointment come see me if you want a real analysis from a real lawyer on your DUI problems. Patrick Silva (909) 798-1500
How to shift the power from the district attorney to the defense attorney.
When you start any type of criminal case there is always an imbalance between the powers to be. On one hand you have the district attorney who start off with all the power and on the other hand you have the defense team who starts off with almost no power. Through proper planning and investigation of a criminal matter a well trained defense lawyer can shift those powers which ultimately can result in a successful resolution of your matter. In one case we had a felony matter, with a felony child endangerment charge along with reckless driving. Back when the case started we did a discovery request under penal code 1054 for specific documentation that would help our case. Six months later none of the documents, none of the videos had been produced. What we did next was filed a motion to produce also known a motion to compel under evidence code 1054. We served it upon the District Attorney and what this forced was an evidentiary hearing in front of the judge. We took it one step further, I subpoenaed the police officer who might have had all this information to be present at the hearing. At today’s hearing the officer never showed, which then allowed me to issue a bench warrant for his arrest if I so choose. And the District Attorney did not have any of the additional documents I had requested. We negotiated the matter and the end result my client had all her felony charges dismissed and she plead to a simple misdemeanor charge which will have no ramifications in her current life situations. Again there is no guarantee as to the out come of your case but this is what a well trained and well prepared criminal lawyer could achieve.
Mr Silva is one of only a few Lawyers who have a perfect five star review on Avvo and Google 4/4/2018
Highly recommend - professional and thorough - Patrick truly cared about helping me. I carried out an extensive search throughout Southern California for the best attorney to handle my first and only DUI case. After countless attorney consultations and strategy sessions, I can say that Patrick is one of a kind.
Mr. Silva's knowledge, passion, and professionalism are unique. He is a breath of fresh air in a field that is inundated with attorneys who are more interested in landing clients and refining their websites than they are with handling their client's legal issues. Patrick's knowledge, energy, professionalism, ability, and intelligence separate him from the pack. Good luck with your search and I highly recommend reaching out to Mr. Silva's office to discuss your legal matter.
Thomas Allsworth - Five Star Review from Google
Hello, this is attorney Patrick Silva with a very important topic today. We have people that fight for our country, they serve their country, they get deployed, they witness horrific events, they suffer emotional trauma, and for the longest time, they were not eligible for what's called military diversion, which would ultimately dismiss a case if it was a DUI. So if you had mental issues and you had panic attacks and you had issues and you happened to commit a crime or hit your spouse or loved one, they said, "Oh, that's good enough, we're going to put you in military diversion and give you a break, but not for DUI." Thank God that last year, I think it was August, Governor Brown signed a bill and it became law, and what it says is, "Hey, our military guys, if they suffer any of these issues that may be related to their service in the military, if it's a DUI, we're going to give them a break and let them go through rehab and ultimately get their case dismissed."
Yes, dismissed. So ultimately this is what happens. We prepare a package, it's a petition for military diversion. We go talk to the judge who handled military diversion, we get you into the military diversion program. You're going to go through extensive counseling. You're going to complete your AB541. You're not going to be drinking, you're going to take a urine test if you have to, and you complete the counseling and the goal is to have abstinence. And if you do this for a year, then the law says that your case can be dismissed. So yes, your case can be dismissed under military diversion. That's a very simplistic overall view of what happens, but believe me, it works. This is attorney Silva, hopefully this has been helpful information. Remember, anything I say is not a guarantee of what could happen on your case because every case is different. Attorney Silva, have a great day. Bye.
Posted by Belen
May 22, 2019
I have to say an attorney like Mr. silva is hard to find. he definitely knows what he's doing and does not beat around the bush like others. i can't explain how happy With the outcome of my case. He did an exceptional job and got me a better deal than what i expected. i am 100 percent pleased with his work and not to mention Their really nice staff and very helpful. it was an honor to have you as my lawyer and highly recommended! he's is totally worth every dollar! THANK YOU Mr. Silva for everything and to your wonderful team!
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DUI and DMV question ?
Q. I got a DUI in January and I went to court but they said they are still waiting for the results so they rescheduled my court date. I went to the DMV because my license was already suspended before the DUI ( I didn’t know) and the DMV told me I needed a SR-22 and to pay my reissue fee and I will have my license back.
So I’m curious to know, since it is showing at the DMV that I have a DUI, does this automatically mean my blood results came back over 0.08 ?
I am trying to figure this out before I get a lawyer. What can a lawyer do for someone with a first DUI ? Expunge it ? Or somehow make it now show on my record? Or?
A. The blood results may or may not be ready. For violation dates on or after 1/1/2019, you may be eligible for a CDL before anything actually happens at DMV or in court. SB1046 is now the law and allows persons arrested for DUI to avoid any actual suspension time by getting an SR22, enrolling in a DUI school, putting a breath machine (IID) on their car and paying DMV fees.
If your license was suspended for some other reason you'd need to clear that problem up first.
