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Michigan DUI Defense

Question: Why did you go into the area of DUI defense?

Answer: A little bit about me. I come from a family of doctors and so it was sort of predestined that I was going to go into medicine. And when I was an undergraduate, I was pursuing a medical degree, or a pre-med degree, with the intention of going on to medical school. And then my junior year of college, I started to become interested in philosophy and somewhat in politics—not so much running for office, but just in how political systems work. And that sort of lead to my interest in law. So I decided to abandon my dream of becoming a doctor and instead pursue a career in law. Now, I was almost done with my biology degree, so I decided to finish it, and then I went on to law school.

When I was about to finish law school, I was searching for something that I could do that would bring the two disciplines together. And I was originally thinking that I could use the science as well as the law, and I looked into that. I was very interested in taking the Patent Bar. I was also interested in medical malpractice defense, which made sense. I couldn't represent plaintiffs and sue doctors I didn't think because of my family, but I thought I could represent the doctors themselves. And in fact I did that for a year after I finished with law school, and I hated it. Now, when I was in law school I worked for a judge, Judge Kuhn of the Oakland County Circuit Court, and I got to see all of the different types of law that were practiced, at least at the trial court level. And the thing that I was the most interested in and that seemed the most interesting was criminal law.

I didn't realize necessarily that there is some type of —what's the word I'm trying to think of—a compliment of the two, one and the other. But as I started to get into the science of drunk driving, I started to realize that my science background was very valuable, because drunk driving cases, intoxicated driving cases—whether it's alcohol or drugs—involve the metabolism of alcohol and drugs as well as the testing itself, so we have breath and blood testing, all of which involve science. So having the science background really helped me understand how to effectively represent my clients.

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.
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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.