An attorney who represents persons accused of drunk and drugged driving cannot do it effectively unless they have the specialized education and experience with chemical testing. Almost every case involves a breath test measurement of bodily alcohol or a blood test for the presence and measurement of drugs. What we are talking about is science which many attorneys are afraid of or simply think they do not need to learn. The fact is that an attorney can represent a person for drunk driving and do no more than accept the results of a chemical test as accurate and plea them guilty. That is not an effective and expert drunk driving lawyer. That is not a lawyer who the prosecutors fear and judges respect.
Understanding exactly how and why these chemical tests work is necessary for the best possible defense. Further the attorney must understand the way drugs and alcohol effects the body. That is especially true for drugs these days as police officers all over the country are receiving specialized training on investigating drugged driving offenses. They are being trained as “Drug Recognition Experts (DRE)
” and given training like the “Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection Enforcement (ARIDE)
“. An attorney fighting these cases must be specifically trained on the science behind blood drug testing and how these drugs effect the human body.
The American Chemical Society sponsors this training through three courses held at the Axion Laboratories in Chicago, Illinois. They are called the Hands-On Forensic Chromatography Training Courses
. In June of 2014 Barton Morris graduated from the third one , having completed the first two. This course focused on Driving under the Influence of Drugs Offenses
. It was taught by Dr. Lee Polite and Dr. Jimmie Valentine,
two nationally renowned experts in the field of analytical chemistry and pharmacology, respectively. The course materials included lectures on the five different major drugs of abuse including Benzodiazepines (such as in Xanax, Valium, and Ambien), Opioid Analgesics pain drugs (heroine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine), Sympathomimetic Amines (Methamphetamines, Ecstasy) , Cannabinoids (marijuana) and Cocaine. We learn specifically about the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamincs of drugs which teach us how they effect the body. What makes this course different than any other in the country, is that we are taught hands on drug analysis techniques where we use a real analytical science laboratory and perform the same testing of drugs on biological samples using the same equipment used in state forensic science laboratories. This hands on experience provides the attorney with a real life training and understanding of how the tests are performed and a real understanding of how mistakes can be made. This class dispels the notion that science and chemical testing is always right. Many attorneys simply want to believe a blood test because getting the knowledge to fight it is a lot of work. They can still make money by getting a plea bargain and pleading people guilty. The only way to truly fight these cases is to learn how they do it, understand how it works and then fight them in court. That is what
the Axion course teaches lawyers to do.
Barton Morris has already used his scientific knowledge from his two previous Axion classes to the benefit of his clients very effectively. What is even better is that more and more prosecutors are learning that Barton Morris knows what he is talking about when it comes to chemical testing and how drugs and alcohol effect the body. Having completed the third class gives Barton Morris even more knowledge possessed by very few attorneys to effectively fight drunk and drugged driving cases. In fact, to date, Barton Morris is the only attorney in Michigan to complete all three classes and one of only 50 lawyers in the United States.
Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer providing high quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for 20 years. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is prepared to take on complex legal issues with success. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.
Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.
Barton Morris was chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020 for DUI/DWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. Barton Morris was also chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for 2014-2020 and Barton Morris is the only Lawyer in Michigan designated by the American Chemical Society as a “Forensic Lawyer-Scientist”