helps people win back their lives
The mission of the Barone Defense Firm is to help people win back their lives - the life you had before you were accused of a crime. Finding yourself involved in the Michigan criminal justice system is disturbing, depersonalizing, and demeaning. After many decades helping people just like you – good people who face false allegations or who have made the single biggest mistake of their lives, we at the Barone Defense Firm understand that being caught up in the criminal justice system causes such disruption to your life, and such great anxiety and dread, that the feelings border on abject terror. Unless it’s happened to you, it’s difficult to fathom the magnitude of the terror or the degree of disruption.
For many of our clients their greatest wish is to return order to the chaos in which they find themselves. And finding and hiring the right lawyer can be a daunting task. Many criminal defense lawyers seem disinterested in the emotional backdrop of their client’s plight and treat you with the same indifference and disrespect as the criminal justice system itself. Others seem to care more about the money than about you, while a small portion of the criminal defense attorneys in Michigan deeply care about their client’s cases and want to help make things right. But it’s hard to know who’s who and to make the best choice, especially when outstanding lawyers are expensive and making the right choice is critical to your success.
Therefore, at the Barone Defense Firm, we take the “criminal” out of the criminal justice system, and instead we focus on who you are apart from the allegations you face. When we first meet with you our goal will be to interview you extensively. Our goal is to find out who you are before we find out what you supposedly did. We want to know your personal story. We want to know all about the successes you’ve had in life, as well as some of the regrets. This will help us understand how to best help you, and to do so we will take all the time necessary to get to know you deeply, seeking to fully understand the life you want to return to. We do this because it will help us help you find the right path. Also, we take this time because doing so will help us realize our mission – to help you win back that life. And every step of the way we will guide you successfully along this journey through the unknown, this thing we call the criminal justice system, while standing by your side in court. We will be your guide. We will assist you in finding all the tools necessary to return you back to the place you left behind, or maybe even find a path to a better place yet in front of you – a place you can hardly imagine at this moment. Believe us when we tell you that we want our client’s lives to be even better for having taken the journey. It may seem impossible now, but our track record proves that it is not.
With more than 100 years of collective criminal law experience at both the State and Federal levels, the Michigan criminal defense attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm have unmatched and specialized expertise handling criminal cases in Michigan involving:
The Barone Defense Firm provides statewide criminal defense representation. We are headquartered in Birmingham near the Oakland County Circuit Court, the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills, the 53-2 District Court in Troy, and within a short driving distance from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Wayne County Circuit Court, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the 35th District Court in Plymouth. We also maintain a full legal services office in Grand Rapids Michigan where we service cases on the west side of Michigan, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. We also have satellite offices in Troy, Plymouth, and Clarkston and even in Marquette Michigan where we handle cases in the northern lower peninsula and upper peninsula.DUI/ DWI Drunk Driving
Often simply called drunk driving or referred to as DUI, the crime of operating while intoxicated, or what Michigan calls OWI, is one of the State’s most common crimes. The drunk driving defense attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm have earned National reputations for being among the top DUI defense attorneys anywhere. Because of this, we continue to obtain astonishing results for our DUI clients. Based on our law firm’s philosophy, our defense begins with a thorough interview where we learn details about our client’s background that may assist us in finding a defense to their case. This information also helps us understand how we can best help the client to win back their lives.
Drunk driving in Michigan can be proved one of two ways: either by showing that you were under the influence of alcohol or another drug like marijuana, or by showing that you had an unlawful amount of alcohol or drugs in your system. Each theory is approached differently, and successfully defending a Michigan DUI requires a high level of specialized knowledge and experience. Either way, our goal is to win your intoxicated driving case, either by obtaining a great plea bargain, or by obtaining a dismissal in court. When necessary, our Michigan DUI attorneys may also try to win your case by letting a jury decide. We believe that there is no better and more satisfying conclusion to a DUI charge than a not guilty verdict!
