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William J. Maze

DUI and DWI Attorney at Detroit, MI

4.9   126 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2012

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012. See details

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    75%
    I am one of the state's leading drunk driving defense lawyers, and I frequently take cases to jury trial. I have a tremendous record on difficult cases. I use science, the law, and thousands of hours of additional training to help my clients.

    28 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Assault and battery, retail fraud, murder charges, domestic violence, drug charges, resisting and obstructing police, MDOP, sex crimes, firearm offenses, and a variety of felony matters.

    28 years, 400 cases

  3. Civil rights
    5%
    FOIA litigation: I sue local municipal governments and the state government, including agencies, for violation of the Freedom of Information Act. I primarily represent existing clients and other attorneys in this area of my practice.

    28 years, 100 cases

100% Criminal Defense, DUI, and traffic-related offenses with offices in Romulus, Livonia, & Detroit. 22 years of experience as a highly rated criminal defense attorney. I am constantly fighting cases through motions, evidentiary hearings, and jury trials. In addition to criminal cases, I have handled over a thousand drunk driving cases, helping people avoid or minimize the consequences of a DUI conviction.

  • Former President Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • Founding member of Darrow Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Published Michigan Supreme Court Victories
  • Numerous Victories Before the Michigan Court of Appeals
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • People's Choice Award AVVO
  • Graduate - National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia
  • Graduate - Trial Practice College, CDAM
  • Qualified by numerous courts as an expert witness in Standardized Field Sobriety Test Battery
  • Qualified by several courts as an expert witness in the BAC Datamaster
  • Countless out-of-state seminars through the NCDD and NACDL

