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Michigan DUI Attorney

Question: How did you begin your career as a DUI attorney?

Answer: As I said, I came from a family of doctors, dentists primarily. And there were no lawyers in my family at all. So when I left the law firm doing medical malpractice, I had really no one in my family to help guide me on what to do. But I did have a lot of lawyers that I had met when I was a clerk for Judge Kuhn, and a couple in particular took me under their wings and acted as mentors for me early on in my practice. Back then, I was totally just a solo guy and I remained that way for many years. Early on in my career, most of my income came from court appointed cases, and I was able to get the court appointments—the system's changed since then—but back then, because I had a connection to the court through Judge Kuhn and many of the other judges that I knew, they would give me court appointed cases. The cases came directly from the judge. And that allowed me to have a source of income while I explored other ways to actually make a living.

Because I knew back then that I didn't want to rely just on the court appointed cases, they don't pay very well. And I saw colleagues who were doing that, and they were stuck in that rut. So they would do the court appointed cases and that would end up being their career. I didn't want that. And I had another lawyer who was one of my mentors who said, “Make sure you don't rely too much on this and find something else to do.” So early on in my career as I was trying to find the confluence of science and the law, I tried a bunch of different things. I tried to specialize in consumer law, for example, in particular Lemon Law; I also became certified as a direct placement adoption attorney back when they had certification for that—they no longer have certification for that anymore, but back then they did. And eventually I decided to focus primarily and then exclusively on drunk driving cases. That was up until 1999; so this is 1992 to 1999, basically a seven-year period, I was still completely solo. I didn't hire my first employee until 2000, and it was just me and one secretary.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
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.
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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.