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About the AuthorAttorney 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.

National Academy Recommends Lowering Legal Limit to .05

Jan 19th, 2018 OWI

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a report entitled Getting to Zero Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities - A Comprehensive Approach to a Persistent Problem (2018).  Reading the report, it appears that the “zero” the Academy is...

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Barone Becomes Only Lawyer in Michigan Certified by the American Board of Examiners

Jan 16th, 2018 OWI

On January 15, 2018, Patrick Barone became the only Michigan lawyer who is Board Certified in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.  This certification, provided by the American Board of Examiners, is the culmination of training that he began in 2010. Mr. Barone...

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Drug Dealers in Michigan could be Held Criminally and Civilly Liable 

Jan 3rd, 2018 Felony Offenses Marijuana Laws

Under federal law, all states can charge a drug dealer with causing the death of a person if the person they sold the drugs to experiences an overdose and dies as a result. But whether the individual states enforce that law and what...

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The Rights of Protesters in Michigan

Dec 19th, 2017 OWI

Under the First Amendment in the Constitution of the United States, people have a legal right to protest through a demonstration, a march, or a similar public gathering or event. In part, this is because the First Amendment also protects the right...

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The Line between Free Speech and Hate Speech


The First Amendment protects the free speech of every American in the United States. But the line between free speech and hate speech can sometimes become very blurry, leaving people to question whether an offensive or hateful remark is protected under free...

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Court Approves Life Sentence for Repeat Drunk Driver

Dec 18th, 2017 OWI

A Texas court recently sentenced a nine-time repeat drunk driver to life in prison[i], and his sentence was affirmed on appeal. In this case, the defendant pled guilty after being arrested for his ninth DWI offense, and the trial court imposed a...

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How to Win a Drunk Driving Case Without Trying

Dec 12th, 2017 OWI

Sometimes, winning a trial or a contested hearing comes down to knowing what not to do! In drunk driving cases, nowhere is this truer than with administrative hearings held on appeal from an alleged implied consent violation.  To understand why this is...

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Are Science Guides for Judges a Good Idea?

Nov 28th, 2017 OWI

The BBC recently reported that judges in the United Kingdom will be receiving guides to help them deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom.  Feedback from the judges has been positive, and the first science primers will address things like DNA and...

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Use of Hand Sanitizers Can Cause False Results in Breath Test Cases

Nov 27th, 2017 OWI

A recent article appearing in the Journal for Forensic Science entitled The Effect of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Vapors on Evidential Breath Alcohol Test Results has concluded that police officer use of hand sanitizers prior to the administration of breath tests in drunk...

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How Much Money Will I Need to Obtain a Commercial Michigan Medical Marijuana License?

Nov 9th, 2017 Marijuana Laws

You will need a minimum of $150,000.00 and as much as $500,000.00 of both liquid and non-liquid assets combined.  Many observers believe that these numbers are way too low, and this is because after obtaining a license, the licensee must then run...

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