by Attorney Patrick T. Barone
of Michigan vs. A. V.
39th Judicial District Court
client's perspective) I contacted Mr. Patrick Barone after being
arrested for my third drunk driving offense within seven years. The third
charge carried a felony conviction and my concern prompted me to find
the best defense attorney I could find. Previously, I had secured an attorney
through the courts but this time I knew I could not rely on just any court-appointed
for my case well in advance. During the preparation process, Mr. Barone
kept me informed of all my rights and was completely up front about the
type of punishment I would be facing. He also advised me of all the measures
I should take to ensure a positive outcome. He shared knowledge gained
from many years of experience that ultimately helped me find some peace
of mind during a very tumultuous time. I was very grateful for this.
When it came
time for my pre-trial, Mr. Barone successfully negotiated a plea bargain
that dropped my charge from a third time felony offense to a second offense
misdemeanor. This victory saved me from facing some serious jail time
in addition to a felony charge. But Mr. Barone was not done.
sentencing date, he drafted a six-page Sentencing Memorandum, which made
a very strong case for rehabilitation as opposed to jail time. In the
Memorandum, Mr. Barone cited several previous cases that set precedents
for alternatives to lengthy jail time. I did not know what effect this
would have on the outcome of the case, but it proved to be a powerful
force in the courtroom.
On my sentencing
date, Mr. Barone spoke gallantly on my behalf, referencing the Sentencing
Memorandum while emphasizing a strong recommendation for leniency. When
he was finished, the judge paused in silence for a good five minutes before
saying, and I quote, “Mr. X, your attorney has done a very thorough job.
It’s not every day I receive a Sentencing Memorandum. You should be thanking
the judge handed down a relatively light sentence with no jail time. I
cannot describe the feelings of relief that swept over me. I owe Mr. Barone
for his wise counsel and unparalleled skill in the courtroom. He not only
gave me a chance for freedom but he gave me the strength and confidence
I needed to get through this painful ordeal.
Patrick - A.V.
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