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Michael J. Boyle

DUI and DWI Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   80 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%
    DUI, Drugs, Prescription, and has successfully represented throughout the State. He is a Partner and the Senior Trial Attorney for the Barone Defense Firm and has proven to be an extremely skilled, zealous, and accomplished Trial Attorney.

    21 years

  2. Sex crime
    40%
    Criminal Sexual Conduct CSC | Explicit Material CSAM | Child Protective Services CPS | Attorney Boyle has represented clients throughout Michigan in pre-charge representation, and those formally accused. An accomplished trial attorney. Free Consult.

    21 years

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    Assault | Domestic Violence | Gun Crimes | Felonies | Attorney Boyle has represented clients throughout Michigan in pre-charge representation, and those formally accused. An accomplished trial attorney. For a free consultation, call him now.

    21 years

 

Attorney and Counselor – Michael J. Boyle is a Partner and Shareholder and serves as Senior Trial Attorney. He joined the Barone Defense Firm in 2005 after a successful solo criminal defense practice. Mr. Boyle has been personally trained and mentored by the Firm’s principal and founding member Mr. Patrick T. Barone.  Mr. Boyle is a highly trained and skilled Trial Attorney and has represented clients in over 70+ counties throughout Michigan.  Mr. Boyle is a graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College. He has also a graduate of the highly regarded “Trial Lawyers College,” which was founded by nationally renowned trial attorney Gerry Spence. Like Mr. Barone,  Mr. Boyle has worked personally with and been trained by Mr. Spence and has used this training to win drunk/drugged driving and criminal trials.

Mr. Boyle has been certified as a practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is also trained and certified as a Drug Recognition Evaluator/Expert (DRE) specifically designed for DUI Drug cases, and also Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE). This extensive training has provided him the ability to thoroughly and accurately review your case, and tactically cross examine arresting officers.

Mr. Boyle has had extensive training and experience in understanding the science and principals involved in chemical testing, including the DMT DataMaster (breath testing), which is used throughout the State.  In addition, Mr. Boyle is one of only a few Michigan attorneys that has had specialized and hands-on training with Gas Chromatography (GC) (quantitative blood testing) for alcohol and GC / Mass Spec and LC Tandem Mass Spec for whole drug & blood drug Detection and analysis. This unique and essential comprehension allows him to understand the complex science of alcohol metabolism and to fully analyze your case and confidently cross examine the State’s forensic experts.

 Mr. Boyle is a founding Board Member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) and has been a Speaker at several seminars throughout Michigan, including presenting at State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section on “Tips in Handling Marijuana DUID Case” and “FOIA and THC Blood Testing”.  He is teaching assistant to Adjunct Professor Patrick T. Barone at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is an active member of the Cooley Alumni Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan – Criminal Law Section, Marijuana Law Section, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

Mr. Boyle's extensive trial skills and representation has also extended to a focus on cases involving allegations of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault, and Firearm and Self-Defense cases, major Controlled Substance.  His experience and trial skills and training have allowed for success in these most difficult and serious practice areas. He has presented throughout the State on these topics, and shares his knowledge in Trial practice with Attorneys throughout the State.

Mr. Boyle has received significant recognition in his accomplishments including Rising Star by Super Lawyers, AVVO 10 Rating and Client Satisfaction Award, and 1 of 5 Lawyers in Criminal Defense recognized by Grand Rapids Busines Journal and Grand Rapids Magazine as Top Lawyer. 

 

 

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Location

Barone Defense Firm
61 Commerce Ave SW, Ste 504
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Barone Defense Firm
280 N. Old Woodward, Ste 200
Birmingham, MI, 48009
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Reviews

