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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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Unethical for Lawyers to Use Competitors Names to Attract New Clients on Internet

A recent ethics opinion found that it was a violation of a lawyer’s code of professional conduct to use another lawyer’s name on the internet to attract website visitors and potential clients.  This is a practice shady lawyers have used for decades, but this is the first opinion I’ve seen to directly address this topic. The practice of law is more competitive now than ever, and the legal landscape for lawyers has changed considerably in the last 30+ years.  To ... Read More »

Michigan Law Ignores Child Endangerment While Drunk Snowmobiling

According to the DNR: With its unique combination of abundant annual snowfall, exciting terrain and extensive trail network, Michigan is a popular destination for snowmobilers far and wide. More than 6,400 miles of designated snowmobile trails criss-cross state forests, three national forests and many acres of privately owned lands. In fact, Michigan is one of only a handful of states that offer a large network of groomed and signed snowmobile trails. With all this snowmobiling in Michigan, you would think ... Read More »

Using Medical Marihuana While On Bond for DUI

If you are charged with virtually any alcohol and drug related driving offenses you will be entitled to bond.[i] This includes the most serious intoxicated driving offenses such as those involving death or serious injury. This does not mean that the Michigan court cannot keep close tabs on you while you are on bond.  The court can impose many different conditions on your bond, such as periodically reporting to a monitoring agency, not using alcohol, participate in therapy or AA, ... Read More »

Cop Lets Drunk Driver Go Free After Sex With Her

A Florida lawsuit alleges that a Ft. Lauderdale cop turned a blind eye to a female drunk driver after the two of them have sex.  According to the suit, the officer followed a vehicle from a strip bar that was occupied by two women. As reported in the Detroit Free Press: Thomas Merenda, 34 and a 12-year veteran of the department, also turned himself in Thursday night and is out on a $4,500 bond, facing one count of unlawful compensation ... Read More »