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Maureen Williams

Violent crime Attorney at Peoria, IL

4.8   36 reviews

About Maureen

Learn Maureen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Violent crime
    We help all our clients - all charges, all kinds, from simple misdemeanors to Class X Felonies.

  2. DUI and DWI
    We review ALL evidence with you, listen to you, and figure a game plan. Also work to reinstate your driving privileges.

    30 years

  3. White collar crime
    As a CPA in a previous life, Ms. Williams knows her way around white collar cases.

  4. Criminal defense
    We don't prepare you to plead... we prepare for trial. Key to success is preparation and caring.

    31 years

  5. Appeals
    Work begins after any plea or conviction. Sentencing hearing, motion for new trial, motion to withdraw plea, appeals to appellate courts, postconviction motions, motions to reconsider sentence.

    30 years

  6. Sex crime
    We won't just plead you out. We listen. We prepare. We strategize with you. We walk beside you. We give you hope.

In our office, you will be asked to be a part of our team, as no one knows the facts better than you. Together we will gather all the evidence, hidden and apparent, the forgotten, and your discoveries. We will not pressure you to plead guilty, and we will brainstorm together to figure out the best course of action: trial or no trial.

Allow us the opportunity to fight for you today.

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Licensed for 31 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 10/11/2022
State MN
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 10/29/2022