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Posted by Dustin | January 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great help
I hired Mr. Boyle for a DUI 3rd offense and was facing felony charges and time in prison. He was able to get me into sobriety court with no time served and charges dropped to a misdemeanor after probation. After finishing sobriety court mechanics working on my car violated my breathalyzer, and the state revoked my license. I reached out the Mr. Boyle and he was able to get that decision corrected for me. Hopefully I'll never have to but I would seek his services in a heartbeat if I ever needed to again
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2024
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DWI charge dismissed
I’m from Illinois but I was charged in Michigan while I was on vacation. With this being my first criminal conviction Mr. Boyle was professional and straight to business. Not only did he defend my case but he found counseling and a mentor to show I’m willing to change my actions for the better. In court he spoke on my name as if he had known me my whole life. Throughout the whole process I never felt abandoned, misinformed, or judged even as a minority. My original charge was dismissed thanks to Mr. Boyle’s hard work and although the process can take a long time, as long as you’re willing to put in the effort and help him help you, I can assure you Mr. Boyle will do everything in his power to get the outcome you want. Picking a lawyer is hard, don’t make another wrong choice. Hire Michael J. Boyle as your attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2023
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professional & helpful attorney!
Very compassionate, professional & helpful attorney! I will highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2023
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Review
Was very professional, personable and knowledgable. Was able to get my case a very favorable outcome and was helpful the entire duration of the process.
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST Attorney - Would Absolutely Recommend!
Mike Boyle gave me the rest of my life. After catching a charge for yet another DUI, I was afraid and thought that my life was going to change, for the worse, forever. That was until Mike came on the scene. I chose to hire him and change representation from my previous attorney based on recommendations from friends, reviews, his track record, and excellent credentials. Mike is absolutely someone who genuinely cared about me and helping me get my life back. He was almost always available, and when he wasn't, he responded quickly every time I reached out. He was able to get very creative to work out a deal with the prosecutor when it seemed like the cards were stacked against me. He was extremely and surprisingly thorough and left no stone unturned. He considered every angle and every option to work hard in getting me as favorable outcome as he could. In the end, the deal we got came from what he referred to as "a hail Mary." Well, I'm super thankful that he was willing to at least throw the ball. Mike is very knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and experienced. He has lots of connections. He kept me informed through the entire process and never left me wondering what would happen next. I absolutely recommend Mike as a defense attorney. He was worth every single cent of his fee, and I have absolutely zero regrets hiring him. I'm very grateful that he was on my team.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2023
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DWI Case
Michael Boyle exceeded my hopes and expectations for what I was looking for in a lawyer. He made sure everything went as it should and made the whole process so much easier than it could’ve been. You can tell he is an expert at what he does. I would recommend Michael’s services to anyone that is in need of a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2023
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Best attorney that walked
Mr. Boley did a fantastic job on my case I was wrongly convicted and he got it all sorted out for me. He was clear and to the point on what he needed as well as what the court needed. Can't thank him enough . D Schild
Posted by Carl | April 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barone law firm is the way to go.
Mr. Boyle was very professional. He went way above and beyond on handling my case. He kept me in the loop on anything that was going on.I feared the worst for me and my future but he fought for me, I never expected such a good outcome. If you are skeptical about a lawyer to hire then look no further because you will not find one any better than Mr. Boyle.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2023
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DUI (1st Offense)
I found myself in a tough situation after being arrested and I consulted with Mike shortly after. He provided me with a lot of helpful information and I hired him on the spot. Throughout my case, Mike was always on top of everything and available to answer questions that I had at all hours of the day. Mike instructed me on what I could do to be proactive to help the probability of a better outcome for my case. Mike was able to negotiate a plea deal that reduced the original charge that I was facing and helped me to avoid probation when it came time for sentencing. Mike has been a great lawyer and I definitely recommend him.
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Posted by James | April 14, 2023
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Beyond Words
In February of 2023, Michael Boyle saved my life. In 2020, I was falsely accused of a crime. This case was unique due to its timing, improper investigation, and inconsistent statements. From day one, Michael Boyle stood by my side and represented me. He was completely transparent, understanding, and controlled my expectations throughout the entire ordeal (which included an investigation, arraignment, and trial). Today, I am a free man. I am free for two reasons. 1) I was/am/and will always be innocent of this crime. 2) Michael J. Boyle I have the utmost respect for him and will forever be indebted to him for what he did for my family and myself. He saved my life.
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Posted by Eric | September 30, 2022
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Outstanding service!
I contacted Barrone law firm. Within 24 hours Michael Boyle had been in contact with me and took my case. Through out the process, Michael was always extremely prompt to get back to me with any questions I had. Michael also did an excellent job of explaining all the different steps along the way and was very informative about the different options and possibilities that either did, or had the potential to come up. All my interactions with him were positive, encouraging. Yet, he also pointed out possible problems etc in a straightforward manner which was very appreciated. On top of that the results were spectacular. I would very highly recommend Michael Boyle if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing a lawyer. 3
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney and person
