Posted by Jim
Working with Mr. Barone in a very difficult time in my life couldn't have concluded any better. His thorough and honest approach, despite my sometimes very dark moments, brought comfort and a fair resolution to my case. I considered him like a friend who brought comfort when I was in need.
Posted by a client
Patrick consistently kept me uninformed on critical documents. My trial was delayed FIVE times to the point that the judge was exceptionally angry. Patrick did nothing to further my complex case, and his lack of communication and follow through was so abysmal the judge himself went on record to say he planned to find me guilty thanks to Patrick not filing critical documents on time on my behalf.
Because of Patrick's incompetence in representing me, and his angering of the judge, I finally decided to plead guilty after 9 months of delays. The outcome I received was something I could have achieved with a court-appointed lawyer for free. Instead I spent $18,000; yes 18 GRAND to ultimately plead guilty to something I didn't do.
I would not wish this lawyer on my worst enemy. If you are facing an OWI or DUI, do yourself a favor and avoid this *lawyer* at all costs.
Posted by a client
When faced with the decision of who to hire as my attorney following my arrest for alleged OWI in Troy, I used various sources to make a decision, including AVVO, so want to provide the best insight I can to others who may find themselves in the same situation.
Selecting an attorney is not an easy choice, especially when you have to make a decision in a short period of time using limited information. I wanted to have the best possible representation for my personal situation and thus selected the Barone Defense Firm and Patrick personally to represent me. I work with many attorneys professionally and as such have an appreciation for a really good attorney versus many who put on a good face up front to loop you in and then abandon you to an associate or newer matters. Patrick truly is a great attorney and was by my side throughout the process.
Throughout the process, Patrick was very straightforward with me about the realities of my situation and the likely outcomes. His knowledge not only of the law, but the science and technical aspects of breath testing and other key areas specific to DUIs were very impressive. He had a great rapport with the judge, prosecutor and court staff. He and his team were communicative and understanding throughout the process and assisted me greatly with many administrative details that would have been an even greater burden without their assistance.
My case was ultimately dismissed and I am very thankful for Patrick and his team (especially Christine and Sarah) for all that they did throughout the duration of my case.
Posted by a client
Patrick and his team did an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING job in handling my case. I am a relocated out of state person that is in Michigan for work. I encountered and absolutely devasting experience which was completely out of character for myself and needed to hire Patrick and his team for their services. I had numerous questions throughout my whole experience, which were always handled with complete honesty and professionalism. When it came time for my plea hearing, I knew that I was watching a true expert in his field as he spoke on my behalf to the judge. Thanks to Patrick and his team, I am able to start putting this experience behind me and moving on with life. Thanks a million Barone Defense firm.
Posted by a client
Mr. Patrick Barone is a top lawyer for a reason. He is extremely trustworthy, dependable, and gets the job done the right way. Matters are handled in a swift manner, displaying Barone's knowledge about law. He kept me informed throughout the entire process. I would always recommend Patrick Barone not just to those around me, but to close family and friends as well.
Posted by Rick
I am offering this unsolicited testimonial on behalf of Patrick Barone, Esq, probably the best defendant DUI and OWI attorney in Michigan, and one of the best in the USA. His recent rating as super lawyer certainly confirms his status as an elite practitioner in this area.
As a former Federal attorney, I had not much experience with criminal law as I was involved with the Department of Health and Human Services concerning Social Security matters. However, on July 12, 2013 I found myself arrested for OWI in the Detroit Metropolitan area and spent 12 hours incarcerated before I was released the next morning. Being extremely claustrophobic and suffering from panic attacks, that time in a holding tank was undoubtedly the worst experience of my life. I blew .00 on the breathalyzer and blood was drawn on me as the arresting officer suspected I was under the influence of barbiturates or cocaine and I don't do drugs or drink alcohol. The officers told me the blood results would take 3 to 5 months to process and after 8 months when I heard nothing from the police I figured I was in the clear. Wrong! I went to my mail box in June 2014 and saw a letter from the Auburn Hills Police Department with informing me there was a warrant for my arrest for OWI.
I was panic stricken and did not go home that night to sleep for fear that the police were going to come to my house in the middle of the night to arrest me. On Monday I called a very famous and prominent defense lawyer that I had gone to law school with and he agreed to represent me for the arraignment. Things went well and a jury trial was requested, but as my girlfriend had also had this
That Sunday night I spent hours looking at defense specialists in Michigan for DUI and OWI and came across the ads for Patrick Barone, Esq., and all the information he had on his website for all the ramifications for my charge and similarly related other ones. The thing that impressed me the most was Patrick's statement that nobody who ever got off criminal charges like DUI or OWI ever complained about the fees that they paid for this to happen. Based upon this statement and his reputation as a super lawyer, I decided to switch lawyers and I am glad that I did.
