Michigan DUI OWI Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers

Do you want a real DUI firm or one who pretends to be?

At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, we have trained DUI lawyers who are experts at handling all types of OWI cases. We do not take a case with the intent to plead a client guilty at the first offer made. We know that getting the best result often times means doing the work necessary to earn it.

A good DUI lawyer must understand the evidence common in a DUI case

Every DUI case requires expertise on the following subject matter:

DUI Detection And Enforcement
This includes how the officer is trained to observe a motor vehicle in motion and the driver immediately after the stop. This also includes the non-standardized field sobriety testing.

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
There are three standardized field sobriety tests that are always administered.

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN)
  • The walk-and-turn
  • One-leg stand test

The Officer’s Arrest Decision
Every police officer is trained how to make an arrest decision based upon the tests conducted, driving observed and observations of the driver

Chemical Bodily Alcohol Testing
There are three different tests that are administered by law enforcement to determine a driver’s bodily alcohol content.

Preliminary Breath Test (PBT)
Administered on the road, before arrest – not admissible as evidence of BAC.

Datamaster DMT Breath Test
Administered at the police station, typically two times. This test, only if administered properly and the instrument is maintained properly, can be admissible in court to determine a driver’s BAC.

Whole Blood Test
Blood can be drawn pursuant to consent or a search warrant. The blood has to be drawn by a qualified person, under the supervision of a doctor and delivered to the Michigan State Police as soon as possible after it is drawn. Results can be admissible in court to prove a driver’s BAC.

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A good DUI lawyer knows what the prosecutor is thinking and how to be persuasive


DUI offenses are the most common criminal offenses in the criminal justice system. For that reason, prosecutors and judges are very set in their ways about how to deal with them. They often have “policy directives,” which means they have been told how to deal with them to promote fair treatment and a particular objective (like to be known for being harsh on DUI offenders).
The very best DUI lawyers:

It will not matter if the lawyer is “friends”with the prosecutor or judge. It does not matter whether the defendant has a job that cannot tolerate a DUI offense (like a person with a CDL or job that depends upon driving). There is only one way to get a prosecutor or judge to deviate from their policy; if an experienced and well known DUI defense lawyer shows them they have a problem with their case.

First, it is necessary that that the lawyer has to be a “known and successful” DUI defense lawyer. With anyone else, the prosecutor will not take them seriously. Unless the prosecutor knowns that the lawyer is experienced and has the ability to take the case to trial and win, they have no incentive to offer anything special. They will not believe them because most lawyers do not know DUI defense. In fact, most lawyers have never tried a DUI case. If they have, it has only been one or two. A real DUI lawyer has tried dozens of DUI cases. Of course, it helps to have won a majority of them.

Great DUI defense lawyers are well known by the judges, prosecutors and the police officers. They are properly trained and skilled lawyers who know more than every person in the courtroom. They understand the legal defenses inside and out. Additionally, they are experts at forensic scientific evidence, which is what is necessary to fight a chemical test. Every DUI case has a chemical test. If the defense lawyer does not know how to fight it, then they do not know how to fight a driving under the influence case. A defense attorney must be able to formulate an effective defense strategy applying the State’s DUI laws.

This means the best DUI lawyer has to be a great trial lawyer. That is the only true threat to a prosecutor. Most lawyers never try any cases, let alone DUI cases because they are the hardest. The best DUI lawyer must be trained and possess a solid understanding of scientific principles including metrology, analytical chemistry, biological chemistry and medical science. Additionally, a DUI lawyer has to know what medical conditions may interfere with chemical testing for alcohol. They must also know the science behind field sobriety tests and how police are trained to perform and evaluate them.

The best DUI lawyers in Michigan know that every measurement is not precise and every measurement has a degree of measurement uncertainly. Every measurement is nothing more than an estimation, and some are better than others. This principle is more important when the “estimation” of BAC of the accused is closer to the legal limit. In cases when the BAC is not near the legal limit, there are still good defenses.BAC Levels and Charges Under Michigan Law

When the BAC is not consistent with the visual observations that may have been captured by a video recording device in the police car recording the DUI tests after the traffic stop, there is a disconnect between the two pieces of evidence, which by itself can cause a reasonable doubt.