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Location

William J. Maze
615 Griswold St Ste 1708
Detroit, MI, 48226-3990
Livonia Law Office
15223 Farmington Rd Ste 15
Livonia, MI, 48154
Romulus Law Office
37211 Goddard Rd.
Romulus, MI, 48174
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  126 customer reviews
Posted by Paul | March 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Nice, down to earth person that made the process very straight forward. He is dedicated and is only satisfied with the best possible outcome. He answered all of my questions and helped me feel comfortable with the process. Thank you, Mr.Maze.
Posted by Brad | July 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great guidance
Mr. Maze helped my family navigate the court system by giving us solid advice. Mr. Maze is familiar with the local courts and knows how to handle them. I recommend him to all my friends.
Posted by Brad | July 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Brad P
Mr. Maze not only is an OUTSTANDING attorney he is an outstanding person. No matter how dire the situation seemed when Mr. Maze showed up I was filled with confidence. He will work day and night for his clients and make you feel like family. Thank you Mr. Maze for everything!
Posted by Joel | June 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Understanding Attorney
William showed complete concern about my case from the get go. He explained thoroughly everyrhing that will happen and kept me fully informed along the way. I fully will recommend him to others in similar situations as I.
Posted by Kelly | June 23, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assault Charge
My son was involved in an assault charge. I contacted Mr. Maze understanding that this was not what he normal does, focusing on other aspects of the law. In short, he stepped up and did a phenomenal job armed with logic, strategy, and a firm command of Michigan Law. A fact that was obvious given that the other person named in the case who was represented by a different lawyer served a very different and far more harsh sentence. Mr. Maze was an amazing court room presence and came in well prepared for the task. He prepared us for the reality of the outcome in an honest way, and then surpassed our expectations. I can't say enough positive things about Mr. Maze and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Crooked cop tried to charge me with a dui...
I was involved in a hit and run accident and the cop tried to charge me with a dui and reckless. The cop smelled marijuana in my car and seen that I had a couple of points on my license then coerced me to give my blood. Witnesses described the driver and the car of the other driver but the cop still decided to put everything on me. After some run around, Mr. Maze was finally able to get my files, he found a recording of one of the cops saying some pretty derogatory things about me and my family which supported the theory that I was charged with racial bias and that the cop did not do a thorough investigation. Mr. Maze filed a motion to have the bloodwork thrown out due to how the cop got it and the judge denied it due to the lack of understanding of how marijuana works with the law. The courts wanted me to plea guilty to, at least, one of the charges and highly recommended that I took that offer. Myself or Mr. Maze was not willing to settle for either of those charges, so we decided to take our chance at trial. The prosecution refused to get an expert to examine my blood and ultimately settled for careless. While we were confident that we would win at trial Mr. Maze advised me that it would be a great offer and we went for it. Im so happy its over. Thank You Mr. Maze.
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Posted by Christopher | June 8, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!!!
Let me start off by saying Mr. Maze is an outstanding lawyer! Just when I thought there was no hope left, I came across Mr. Maze and he restored it. I was charged with a second OWI and my car was going to be forfeited. He was able to get the charges I had against me dropped down to reckless driving, and managed to get the forfeiture lifted as well. There’s no words to describe how thankful I was to come across William J. Maze. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without having him by my side through it all. So if you find yourself in a similar situation look no further because Mr. Maze is the attorney for you, hands down!
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Posted by Amber | May 24, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent professional experience
Would highly recommend - he was fast, communicative, and was able to get a dismissal. Don't walk, RUN TO HIRE HIM. He made out of state payments easy, easily accessible digital pay and text communication. He's the up to date modern lawyer you need when you're in a challenging situation
Posted by Bridget | January 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Oui / jury trial
William Maze was AMAZING! William has vast knowledge of the law. He used the law and the facts to make sure things did not get twisted . It was a long process and stressful (because there were some kinks thrown into the process) but he worked through every one . In the end William made the whole thing worth the wait! He used the facts and the law and the jury came back with a not guilty verdict! My friend recommended William to me and I'm so glad I followed his advice and hired William Maze! Highly recommend hiring William Maze!
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Posted by Justin | November 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Maze helped me through the whole process and was there to answer every question I had. He made me feel very comfortable throughout and did a great job dealing with everything and everyone. He was able to get me the best outcome, even better than we initially thought.
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% recommended
William Maze was responsive and decisive in his representation. His legal expertise is second to none.
Posted by Adhanom | July 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
He was very fast and responsive. He handle the case very well. Will definitely use for future.
Posted by Frank Romba | July 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Driver Defense Lawyer!
Great system never left my house and my case was resolved. I got my points ticket and called Mr. Maze that day and sent his modest fee that day via PayPal. Two days latter he made a court appearance on my behalf. Three days after that he emailed the amended agreement he made on my behalf. Went online and paid my fine case closed-no points on my CDL.
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Posted by RONALD C. | June 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket reduction
Contacted William Maze's office regarding a moving traffic violation...Mr. Maze called me within an hour...I explained the situation when and where...The next day Mr. Maze called me... He had the ticket reduced to a lesser non moving violation from the original charge..which was quite substantial in points...and monetar...Mr. Maze was prompt, professional, and extremely respectful in handling this matter!!..I highly recommend Mr.Maze for legal representation!!..5+ STARS....THANYOU!!....Ronald C. Monroe Michigan
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal representation!
My experience with the Maze legal group was excellent. No other way to explain it. From the initial consultation I felt as though I was being given the same consideration he’d give his family. I know for a fact I got the best representation & outcome possible. Thank you Maze Legal Group.
Posted by JB | April 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
IMPRESSIVE!!!
I contacted Mr. Maze after getting a referral from another attorney when my son got his third OUID. Like many families addiction has impacted our lives. I myself am a police officer and deal with addiction in both work and life. I was not looking for my son to walk away with out consequence, but to talk to someone who could give educated, solid advice on his case and what he could possibly be facing. Doing this for a living, I know court appointed attorneys are not the best choice. I was at first skeptical to contact him; thinking he would be like the rest...but I was so wrong. He took the time to listen and talk to me, then review his case. I was so impressed with his character, knowledge and professionalism. I would recommend him over and over. Good people sometimes make bad choices, and when they do, they need someone like Mr. Maze in their corner!!! We need more attorneys like this!!! A million thank you's!!!
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Posted by Richard | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional
I had a case, and from day one he immediately took the proper steps in handling it. Couldn’t of asked for a better outcome. If you need a great lawyer keep this man in mind!
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
You won't regret hiring Maze!
Mr. Maze is an attorney that is exceedingly well at his job. My case took awhile but he remained patient and diligent. We were both very happy with the outcome of my case!
Posted by Nathan | April 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My go to attorney
I love working with attorney maze I had him m work on a few tickets for me he all ways came threw very satisfied with his services he has won every case I have brought his way my girlfriend also had a few tickets and collections dispute that he has also won he is my go-to attorney for all my needs I will always call on attorney maze
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Posted by Tereasa | March 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond
Mr. Maze is truly an exceptional lawyer. After contacting several attorneys, Mr. Maze is the only one that took my case seriously and treated me with respect, as a human being and not a dollar sign. He knows the law, and he’s very confident and determined. I honestly cannot recommend him high enough. He truly was a godsend for me, he put me at ease and he won my case. He went above and beyond for me and for that I’m forever grateful.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Suspension issued in MI, 2012
updated on 11/28/2017

