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I have nearly 20 years of experience. I am a real trial attorney, 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. I have racked up more dismissals than any other lawyer in Michigan. Prosecutors and judges across the state know me. I was elected by my fellow lawyers to serve as the president of CDAM in 2014-2015, Michigan's statewide criminal defense organization.  



  • 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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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    20 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    20 years, 400 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
    20 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($400/hour), contingent (33%), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Issa Ghaleb Haddad

    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.

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    Issa Haddad Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Bradford Weston III

    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.

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    Bradford Weston Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

615 Griswold St Ste 1708
Detroit, MI, 48226-3990

Livonia Law Office

13407 Farmington Rd Ste 102A
Livonia, MI, 48150-4205

Romulus Law Office

37211 Goddard Rd.
Romulus, MI, 48174

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing199708/04/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MI, 2012

    updated

    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 executed a lengthy FAVORABLE affidavit in this case. (And I went on to beat a DUI charge on his behalf in a different jurisdiction.) My client OPPOSED the grievance. The trial court judge held me in contempt for supposedly neglecting my client's case. The Sault Ste. Marie judge initially apologized after I aggressively defended the contempt and agreed to withdraw her ethics complaint. She changed her mind and testified that she never apologized or agreed to withdraw her complaint.”

  2. Reprimand
    issued in MI, 2005

    updated

    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: “This was a relatively petty matter where I got into a disagreement with a guy over $200.00. I should have just refunded the money. Because I took a plea on this matter and agreed to a reprimand, the judge's complaint in 2012 was viewed as far more serious because I had a "prior offense."”

Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
DUI/DWIdbusiness2013
DUI/DWIdbusiness2012
Avvo 10 Star RankingAVVO2012
Instructor in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety TestingCorroto Enterprises LLC2012
DUI/DWISuper Lawyers2011
DUI/DWIdbusiness2011
Avvo 9 Star RankingAVVO2011
BAC DataMaster and Basic Science of Evidential Breath TestingNPAS2008
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): Visual Science IssuesForensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA)2008
Scientific Issues in Judging Intoxication and SFST ResearchForensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA)2008
National Symposium for Alcohol, Drugs, and Traffic SafetyAIT Labs2006
Trial Practice Institute GraduateNCDC2006
Trial Practice College GraduateCDAM2006
NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing CourseWalden and Platt2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2014 - 2015
OwnerMaze Legal1998 - 2016
Labor Research AssistantMackinac Center For Public Policy1997 - 1998
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard of Directors, Ex officio2015 - Present
Michigan Association for JusticeMember2014 - Present
Downriver Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Wayne State University Law SchoolCriminal Justice Advisory Committee2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1996 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganPresident2014 - 2015
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard of Directors2011 - 2014
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IN RE FORFEITURE OF 2007 FORD FOCUSClient won forfeiture case & we are seeking monetary damages
SEAN STEVEN SEYLER V CITY OF TROYClient was entitled to FOIA materials, plus monetary damages and attorney fees
JAMES AMBERG V CITY OF DEARBORNMr. Amberg, an attorney, was entitled to public records, costs, and attorney fees
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Aspatore Book publicationWitness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Citadel, Military College of South CarolinaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medical Cannabis CupLegal Theft: The Crime of Civil Asset Forfeiture2015
Macomb County Bar AssociationIntroduction to Field Sobriety Testing2015
Graduate Program on Forensic SciencePolice Interrogations and False Confessions2015
Michigan Senate Judiciary CommitteeTestimony Regarding SB 207 Regarding Field Sobriety Testing in Michigan2014
Criminal Justice Committee, Michigan House of RepresentativesCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2014
MIAOWIA 2013 ConferenceUsing FOIA in Drunk Driving Cases2013
Criminal Advocacy ProgramDrunk Driving and Drugged Driving: Operating Under the Influence of Something2013
Advanced Criminal Defense Practice ConferenceDrug Recognition Experts (DREs): Challenging the Voodoo Science and Tackling the Expert at Trial2013
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBreath Test Challenges2012
NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification CourseNHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course2012
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganIntroduction to Field Sobriety Testing and Statistical Flaws in the SFST Battery2012
BAC / DMT Datamaster Introductory CourseBAC / DMT Datamaster Introductory Course2012
ICLE - Plymouth ConferenceDUI Defense Seminar2010
ICLE - Grand Rapid ConferenceDUI Defense Seminar2010
Wayne County Criminal Advocacy ProgramDUI Defense2009
NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification CourseNHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification Course2009
NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Certification CourseMichigan Training in the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Tests2007