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

Contact Maureen

Law Offices of Maureen Williams
416 Main Street Ste. 829
Peoria, IL, 61602


4.8 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by Christina | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal defense
I had my very first criminal court case in Marshall county. I was very scared nervous and anxious about the whole process. Mrs Williams fought hard to get the court case resolved quickly. After about 3 court dates she had my case resolved in our favor. I definitely will recommend Maureen Williams for anybody whose in need of a lawyer she definitely made the process easy and relieved all of my stress
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Posted by Collin | October 7, 2020
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Excellent Defense Attorney!
Maureen is an amazing attorney who truly cares about her clients. She helped me with an expungement case and handled everything for me, only requiring me to sign some documents. Her staff is kind, easy to get ahold of and willing to answer any questions that come up along the way. I can’t recommend Maureen Williams enough!
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CASE DISMISSED-First meeting with prosecutor DUI
I learned something very valuable When choosing an attorney, chose a winning TRIAL attorney like Maureen Williams Because the prosecutor knows she will take your case to trial I was innocent but Illinois is backwards state when it comes to DUI And had I not hired Maureen, I might very well be sitting with a DUI or reckless driving conviction right now Maureen is WORTH the investment and a PLEASURE to work with She made an extremely difficult situation in my life much more easy to get through
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Posted by Kristen | April 17, 2020
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Great Lawyer!
Maureen was exceptional! She helped me every step of the way and made me feel comfortable. Maureen always responded to all of my questions timely and made sure I understood everything. She is definitely the one you want to help you in your time of need.
Posted by Tom | March 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Established, Reputable, Methodical, Honest, Hard Working, Expensive but Worth it
Maureen has very straight forward and honest, before I agreed to hire her we did a phone consultation and she asked me as many questions as she could, and asked me to write down every single thing I could think to write about my case, and she said that "every detail matters," and that reflects her approach of "prepare, prepare, prepare." I paid a flat price up front with an agreement to pay more if my case went to trial (which it did not!), which I liked, and she and her team were always genuine, respectful, and easy to work with (she even gave me a custom payment plan to make it affordable). I had heard she was not cheap, but people weren't complaining about paying that premium, and I would add myself to that crowd of voices. She was smart, looked at all of the facts, and got me the best case scenario possible, and did not have to go to trial or anything extenuating. 10/10 would recommend, you are in good hands with Maureen Williams.
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Posted by Timothy | February 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Super Litigator
Maureen Williams was able to present my case to the prosecutor with such clarity that all the charges against me we all completely dropped and I still have a clean record. I'm 49 and this is my first ever experience with the law and any court case, especially any criminal court case and I was literally shaking in my shoes. Maureen William's professional attitude, demeanor and legal expertise put me completely at ease with her taking charge of my case. Thanks to her, this dark moment in my life has been washed clean. I will always hold Maureen Williams dear in my heart forever and I'll always speak of her highly and recommend her to every person I meet, even if they don't require her services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Maureen and staff were polite, professional and thorough in understanding my concerns I was assisted to the fullest extent and will not hesitate to call again, should I require additional assistance.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI - International Driver
I was caught Driving Under the Influence whilst abroad in Peoria. Despite being against the law and down right stupid, I found myself in this embarrassing predicament after deciding to take the risk. It would be an action that I would regret and still regret today. Due to my time in the USA being only a short visit, I found myself in a challenging situation where I had to find an attorney very quickly and one that I could trust to handle matters whilst I returned home (in another country). I discovered Maureen through an internet search where we met briefly the next day and she gave immediate advice and recommendations before my departure back home. These immediate recommendations and actions proved crucial in my case and saved me a lot of ongoing cost and time. Her knowledge in DUI cases is exceptional. Despite being arrested, Maureen challenged the case and evidence as best she could and reviewed every technicality in an effort to find a Not Guilty verdict. I read another review that quoted "An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove". You definitely want her in your corner. You are definitely Innocent until proven Guilty. However, the case and evidence was stacked against me. Our immediate focus then turned to, how do I attend court or hearings whilst living in another country without too much personal impact? Maureen's extensive research found a case that set a precedent to conduct official court matters remotely. This was the best possible outcome as it saved a significant amount of additional expenses and travel time. Although being found Guilty in the end, Maureen did the best she could and prevented any additional unnecessary expenses or travel. Maureen's communication was second to none despite us being over 12hrs apart in different time zone. Maureen is very professional but yet has a very compassionate side. I highly recommend Maureen should you find yourself in trouble. I can't thank Maureen and her office enough.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Ms. Williams was my rock through a difficult time and, even to this day, I feel like she truly cares and is there when you need her. You’re not just another client, you truly matter and it makes a difference. Thank you for everything, you are the best! CK
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Would Highly Recommend to Anyone
Maureen helped out immensely with my expungement hearing and was very receptive to me, even on short notice. She explained the entire process perfectly, was caring, worked quickly, and went above and beyond my expectations. I would recommend Maureen as a criminal defense attorney to anyone in the Peoria area.
Response from Maureen Williams August 15, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and for the recommendation. I am so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us, and if you ever need our services again please don't hesitate to reach out.
Posted by Jollene | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Maureen William's best lawyer in Illinois
This woman is an amazing lawyer. I had hired a previous one that did not do his job at all and was considered a high rated attorney only because of his father. Now MissMaureen not only won my appeal ,which is super rare,she also got my case dropped. She cares and I know most attorneys just want money and power. She isn't like this. Trust me I know...she will fight till the end for your rights. Thank you Maureen
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Posted by James | May 25, 2018
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Unlawful use of a weapon
Experience was very good, if you need any help with a Felony case like mine, call Maureen and she will help you out, she helped me get my Felony charge dismissed
Posted by Raymond | July 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Auto accident
Maureen is a very skilled lawyer , she is reassuring , confident and help me very much. I was worried about my case and she calmed my fears . She knows what to do and how to do it. I would recommend her at any time no matter what you case may be.
Posted by Bobbie | July 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Maureen Williams is by the far the best lawyer in the entire Peoria area. Words cannot describe the compassion, intelligence, and professionalism she delivers. Maureen is a brilliant, decisive, kindhearted woman. She helped me with my legal problems and I did not even lose my license. I would highly recommend Maureen to anyone. I would not put my livelihood in the hands of another lawyer period. Not when you could have the best ever. She made me feel as though I was her only client. She was always available to answer any questions I had and also to alleviate my worries. Even when she was on vacation, she was available to talk to me. Words will never express my gratitude and appreciation. Thank you Maureen!!!!
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Posted by allen | April 1, 2017
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Maureen is the most amazing woman that I have ever met in the legal atmosphere and one of the most beautiful ladies inside and out that I have met in my life. If it weren't for her love for people, I would be in prison instead of free.
Posted by N. Griffin | February 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thumbs Up, all the way!
Maureen Williams was one of four lawyers I called. Unfamiliar with the area and uncertain about the case, she helped me walk through my options. I can't begin to tell you how helpful she was. I was nervous, to be honest. But in the end, EVERYTHING worked out in my favor. She was there all the way until the very end. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Maureen helped me with a minor issue but put fourth so much effort. She was extremely genuine and helpful. You could tell she cared about helping her clients out. She also was very humble and did not try to scam you out of any money. Defintly would reccomend to anyone.
Posted by Lakesia | November 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
"A very happily represented woman"
Maureen is such a down to earth lawyer and her heart is made of gold. She puts herself in your situation and feels and understand what you are going through. She is very knowledgeable about what she does, and she really fights for you. Maureen is a woman of her word. I would recommend her to anyone and you're missing out if you're going through a legal matter and you don't contact Maureen. .....thank you so much for everything.....
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2016
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The Best Lawyer
Maureen Williams is such a hardworking and caring lawyer. She goes above and beyond to do everything in her power to help win anyone's case. She is not just in it for the money, she is there to help make sure all of her clients are treated like human beings and not just another case number, or a money sign. She works with everyone so well, and tries her best to keep the stress level decreased while going through such a rough time. I would recommend Maureen Williams to anyone, as I know she is there to fight for you, not just take the money and run like others do on a daily basis.
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Posted by Julius | July 8, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
I spoken with this lawyer and she is a great person and great lawyer who is willing to listen to you and give you honest opinions about your case. Also if you need someone to get the job done and to work with genuine care Maureen Williams is the lawyer to obtain and I'm from Chicago and been incarcerated before so I know
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Law Offices of Maureen Williams
  • 1993 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • State Appellate Defenders Office
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • State of Minnesota 5th Judicial District
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Minneapolis City Attorneys Office
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Researcher
  • Arthur Anderson CPAs
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Intern
  • Ginoli & Co CPAs
  • 1986 - 1986
  • Staff accountant
  • Woodward & Co CPAs
  • 1986 - 1988
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2019
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Creighton University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985
  • Academy Spalding High School
  • 1981
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Legal Cases