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

William's comment: “MY CLIENT FOUGHT TO DEFEND ME in this fight against a judge. My client vehemently opposed this grievance, but somehow I was convicted of “neglecting” his case even though my client was 100% satisfied with my services. Bizarre. The judge later found herself in hot water with the Judicial Tenure Commission. Karma.”

Reprimand issued in MI, 2005
updated on 11/28/2017

Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

William's comment: “Client disappeared on me and later reappeared after months of no contact. I should have defended this case more aggressively, but back in 2004 no one anticipated AVVO would list this type of action as a permanent blemish on an attorney’s record.”

Work Experience

  • President
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Owner
  • Maze Legal
  • 1998 - 2017
  • Labor Research Assistant
  • Mackinac Center For Public Policy
  • 1997 - 1998

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
  • BA
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • IN RE FORFEITURE OF 2007 FORD FOCUS
  • Client won forfeiture case & we are seeking monetary damages
  • JAMES AMBERG V CITY OF DEARBORN
  • Mr. Amberg, an attorney, was entitled to public records, costs, and attorney fees
  • SEAN STEVEN SEYLER V CITY OF TROY
  • Client was entitled to FOIA materials, plus monetary damages and attorney fees

Associations

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Board of Directors, Ex officio
  • 2015 - Present
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Downriver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • DUI/DWI
  • dbusiness
  • 2013
  • DUI/DWI
  • dbusiness
  • 2012
  • Avvo 10 Star Ranking
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Instructor in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Corroto Enterprises LLC
  • 2012
  • DUI/DWI
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • DUI/DWI
  • dbusiness
  • 2011
  • Avvo 9 Star Ranking
  • AVVO
  • 2011
  • Scientific Issues in Judging Intoxication and SFST Research
  • Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA)
  • 2008
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): Visual Science Issues
  • Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA)
  • 2008
  • BAC DataMaster and Basic Science of Evidential Breath Testing
  • NPAS
  • 2008
  • National Symposium for Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic Safety
  • AIT Labs
  • 2006
  • Trial Practice Institute Graduate
  • NCDC
  • 2006
  • Trial Practice College Graduate
  • CDAM
  • 2006
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course
  • Walden and Platt
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • The ABCs of Drugged Driving: Alprazolam to Zolpidem
  • 2020
  • CDAM Fall Conference
  • The Phlebotomist, the Forensic Scientist, and the Forensic Toxicologist - Cross Examination Techniques and Ideas
  • 2018
  • Macomb County Bar Association
  • Introduction to Field Sobriety Testing
  • 2015
  • Graduate Program on Forensic Science
  • Police Interrogations and False Confessions
  • 2015
  • Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Testimony Regarding SB 207 Regarding Field Sobriety Testing in Michigan
  • 2014
  • Criminal Justice Committee, Michigan House of Representatives
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2014
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Breath Test Challenges
  • 2012
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course
  • 2012
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Introduction to Field Sobriety Testing and Statistical Flaws in the SFST Battery
  • 2012
  • BAC / DMT Datamaster Introductory Course
  • BAC / DMT Datamaster Introductory Course
  • 2012
  • ICLE - Plymouth Conference
  • DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2010
  • ICLE - Grand Rapid Conference
  • DUI Defense Seminar
  • 2010
  • Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program
  • DUI Defense
  • 2009
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course
  • 2009
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course
  • Michigan Training in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (49)
Given (50)
Endorse William
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The best drunk driving trial Attorney in the state, hands down."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. William Maze is an amazing and very aggressive constitutional warrior. He knows how to fight a DUI & DWI cases and more importantly he knows how to win DUI & DWI cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"William and I work together for a mutual client who I represent in California on a DUI charge and who was arrested recently in Michigan on a Misdo. Disorderly Conduct Charge/ with a slight Resisting element. I reached out to WILLIAM to assist in the rapidly upcoming mandatory court appearance in Michigan 35th District Court and he was quick to "catch the ball" and get a plan together. WILLIAM also works with other highly qualified DUI attorneys out here in CA like BRUCE KAPSAK whom I work with and WILLIAM demonstrated that he "knows the ropes" and is a valuable team player. Thanks for the professional assistance."