Professional, competent and an effective communicator; I highly recommend choosing Don Barrett.
I retained Don after first consulting with two other attorneys, both of whom made good initial impressions with me- they seemed to have a good understanding of the system and displayed the attitude and lexicon that I believe a defense attorney should possess. The choice would have been difficult had I not been encouraged by an acquaintance to also meet for a consultation with Don.
After the first phone call with Don I was already confident I should seek his representation. This sentiment was only reaffirmed after the first meeting and consultation. The difference I experienced between Don and the other two attorneys became even more palpable once I entered Don's office - he was ready. His desk was clear, he was prepared (having already made a phone call and completed some quick research on my behalf). There were zero interruptions: no phones ringing, pagers buzzing, or glances at a wrist watch, but most importantly he attentively listened to my situation and asked insightful questions to flesh out the notes he was periodically taking. As I mentioned earlier, the difference with Don was unmistakable. I realized afterward that I truly received a consultation when I met with Don, he listened and I learned, whereas my experience with the other attorneys now felt as if I was being sold a car wash package, with all the different pricing options regarding a trial or dismissal now sounding like I was being sold on a spot free rinse or wax. For what it is worth, as pricing is realistically a concern for most of us, I felt Don's price, which was proffered before the consultation, was fair and competitive, especially when you are confident that you've retained the best.
After Don agreed to represent me, I felt near instant relief. Don is an excellent communicator and I was never left wanting for more information, either on what would happen next or what our strategy was. He assuaged any concerns I had with prompt email replies, and as you now expect, met all appointments with the same professionalism exhibited in that first consultation. And while I was only charged with a sole misdemeanor, I truly felt as if I was Don's only client throughout the ordeal.
My case, which involved the FWC, ultimately resolved anticlimactically, with our side announcing we were ready for trial and the prosecution asking to dismiss the case.
While I'm not quite unwise enough to wish to need to retain Don again, if you find yourself in a situation where you do need a criminal defense attorney, I feel that you could do no better than Don Barrett.