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State of Michigan vs. A. V.

Court: 39th Judicial District Court
Charge: Drunk driving

(From the client’s perspective)  I contacted Mr. Patrick Barone after being arrested for my third drunk driving offense within seven years. The third charge carried a felony conviction and my concern prompted me to find the best defense attorney I could find. Previously, I had secured an attorney through the courts but this time I knew I could not rely on just any court-appointed attorney.

We prepared for my case well in advance. During the preparation process, Mr. Barone kept me informed of all my rights and was completely up front about the type of punishment I would be facing. He also advised me of all the measures I should take to ensure a positive outcome. He shared knowledge gained from many years of experience that ultimately helped me find some peace of mind during a very tumultuous time. I was very grateful for this.

When it came time for my pre-trial, Mr. Barone successfully negotiated a plea bargain that dropped my charge from a third time felony offense to a second offense misdemeanor. This victory saved me from facing some serious jail time in addition to a felony charge. But Mr. Barone was not done.

Before my sentencing date, he drafted a six-page Sentencing Memorandum, which made a very strong case for rehabilitation as opposed to jail time. In the Memorandum, Mr. Barone cited several previous case-wins that set precedents for alternatives to lengthy jail time. I did not know what effect this would have on the outcome of the case, but it proved to be a powerful force in the courtroom.

On my sentencing date, Mr. Barone spoke gallantly on my behalf, referencing the Sentencing Memorandum while emphasizing a strong recommendation for leniency. When he was finished, the judge paused in silence for a good five minutes before saying, and I quote, “Mr. X, your attorney has done a very thorough job. It’s not every day I receive a Sentencing Memorandum. You should be thanking him today.”

With that, the judge handed down a relatively light sentence with no jail time. I cannot describe the feelings of relief that swept over me. I owe Mr. Barone for his wise counsel and unparalleled skill in the courtroom. He not only gave me a chance for freedom but he gave me the strength and confidence I needed to get through this painful ordeal.

Thank you Patrick – A.V.