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William is a great attorney. I once described him as the perfect intersection of a technical encyclopedia and a constitutional scholar. He is able to parlay both attributes into victories in some of the most uphill battles imaginable. Highest recommendation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill Maze is an excellent attorney. He always fights hard for his clients and doesn't back down. His knowledge of DUI laws is very impressive. Hands down - one of the best DUI lawyers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor, I highly recommend Mr. Maze for OWI/OWVI/Open Intoxicant defense. He's highly qualified and experienced."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney William J. Maze is well known among other attorneys in Michigan as one of the best DUI/OWI defense attorneys to have on your side. If put under oath, most prosecutors William has been up against would agree as well. As Attorney Maze was a mentor to me, I have had the first hand opportunity to see why he is regarded as one of the best. He does not automatically jump the gun and negotiate pleas; he takes his client's cases to trial if need be. He has extensive knowledge in the testing mechanisms utilized by police officers and knows the errors that they often make in administering the tests. I have seen him make novel arguments in court and win for his clients. I endorse William Maze without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hands down, there is no better DUI attorney out there. If I were charged with DUI, William Maze is the attorney I would call. He knows the law, he knows the science, and he fights like hell for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Maze is extremely well known for OWI/DUI defense. He is known for being a fighter and a very sharp trial lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Good man. DUI killer. William Maze is a genius on the National College of DUI Defense Listserve. You will feel great when you pay and hire him up to take your DUI."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Maze is a name synonymous with criminal defense. He is a truly amazing attorney that will fight for your rights to get you the best result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Maze is a force. Plain and simple, if you have been charged with DUI in Michigan, especially if you have been told that your case is difficult or challenging, call his office. Talk to him first before you decide to give up. He is an incredible advocate for his clients and he just does not take no for an answer if there is any possibility that there is a yes in there somewhere."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want a no hold back fighter in your corner....Maze is the attorney for you. I have attended many national DUI defense seminars with William and can honestly say that I don't know many attorneys that will fight tooth and nail for a client like he does. Due to his tenacity and refusal to back down, he is highly respected in the legal bar. I highly recommend William for any DUI case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I were charged with DUI, William would be on a very short list of people I would trust with my future. DUI cases are some of the most difficult cases to successfully defend. From his track record, it is clear that William has the knowledge and skills to effectively defend someone charged with DUI."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Maze has a national reputation for his skill and dedication to the practice of law. I have known him for years through our association in the National College for DUI/DWI Defense, the premier organization of its kind. A drunk driving charge is a serious matter and William Maze knows just what to do, but time is of the essence in achieving a successful outcome."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William Maze is one of the State's foremost experts in DUI defense. He is on the cutting edge of fighting junk science and sloppy police work to protect the rights of Michigan citizens."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Maze is the real deal, world war III type attorney that other attorneys hire, not the sloth, over-charging, plea bargain machines you hear about."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having an attorney who WINS for you in the courtroom has a whole lot to do with your lawyer being the "biggest" person in the courtroom. What that means is that the power people with whom your fate lies, the jurors, have to choose one of the participants who they believe to be the most knowledgeable about the complex subject matter at hand and "lead" them to the right decision. If you are charged with a Drunk Driving offense, William Maze is the person that YOUR jury is going to want to follow - guaranteed. He owns the DataMaster machines that the cops are using to try to convict you, he's certified by NHSTA/IACP in field sobriety testing, he owns years worth of police training videos, and the list just goes on and on. His untouched track record for kicking the prosecution's asses in Drunk Driving cases comes from his superior command of the EVIDENCE. Even if you think you can't win because you "blew" drunk, winning lies in challenging the evidence like nobody else can."
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