  • People v. S.S.
  • pardon of 6+ felonies
  • People v. D.R.
  • hung jury- mistrial
  • People v. J.Z.
  • mistrial
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Peoria Symphony Guild
  • Past president
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • graduate
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Prairie State Legal Services Board
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • OSF Hospital
  • Volunteer
  • 2008 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Equal Access Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Prairie State Legal Services
  • 2016
  • ProBono Service Award Nomination
  • John C McAndrews
  • 2009
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Constitutional Law
  • Hamline University School of Law
  • 1990
  • CPA license-now inactive status
  • Missouri State
  • 1988
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  • Avon
  • How to Help your Attorney get Best result for You
  • 2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • World according to Judge Randall
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • winter series- criminal law 2015
  • Social Media Admissibility
  • 2015
  • Law Day at area schools
  • Criminal Law
  • 2015
  • Law Day at area schools
  • Criminal law
  • 2014
  • Expungement how-to for community organizers
  • Expungement and pardons
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (43)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maureen is a wonderful lawyer. We trained together at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and I have enormous respect for her both professionally and personally. She has the best combination of intellect and heart, which makes her sought after defense counsel. I highly recommend Maureen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Williams is one of the finest trial attorneys I know. I have worked with her countless times at The Trial Lawyer's College. She is known for being smart, sly, and most importantly, effective. I fully endorse her skills as an advocate and a person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Maureen at Trial Lawyer's College. Maureen is a true advocate for her clients. If you are lucky enough to have Maureen on your side, you will find that Maureen will fight for the best result and not back down."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maureen has the experience and knowledge to fight for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I am very honored to endorse a litigator that raises the bar for all attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maureen Williams and I worked together through the Trial Lawyers College. Quickly, her dedication to her clients and her high standards of excellence shone through. She knows her clients well, she is quite accomplished in her profession, and anyone who had Maureen Williams fighting for them has the best attorney possible. I endorse Maureen Williams enthusiastically."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Maureen Williams is a dedicated defender of her clients' rights and of the constitution. Ms. Williams represents her client's with a level of tenacity that demands respect. You know your in greats hands if represented by Maureen Williams"
Appeals Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Maureen is an excellent advocate for her clients who adheres to the highest ethical standards and commitment to the practice of law."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have always found Maureen to be professional, courteous, and knowledgable"
Appeals Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Maureen is the kind of lawyer you want your friends and family to have because she will protect them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Williams is clearly an attorney who cares deeply about each and everyone of her clients and she will go the extra mile to assist them with their case. She is not afraid to push cases to hearing or trial and argue on behalf of her clients. I endorse Ms. Williams."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Maureen works hard and well for her clients and is very considerate of their needs. She is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You can't go wrong with Maureen Williams. She's smart, aggressive, caring, compassionate, and works hard to win her cases. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maureen is a very knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney at both the trial and appellate levels. She does not back down and fights when the facts dictate it. She obtains the best possible results in each case. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Maureen Williams is a confident, compassionate trial attorney that represents her clients with vigor. She always seems updated on the law and this serves her clients well because laws, rulings, and legal strategies change quite frequently."
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