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Barone to Present a Michigan State Bar OWI Seminar

  • May 22nd, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI DefenseDUI

Barone Defense Firm founding partner Patrick T. Barone has been asked to present at the upcoming Solo and Small Firm Drunk Driving Update.  This seminar, presented by the Michigan State Bar, will take place Thursday, May 22, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00.  The location is at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills

Boyle Presents at Drugged Driving Seminar in Lansing Michigan

  • May 22nd, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI DefenseDUI Drug Charges

Imagine you have done nothing wrong but for a minor moving violation. You have not been drinking.  You have not consumed any prescription or illegal drugs.  You tell the officer the truth.  But then you are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.  This was the very unfortunate circumstance for not one, not two,

How to Obtain a Concealed Pistol License in Michigan

  • April 25th, 2017
  • baronefirm
  • Gun Laws

On July 1, 2001, Michigan’s new concealed carry law went into effect.  With this new law, Michigan effectively became a “shall issue” state, meaning everyone not otherwise excluded by law is entitled to obtain a license allowing them to carry a concealed weapon. To obtain a concealed pistol license or CPL, you must file an

Where May I Carry My Concealed Weapon in Michigan?

  • April 26th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Gun Laws

If you have a concealed pistol license in Michigan, then you are free to carry your concealed weapon throughout the state.  This means you can carry a gun with you while driving on streets or freeways, including rest areas, while shopping, eating at certain restaurants while walking in fairs and fairgrounds, neighborhood BBQs, many small

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Throws out .20 Breath Test on Felony Drunk Driving

  • April 11th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIDUI DefenseBreath Testing

An Oakland County Circuit Court Judge recently suppressed a DataMaster .20 evidentiary breath test result on a felony drunk driving case.  The judge suppressed the breath test because the police officer who administered the test failed to follow the laws and rules intended to assure that breath tests are reliable.  Because of the judge’s ruling,

Should I Refuse the Field Sobriety Tests?

  • March 8th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIDUI StopsDUI Mistakes

If you are stopped and the police smell alcohol or marijuana, then there’s a good chance you will be asked to step out of the car to perform field sobriety tests. If you fail one or more of these tests, then you will probably be arrested for OWI, or Operating While Intoxicated. Michigan has not

Repeat Drunk Drivers in Barry County, Michigan Get Minimum 30 days in Jail

  • March 2nd, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIDUI Penalties

A Barry County Judge has indicated that he’s going to start cracking down on repeat drunk drivers by giving them a minimum of 30 days in jail. Judge Michael Shipper was appointed by Governor Snyder in 2011 and is already tough on first-time offenders.  Now he says he’s ready to be even tougher on repeat drunk

Trump Vows Possible Crack Down on Recreational Marijuana Use

  • March 1st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, stated recently Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions will do more to enforce federal marijuana laws.  He particularly has his eyes on recreational use. This appears to be a significant change from the AG and the DOJ under former President Obama.  Specifically, Spicer said that Trump would be taking legal action against

Michigan Marijuana Patients and Dispensaries Must Closely Adhere to Existing Law

  • March 1st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

Because Marijuana remains an illegal schedule one drug in Michigan, any patient or caregiver who does not closely comply with the Medical Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) risks being charged and prosecuted as an ordinary illegal drug user or illegal drug dealer.  A new Michigan case entitled People v. Lewis, involves medical marijuana, and demonstrates exactly

What Should I Expect with a Michigan First Offense OWI Charge?

  • March 2nd, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIDUI Penalties

A first offense OWI in Michigan is a crime categorized as a misdemeanor in Michigan.  Drunk driving cases are taken very seriously by the courts, and a conviction of a first offense OWI can carry with it serious consequences. A conviction for first offense OWI will carry with it fines, costs and driver license sanctions. 

  • About the Author Attorney Patrick Barone is well-known and well respected throughout the legal community. As a professor, guest speaker and author he shares his knowledge of drunk-driving defense with lawyers and judges to help them better understand this complex area of law. Mr Barone is the co-author of two highly regarded books including Defending Drinking Drivers and Michigan DUI Law – a Citizen’s Guide. Also, Super Lawyers Magazine recently recognized his unique approach to law in their article “Walking in Their Shoes.”
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