I highly recommend Mike to anyone! He is very knowledgable, and goes the extra mile to help his clients. He went out of his way to hear my story and take his time to look into the case. His understanding of the law is remarkable and he really cares to help his clients get the best outcomes in reasonable time. I would recommend Mike to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2022
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Fantastic attorney
I was referred to Mike for my OWI arrest, and he did an amazing job of minimizing the damage this arrest had on my life and family. He was even able to get my charge reduced to impaired in a county that has very strict OWI policies. I would highly recommend Mike for any OWI case.
Posted by Cameron | January 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
ALBATROSS!
Working with Michael is a breeze! He answers all calls, texts, and emails promptly. He works with you kindly so you understand exactly what's going on and he sticks to the books! He took the stress away throughout the whole process. I believe he could just sense I was innocent, and I was helpless to the system without him. With a court appointed attorney steering me to plea right at the beginning, I hired Mike. With his genuine passion for his job, his willingness to go all the way for your money, and his level of understanding, all charges dismissed! 2 years later I am left with relief and knowing that the amount of money was worth every penny with Michael Boyle. He really throws the books right in their faces! Thanks Michael, my family was counting on you, and your loyalty!
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Posted by Liyah | January 22, 2022
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The best
I found myself in a sticky situation with a gun charge last year. He helped me take care of that problem. Not only do I still have a clean record, but my CCW as well. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by Tyler | October 18, 2021
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Tyler J. Niles
Mike and I worked together on a DUI case of mine in 2014, and he has helped friends of mine as well as myself on cases such as that. Mike is extremely professional. He maintains a great relationship with every party involved. He is marked by his bow ties. He’s a caring person. Empathetic to a degree that I haven’t even seen in some therapist, nor family members. He truly cares. You can see true emotion in his eyes, and hear it in his voice, as well as the plan that he iterates for you- a direction to start and follow. A plan not just to get out of jail, but to get better. If you’ve come to him, you likely have a problem that needs addressing, whether you admit it or not. He knows this. He won’t force it on you, but you won’t succeed shortly or long term if you don’t try hard. I come from a family, industry, and have an extremely strong self awareness, and I screwed up. Compassion, empathy, effort, intuition, clear intellect. I’ll never be able to say enough about Mike. He deserves everything he’s worth, and every accolade.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2020
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first time DUI
Attorney Boyle represented me for a first time DUI case. I was very impressed with the way he handled my case. He fought very hard on my behalf every step of the way and I was very happy with the end result of my sentence. He was never late to a meeting or court appointment. He answered every single question I had promptly and it was obvious he was very experienced in his field. He was very supportive which i appreciated as first time offender but also fought hard for me.I would highly recommend him to any person with a legal issue.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
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Fantastic Job!
I was involved in a High BAC case and faced serious consequences. Hiring Mike Boyle was a great decision. He and his staff answered all of my (many) questions and were very responsive. In fact, I received a callback within minutes Sunday of a holiday weekend after reaching out for a consultation. This immediately made me feel at ease despite the legal ramifications staring me in the face. Mike took the time to guide me through the entire process, what proactive measures to take, and kept me informed every step of the way. I ended up taking a plea deal which was the best outcome I could hope for and sentencing actually took place the same day as the plea. This meant no waiting around for weeks wondering what would transpire. In the end, I avoided jail time and was sentenced to less than a year of long-distance probation as I'm an out of state resident. I can't say enough good things about Mike Boyle and his team. I highly recommend him for anyone facing similar charges or an OWI offense. Thank you, Mike and team!
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Posted by Jacob | August 25, 2020
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A second chance
It's hard to put into words on what my lawyer Michael J. Boyle has done for me the past five months. Since the first day that I had hired Mr. Boyle he has been by my side through the entire process of my case. Any questions I had - he answered them. Mr. Boyle is an honest lawyer, that is quick and to the point. Which I really appreciated throughout the case. My original charge was a felony, which is one of the most anxiety inducing things that a person can hear. Just a few days ago I had my sentencing and it had gone from a felony to a misdemeanor, all thanks to Mike Boyle. The difference between the two charges are drastically different, and I firmly believe my lawyer got me the best possible outcome. Today I sit here with a second chance and I am grateful! Michael J. Boyle is Honest; Punctual, Hard working, and will relieve a lot of your anxieties. I can't think of anything that he failed to do within my case. I felt he truly cared about my future, and took everything very seriously. I highly recommend hiring him as your attorney if you are in need.
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Posted by Dan | May 6, 2020
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I engaged Mike and his firm subsequent to an arrest for a DUI I received. Prior to engaging Mike's firm, he and his team provided me with excellent counsel and support, which continued every step of the way through the process. Due largely in part to Mike's efforts, I received a most-favorable outcome. Though I am a resident of Illinois, Mike and his team continued to assist me during my probationary period and were always readily available to answer questions as it related to my driver eligibility not only in Michigan but in my home state. I highly recommend Mike!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barone Defense Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Barone Defense Firm
  • 2005 - Present
  • Teaching Assistant to Adjunct Professor
  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2008 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Boyle Law Office
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Albion College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • CSC 3rd Degree - NOT GUILTY
  • Not Guilty
  • CSC 1st and 2nd Dismissed
  • Pled to Attempted Child Abuse.
  • Felony with .35 = No Jail. No Felony
  • Felony Dismissed
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Associations