I first met Patrick about a week after I had retained him at his office for an interview at which time he completely erased my fears and made me feel so much better and more comfortable. We spent about 90 minutes together and told me I had a very unique case as I did not drink or do drugs and most importantly he told me that he believed in me and my case and would see that through all of his efforts that justice would be done for me. He promised me he would go to the ends of the earth to defend me for he said he was a fighter and believed in my case and for me that was the clincher in knowing that I had made the right move in switching to Patrick.
If you believe that there is a difference between a Chevrolet and a Rolls Royce, or between McDonalds and a 5 star restaurant , or that some people in any profession rise to the top because of their ability and skill level, then you want the best and the best is Patrick Barone. I was lucky in that I had the opportunity to switch to Patrick before my case got going too far and that decision to come over to him probably was the smartest thing I ever did as an attorney myself. If you want the best and understand having the best in a courtroom advocating for you is priceless, then I strongly suggest you retain Patrick Barone for your attorney in his field of expertise. You will never regret having him standing side by side with you in the courtroom. NEVER!
Posted by a client
Mr. Patrick Barone is the top lawyer for a reason and I discovered that last week. I initially hired his firm because of his reputation, but i worked with another attorney in his firm for most of my case (another great attorney), but last week i had a 2nd appearance in court and Patrick was there as my attorney.
His expertise and experience is impressive, but it is his passion for helping people that shines brighter for those of us that need support during a difficult time in our lives. I was not sure what would happen in court but i was confident I had the BEST attorney in Michigan and that type of confidence he gives you makes a big difference when the judge asks you questions! What happen in court was nothing short of a miracle and I am extremely grateful that I hired the Barone Defense Firm!
If you need an attorney... there are plenty to take your money but if you need someone that will protect you like family then i highly recommend Patrick Barone and his firm!
Posted by a client
Patrick was referred to me from my personal attorney. Following my arrest, I had no idea where to turn, what to expect and how to get things back on track. My attorney suggested that Patrick was the best when it came to drinking and driving and the law, and he was right.
From the start, Patrick promised maximum attention to my case and open ended access to him personally, as well as his staff. All of this proved to be true. Patrick was always either immediately available or returned calls and emails quickly. He gave me an honest assessment of my situation and likely outcomes, provided information and support and significantly helped the difficult emotional side of a tough situation. His staff were equally supportive and helpful.
Being supportive and available is great, but doesn't help much if the quality of lawyering is weak. Patrick is a very competent attorney, and provided me quality advice throughout the process. Under the circumstances, I am very pleased with the outcome, and I give Patrick and his team all the credit for navigating the legal process. This work demands skill, and Patrick has it in spades.
Posted by David
I highly recommend using Patrick and the Barone Defense Firm. I am so happy that I found an attorney that cared about me as a person and not just another OWL case. My worst fear would be that I would hire an attorney and regret that decision for years. I hired Patrick and I have no doubt in my mind that it was the right decision. He put his heart and soul into my defense. The office is unbelievably professional and responsive. Bottom line - Fantastic Attorney and Fantastic Support!
Posted by a DUI client
While faced with serious charges involving alcohol and driving, I felt that I had the best representation possible to defend my case. In fact, I did. My fortunate outcome may not be entirely typical, however, I firmly believe that the quality of representation would be for any of Patrick’s clients who are willing to listen to expert advice. Patrick’s astute knowledge of the legal proceedings related to drinking and driving cases gives one the confidence to continue putting your life back together, knowing that he has your legal defense covered. When you’re standing in front of a Judge, you want someone at your side who knows you’re story fully, know’s what you’re doing to make proper amends, and knows both science and the law.
My OWI dismissal and plea to Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle was an outcome that allows me to continue in my profession and travel freely. More importantly, the friendly advise offered by Patrick to seek help or treatment, should I be ready to do so on my own, has had en enormous payback. In diligently working a 12-step program and attending church regularly, I’ve been afforded a second chance with newfound purpose in life. Neither of these actions is something that I would have considered before my accident. It was through clear and deeply felt communication with Patrick that I chose to face my fears honestly. My gratitude to Patrick, and everyone at his firm that I interacted with frequently, is evermore. He is the first person that my higher power led me to find and I hope that you may be so fortunate!