Scott David Stewart is committed to protecting the rights of those accused of committing criminal offenses and concentrates his practice exclusively on criminal defense.
— Former Deputy Maricopa County Attorney
— Former Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor
— Former Major Felony Crimes Prosecutor
— Member: National College for DUI Defense
— Member: Arizona Attorney’s for Criminal Justice
— Member: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
— Member: Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Criminal Law Section
— Member: Maricopa County Bar Association
Mr. Stewart began his defense career while in law school where he assisted in the representation of two high-profile death penalty cases. The first case, Illinois v. Edgar A. Hope, Mr. Stewart and a team of law students successfully uncovered exculpatory evidence (evidence of innocence) allowing Mr. Hope an opportunity to prove his innocence at an evidentiary hearing. Mr. Hope’s death sentence was commuted by Governor Ryan to life in prison and he is still battling the Illinois legal system. The students were featured on the nationally syndicated television show Extra®.
In the second case, Illinois v. Bryan McClurkin, Mr. Stewart prepared the defense and assisted in a capital murder trial. Based in large part on the presentation of mitigating evidence by his defense team, Mr. McClurkin was spared the death penalty.
Prior to establishing Allegiant Law Group, Mr. Stewart was an associate for a prominent criminal defense firm in the Phoenix area. While there, Mr. Stewart defended clients charged with crimes including vehicular manslaughter, aggravated assault, aggravated DUI, DUI, assault, domestic violence, and many other crimes.
Mr. Stewart began his criminal litigation career as a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Stewart successfully handled thousands of cases including armed robbery, aggravated assault, dangerous crimes, stabbing, drug sale and possession, auto theft, burglary, forgery, fraud, and domestic violence. Mr. Stewart also worked in the Vehicular Crimes Bureau of the Major Crimes Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The Vehicular crimes Bureau prosecutes vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, and aggravated DUI.
In addition to his criminal practice, Mr. Stewart also has a family law practice, Stewart Law Group, where he help families navigate difficult emotional legal matters.
After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication, Mr. Stewart chose to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Chicago-Kent was his law school of choice because of their renowned reputation for producing trial attorneys, as well as their signature certificate program in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
While in law school, Mr. Stewart became a certified mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution and successfully mediated high conflict landlord-tenant disputes for Cook County Circuit Court. Mr. Stewart participated in the law school’s criminal defense clinic where he, along with several law students and their clinical professor, researched, investigated, and uncovered evidence proving a death row inmate’s innocence.