Call DMV at (916) 657-6525 and confirm what you need to do.
A good DUI lawyer will help you understand what's happening and help guide you through the process. There isn't a way for attorneys to make guarantees about the outcome of a case without getting involved. Call a couple for a free case evaluation and you'll have a little more to go on.
I.M. (Riverside Courthouse) Nov. 2021
Old DUI Case 100% Completely Dismissed on a Speedy Trial Rights Violation.
C.M. (Banning) Nov. 2021
Judicial Diversion Granted under P.C. 1001.95 on a .11 Breath Case. Client will have case 100% Dismissed.
Posted by Todd
August 4, 2019
Patrick Silva is absolutely amazing.!!!... he personally called me back within 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon and completely put my mind at ease........!.. I had been absolutely distraught.. hadn't slept or eaten much for 10 days and had droped 20 pounds.... I had been talking to lawyers for days and getting no good results or answers to my questions....... I was really concerned about keeping my driver's license and had seen so many horror stories out there already.... one guy even wanted $500 just to send me some papers and wouldn't answer my questions directly.............. Patrick did answer my questions......... everything that I was concerned about ............he was very forthcoming and even gave me D M V phone numbers and all the information that I needed .........he was very kind and patient and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone and will in the future....who is going through this horrible ordeal.......... he is definitely the right man to contact for a DUI DWI problem......... he really knows his stuff in this field........... I can't say how much I appreciate him for putting me back on track.... if any of you out there are having the same problem.. this is definitely THE man to talk to...!..thank you so much Patrick. .
I am competitive by nature, I love to win, and I strive to do my very best on each case.
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Mr. Silva started representing those accused of DUI for nearly 14 years. We like to say we represent the "falsely" accused. As a DUI lawyer who focuses on drunk driving defenses he knows the DUI facts and how to dispel the Drunk Driving Myths. He is a member of the CALIFORNIA DUI LAWYERS ASSOCIATION which is a close knit membership of DUI Attorneys whose main goal is the representation of those accused of DUI. Patrick J. Silva is also a member of NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR DUI DEFENSE which is compromised of the "best" dui attorneys in the nation. http://www.ranchocucamongaduilawyers.com
Hire a DUI Lawyer from the Best DUI Law Firm and get the DUI facts about the Drunk Driving Myths. Attorney Patrick J. Silva has focused his law practice defending those who have been accused of driving under the influence. We represent good folks both in the criminal court system and in the DMV proceedings. Mr. Silva is certified in Standardize Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). He has completed 24 hours of intense training under the guidelines set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is "only" with this specialized training that allows an attorney to effectively cross examine a police officer on the stand about how he "screwed" up when he was giving you the test.
Hire a DUI lawyer from the best DUI law firm and get the dui facts about the drunk driving myths. A quick story, the other day I was in a DMV hearing and I was cross examining the officer. Some of the highlights made me almost laugh outload. The officer could not identify the 3 SFST. As you read this you probably already know that they are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Walk and Turn (WAT), and the One Leg Stand (OLS). As we went through the cross examination the officer could not identify the 3 validating clues in the HGN, he did not know how many clues were needed to believe that my client might have been over a .08. The Officer did not know the 8 clues associated with the WAT, in fact he made up other clues as he went along. I did finally start to smurk as he failed to understand the OLS or the 4 clues associated with that test. Hire a DUI lawyer from the best dui law firm and get the dui facts about the drunk driving myths. What was really funny was that 2 weeks after the officer arrested my client he went to a SFST class. This was when my cross really got interesting. As we went through his failures in giving the SFST he had to agree that he gave the SFST wrong on several, several occasions. I also have over 15 hours of training on the Datamaster DMT breath machine. I am the owner of the Alcosensor IV PAS breath machine which is the most widely used roadside breath tester in So. Cal.
We are a nationally-recognized firm lead by a highly experienced DUI lawyer. We are not former prosecutors and am proud to say we never sought to prosecute somebody just to receive a paycheck. The Law Offices of Patrick J. Silva serves clients from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. , We are supported by a former law enforcement officer who conducts our in-field interviews, and a former California DMV license suspension hearing officer. We specialize in representing those clients charged with misdemeanor or felony drunk driving (driving under the influence of alcohol or driving under the influence of marijuana or drugs) and the associated DMV license suspension.
Nationally-known and recognized by other dui attorneys across the United States, Mr. Silva is a Western State University College of Law School graduate and is on the Board of Directors of a multi-million dollar corporation. Mr. Silva is active in teaching other lawyers this highly specialized field of DUI defense. Mr. Silva teaches other lawyers blood alcohol science, breath science, field sobriety test, legal motion writing, and trial defense. His is a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense.
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Good morning. This is Attorney Patrick Silva coming at you from DUI TV. I'm going to talk to you probably about the number one question that I get, "Should I hire an attorney and spend all this money or just plead guilty?" When I hear that question, what's going through that person's mind is, "What if I spent all this money on an attorney and it ends up being a DUI anyway?" Well, here's what you have to think of.
