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William Symula Nahikian

Criminal defense Attorney at Detroit, MI

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Will Nahikian


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About William

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I am dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been arrested and charged with a crime.  I am passionate about what I do, and I am truly dedicated to helping my clients obtain the best outcome possible. 

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Licensed for 5 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2017
Updated 12/26/2022

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

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Will Defend You PLLC
500 Griswold St Ste 2450
Detroit, MI, 48226-3421

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Posted by Troy | December 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got charged with MIP and trespassing at a high school. Got all charges dropped!
Mr. Will Nahikian was phenomenal when it came to my case. He was an extremely hard worker, always on top of his game and always informing me what was happening. My case had multiple court dates and Mr.Nahikian would always check in on me day before and day of those court days to make sure I remembered, and that I was going to be there. He showed a lot of support and cared about my case by telling me what the plan was. There were times that I had questions or was confused and Mr.Nahikian never let me down, id text or call him and his quick responses helped me understand what was happening. He wasn’t just a lawyer he was someone that I knew I could trust and believe in to help me. I would definitely recommend him to everyone that wants someone who works hard even when the odds are not in your favor, Mr.Nahikian will get you through it.
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Posted by Tiffany | July 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got all my charges against a police department dropped!!
I can’t explain to begin to explain how much Will saved me. I had been charged for a hit and run, wreckless driving, and improper use of lanes with zero proof I was even in the car the night this happened. Will was patient when the cop didn’t show up to the zoom trial and was there the next time despite it not being his fault the cop didn’t show up for court. When it came time for them to review the charges, he miraculously got them all dropped. I could’ve had something on my driving record preventing me from doing my job and I was able to walk out with a clean record and he won a case against a police department because of knowledgeable he was about laws and how you can’t just assume someone was in a car without proof. The cops spent hours trying to obtain proof against me and Will shut down all their attempts and won the case. I was nervous at first since it was me against a police department and didn’t think I would be able to walk away without anything on my record, but he made it happen. He knew about laws that the judge didn’t even know off the top of his head and the judge had to take a break to confirm with coworkers about what Will said. He was more knowledgeable than the judge who had been working for over 20 years. For a young man in the field, he shows himself with class, dignity, and the knowledge of someone whose been doing this their entire life. I would recommend Will to anyone and am so happy with how my situation was handled. I didn’t even have to show up to court. He did it all for me. I can’t thank or recommend him enough.
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Posted by Chris | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
6 DUI’s and NO jail time!! 5 of them in 3 months
Let’s start by me saying that I don’t post reviews. I just don’t but this is different. This guy is real. He’s not just an attorney that will take your case, tack your hard earned money and take the first plea deal that comes your way. He will fight, and I mean fight. The guy is a dog. He seems quiet and slow paced but I’ll tell u what as soon as it’s time for court he’s prepared to fight like a dog for you, your freedom, your family and your life. When I started working with Will he came recommended by a real loudmouth, ass kicking super expensive attorney and I’ll be honest I didn’t think he would be a good fit for all of my trouble. I had a total of 6 or 7 charges out of 5 different cities so I was being very picky about who was going to hold my fate in their hands. Now I swear to everything that I consider Will a friend. He didn’t hesitate to give me his personal cell number. I’ve texted him at 9, 10 and maybe 11pm and he either answers or gets back to me as soon as he wakes up. He’s a great loyal guy who you can trust and count on to be there when you need him there. He not only cared about me but he cared about my family and my life. Great guy and honestly he’s affordable. I’m not rich by any means but Will knew that I needed his help and made it happen and in the end I didn’t really get any jail time when I should have gone to prison for at LEAST 12-24months. Get him while you can!!!! He’s going places.
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Posted by Josiah | March 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very understanding
This is by far very great understanding young man thats is a great attorney and that more then reasonable and will fight for you and whats right I was very bless to have
Posted by Kelly Turner | January 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One Of The Best
This Nice Gentleman Represented Me At One Of The Worst Courts Ever 52/3rd And He Came On His A Game He Did Everything He Could Do For Me And Even Tho I Was Still Railroaded I Was Able To Not Go To jail Which Was Everything To Me I'm A Single Mother Of 4 With A Serious Health Condition And I Was Blessed To have This Excellent Attorney At Law On My Hand
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr. Will Nahikian was excellent throughout the whole process. He was a great communicator and kept me updated, not once did I feel I didn't know what was going on in my case and if I had questions he would respond promptly. On top of that, Will was very prepared and defended me well. He managed to get both of my charges dismissed and I would highly recommend Will as the lawyer to have in your corner!
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Posted by Joseph | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Will did a awesome job with my case. We talked about what we were gonna do and he did it. Very well prepared, on time and a great price. Highly recommend!
Posted by AJ | March 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated
When I got into a bit of legal trouble I didn’t think twice about who I wanted to go to I’ve known Will for a little over four years now and he exceeded all of my expectations I had for him he didn’t stop until the end and you’re completely satisfied
Posted by Lorenzo | March 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super good lawyer!
We hired Will when I got into a little domestic altercation with an overzealous gf. I am a habitual 4th offender and I got off with 1 year ½ probation and some counseling. I highly recommend him as a defense attorney. He's amazing. Full of good advice and won't spin you. He's always early at every court date. He really cares about his clients and their families! I highly recommend him to all my family and friends. I appreciate you my friend!
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Posted by Brian | January 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!!!
I was involved in a misnomeanor charge and I needed legal consul. Will was referred to me. He did an excellent job of representing me in court. The charge was reduced to a civil infraction with a fine. I feel I have an attorney that I can depend on and trust!!!
Posted by Craig | January 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional
Will represented my self in a PPO Case. Will was very professional, concise and to the point and well prepared. And as a result, the case was dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He Will Defend You
Will handled my case with an outstanding amount of urgency and exceed my expectations. Thanks to Will’s defense my case was dismissed. Will spent hours reviewing my court documents. He answered all questions I in a timely manner and did well preparing me for court. He is highly knowledgeable about criminal defense. I felt much more confident going into court with Will’s prepared defense. Considering my criminal history and some of the challenges to defend the plaintiff’s false allegations, I expected the outcome to be harmful to my criminal record. Will did such an excellent job presenting my defense that the case was dismissed. I am very grateful for Will’s outstanding defense. Before hiring Will, I reached out to a few major law firms that quoted me with ridiculous rates given the nature of the case. Will charged a reasonable rate and provided the dedication, knowledge, and results.
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Posted by Calvin | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best Lawyer
Mr. Nahikian Is a awesome attorney he had my back and kept me up-to-date on the important things a cool guy to be around as well but most importantly he gets the job done and keeps you out of jail. The right Lawyer to have on your Team
Posted by Paul | November 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bright Future
Mr. Nahikian is very friendly, trustworthy ,meticulous and dependable in handling my case. I had no problems with his work
Posted by Jacob koslakiewicz | August 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will Nahikan
Hiring Will to help me in a time of need was a great decision. He always went above and beyond my expectations and always treated me with respect. I had several cases going on at one time and he handled them all and always provided the courts with my side of the facts. I truly appreciate the relationship I’ve made with Will, and if the time comes I need him again in the future he will be just a phone call away.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
I hired him and for both my cases,He not only dependable but trustworthy aggressive and confident also,He definitely gets the job done and we won both cases with a nice fee very reasonable,FIVE STARS IN MY BOOK FOR SURE................
Posted by Raquel | June 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Will helped me out helped me telax he was awrsome and not to expensive thank again
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never Judge A Book By It’s Cover
My first meeting with Mr. Nahikian I listened and answered as attentively as I could. My thoughts were he is young (and handsome) and maybe wasn’t as seasoned/experienced as I had subconsciously pictured him to be. Boy was I wrong! All I had to do was as he asked and let him go to work! His display of professionalism, compassion and understanding were to be commended. My case ended as I had hoped! I recommend Mr. Nahikian one hundred percent and would hire him again!
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Posted by Antonio | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My dui
OK I was driving in Oakpark and I consumed some heroin and I overdosed at the wheel and I totaled my car I was on parole at the time so for parole violation they sent me back to prison I ended up doing 14 months and I dead advanced substance-abuse treatment program while I was in prison but when I was in prison at the time I sent a plea by mail and hired well as my lawyer to take care of my DUI while I was incarcerated so when I sent the plea by mail I did not hear anything back from the courts and it was over 300 days so when I finally got released from prison me and Will went to court and well got the case totally dismissed for me because Of the 180 day rule well is the best liar I have ever had he was great and his communication is outstanding he went out of his way to make sure that I was OK
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Posted by Myron | March 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heaven sent.
Never had any law trouble, while facing a misdemeanor drug charge, a driving while license suspended misdemeanor, and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle misdemeanor I called an old friend. Mr. Nahikian was able to have the failure to yield dismissed. He was also able to have the driving while license suspended, second offense, changed to no ops, which will not show up on my record. Finally, and most importantly, Will was able to have my drug charge dismissed from my record with the completion of a short 6 month probation! He was very knowledgeable in what needed to be done and not for one second did I feel vulnerable or out of the loop.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Will Defend You, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Michael A. Rataj, PC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Defenders Office - Eastern District of MI
  • 2016 - 2016