If you have been arrested in Michigan for DUI. or any intoxicated driving case, including those involving serious injury or death, no law firm can better help you obtain a great result than the lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm. We are leaders in the profession and have written several books on the subject, including “Defending Drinking Drivers” and “Michigan DUI Law.” We have taught drunk driving law at one of Michigan’s law schools and have written 100s of articles about drunk driving defense. Our DUI defense lawyers teach other lawyers at legal seminars around the country. If you hire a Barone Defense Firm DUI lawyer to represent you, prosecutors and judges alike know that you are coming to court with one of the nation’s best DUI lawyers at your side.Domestic Assault/Domestic Violence
Unfortunately, our loved ones sometimes have a way of pushing our buttons causing us to act out in ways we later regret. When the police become involved in domestic turmoil, criminal charges can often result. In a worst-case scenario, a spouse or loved one may try to manipulate the criminal justice system and use a domestic violence criminal charge to gain favor in a divorce or child custody proceeding.
At the Barone Defense Firm, the Michigan domestic violence attorneys are trained to separate the truth from the fiction, and to present our clients in the light most favorable, removing all the falsehoods and misinterpretations for the police version of things. Often, we have resolved our client’s domestic assault charges, also called in Michigan “domestic violence,” without a criminal record. In other cases, we have resolved the domestic assault charge with a complete dismissal.DUI Defense
Collectively we have 100 years of experience handling DUI cases and have handled over 350 DUI trials. The Barone Defense Firm has two of the founding members and founding President of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys. The Michigan DUI lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm are SFST NHTSA/ICAP Certified, Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) Certified, Alcohol Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) certified and DataMaster DMT Certified. We have completed coursework in and been successfully certified in Gas Chromatography. We are the DUI lawyers that other DUI lawyers ask for help when they have a tough case.Sex Crimes/Sexual Assault
If the domestic assault is of a sexual nature, the crime is usually more serious and is called criminal sexual conduct. People charged with criminal sexual conduct, such as rape, child pornography, statutory rape or any other kind of unwanted sexual assault or contact, have often been under investigation long before they ever learn of the charges. This may include prior police interviews where our clients are brought in for questioning. Successfully defending sexual assault crimes in Michigan requires a complete understanding of the underlying facts and circumstances. This begins with a detailed interview of our client, which is then compared with the prosecutor’s entire case file, including all police notes, reports, transcripts from witness statements, photographs, and DNA evidence. A careful review and analysis of this information and a comparison with our client’s explanation of what really happened often reveals the truth. When putting it all together, the “untold story” usually begins to take shape, and a counter and truthful alternative explanation can be provided. Where this alternative yet truthful explanation does not result in an excellent plea bargain, then it may be necessary to let a jury decide the truth of what happened. This is why it’s important to hire a law firm known for taking cases to trial and winning.
At the Barone Defense Firm, we understand that people can sometimes try to use the allegations of sex crimes to gain the upper hand in a contested divorce or child custody proceeding. In other cases, innocent behavior is misinterpreted and results in the police bringing charges where no criminal behavior occurred. In these instances, it is our job to help tell your story in a different way. When the crime charged has actually been committed, then our job is to obtain the best possible result through plea or sentence negotiations. Either way, the sex crimes attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm have many years of experience successfully handling the defense of sex crimes in Michigan and we have obtained remarkable results for many of our clients in the past.Healthcare Fraud
Healthcare fraud is a type of criminal activity under the larger umbrella of white-collar crime. A Michigan claim of healthcare fraud usually starts with the filing of a fraudulent bill or claim to receive money, usually from a third-party provider, such as the US Government or a healthcare insurer. Most of the healthcare fraud cases handled at the Barone Defense Firm involve licensed healthcare providers and practitioners doing things like billing for services not provided, filing duplicate claims for a service that was provided, or up-coding, which is billing for a higher level of reimbursement than usually authorized.
Michigan healthcare fraud can involve the taking or giving of kickbacks for referrals from other healthcare providers, forging prescriptions and selling prescription drugs or otherwise falsifying prescription drug records. Licensed medical providers can also violate the Michigan healthcare by providing false information when applying for insurance reimbursement or government reimbursement.
Another form of healthcare fraud involves something called Qui Tam or whistleblower cases. The lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm also are involved in Qui Tam lawsuits brought under the Federal False Claims Act. This is a law that allows whistleblowers in successful cases to share in the proceeds of the claim. In a Qui Tam Federal False Claims lawsuit, if the government recovers funds lost to fraud, then the “relator,” meaning the whistleblower, gets a percentage of the recovery. Whistleblower rewards can easily run into the millions of dollars. Michigan also has its own false claims act, and this can also be enforced through Qui Tam lawsuits, thereby providing additional rewards for the whistleblower.
Michigan has one of the highest reported instances of healthcare fraud in the Country. This includes prescription fraud, Medicare fraud and medical billing fraud. The root of all these crimes is some form of financial fraud, and at the Barone Defense Firm we have one of the Nation’s top financial fraud attorneys. With more than 40 years of experience handling complex financial fraud cases, including all forms of medical prescription and billing fraud, the healthcare fraud attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm are singularly equipped to obtain remarkable results for our healthcare clients.Firearms Law
As staunch supporters of the Second Amendment, the attorneys at the Barone Defense Firm are some of the best and most well-versed firearms attorneys in the Nation. With ample military and range experience, we understand how even for well-trained individuals, mistakes can happen. At the Barone Defense Firm we have many decades of experience helping clients charged with a crime involving a firearm, such as unlawful discharge, murder including first and second degree, and manslaughter.
We also help clients raise successful self-defense claims based on Michigan’s stand your ground or castle doctrines. Michigan has some of the strongest self-defense protections. Whether you are victim of an assault, attempted sex crime or carjacking, you can often protect yourself with lethal force. In many circumstances you can also use lethal force against an intruder in your home. The self-defense lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm are well-versed in how to successfully raise these defenses.
If you have been charged in Michigan with a crime involving the alleged unlawful use or possession of a firearm, then no law firm can serve you better than the criminal defense lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm. We have written books and supporting materials on the subject, including “Michigan Gun Law – Armed and Educated,” plus our lawyers frequently provide self-defense law training to gun owners throughout the State of Michigan.Driver License Restoration
Driver license revocation usually happens when a person has repeatedly violated Michigan’s DUI laws. The general look-back periods are two DUI-related offenses within 7 years or 3 DUI-related offenses within 10 years. Once your license has been revoked, the only way to get it back is by scheduling a Michigan driver license restoration hearing. Most people are eligible for their first driver license restoration hearing one year after their driver license was first revoked.
A successful Michigan driver license restoration hearing requires a great deal of preparation. In addition to a favorable substance use evaluation, the person seeking restoration will also be required to demonstrate sobriety through letters of support from friends, family, co-workers, and the like, as well as some form of participation in a structured support group. This documentation is submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) and a driver license restoration hearing is scheduled. After listening to testimony, the hearing officer, also called an administrative law examiner, will decide about your license.
Michigan has driver license restoration hearing officers throughout the State. These hearing officers, also called administrative law judges, are employed by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Secretary of State. One of the hearing officers stationed in Livonia, Andy Kowalkowski, began his career as a lawyer with the Barone Defense Firm where he honed his skill at successfully helping clients win back their licenses. Ryan Ramsayer, the driver license specialist currently employed with the Barone Defense Firm, was recruited by the Secretary of State for the position of Hearing Officer but declined this administrative law judge position. Instead, he opted to stay with the Barone Defense Firm. The Driver Assessment and Appeals Division recruits their hearing officers from the Barone Defense Firm because our lawyers are well-known as among the most knowledgeable and successful driver license restoration attorneys in the State of Michigan.Drug Crimes
Michigan’s drug laws are some of the toughest in the United States. Penalties can include long periods of incarceration and asset forfeiture. The most common drug after alcohol is marijuana, which is now legal for both medical as well as recreational use. However, the rules applicable to the possession and growing of marijuana are very specific, and when not followed to the letter, can make a person subject to prosecution for unlawful possession or manufacture of marijuana. Other common drug crimes involve the possession and use or manufacture of heroin, cocaine and the unlawful use or possession of various prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, both of which are commonly used narcotic opioid pain relievers. Meth, short for methamphetamine, is another drug common in various parts of Michigan. The Michigan drug lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm have decades of experience throughout the Great Lakes State successfully handling the defense of these drug crimes.Federal Financial Crimes - White Collar Criminal