If you go in and plead guilty, you're going to be guilty 100%. If you go in and say, "Let me hire a lawyer to fight this," then you will be not guilty for who knows the entire period, or there might be something that works out. So let me give you a couple of examples.
Some of my best cases have been cases that came in and looked, for lack of a better term, the crappiest. So had a friend of a friend come in and he actually came in and he goes, "Mr. Silva, I want to hire you to go to court and plead me guilty." And I go, "What?" We'll call him Daniel. I said, "Daniel, you could go do that by yourself. You don't need to hire a lawyer. Just go down there and tell the judge." He goes, "Nah, me and judges don't get along." So Daniel's a little bit of a homeboy, had some problems. Now Daniel's case sounded pretty awful. DUI, his blood alcohol ended up being a 0.20, he was under 21, that means he loses his license for a year, and he crashed his car. He's a friend of a friend, so I literally charged him nothing.
And I went into court and I got the police report and I was, "Well, I can't plead this guy guilty." I said, "There's something to work with here." So what did I do? I ended up doing the DMV hearing. I subpoenaed the cop to the DMV hearing. The cop comes in, tells the story what happened and it doesn't match the report. Lo and behold, the issue was lack of probable cause. What happened in Daniel's case, I got the DMV set aside. That means overturned. It means I won. That means he didn't get a years' suspension. Then what I did is I took that entire DMV hearing, had the audio tape transcribed, and then presented it to the DA. And I said, basically, "Here. Here's your case. You got an ugly case. Especially when the cops admitted to speculation and hunches." And that just goes to a bunch of what we call case law. You can't suspect somebody on a hunch or a speculation.
So I ended up getting it thrown out. That's just one of dozens. If you go to my website and just look up my success stories, or you go to a avo.com and type in my name and look at my success stories, you're going to see a ton of cases that we've got dismissed.
So the short answer is whether you're going to plead guilty or not guilty, and whether you're going to hire an attorney, all depends on you. Do you want to take the chance to hire a lawyer to fight your case? And basically a guy like me, who just does 99% of his work is DUIs, we look under every rock. We know every point of attack, from the time that they stopped you, to the time that they gave you the field sobriety test, to the time they had you blown into roadside breath test, to this time you did a blood test. I know all the attacks that helped me win a case, get it dismissed or get it reduced.
That was a long winded answer to probably the number one question I get, "Should I hire a lawyer or should I just go plead guilty?" You've got to take into your financial accounts too. A lawyer's not going to be cheap and especially if you hire a good lawyer like myself, it's expensive. That's truth be told. You're going to spend a lot of money. At the end of the day, it might be the same as saying, "I'm guilty." But guess what? You still got, we'll call it option number four, because if you don't like what has happened so far in the case, we can always put it before 12 people sitting in the jury and let them decide. And I've won a lot of cases that way. I've had a lot of cases dismissed that way.
You got to think of a case as a big, lack of better term, it's a chess match. And I'll give you an example. I just had a case, it was a blood alcohol .10, cop stopped him and we set it for trial. That means I went to court six days in a row waiting for a courtroom. Finally got a courtroom. I get a courtroom, we'd go out to the courtroom and we do these things called motion eliminates. That's me kicking out evidence. I kicked out the evidence I wanted and I'm literally on the side of the mountain at 6:00 PM that night and my phone rings. And I race mountain bikes, so I'm out there training. The DA calls me. He says, "Hey Pat, my boss wants to settle." I said, "Oh yeah?" He goes, "Well, your guy take a wet and reckless."
Now wet and reckless is a fancy term for reckless driving with alcohol in your system. It's just not a DUI. I said, "No, he's not going to take that." I call my client, relay and he goes, "No, but I'll take a dry." I called back the DA, he calls his boss, he calls me back. It's done for dry. I'd beat the DMV on this one, and no DUI. My client wants to be a cop. So he ended up being a cop. And not only that, he's going to be a good cop, because now he's experienced the other side of the coin.
So this is Attorney Sylvia. Have a great day. Bye.
WHAT OTHER LAWYERS WON'T TELL YOU.
They are not dui specialist
They do not teach other lawyers dui defense
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They have never won a dui trial
They have never won a dui Serna Motion
They have never won a dui Motion to Strike
They have never won a dui Motion to Suppress
They are not NHTSA trained in FST's
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They do not have over 300 dui scientific articles
This story is about Tony.
When Tony first came to me he was telling me the story about the cops stopping him for speeding, not having tags and how he failed all the field sobriety test. Tony’s breath results came back close a .09. When I got the dash camera from the CHP vehicle I noticed something interesting. The officers radar was utilized on a downward slope which according to CHP experts can produce a false radar reading. What I then did is I took the dash camera and I looked at certain points on the video, in this case a couple streets. From street A to Street B I measured the feet using google maps and the distance measuring device they have on there. What I then did was I took the number of feet traveled between the two streets divided by the number of seconds it took to travel that distance, I multiplied it by 36 hundred which is the number of seconds in an hour and then I divided it by 5280 which is the number off feet in a mile. That gave me his miles per hour. What I concluded was Tony was traveling about 39 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour zone. What I then did was file a motion to suppress penal code 1538.5 at the hearing the district attorney realized we where correct in our speed estimation and were able to dismiss the Dui charges after Tony took a no contest plea to reckless driving, he paid a $260 dollar fine, he did no DMV classes, he didn’t do any community service, he didn’t have his license taken away and the end of the day this was a good result for hard working young man.
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Today I was able to save another job for a client. He is a trucker with a Class A License. This means if I lost either the DMV or the court hearing my client would be out of a job, lose his apt., and go on public assistance.
Well I beat the DMV and got his charges reduced to the point that it would not affect his license.
Result: I am smiling today.
Good morning. Attorney Patrick Silva here with DUI TV.
I'm going to answer a question that if you've been charged with a DUI, you want to know. How do I hire a lawyer? What that translates to is, "How do I choose the right one?"
Now, there's lawyers that do different types of law. You have some lawyers that do bankruptcies. You have some lawyers that just do divorces, some lawyers that just do probate, wills and trust, some lawyers that do family law, some lawyers that do car wrecks, some lawyers just sue doctors, some lawyers that do criminal defense like robbery, rape, mayhem, assault, domestic violence, and then some lawyers like me, that 99% of my work is just the DUI defense.
So you want to look at ... let's look at a couple things. How long has the lawyer been practicing? I myself, as of this recording, I think I'm starting my 17th year. I just finished my 17th year as a lawyer. Been doing DUIs this entire time. So you want to look at the length of time. You don't have a brand new puppy lawyer in there representing your case.
Now you want to look at, well, what type of law does this lawyer do? Well, if the lawyer specializes and just focuses on one type of law, you've got a better chance that this guy's going to know what he's doing or this girl's going to know what they're doing.
Then you want to look at, well, how well-known as this attorney? Do other attorneys look up to him? I can give you an example what I've done. I've been lucky enough where I've spoken in front of the California DUI Lawyers Association where I had 125, 130 attorneys in the audience listening to me talk about tricks of my trade that have helped me be a good DUI lawyer and helped me win cases. So that's one way that you're looking at.
And then you can look at their reviews. Go online. If you type my name into Avvo, avvo.com, do a search on me and you'll see what I think 70 plus of my clients say about me. Knock on wood, I've been blessed with all five stars. I work hard for my clients. So let's actually ... another aspect we could talk about. You want to hire a lawyer and you think, "Should I hire?" And then I get this question a lot. Can you guarantee that I'm gonna beat this thing? Well, you know what? You're going to have some lawyers out there that guarantee the moon, and you know what? You're not talking to the lawyer. Talking to some salesperson and it's not the lawyer. When you call my office, you talk to myself, the lawyer or attorney Megan Silva, the other lawyer. We're a father daughter team.
When you call, you're going to get the right answer from the right attorney. So you're going to get a lot of information. So that's another thing. When you call, are you talking to the attorney or are you talking to the salesperson? And if somebody calls and says, "Well, can you guarantee I'll get off?" And you've got some attorneys or some salespeople that are going to guarantee that? Run for the hills. You know what? I can guarantee two things. I'm really, really good at what I do and I work hard for my clients and I'm real successful. Take a look at my track record.
Let's go into track records. I've seen some guys that advertise a thousand percent success rate. Well, I tell you what they do. You get two counts on your slip. 23152A, that's driving impaired. 23152B, that's over the legal limit. They plead you guilty to the over the legal limit, the driving impaired's automatically dismissed, so they count that as a success rate. If you want to plead guilty, you could go do that by yourself, but if you want somebody who's going to actually get into the nitty gritty of your case and try and beat it, you call somebody like me.
Our mindset, and this is what I truly believe, if you ask yourself a different question, you're gonna get a different answer. If you call an attorney and they're saying, "Hey, I could get you this, I could get to that, get you house arrest and no jail time and pay a fine," well, that's fine and dandy, but I don't ask myself that question. You come into my office for free consultation, I have you sit down, and my first question in my mind is, "How do I beat it?" If I can't beat it, then I ask myself, "How do I get it reduced," and if I can't get it reduced, then I ask myself, "Well, how do I just save my client's behind? Keep him out of jail?" So those are the questions I ask myself.
And guess what? Sometimes I ask the fourth question, "How do we win in trial?" And there's a lot of emotion that goes into a trial, both for the attorney because I'm very well vested in a trial. I'm there to win. My clients, they're emotionally invested because it's not an easy thing to do to sit there and have 12 to 14 people with the alternates judging you and you want to tell your side of the story. And sometimes I say, "Well, you know what? We don't have to prove anything." But that's another story for another video.
Hello, this is Attorney Patrick Silva with another answer to one of your frequently asked questions. Recently someone asked us, "I got a DUI in my Toyota Prius just as a regular class C. Now I have a job opportunity to get a class B. Can I get my license?" And it only happened five months ago.
Here's the problem. You pled to a DUI, so that puts any chance of a class A or a class B one year in deferment, which means you can't get it until one year after conviction. So the short answer is no. You got to wait one year. Even though you got it on your Toyota Prius and you didn't get it in a truck or a class B vehicle, you still have to wait one year. Be aware, if you ever get another DUI, you will lose your class A for life, and you'll lose your class B for life, regardless if you get it in a truck or on a Saturday night leaving Dodger Stadium in your Toyota pickup.
This is Attorney Patrick Silva. Have a great day.
Nobody wants an attorney, everyone needs an attorney. As I was laying down to sleep tonight thanking God above for all of my blessings Mr Silva popped into my head once again. This time I thought oh my gosh I still haven't given a review and I have intended to. My case has been over for over four months and yes I am still thankful. I can't say enough about him and his crew. I live in Texas and my offenses happened of course in California not knowing anyone for word-of-mouth by family or friends I was forced to find my attorney via website and alot of prayer. First thoughts were "so all these attorneys with awesome websites must be the ones who can't perform in court and need to boast" or vice versa "they don't necessarily suck but they're not good enough because they can't afford a good website" you get it. Here's your answer badass website badass attorney. Mr Silva review.. simple this guy is smart he knows exactly what he's doing he works very hard for you. Relentless to say the least he follows the law and he holds the law accountable. From the beginning to the end this guy is exceptional he's good at what he does believe it. I hired him for the drivers Court part of it and for the criminal court part. Mr Silva I'm sure would disagree and say that he was only doing his job but I win this one, he went above and beyond. Even though I paid him I feel like I owe this guy, Truly above and beyond. Honest, real, smart, compassionate, relentless, and did I mention smart. Thx Silva you da man!
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Good morning, attorney Patrick Silva here with another success story. This one happens to do with felony DUIs. Now, once you have one felony DUI and you pled guilty to that felony DUI, any subsequent DUI, even if you get pulled over for tinted window and you're a .08 or .07 guess what? The District Attorney's going to file that one as a felony also.
Now that's a general rule. There's ways to avoid that, but we're not going to talk about that. So here's a story. A friend of mine, very good friend of mine, known him for 30 years, calls me up and he says, "Hey, I got a friend, he needs some serious help on a DUI matter."
Now, this friend had caught a felony DUI umpteen years ago. It wasn't, let's say 15 years ago, and what happened that his passenger got a bloody nose. Well, he pled to a DUI because there was an accident felony, and then he went through a checkpoint and the second one was a felony. Now, the first time he went to jail, to prison for 16 months. The second time he went to prison for two years, and then he's rolling through a checkpoint and they filed that as a felony. Now he came to me and he was like, "Hey, just, you know, try to keep me out of jail long enough for me to get to pension age and I'll go do three years."
Well, that's not my style. What ended up happening is we ended up getting my client into drug court, drug treatment. He didn't have a drug problem, but he had an alcohol problem. I had a great DA and a great judge that said, "Yes, let him in." And what's going to happen is he's not going to do any prison time. So he's not doing prison. He's not doing jail time. He's not picking up trash on the weekend. He's going to do the 18-month class. He's going to pee in a bottle, take all these tests and get counseling and get help, but he's not going to prison. So ultimately that was a huge success.
One, it saved his job, saved hi family, saved his house. So it can be done with hard work, determination. And again, these are success stories. These are just illustrations of the results that happen because of the hard work I do. They're not a promise or a guarantee of what I might achieve in the future, because every case is different. If you want consultation, give us a call, 909-798-1500. Have a great day.
I am a first time DUI offender and in the beginning I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I had received so many letters in my mailbox from lawyers trying to take on my case regarding my DUI. Patrick’s mail had stood out from 25 mails I would receive weekly. When I first met Patrick, it was on a Saturday, he made time for me on his day off. He helped ease my stress and told me not to worry about it, to go on living my life normally, that he would handle my case and appear on my behalf. That is exactly what I did, I did not stress one bit. Patrick had my complete trust and I knew he would fight for me. Patrick is truly a live savior, he is professional, experienced and a great lawyer. His assistant is amazing as well, whenever I had questions regarding my case she was quick to pull my file and keep me updated. Patrick got me off on a wet reckless, 25hrs of community service, and DUI classes. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in the same shoes I am.
Thank you Patrick Silva
(I RECEIVED THIS EMAIL FROM ANOTHER ATTORNEY)
Hi Patrick -
I made friends with the court reporter during my trial and we got to talking about DUIs. She has reported a lot of DUI cases. I asked her who, in her opinion, were some of the best DUI defense attorneys she has seen try DUI cases, and she said PATRICK SILVA! Thought you might like to know this!
Great job on your trial!
Morning. This is attorney Patrick Silva with an answer to another one of your frequently asked questions. Recently, somebody asked me, "On a DUI, do I have to post a bail or a bond?"