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • Michigan State University
  • Bachelor Degree
  • 2013

Legal Cases

  • OWI (MCL 257.625) out of Oak Park, 45th District Court.
  • Dismissed with prejudice under MCL 780.131
  • DWLS (MCL 257.904) out of Sterling Heights, 41A District Court.
  • Plea to failure to display a valid operator’s license.
  • Reckless Driving (MCL 257.626) out of Detroit, 36th District Court.
  • Plea to Careless Driving civil infraction.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)
  • Criminal Practice Committee Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2022 Michigan Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2021 Michigan Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2021
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • 2020 Michigan Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Clients Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Deans List
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2015
  • Deans List
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Don't be Ineffective for Failing to Inquire: Potential consequences of criminal convictions for noncitizens and their attorneys
  • 2022
  • The Oakland Press
  • Accused Offenders Need a Bail Out
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • Troy High School Law Classes
  • Legal Updates in Michigan and The Road to becoming an Attorney
  • 2022
  • Troy High School Law Classes
  • Legal Updates in Michigan and The Road to becoming an Attorney
  • 2021
  • Troy High School Law Classes
  • The New MIP law in Michigan and what it means
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse William
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Will is an excellent lawyer who works hard on behalf of his clients and gets excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor, I know that Will is a strong, reliable Criminal Defense Attorney - can handle complex and sensitive matters quickly!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Will is extremely hard working and diligent in his duties. Will cares about his clients and is dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. Will has a passion and enthusiasm for his work that is second to none. I cannot possibly say enough good things about this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Friend
"William is an excellent criminal defense attorney committed to serving his clients. He is a genuine member of the Michigan Bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He will out work any other attorney in the representation of his clients. He is well versed in criminal discovery, statutory law, case law, and defenses. He has access to world class legal research and data bases and presents well thought out and precedent backed motions and briefs on issues ranging from illegal search and seizure, 5th and 6th Amendment violations, due process violations and many other issues. He cares for his clients and defends them as though they were is family."
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Detroit Criminal defense Lawyer William Symula Nahikian
William Symula Nahikian
Criminal defense Attorney
Detroit, MI
Licensed for 5 years
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