Only the best DUI lawyers in Michigan know how blood sample alcohol testing works, who is performing them, what their weaknesses are, and most importantly, how to explain these principles to a jury, judge or prosecutor in terms they can understand. The best DUI lawyers also evaluate the arresting officer to determine what level of training they have received and whether they are qualified to perform the field sobriety tests, the breath test and properly observe the blood draw. We also know the officers who always say a person arrested for DUI has watery eyes and red eyes.

When the prosecutor knows the defense lawyer is one of the best DUI lawyers in Michigan and possesses all of the skills mentioned above, like all of the lawyers at the Law Offices of Barton Morris, they will know they are going to either give a good plea deal or work hard until one is given. Prosecutors get paid the same thing regardless if they are fighting the defense or not. Therefore, they have the incentive to give a deal because when someone is not getting paid any extra, naturally, their motivation to work is less and their motivation to settle is greater.

A good DUI lawyer must have a reputation for expertly trying DUI cases

Very few lawyers have tried more than five DUI cases to a jury. However, Barton Morris has tried more than 30. The reason is that it takes specialized knowledge to successfully try a DUI case. It is not like a shoplifting or assault case where the evidence is much easier to understand. DUI evidence is scientific and takes specific training to learn and effectively use in a trial. Consequently, very few lawyers can actually win a DUI case. It is for that reason, prosecutors do not think they will ever lose a DUI case against a lawyer who does not have a reputation for, not only trying them, but also winning them.

Therefore, only DUI lawyers with a reputation for being DUI trial lawyers have a prosecutor’s attention and respect. It is a well known fact that an expert DUI lawyer will get plea bargains and results that are far better than others.

A good DUI lawyer is always learning how to be better by attending seminars

It is not easy becoming a master at defending DUI cases. That is why there are not many lawyers who truly do it. It takes time, money, dedication and a passion for learning. Most lawyers do not take the time necessary to be good because they are satisfied with being average. They can take a lot of DUI cases and pretend they know what they are doing. The truth is that they know very little.

Ask any lawyer you are thinking about hiring how a breath alcohol test works. Not very many will know or be able to explain even the basics. How can they then know how to beat it? The same thing can be said for a blood test or preliminary breath test (PBT). The best DUI lawyers are always learning how to be the best. There are only a couple places where this instruction has been given. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Barton Morris have been to all of them (and teach them).

The National College of DUI defense is the oldest and most prestigious DUI defense association in the country. They offer four highly regarded courses every year. Every spring, they put on Mastering Scientific Evidence at the Royal Sonesta Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The fact that they devote an entire seminar every year only on scientific evidence for DUI cases demonstrates how important scientific evidence is in a DU case. Every summer, NCDD has seminar at Harvard Law School, which is their highlight of the year. These are three day courses with instruction from morning until evening. Every fall, there is the DUI seminar in Las Vegas, which they host alongside the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC).

The second national DUI defense organization is just as good, if not better. The DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association

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A good DUI lawyer teaches other lawyers how to fight a DUI case the proper way

The second national DUI defense organization is just as good, if not better. The DUI Defense Lawyers Association is the newest, but most popular national DUI defense lawyer organization. Barton Morris is a Charter (original) Member. They also have four highly regarded seminars held all over the country. Barton Morris is a previous DUIDLA Foundation Trustee and Faculty Member.

The Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIOWIA) is the State of Michigan’s DUI defense lawyer’s association. Currently, Barton Morris is its President. They hold two seminars every year for Michigan DUI lawyers on the topics of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Barton Morris regularly lectures at each seminar. Additionally, he organizes each one with his fellow board members. Barton usually teaches topics on blood alcohol testing and field sobriety testing. Atttending these seminars is the best way to learn because there is no place else to learn this valuable information.

One of the best things about these seminars is the opportunity to meet and socialize with others who practice the same thing. We all learn from each other and count on each other a support. We share expert witnesses with each other and communicate with email groups.

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