  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA)
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Clear Water Counseling & Wellness
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Marijuana Law Section - State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Michigan Association of Operating While Intoxicated Attorneys (MIAOWIA)
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NACDL
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The National College for DUI Defense - NCDD
  • General Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (ISIAL)
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Michigan DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Claystone Clinical Associates
  • Advisory Board
  • 2012 - 2017
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Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer - Criminal Defense
  • Grand Rapids Magazine / Business Journal
  • 2019
  • 2018 - Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • ARIDE Certifcate
  • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement
  • 2017
  • 2017 - Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • 2016 - Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • 2016 - Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 - SuperLawyers Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • 2015 - Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2014 - Rising Star Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • 2013 Rising Star - SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • 2012 Rising Star - Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Graduate Member
  • Trial Lawyer College
  • 2012
  • Drug Recognition Expert - Certification
  • NHTSA/IACP approved DRE training curriculum, MIAOWIA, Lance Platt, PhD
  • 2012
  • 1st Place - 20th Annual Cooley Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Cooley Law School and Alumni Association
  • 2009
  • BAC TRACKER Certification
  • National Forensic Science Consultancy
  • 2008
  • 1st Place - 19th Annual Cooley Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Cooley Law School and Alumni Association
  • 2008
  • SFST Practitioner
  • NHTSA/IACP Standardardized Field Sobriety Practitioner Court presented by D.R.E/S.F.S.T. Instructor
  • 2007
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Certification
  • Tony Corroto Enterprises - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) and Int'l Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • 2007
  • 2014 Rising Star - Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • 2013 Rising Star - SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Cannabis and Cars
  • FOIA and THC Blood Testing
  • 2019
  • Trial Skills
  • Cross Examination
  • 2018
  • Trial Skills
  • Opening Statements
  • 2018
  • Marijuana Criminal Law Seminar
  • Handling Marijuana DUID Case
  • 2017
  • Advanced DUI Defense Seminar
  • Advanced DUI Trial Practice Round Table
  • 2013
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Discovering the Story
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Mike through various criminal defense seminars we attend together. Mike is the attorney I trust to consult with when I need information or expert advice about drunk or drugged driving cases. Mike is top notch."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Boyle is the go-to lawyer in West Michigan for DUI / DWI defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the tremendous opportunity to work with Mr. Boyle for the last 5 years. When I first started practicing, Mr. Boyle was assigned to train me in our field of OWI defense. I don't think I could have asked for a better mentor. Since then, we have had countless cases, both together and separately. We have had to rely upon each other to cover appearances and aid with case preparation. I can think of no one I trust more to get the job done. I have also had the pleasure of witnessing Mr. Boyle handle several trials. It is in trial that his personality and commitment to his clients really comes through. I have often been amazed at his successes in the face of impossible odds. If you are looking for a lawyer to genuinely care about your case and fight it like it is his own, then Mr. Boyle is the right man for you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great Lawyer at a Great Firm. I'm glad they aren't here in Virginia competing with me!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Boyle is a top notch DUI/DWI lawyer who understands both the law and the science necessary to effectively represent his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great person and great lawyer. Just spent a week with him at Michigan's Drug Recognition Evaluation Seminar and came away extremely impressed."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Boyle is an exceptional drunk driving attorney who works for an outstanding DUI firm. His intelligence and knowledge about this field is impressive and he gets great results for his clients. I highly recommend Michael Boyle."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mike works very hard, is very bright and demands excellence from himself."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Friend
"I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to see Mike in action as his compassion for the client really shines through, no matter what phase of lititgation he is in. His depth of knowledge and personal experiences sets him apart when dealing with tough negotiations. He is a great advocate and I would personally reccomend him to clients, friends and family, as I have done before. I endorse this lawyer's work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike Boyle has been an associate of the Barone Defense Firm for many years, and during this time he has been an excellent student. I can say without reservation that Mike is now one of the top DUI defense lawyers in Michigan. Mike is also an excellent trial lawyer, and is one of the few Michigan lawyers that really know how to try and win a drunk driving case. This is because he has the skill and training that allows him to articulate the most arcane aspect of the law in a way that persuades the Court to find in favor of his client. When before a jury Mike can also break down that legal reasoning to a simplified level so that a person who sits as juror can understand and appreciate it and this is why he has so many trial victories. On top of all this, Mike is an excellent negotiator who often uses his persuasive power to avoid trial and thereby to obtain unbelievable reductions for his clients. Mike is a lawyer who also really cares about his clients.He won’t stop trying to win."
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Grand Rapids DUI and DWI Lawyer Michael J. Boyle
Michael J. Boyle
DUI and DWI Attorney
Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation