helps people win back their lives
I selected Mr. Barone's firm to represent me after a fair amount of research, including interviews with several other attorneys specializing in DUI defense. I felt it important to retain the best lawyer I could as I had a lot riding on a positive outcome. I was hardly disappointed; as impressive as his resume is, it does not begin to describe how artful and compelling Mr. Barone can be before a jury.
I was stopped for speeding and arrested for DUI after a roadside breath test. Complaining of heat exhaustion at the scene, I was taken by ambulance directly to a local hospital for examination, and blood was drawn several hours later for testing by the state police laboratory in Lansing. While the police video of my field sobriety tests wasn't particularly incriminating, it seemed to me that the blood test result was: 0.09% BAC. In spite of this, Mr. Barone felt that a solid defense could be mounted at trial. As skeptical as I was, this came as music to my ears owing to concern that a conviction might well jeopardize the sweetheart employment contract I then enjoyed.
To be frank, I found Mr. Barone's opening remarks to the jury somewhat unsettling: "Ultimately this case will turn on how much weight you choose give to the blood test results." Exactly where Mr. Barone was headed with this statement I wasn't sure.
As my trial progressed, the prosecutor and the state's expert witness argued that - because of the delay in performing the blood draw - my actual BAC just prior to arrest was actually much higher than 0.09%. On detailed cross-examination by Mr. Barone, however, that same expert was compelled to admit that his findings assumed what I drank that evening had been absorbed into my bloodstream and subsequently metabolized in a typical fashion. Mr. Barone went on to establish that in certain instances, some individuals absorb and metabolize alcohol at a far slower rate than average and, theoretically at least, my BAC at the time of arrest could have been as low as 0.06% - well below the 0.08% UBAL threshold in Michigan. This admission by the state's own expert witness, a trained forensic scientist, utterly dumbfounded me.
Things got better even from there. Earlier in the trial, when Mr. Barone asked the arresting officer what he had done with the two vials of blood after they were handed to him by the hospital physician, the officer testified that he "returned them directly to the test kit and sealed it." "You did nothing else with them?" pressed Mr. Barone. "No, I placed them right in the test kit," responded the officer. Mr. Barone, belaboring the point: "Are you sure?" "Yes," the officer replied adamantly.
In his closing argument to the jury, and with corroboration from state's blood expert, Mr. Barone postulated how the officer's apparent failure to slowly invert the containers of blood several times before placing them upright in the test kit might well have compromised the sample. Previously, the state expert had observed that this procedural step was necessary in order to thoroughly mix preservative stored in the top of vials with the blood held in the bottom.
Drawing on an undergraduate education in biology and his subsequent toxicological experience, Mr. Barone was able to describe to the jury how the officer's presumed failure to faithfully follow standard blood handling procedures might well have prevented any unpreserved blood sugar in the samples from later fermenting prior to testing. In earlier testimony Mr. Barone had established that alcohol of the type found in "adult beverages" is a natural byproduct of sugar fermentation - an observation that appears not to have been lost on the jury whom, after two full hours of deliberation, returned their unanimous verdict: "NOT GUILTY."
Postscript: At the very outset, Mr. Barone cautioned me that the consequences of a possible DUI conviction would be best mitigated were I able to demonstrate to the court an earnest desire and proven ability to make better choices in the future. Prior to my trial, I completed a six-week, in-patient treatment program. I have not used alcohol since. Ultimately, justice was served.
Patrick Barone is the ONLY choice for DUI defense. He was realistic from the start and made it a point to look at my case before taking my money. As a business owner, when I think of attorneys, I think of the "shark infested waters. Patrick is a shark alright, but his prey is not the client; it's justice for his client. Ten stars Patrick!!
- Chris F.
Great experience with Barone Defense! Ryan was very quick to connect and very thorough in explanations of my options. Definitely five star representation that I would highly recommend.