Well, let's talk about San Bernardino County. Then we'll talk about Riverside. Let's talk about the amounts. This is where the counties can differ vastly. San Bernardino County, on a second DUI, you could be asked to post a $50,000 bail. Riverside is a $5000 bail.
Now, 50, if you go to a bail agent, you're going to have to come up with 8%. So you've got to come up with five grand out of pocket. Riverside, 10% of five grand is $500. So you can see, different counties have different bail schedules.
If you actually go to the county's court site, go onto the Internet, you can actually type in their search engine "bail schedule" and you can see how much it is for your county.
Now you're saying, "Wait a minute. I'm in San Bernardino County. I got a third. They want 75 or the judge wants 100. What do I do?"
Well, this brings us to a new case recently that came down. It's Humphrey's. Basically, Humphrey talks about the ability to pay. So if you can only afford $300 and you're not a danger to society or any of the other factors in a bail hearing, that's going to be what your bail amount is, because I don't have five grand to put out on a $50,000 bail or I don't have eight grand.
Now, is there a way to backdoor staying out? Well, it just depends on the county, but let's talk about a case I had today. Bail was set at 100, so 50 on the second DUI case and 50 on the violation of probation case. That was last Thursday, and we came back today for a quasi-bail hearing. The judge recognized that, "Well, even if I take your claim in, he'll get out by 5:00 today, because it's just a misdemeanor, and the jails are a little bit overcrowded."
So what happened on today's case? We were able to basically keep my client out of jail. The initial schedule was 100, reduced down to zero. My client didn't have to lose eight to ten grand paying to a bail agent, and I kept him out.
So there's a lot going on with bail, especially when you get into the second and third range. If you get into felony land on a DUI, that's a whole 'nother story. That'll be a different webcast.
This is Attorney Patrick Silva. If you need a quick answer, give me a call, 909-798-1500. I'll answer anything, a quick five, ten minutes, not an issue, get you on your way. Have a great day. Bye.
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise
Recently the California Dui Lawyers Association had there annual meeting up in San Francisco, I did not plan on attending this meeting because we were have a birthday party for Jordan that weekend.
About 2 weeks prior to the meeting I got a few texts from the president saying “hey you coming to the meeting,” I text back no not this year. A couple of days later he sent another text saying “hey you should really come,” I said hey sorry can’t do it this year. Well the meeting date came and on that particular day I happened to go out earlier in the morning for a training ride because I had a 100 mile race coming up, so I went did about 80 miles. When I got home I took a shower and then was kind of relaxing just trying to let my body recoup a little bit and then my phone started blowing up, I got about 4 or 5 text in a row. Well unbeknownst to me I was awarded what is called the California Dui Lawyer Association President’s Award because of my hard work and dedication to Dui Law Defense. I am both humbled and surprised to receive this prestigious award from my CDLA President Jeff Boll.
Mr Silva has been recognized and awarded by the California DUI Lawyers Association for his hardwork and dedication to Dui Law Defense. The C.D.L.A. has chosen him as the 2019 Recipient of the Prestigious Presidents Award.
LASTEST CLIENT TESTIMONIAL
When I received mu DUI I reached out to another lawyer I knew and he referred me to Patrick Silva based on his experience and reputation in the legal community. I believed I had a case and after reviewing the details Mr. Silva felt strongly in supporting me as well. My case was dismissed after going to trial. It was a very stressful situation for me and Patrick went above my expectations throughout the entire process. I found Mr. Silvato be very ethical, honest, and professional. The trial process was tedious at times and Mr. Silva is extremely confident and knowledgeable which made me very relieved to watch him work on my behalf. The Judge, court room staff, and even the DA all showed great respect for him. To the jury he came across as an advocate for justice. Mr. Silva never made me feel like my case wasn't important. He was very responsive to my calls and kept me informed.I believe many attorneys will take your money, give you some weak advice, and get ready to move onto the next case, but Mr. Silva was extremely thorough and worked on the many details of my case until the very end. I was definitely happy he was on my side watching him work in the court room. I highly recommend Patrick Silva to anyone looking for an attorney and, although I don't plan on ever needing his services again, he would be my first call without hesitation. He's a worker and a fighter and has my respect for what he has done to help me and my family..
Just Another Typical Day in Court
What can a dui lawyer do that other attorneys can’t? Spot the nitty gritty legal issues that are hidden in a dui case. Over the last 2 days, I obtained a dismissal on a .10 BAC due to my motion to suppress based on an illegal stop by the officer. I reduced 10 days of jail and a 9 month dui class down to zero jail and a 4 month class on a .23 BAC. I also worked a deal out with the DA that would allow my client to save his immigration status. If your going to paint a masterpiece you hire Picasso not a house painter.
Dangers of Breath Testing? If you blow into a breath machine during the absorption phase your breath may be overestimated by 250 percent. This means that a .12 reading on the machine can actually be a .03 in your blood.
WHAT TYPE OF GOOD PEOPLE HAVE RELIED ON MY DUI SKILLS IN THE PAST?
I have represented:
Real Estate Agents
Hard working men & women
"When your job is on the line"
HOW TO CHALLENGE A DUI
1. Improper Reason to Stop You
2. Faulty Check Point
3. Cop Did Not Know How to Give FST's
4. Cop Did Not Tell You Your Right to Refuse the Road Side Breath Machine
5. Cop Did Not Give You Choice of Blood or Breath
6. Road Side Breath Machine was Not
Accuracy Checked Per Title 17
7. Cop Did Not Observe You for 15 Minutes Before You Blew into the Machine at Station
8. Cop Did Not Offer You a Blood Test
After You Completed the Breath Test
9. Improper Collection Technique of Blood
10. Improper Storage of the Blood
11. Improper Testing of the Blood
12. Blood Machine Improper Calibrated
13. Auto Sampler Not Calibrated
14. Fermentation of Blood
15. Improper Storage of Blood Vial prior to Blood Collection
"He's a worker and a fighter and has my respect for what he has done to help me and my family...The Judge, court room staff, and even the DA all showed great respect for him.... Mr. Silva is extremely confident and knowledgeable which made me very relieved to watch him work on my behalf."
Imagine this story, I am sitting in my office and Mr. Z comes into my office to discuss his dui case. He tells me that he got this dui on a Saturday night after he was coming back from a Dodger game. Then I tell him the bad news, your a commercial driver and because of this dui you could lose your class A for 1 year. He has no idea that a dui on a Saturday night could end up destroying his truck driving career. Mr. Z tells me his wife does not work and if he loses his job they will be homeless since driving a truck is all he knows how to do. Long story short, I lose the DMV hearing but I overturn it with a legal maneuver in court which then overturns the 1 year license suspension. Thus, job saved!
The Greatest Lawyer Got my Dui Car crash case Dismissed
Posted by a client
July 18, 2016
Dr. Patrick Silva is the best in this line of work. He has mastered his craft. I got in a wreck while drinking and driving and I blew .15 On the scene cops found beers and they also had an eye witness from the crash scene. I did my research and came across Dr. Silva. I set up an appointment for free consultation. Dr. Silva gave me hope and helped me calm my anxiety. After talking with Dr. Silva I was confident he can get my case dismissed. He kept me updated on my case all the time. Anytime I had a question, he was always there to provide me with an answer. Dr. Silva went on all my court hearings for me and got my case dismissed. He really worked hard and put a lot of effort on the case. People around me used to tell me "lawyers just want the money and they don't anything for you". Dr. Silva proved all the people around me wrong. Because of Dr. Silva, I got to keep my job and have a clean record. Dr. Silva actually cares for his clients. I'm glad I made a right choice picking you for my case. Dr. Silva had that most knowledge out of all the other lawyers I consulted with. I'm very happy Dr. Silva’s hard work got my dui car crash with case 1.5 reading dismissed. Thank You so much Dr. Silva for getting my case dismissed.
Another Great Result: April 2016: Johnny was accused of a 2nd time dui with a BAC of .14. We filed a Motion to Suppress under Penal Code 1538.5 believing that the officer did not have probable cause to stop Johnny based on an anonymous person calling 911 and alleging Johnny was dui. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED.
ANOTHER RIVERSIDE WIN: R.G., .10 breath dui, cased dismissed on day of trial! ( saved his license and his job)
ANOTHER RIVERSIDE WIN: V.M. : 3rd dui with a VOP on her 2nd DUI, case reduced to wet reckless, no jail, no community service, no weekend, no fine! only the 9 month dui class not the 18 month
MORE SUCCESS ON A 2ND TIME DUI
April 2016: Johnny was accused of a 2nd time dui with a BAC of .14. We filed a Motion to Suppress under Penal Code 1538.5 believing that the officer did not have probable cause to stop Johnny based on an anonymous person calling 911 and alleging Johnny was dui. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED.
Kevin was charged with a 2nd time dui claiming he was under the influence of marijuana while still on probation for his first dui. We fought the case all the way to trial and at trial readiness the DA dismissed the charges. Kevin ultimately pled to 2 traffic infractions. This result was due to our ability to fight for our clients and Kevin's willingness and belief in his innocence.
This is what Kevin had to say: "Awesome lawyer, got me off the hook; Mrsilva was fighting for my second dui which I was not going to accept eventually got my case dismissed with a infraction.
He takes the time to explain the situation for you and will answer your calls anytime you have any questions I used him because of his high reviews and it was worth it I highly recommend him if you are in the Southern California area."
ANOTHER WIN! May 2016: K.V. was accused of DUI marijuana, accused of crashing his father's car on the freeway, to being the driver, to recent marijuana use, accused of failing all of the FST, accused of having Clonazapan is his system, RESULT: We took this case to trial and thru great effort we were able to convince 12 jurors that K.V. was NOT GUILTY!
