What it Means to “Operate” a Vehicle In the Context of a Michigan DUI Charge

  • February 16th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIDUI TrialsDUI

In some situations, the police can charge you with drunk driving in Michigan even if the police never saw you driving your car.  However, the legal analysis in these cases is very fact specific, and the law is quite complex.  In some situations, courts have upheld convictions when the police never saw anyone operating the

Role of Defense Lawyers in the Mitigation of Collateral Consequences

  • February 13th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal EvidenceCriminal Penalties

Collateral consequences are the loss of rights a person suffers after being convicted of a crime.  They have previously been described as having the potential to cause “civil death.”  Such consequences are different from the punishments that might be imposed by a judge as part of a criminal case.  This is because collateral consequences are

Obtaining Business Insurance in the Marijuana Industry

  • February 8th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Marijuana Laws

While marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, a majority of States now have either medical or recreational marijuana.  And in some states, such as Michigan, the medical marijuana industry is expanding.  In fact, according to Arcsoft, the business will expand nationally 700% in the next five years! Michigan’s newest law, which became effective last

What is the Difference Between a Question of Law and a Question of Fact?

  • January 31st, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI TrialsDUI

The short and simple answer is that questions of law are for the judge to decide whereas questions of fact are for the jury to decide.  However, while technically correct, this short answer is incomplete.  Especially if you are charged with a crime like intoxicated driving. As with any other crime in Michigan, if you

National Movement Toward Lowering the Legal BAC Limit Begins in Utah

  • January 4th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI EnforcementDUI

A Utah lawmaker is backing a change in Utah’s DUI law lowering the legal limit to .05%.  Utah’s current legal limit is .08%. This change would make Utah the first state in the Union to reduce the legal limit from .085 to .055.  In 2005 Michigan was the last state to reduce the legal limit to

Michigan DUI Cases and Improperly Administered Field Sobriety Tests

  • January 2nd, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI StopsDUI Defense

The lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm are regularly astonished by how infrequently police officers actually bother to follow their advanced training when making DUI arrests.  In virtually every case we can find mistakes, and we can sometimes leverage and use these failures to obtain great results for our clients. An example of when a failure

Driveway DUI’s: Michigan Court Rules it Not Unlawful to Drive Drunk in Own Driveway

  • December 30th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI StopsDUI EnforcementDUI

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a person may drive drunk in their own driveway.  The name of the case is People v. Rea, 315 Mich. App. 151 (2016), and in this case, after having “a lot” to drink the defendant decided he wanted to listen to some music. So, he drove his car

Caffeine Related DUI Charges and What Constitutes An “Intoxicating Substance” in Michigan

  • December 29th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • DUI DefenseDUI

An attorney in California has been charged with DUI for allegedly driving under the influence of caffeine.  The officer who pulled the man over was working on alcohol enforcement when the driver pulled in front of him, cutting him off, and then driving erratically.  A roadside breath test showed no alcohol was present in the

Exigent Circumstances Did Not Justify Warrantless Blood Draw in Medical Marijuana DUI Case

  • December 29th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • OWIBlood TestingMarijuana Laws

If you’ve used medical marijuana in Michigan, drive your car, and are stopped by the police, you can be charged with OWI or “operating while intoxicated.”  This is because Michigan’s drunk driving statute, found at Michigan Compiled Laws 257.625, indicates in part as follows: As used in this section, “operating while intoxicated” means any of

Can Breath Test Results Be Suppressed for Failing to Follow Calibration Requirements?

  • December 22nd, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Breath TestingDUI Penalties

Yes, in certain circumstances, a breath test result in a drunk driving case can be suppressed for failure to follow all existing calibration requirements.  Therefore, it is important for your drunk driving defense lawyer to confirm that all existing requirements for calibration and calibration checks have been followed. All police departments in Michigan use the DataMaster

  • 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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