The term “white collar crime” is used to describe financial crimes usually committed by C-level corporate and government employees. Healthcare fraud is a form of white collar crime, but the category of white collar crime includes crime characterized by fraud, deceit, and concealment by individuals in a position of trust within a corporation or governmental entity. They also are characterized by falsification of corporate records, including various unlawful and misleading accounting practices, and misrepresentation of the financial condition of the government or a corporate business. They often involve self-dealing. The basic premise behind these crimes is that the individual charged with a public trust is using his/her position to enrich themselves beyond what they are otherwise paid to perform their duties. They do this either by unlawfully transferring money or other assets for their personal use and possession or by using deceitful and misleading accounting practices to artificially inflate the value of the company’s stock. Kickbacks and self-dealing are also common types of white-collar crime. The FBI has their own dedicated unit charged with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting white-collar financial fraud, and individuals are often under investigation for months or years before they become aware that they are a target. The white-collar financial fraud lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm have earned a national reputation as among some of the most well-known federal crimes lawyers.Appeals
There are many kinds of criminal appeals in Michigan, and most of them involve a claim that the jury’s conviction is wrong. The Michigan appeals lawyers at the Barone Defense Firm are experts in raising these claims on behalf of our clients. If you have lost a criminal trial and want to appeal the conviction, then the appeal will begin with the filing of a claim of appeal. The trial transcripts must be ordered as well. Then an appellate brief is filed asking the higher court to correct the mistakes of the trial court. Another kind of appeal is one that happens before a trial. This is called an “interlocutory” appeal and happens when a judge makes a mistake that the defense thinks will cause the jury to return an improper verdict of guilty. Our Michigan appeals lawyers regularly file these kinds of appeals on behalf of our clients as well. The third kind of appeal is a driver license appeal, and these are filed when the Michigan Secretary of State has mistakenly suspended the driver license of one of our clients.Expungement
Many Michigan felony and misdemeanor convictions can be removed from your record through something called expungement. A successful expungement may be the gateway to having your voting and firearms rights restored. A successful Michigan criminal record expungement will also help you the next time you apply for a loan, apply for housing, or apply for a new job. Michigan favors giving people a second chance, and Michigan’s expungement law was recently expanded to make it easier to clear your criminal record. Restrictions do apply, and you will need to speak with a Michigan expungement lawyer at the Barone Defense Firm to learn if you qualify to have criminal convictions removed from your record.Consult an Experienced Barone Defense Firm Criminal Defense Lawyer in Bloomfield Hills, Plymouth, Troy, Greater Grand Rapids and Throughout Michigan.
We offer a free case consultation on all criminal cases. Our fees are highly competitive and reasonable. We also offer credit card payments and payment plans. If you need to speak to a knowledgeable Michigan criminal defense attorney or a DUI/DWI lawyer, the Barone Defense Firm will answer your questions, protect your interests and future, and will help you win back your life. Call us at 248-306-9158. Phones are answered 24/7. You also may reach us online. We help people arrested or charged with crimes throughout Michigan, including in Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Plymouth, Rochester, Royal Oak and all of Western Michigan including Greater Grand Rapids.
Through his impressive legal record, experience teaching, and published books Michigan criminal lawyer Patrick Barone has cemented his status as one of the most well-known and respected attorneys in all of Michigan.
Mr. Barone has authored and co-authored a number of books on the topic of DUI and criminal charges including those on the topic of DUI vehicular homicide, witness preparation for DUI proceedings, and the legality of search and seizures in DUI cases. In addition to his published books, Mr. Barone has also written a number of articles that have been picked up in some of the Nation’s top legal periodicals.
Along with being a published author, Patrick Barone has also been named as one of America’s Best Lawyers by US News & World Report and has enjoyed a perfect rating on client and peer legal review site AVVO. Mr. Barone was also awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest achievable in the legal field.
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