Another Great Result: April 2016: Johnny was accused of a 2nd time dui with a BAC of .14. We filed a Motion to Suppress under Penal Code 1538.5 believing that the officer did not have probable cause to stop Johnny based on an anonymous person calling 911 and alleging Johnny was dui. RESULT: CASE DISMISSED.
3rd Dui in less than ten years: Past client DANIEL N. wrote these kind words.
I was charged with a 3rd DUI in ten years, driving on a suspended license, and violation of my summary probation. With a BAC of .14 and two previous DUI's within ten years, in two different counties, attorney Silva not only won my DMV hearing, but then proceeded to reduce a 3rd DUI in ten years charge, in Riverside County, down to a misdemeanor drunk in public with no violation of probation, no jail time, and a fine of 500 dollars. Attorney Silva handled my case with the utmost professionalism and proposed an ambitious plan of attack. Attorney Silva advised that we go straight to trial and that he was confident he could beat this. Taking into account his decade plus years of experience in the field, I put my faith in Attorney Silva's judgment and expertise, and I ponied up for trial. A few weeks before the trial, the DA contacted Attorney Silva and Silva negotiated what we would plead to. If you are willing to step into the arena, Attorney Silva will champion your cause. In summation, Attorney Silva has the gumption and the expertise to secure you the best possible outcome of your case.
Just very blessed! BY CLIENT MARK M.
I was facing a 3rd DUI charge, 180 days in jail (at least) and severe fines...after Mr Silva did his due diligence, continuous homework on the entire charges, and realized what was at hand, he made magic happen. Let me back up though, from the beginning he really wanted to know about me, what I did for a living and what the goal was for me. He asked about every aspect of my family and how we could make this better for my entire situation. The desire to truly know what was going on with me and my family made it personal and made me realize he truly wanted the best for me...not because of what I did but because he saw a greater good for what I was doing with my life.
Mr. Silva always showed on my behalf and kept me informed with everything that was going on, and made things clear...he also kept me at ease without every having to worry about a thing! I always felt he was very genuine and did exactly what he said he was...and he had my 3rd DUI charge reduced to my 1st, fines reduced and my jail time reduced by over 100 days! Ultimately, I couldn't be more happier with the outcome of my case and the overall experience with Patrick Silva. I would highly recommend Mr. Silva to anyone needing assistance with a DUI case.
Pulled a rabbit out of his hat BY CIENT JASMINE S.
I was charged with my first DUI and was not thinking about getting an attorney. I had planned on just handling it myself but then I came across Mr. Silva who seemed very helpful. I was almost certain I would get off with a "wet and reckless", but come to find out Mr. Silva got my DUI COMPLETELY dismissed. I couldn't believe the good news I had gotten. I am so grateful for his services, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have been able to continue my journey to becoming a Registered Nurse. Patrick John Silva pulled a rabbit out of his hat, I don't know how he did it but I am beyond grateful!!
ROMERO G: was charged with an alleged .11 BAC after he was stopped for having no rear license plate. What made the negotiations even tougher was the fact Romero picked up a 14601 (driving on a suspended license) a few months after his dui. We aggressively fought the charges and on day of trial we got the dui DISMISSED as well as a DISMISSAL on the 14601 and the only thing he pled guilty to was a traffic infraction for not having a license plate on his car, and this was in a Riverside County Courthouse.
CARLOS Z: was charged with an alleged .21 dui after he was stopped for squealing his tires while doing a U-turn. We lost the DMV hearing which suspended his COMMERCIAL LICENSE for 1 year. We filed a motion to suppress challenging the cop's reason for the stop. We were able to resolve the case by having Carlos plead to a wet/reckless BUT we had language in the plea bargain which overturned the dui suspension at the DMV. Instead of not being able to drive his big rig for a year and losing his job, we were able to get Carlos back in his truck in less than 2 months.
CASE DISMISSED- 2nd time offender
I was facing a DUI charge and a driving on a suspended license charge. Five years previous to these charges I had also been arrested for another DUI. Being a second time offender I had my doubts that I would beat these charges. Mr. Silva was able to answer any questions I had which really helped me get through this depressive situation and my anxiety. If convicted I would have lost my job, yet the DA still was not willing to negotiate any type of deal that would prevent me from losing my job. Mr. Silva really made me confident that we would win even with my record so I decided to put my faith and trust in Patrick Silva and decided we would take my case to trial.
Mr. Silva put a great amount of time and effort studying my case as well as the evidence they had against me. The man knows what he is doing because a week before my trial began the DA called him with a deal I couldn’t believe! Both my DUI charge and my driving on a suspended license charge were dismissed! Instead I was issued a ticket for no front license plate and all other charges were dropped! I was astonished and could not believe when Silva told me the great news! He even reimbursed me the expert fees I had paid in advance in order to retain the forensic toxicologist experts in case we went through trial. Patrick Silva is a very intelligent, honest attorney that you can trust and rely on getting you out of trouble! I highly recommend Patrick Silva!!!!!
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