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Patrick Barone
Patrick T. Barone is the Founding Partner and CEO of The Barone Defense Firm with offices throughout Michigan. Mr. Barone is the author of two books on DUI defense including Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen's Guide and the well respected two volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing),a chapter in Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012 ed. (Aspatore Books), an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. Mr. Barone has an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and since 2009 has been included in America’s Best Lawyers.

Firm: Law Offices of Patrick T Barone

Areas of Practice: DUI, OWI

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Back Seat Passenger Convicted of DUI in Michigan

In Michigan the crime of driving under the influence is called operating while intoxicated.  Thus, the word “operate” is substituted for “driving” and the word “influence” is substituted for “intoxicated.” While these differences may seem subtle, the practical effect of them is significant.  Both terms broaden the number of people who might potentially run afoul of the OWI laws in Michigan. Take the term “operate.” In Michigan one does not have to be behind the wheel and fully in control ... Read More »

Driving On Synthetic Marijuana and Causing Death a Serious Felony in Michigan

So-called synthetic marijuana has gained popularity in Michigan. Some people think that just because you can buy the stuff in a gas station or party story, it must be legal.  Worse than that, they believe that it is not dangerous, or that it’s ok to drive under the influence of synthetic marijuana.  All of these beliefs and assumptions are thoroughly wrong. First, synthetic marijuana is not really synthetic THC.  According to Today.com: Spice could be any one of dozens of ... Read More »

Breathalyzer Phone Apps Shouldn’t Be Relied On!

Like all states, Michigan’s legal limit is .08.  This means that if you take a breath test, and the breath test shows .08 or more, you can be convicted on this basis alone – even if you were driving just fine. Of course the police can also test your blood or urine. Here is what the judge would tell the jury about your breath test: If you find that there were 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of ... Read More »

Felony Drunk Driving Now Easier to Prove for Michigan Prosecutors

Effective May 2014, Enrolled House Bill no 5154 makes significant changes to the manner in which an important legal right in felony drunk driving cases is fulfilled.  But first, some background into the felony drunk driving preliminary exam, based on an excellent article written by Cooley Law professor Lew Langham.[i] Currently, every criminal defendant charged with a felony in Michigan is entitled to a preliminary examination, also known as a probable-cause hearing. Once a prosecuting attorney brings criminal  charges against ... Read More »

DUI Lawyers Allowed to Investigate Juror’s Facebook and Social Media Pages

According to a new decision by the American Bar Association, DUI trial lawyers may review the social media sites of jurors selected for jury service in their drunk driving trials.  This might be done for two reasons; first to determine if a juror is a good candidate for a particular drunk driving trial, and second, to determine if a juror has, during the trial, violated an order of the court by posting anything inappropriate about the trial. Today, jurors are ... Read More »

Roadside Saliva Testing for Marijuana Coming to a State Near You!

It is unlawful in every state in the union to drive under the influence of marijuana.  In many states, merely having the presence of marijuana is enough to be guilty of DUI!  Specifically in Michigan you are guilty of OWI if you have any amount of THC in your blood.  If you have a medical marijuana card, then the prosecutor must still show impairment. Showing impairment is not always easy, and this often leaves the police with a dilemma; do ... Read More »

Drunk Driving Defense Requires Competent Experts

If your life has been suddenly disrupted by a Michigan drunk driving arrest, then be sure to hire a DUI lawyer specialist who also has access to the Nation’s top DUI experts. The reason this is so important is that a Michigan drunk driving arrest will nearly always involve scientific evidence such as a breath or blood test.  When death or serious injury is involved, additional expertise in traffic reconstruction is necessary. Retaining a lawyer who understands this evidence is ... Read More »

Is Serum Blood Testing a Reliable Method for Drunk Driving Cases?

If you were arrested in Michigan for drunk driving, and your blood was drawn by the police, then your blood was almost certainly tested at the state lab in Lansing.  As it relates to testing for DUI alcohol level only, this forensic lab almost exclusively uses a scientific method called gas chromatograpy to attempt to determine a true blood alcohol level.  A “whole blood” sample is used for this testing method.  If you case involves drugs, then a mass spectrograph ... Read More »

Chemical Test Refusals May Not be Criminal

In the context of a drunk driving arrest, a handful of states have enacted statutes criminalizing chemical test refusal. These states are Minnesota, Nebraska, Alaska, Virginia, Florida, Ohio and Vermont. The Ohio statute increases penalties for the refusal rather than considering the violation a new crime. These statutes are unusual, and while still relatively uncommon, they do raise unanswered questions regarding the limits of implied consent statutes and the propriety of the imposition of criminal penalties for refusing a warrantless ... Read More »

Breath Alcohol Doesn’t Exist!

An essential fundamental of experimental science is that if something can’t be measured, it does not exist. One noteworthy scientist, Mr. William H. George, phrased it this way: “[S]cience is measurement. If I cannot make measurements, I cannot study a problem scientifically.”[i] Understanding this primary tenant, a follow-up question might be; how precise must a measurement be in order to study something scientifically, and furthermore, if the thing being studied is not measured precisely, then does it exist at all?  ... Read More »