- R CoN
Receiving a DWI is a traumatic experience. Your reputation and freedom is on the line so doing your research before hiring a defense lawyer is important. I scoured the internet looking for "The Best". Reading every review I could find. The Barone Defense Firm stood out and they delivered. Upon hiring them I had peace of mind that they would do whatever it took to get me the best possible outcome. Knowing you have a lawyer like this cannot be understated and cannot be given a price tag. I hope that I never have to go through an experience like this but Mr. Barone is worth every penny I paid. He is both a good man and an expert in the courtroom.
Ryan Ramsayer was great to work with. Thank you Ryan for all your help getting my license fully restored
- Paul N.
I can't say enough good things about Ryan Ramsayer!! I had an outstanding experience with him and the Barone defense firm from beginning to end!! He is the real deal and made the administrative review for my license, a walk in the park!! Helped me to understand the entire process and what was expected.... My appeal was GRANTED and FULL license restoration was APPROVED! Thank you Ryan! I highly recommend!!
- Chaddillac R.
Contacted Ryan Ramsayer, for help with gun rights restoration. Ryan was up front on what to expect, and was ready for whatever the judge brought up. Rights are restored. Ryan is at the top of my go to/recommended list.
Patrick Barone is worth every penny. He explained the law in terms I could understand, set expectations and worked tirelessly to for the best possible outcome - which he achieved! I highly recommend Patrick and his firm. - Trevor
- Trevor E.
No parent wants to receive the dreadful phone call… that your son/daughter has been arrested for drunk driving. At first a feeling of panic and despair set in and you may wonder what happens next? From the moment that I called the Barone Defense Firm I was confident that we had made the right decision. As a Mom I wanted the best representation for my son and we chose Patrick Barone because he is simply the best at DUI defense.
Throughout my son’s case, Patrick was quick to reply to all of our emails and phone calls. He was always professional and guided us through every step of the legal process. Patrick never promised any specific outcome, but he certainly did deliver results.
Aside from Patrick’s talent and expertise, what truly sets Patrick apart from other attorneys is his compassion for his clients and his drive to see his clients reclaim their lives. Patrick is a remarkable attorney and has guided my son towards resources that can help him learn from this unfortunate experience. It is extremely reassuring to have Patrick on your side.
Attorney Patrick Barone was very helpful and helped me understand the charge and sentence absolutely clearly. He also guided me through step by step helping me form a statement. His instructions were clear and detailed. It was obvious he cared about me understanding every important detail within my case. I would absolutely recommend this defense firm to anyone in need.
- Aaron B.
The Barone Defense Firm is the firm I recommend. They are truly concerned about the person, not just the legal issue, but the person as well. They are the most knowledgeable defense firm that I am aware of, having actually written the book on DWI Defense. If you are faced with a DWI you will not find a more professional and skilled law firm. But, most importantly, they care about how the accused individual recovers his or her life when the case is complete. Very remarkable group of lawyers.
- William H.
I have worked with so many lawyers over the years, very few stand out. Patrick is a true stand-out. His knowledge of his field is unmatched, and he is a great counselor, advisor, and trial attorney. He keeps his eye firmly on the client's best interest and pursues it to the end. I have consulted him repeatedly and would do so again without hesitation.
- Michael S.
I have had the pleasure of working with Patrick Barone, Brian Corby and the team at Barone Defense Firm for the past 7 years in various business activities. Over these years I've come to know Patrick and his team on a professional and personal level.
The thing that has really impressed me is how Patrick puts people first - employees and clients. His major concern is that his employees love the work they do and love where they do the work. This passion shows in the high level of respect and ability all of the team at Barone believes - doing what is best for their clients. From the first impression they make, to the sound legal advice, to making sure their clients feel comfortable and confident in a disturbing situation, to the court date, to getting the most favorable situation possible and even after the case is closed, they truly care about their clients!
You could go to most any law firm and be treated as another item on the docket or utilize Barone Defense Firm where you are a person whose situation is truly important and cared about by Barone Defense Firm team - all while getting great results. That is what a real client first law firm provides!
- Jay H.
Patrick Barone and the Barone defense firm is definitely who you want to retain in any situation with the law, when it comes to OUIL's, driving on a suspended or anything that has to do with driving. He has great experience in his field and not only treats you right as a person but also is very knowledgeable in the courtroom. He has really helped me get through my driving cases and helped me to think positive. Patrick treats u like family and is the best lawyer in Michigan. At least take the time to meet with him. You will see why his reviews are very good!
- V. P.
Ryan Ramsayer and Patrick Barone took my case, and it was the best investment I ever made. I was facing losing my license, job, and house, and Ryan was able to pressure them to a deal that avoided that. I have never put myself in that position again, and I am so thankful for the Barone law firm for their help.
- Aaron F.
I have known Patrick Barone for many years and can attest to his ethical character and practice. If you are facing a charge with evidence against you, Patrick and team will give you the best chance of being acquitted. Check out their web site for examples. I would highly recommend that firm to any of my friends who are in that unfortunate position.
- Jeffrey R.
It is clear that Patrick really knows his stuff. I've always been impressed with his depth of knowledge and experience, and, more importantly, his ability to communicate key points effectively. Consider this a hearty endorsement of Patrick and his team!
- Matt G.
Great attorney helped me every step of the way in a timely and very professional manner. Would recommend his services to anyone going through the process of getting there license back.
- Mike G.
For me, the Barone Defense Firm have the most knowledgeable DUI attorneys in Michigan. In researching counsel for my friend, I consulted two other firms and they did not have the confidence nor the breadth & depth of experience that I received from Patrick. They would be the first firm I would recommend if any of my friends asked me my opinion.
- Tom N.
Very happy with our representation from Ryan Ramsayer of the Barone Defense Firm. His knowledge, expertise and attention to detail in my son's case was the reason for his success. His advice and direction for what is needed after getting a reinstated license is extremely helpful and information not readily available. I highly recommend him for any DUI related defense needed.
Patrick Barone and his staff are by far the BEST in the industry! He is patient, understanding, considerate and knowledgeable. This is the kind of attorney I want on my side. I highly recommend Patrick Barone and his team at Barone Defense Firm
- Brian M.
Over the course of the past eighteen months have I personally experienced the quality and integrity of Barone Defense Firm, specifically with Patrick Barone. Not only did he provide very keen guidance and council yet he met with me face to face less then a day after contacting the firm. Call it perfect scheduling, or call it immaculate timing, you can even call it luck, but I know what I call it and it is perfect placement of someone making changes in ones schedule to meet and discuss very concerning life changing legal proceedings.
Patrick Barone's knowledge and understanding of the court system and their judges was vital for my case. In fact, based upon my specific situation, Mr. Barone, with no care to cost or income placed with me with closer to my area local council to my court and the city I reside in. This was a remarkable testament to Barone Defense Firm simply because I was not just a quick retainer fee or a chance to upcharge me every additional hour or time required in court. Furthermore, Patrick on a regular basis check on me and how "everything" was fairing and not just with my court case.
Truly I tell you: this was completely the opposite of what I have heard regarding contacting a lawyer you retain. Working under Patrick's guidance was not just any lawyer taking your money, nor pushing you off to a secretary, or forcing my calls to a voice mail system. The Barone Defense Firm showed me what I needed to know and what I needed to do. Even more importantly Patrick Barone walked with me on Who I needed to know and not just who to know of.
If any court case befalls you, do your research and then call Barone Defense Firm to confirm what is really in your best interest.
- Will H.
I have known Patrick Barone for five years as an executive colleague in Vistage Michigan. Patrick is passionate and driven to provide the best service to his clients. He is a student of the law and continuously seeks to employ the best people and best practices to his firm. Should I have the misfortune of needing defense counsel in a substance abuse situation, Barone would be my first and only call. Every circumstance requires a unique interpretation of the law; go to the firm that knows it the best.. Barone Defence.
- Gary M.
I made a huge mistake and ended up in front of a judge because of it, but I wasn't about to make another mistake and hire 2nd rate attorney. I did my research and decided to hire the Barone Defense firm because of their excellent reputation. Patrick Barone is highly respected in his field and among the top nationally recognized attorneys in DUI cases. It makes sense to hire the best when you're going through your worst.
- Xavi G.
Patrick is a phenomenal combination of smarts and sensitivity. He is very passionate about helping his clients and truly believes in improving people’s lives.
- Jeff H.
Patrick is the best DUI Lawyer in Michigan. He takes his work seriously, ok maybe a little too seriously; but no one is more prepared. I once referred a former client who would have been deported had he been convicted because of his past non driving criminal record. He had already waived a jury before a very difficult judge, who was sure to convict him. Patrick entered the case, got the judge to allow the client to withdraw the jury waiver, and went to trial. Not only was he acquitted, but one of the jurors was a reporter whose story was the headline, yes the headline, in the following Sunday Detroit News.
- Martin B.
Highly recommend Robert Andretz,, just the best! Very knowledgeable and will go the extra mile to help you in your case. All around nice guy!
- Rad R.
I've known Patrick and his form for many years, and he is one of the most dedicated and ethical people I've met. Can't say enough good things about him - you are in good hands with him and his team.
- Kevin C.
Patrick represented me in a DUI, it was a super drunk charge and he was able to get me off with a impaired driving charge without suspension of my driver license, just restricted driving and a non reporting probation. He was very professional and following his advise from the beginning allowed me to show the court I was taking part in treatment and being sober which led to my reduced sentence, I recommend him to anyone who needs help with a DUI charge.
- John H.
When I was charged with a criminal case. I was shaken and worried I turned to the Barone Law Firm. First and foremost I was put at ease and treated like family. I was also impressed with their knowledge of law their way around the courtroom and personal relationships with their clients, judges prosecuters and other lawyers. If ever in need of a quality professional lawyer and peice of mind then I would absolutely recommend The Barone Law Firm
I like many other people I had a lapse in judgment. When i was arrested the cop was so reassuring that this is not going to be a big deal. He talked all buddy, buddy to me and acted as if he was my friend and that everything would be pled down with no problem. Once i was released i contacted a boss a my employment and found out what a big deal this really was. I know this was no time to take another chance with a possible good lawyer so I sought out the best. Patrick Barone was vary eager and understanding of my situation and wasted no time in addressing my concerns. Once the case was going though the court system it was like bad went to worse every time we went to court. I was originally written for a OWI then it was up charged to a Super Drunk because I blew a.17 and at this point I was at risk of losing my career. We had reached out to the prosecutor multiple times with out any luck. I was feeling like the whole world was out to get me. Patrick was alway reassuring and optimistic. It was literally 2 days before asking for trial by jury and the prosecutor approached Patrick at another court house in the area. The prosecutor then reduced the charge to a standard OWI. Patrick was vary supportive though out and even after the case was over. I still have my Career thanks to Patrick Barone.
- Michael F.
I needed a good night sleep, so I took Ambien and went to bed. I woke up arrested, charged with an OUID, and my career future in danger. When I looked for a lawyer with Ambien experience in MI, I found Patrick Barone. From the first day I talked with him, I had the piece of mind that my sleep driving case would have the best possible outcome. Patrick knows the science and the system. My case was quickly reduced to a civil infraction. Don’t take prescription controlled substances if you can avoid them— those label warnings are real. However, if you find yourself in my situation, you want to get the Barone Defense firm on your side.
- PJ C.
Patrick is the attorney that you want in your corner when you are facing a OWI/DUI charge in Michigan. I am so happy that I found an attorney that cared about me as a person and but his heart into my defense. Patrick talked to me about "me" and helped with the anxiety, depression, alcoholism, and uncertainty before we discussed the facts of my case.
I can't say enough about Patrick and the Barone Defense Firm. Don't have any regrets about the attorney that you hire to defend you in this matter. I don't, because I hired Patrick.
- David C.
Mr. Patrick Barone was referred to me by a good family friend. When referring me, my friend made it known that Patrick and the Barone Defense Firm are the best there is when it comes to DUI's. Although my case happened to be a 3rd offense MIP, Patrick showed that he is not only the best with DUI's, but any alcohol related offenses. Being so young in a predicament as bad as my own, things got pretty scary, Patrick made it much easier on me, walking me through the steps and explaining things to me. Not only was he able to keep me out of Jail, he managed to get me the least punishable Probation that someone in my shoes could have. He is well known around Michigan and is respected beyond words not only by other lawyer's, but also Probation Officer's within the court, and even the Judge's. I was truly amazed by the fact that everyone within the 48th District Court knew him and respected him to the extent that they did. Aside from being so knowledgeable about the law, what truly seperates Patrick Barone from other great lawyer's is the fact that he truly cares for his clients. He checked in with me several times throughout the court process and made sure to help me with my statement for the Judge, helping me rewrite it multiple times in order to get it perfect.
Mr. Barone is a great man and an even better lawyer, it would be an enormous mistake not to choose him and his firm to represent you. He is the best in the business.
- Luke R.
Please read the following review, but if you choose not to read the whole thing I want you to know this: every penny spent with Patrick Barone is worth its weight in gold. If you’re in a tough situation and you need the best representation, I’d highly recommend Patrick. I interviewed the “best” lawyers around SE Michigan and was initially hesitant to spend so much money on a lawyer, but in hindsight, I made the perfect choice and do not regret it one bit.
I was arrested for drunk driving in Orchard Lake Michigan and my case ended up in the 48th District Court. This was my 2nd OWI. After speaking to many lawyers and doing some research on that court, I knew the odds were against me. I interviewed over ten lawyers and I ended up hiring Mr. Barone, and he eventually got my case entirely dismissed! I got pulled over and I refused the breath test, and my blood test came back at a.136. My first few conversations with Patrick centered around making sure my life was in order. He recommended various “self-improvement modalities” in which his prior clients have had positive experiences from.
Meanwhile, the case was going through “the motions” (no pun intended). It went through pre-trails and adjournments for over 4 months. Nothing was particularly fruitful of these adjournments, I believe they were just standard operating procedure as a case like this evolves. During this time period, Patrick spent a considerable amount of time with me (Probably close to 8 hours just over the phone) discussing possible strategies for the case. Bottom line, they had a blood test with.136 on it. I felt doomed. At least I knew I had a good lawyer.
I struggled on deciding whether to plead guilty or go to trial (there are no deals made at the 48th district court). Patrick helped me come to the decision that going to trial was the best option for me. As it turns out, that decision was imperative.
As we were walking into the court to say we’re going to trial, Patrick advised that I retain an expert witness. I was reluctant due to my ignorance of trial strategies, but ultimately conceded to his advice. Once again, as it turns out, that decision ended up being imperative later on.
During the days leading up to the trial, there we’re certain “technical law” things that were said by the prosecutor. To explain the “technical law” things would be outside the scope of this review, but let’s just say Patrick was very quick to point these out and the be strategically responsive and considerate on what “chess move” to make next. On the date of the trial, the prosecutor was not prepared to try the case. The prosecutor moved to dismiss my case, which I guess is fairly common if they’re not ready to try the case at that time.
They ended up re-filing the case against me, and Patrick argued that it was against the law (double jeopardy) to try the case again. Another month passed of interviewing the prosecutor’s and the Judge soliciting various information channels, including an immaculate written argument prepared by Patrick and another top-notch Appellate lawyer Patrick looped-in (Good thing he has a great network).
Judgement day arrived. Tensions were high. No one knew what was going to happen. We expected the Judge to have a written judgement that he would articulate to the court. I speculated this may take 5 minutes or so. The judgement was to rule whether or not the original dismissal was illegal, aka “Dismiss with or without prejudice”. The Judge ruled to dismiss with prejudice and the case was over. Looking back, if it weren’t for the “slow play” approach of Patrick, the advice he gave me, the fact he suggested I go to trial, and the fact I should retain an expert – this never would have happened.
To the layman: Patrick’s thoughtful approach and wise advice in my case let to a dismissal (with prejudice) based on a technicality that might have been overlooked by more inexperienced lawyers. I could not have asked for a better outcome. Retain him – you will not regret it!
- Matt H.
3rd DUI Felony Offense with an accident was reduced to a 2nd OWI Misdemeanor. Thank you Robert.
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