Being arrested and accused of drunk driving (OWI, DUI, DWI, OUIL, UBAL) is a frightening experience for anyone. Most OWI offenders have never been through this process, so they are totally unfamiliar with how to find and hire an experienced Michigan DUI attorney, as well as the role of a lawyer.
Even though all lawyers have graduated from law school and passed the bar, all lawyers are not created equal. For example, private defense attorneys are different from public defenders.
Additionally, there are three qualities that separate all the top lawyers from all the rest. These three qualities also separate Patrick T. Barone from all other Michigan lawyers and law firms handling drunk driving cases. These three qualities are passion, character and continuing education.
Passion refers to the lawyer’s belief in the client’s case as well as the bigger issue, the defense of the “cause” – which translates into the lawyer’s innate ability to obtain results for the client. Not only do the top DUI lawyers have a passion for their client’s case, but they also have a love and a passion for the defense of the law and specifically, the defense of the Constitution. Drunk driving defense is at its core the defense of the Constitution. So, defending the drunk driving accused is really the same thing as defending the Constitutional principles on which our Country was founded.
Mr. Barone is passionate about drunk driving defense because he feels very strongly that the State of Michigan’s drunk driving laws are way too tough, not just the way they are written but more importantly the way they are interpreted. He also believes that too many good people end up having their lives turned upside down by over-zealous law enforcement, all simply because MADD is such an effective lobbying group. This passion means that Mr. Barone fights for his client’s cause as if it were his own. In this way Mr. Barone is also a champion of our Constitution.
Mr. Barone’s passion for the law has helped motivate him to write two books and more than a dozen legal articles on drunk driving defense. The articles cover such topics as how to beat a blood test, how to cross-examine a police office on field sobriety tests, and how to use power point to win at trial.
Mr. Barone recently completed the major work on a book that he has co-authored with Mr. William Head, from Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Head has been called the Nation’s top DUI defense lawyer, and he specifically selected Mr. Barone to write the Michigan supplement to his new work entitled “The DUI Book“. This innovative book includes 20 information-packed chapters, and should be available for purchase beginning in April 2006. Chapter topics include avoiding a drunk driving conviction, breath and blood testing, understanding drunk driving trials and how to select a top DUI lawyer. Contact us if you’d like to learn how to pre-order The DUI Book.
Additionally, After a national search by the publisher Mr. Barone was selected as the new author of “Defending Drinking Drivers”, a well known and very well respected legal treatise. This two-volume treatise provides expert advice to attorneys handling the defense of the drinking driver. Mr. Barone will begin as the new author with the publication of the 2006 supplement later this year. The work’s previous author, John A. Tarantino is known throughout the country as one of the nation’s true champion’s of the drunk driving accused.
The best lawyers always combine this passion with a desire to maintain a high ethical standard in their law practice. This ethical standard translates into positive relationships with everyone necessary to obtain results for the client, including the court room personnel and the prosecuting attorney and police officers, but most importantly high ethical standards improve the way top lawyers relate to their clients.
The third quality that separates top lawyers, and Patrick T. Barone from other lawyers is primary and continuing education. To our knowledge, Mr. Barone is the only lawyer in Michigan specializing in DUI defense that has a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology degree. This pre-medical training assists Mr. Barone in his thorough understanding of the science behind breath and blood testing. Not only does Mr. Barone appear to be the only DUI lawyer with a biology degree, but he is certainly the only DUI lawyer that combines this degree with dozens of hours of advanced training in the defense of breath and blood cases. We know of no lawyer in Michigan who has Mr. Barone’s combination of credentials, and because of this we believe that no other lawyer in Michigan comes close to Mr. Barone’s complete understanding of the science and law of drunk driving defense.
The Barone Defense Firm handles exclusively OWI cases. In limiting our practice to this area, we are able to stay current and familiar with all of the nuances enacted each year by the legislature. Mr. Barone has published several articles on trial practice and drunk driving defense tactics, is a frequent lecturer on these topics, and he has also appeared on television was featured in the Detroit News and quoted in the Oakland Press as a recognized drunk driving defense expert. In addition, Mr. Barone participates in a National network of other DUI practitioners in order to exchange and share information about new DUI laws, National and local trends in the law, and trial tactics.
Additionally, Mr. Barone has been certified as an instructor and practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is also one the small number of Michigan lawyers who have been certified as competent by the manufacturer of the DataMaster (Michigan’s breath test machine) to operate, perform essential diagnostic verifications and calibration checks on their machine.
Mr. Barone is sustaining member of the National College for DUI defense, a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Attorneys, The Criminal Defense Attorneys for Michigan, and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.