Barton W. MorrisBarton W. Morris

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michigan

undefinedBarton Morris is Michigan’s only Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designated by the American Chemical Society and has been providing high-quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for over 20 years. He continually emphasizes continuing legal education as he has attended several programs and seminars to enhance and perfect his practice. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot. Barton has also demonstrated his proficiency in effectively challenging several types of evidence with the latest defense strategies in the field. Further, Barton Morris has received specialized training in the forensic analysis of solid dose controlled substances and biological specimens, which allows him to successfully argue scientific defenses including questionable forensic laboratory practices. Barton Morris is a very accomplished trial attorney having been trained by Gerry Spence and the skilled trial attorneys at the exclusive Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming. Having performed countless successful criminal jury trials means Barton Morris has the experience necessary to provide excellent representation to his clients. He is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Trial Lawyer’s College Alumni Association, the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. Additionally, Barton serves on the faculty of the National College for DUI Defense and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association. 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.

Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges, and prosecutors. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case. Mr. Morris fights for his clients and does not take a case just to plead a client guilty. Effective trial litigation and preparation is the best way to achieve the best results. When the prosecutor and judge know that the defense attorney is prepared for trial and will do an exceptional job, great deals are had.

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Barton Morris is also a very experienced federal criminal defense attorney having practiced extensively in the Eastern and Western Federal Districts of Michigan. He has successfully litigated federal criminal cases in the areas of health care and Medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, as well as drug trafficking prosecutions involving cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, and ecstasy. He has also tried cases involving murder of a federal witness, production, possession and distribution of child pornography, and money laundering. Barton has the experience and skill to handle any complex criminal prosecution in the Eastern and Western Districts.

In October of 2014, Barton Morris was the first attorney in Michigan to earn the American Chemical Society designation Forensic Lawyer-Scientist due to the completion of several intensive courses in forensic chromatography comprised of over 160 hours of education and lab and passing a very difficult comprehensive examination. Barton Morris is 1 of only 22 attorneys in the nation to have earned this distinction.

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Barton Morris has earned several professional distinctions including being chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2019 for criminal defense by DBusiness and Hour Magazine. He is rated 10/10 by AVVO and Barton has been selected to Super Lawyers® in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Accomplishments

  • Graduate Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, Bachelor in Business Administration, May 1994
  • Graduate Michigan State University College of Law, May 1998
  • Graduate NCDD Summer Session, Harvard Law School, July 2013
  • Trial Lawyer’s College Alumni F Warrior Board Member, Region 7 2013-2016
  • Graduate Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, September 2011
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Faculty and Board Member 2014-present
  • Marijuana Legal Workgroup, Selected Member on behalf of AG Dana Nessel, 2019-present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, President, 2019-present
  • Graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, June 1999
  • Graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Criminal Defense College, August 2010
  • Clerk for the Honorable David F. Breck, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge 1995-1998
  • Featured on Let It Rip, WJBK – My Fox Detroit, August 2011 and February 2018
  • Rated 10/10 by AVVO
  • Selected Super Lawyer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Selected a Top Lawyer of 2012, 2013 and 2014 by DBusiness Magazine
  • Media Appearances on 89X, 101 WRIF, 97.1 The Ticket, Fox 2 Let it Rip, WXYZ Channel 7

Certificates of Completion

  • American Chemical Society “Lawyer-Scientist” Designation, October 2014
  • American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography Solid Drug Testing Course, April 2014
  • American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography GC/FID Blood Alcohol Testing Course, August 2013 and October 2014
  • American Chemical Society Forensic Chromatography – GC/MS DUID Course, June 2014
  • Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) Practitioner Course – two times
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner Course – two times
  • DMT Datamaster Evidential Breath Testing Operator Training Course
  • BAC Datamaster Evidential Breath Testing Operator Training Course

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, admitted November 6, 1998
  • State Bar of Michigan, Marijuana Law Section, Board Member 2016-2020, Chair of Science Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
  • Criminal Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan
  • National College of DUI Attorneys, General Member, Faculty
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, Inaugural and Board Member
  • Trustee, DUI Defense Lawyers Justice Foundation
  • Charter Member and Faculty, DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Chemical Society, Chemistry and Law Division
  • American Academy of Forensic Scientists

Licensed to Practice Law

  • State of Michigan
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Email Barton at BMorris@BartonMorris.com

Blogs by Barton Morris

Recent Posts
  • Closing the Divide between the Forensic Scientists and Defense Attorneys
    Closing the Divide between the Forensic Scientists and Defense Attorneys
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division is responsible for testing blood samples for the presence and quantification of alcohol and/or ...

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  • How to Keep the Airport Police from Stealing Your Cash
    How to Keep the Airport Police from Stealing Your Cash
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Law enforcement civil asset forfeiture abuse is out of control and it is most evident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The Airport Police and Drug ...

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  • Drivers Cannot Consent to Search Passenger Belongings
    Drivers Cannot Consent to Search Passenger Belongings
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Since 2007, Michigan law held that when a police officer received consent from the driver to search the passenger compartment of a vehicle, that ...

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  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Now Requires Criminal Conviction Under Michigan Law
    Civil Asset Forfeiture Now Requires Criminal Conviction Under Michigan Law
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Gov. Whitmer signed a package of three bills to reform civil asset forfeiture in a significant manner. Now Michigan law ...

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  • Eric Smith and The Issue with Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
    Eric Smith and The Issue with Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Throughout my entire career, I have witnessed first hand how county sheriff’s and county prosecutors abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. ...

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  • Is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregiver's Grow Separate From the 12 Plants One Can Grow For Personal Use?
    Is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregiver's Grow Separate From the 12 Plants One Can Grow For Personal Use?
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Michigan caregivers want to know whether they can grow their allowed number of plants plus the 12 permitted under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation ...

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  • Driver License Restoration: Out-of-state Administrative Reviews and Clearances
    Driver License Restoration: Out-of-state Administrative Reviews and Clearances
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Is Michigan’s hold on your driver license preventing you from getting one in the state where you now live? If so, you will need to request an ...

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  • What About Marijuana Expungement?
    What About Marijuana Expungement?
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    In 1972 Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act which made marijuana a schedule one controlled substance. This was despite the fact that The ...

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  • "Gifting" Marijuana for Profit - Is it legal? What are the potential penalties
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act was effective on December 15, 2019. It specifically permits a person to “give away or otherwise ...

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  • How Does The Best DUI Lawyer In Michigan Beat A Breath Alcohol Test
    How Does The Best DUI Lawyer In Michigan Beat A Breath Alcohol Test
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Everyone is aware that when they are pulled over for suspicion of operating while intoxicated, you will be asked to provide a breath sample. What ...

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  • Celebrating 20 Years in the Practice of Law
    Celebrating 20 Years in the Practice of Law
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    On November 6, 2018, I celebrated the fact that I have been a licensed Michigan attorney for 20 years. In November of 1998, I was a law clerk for the ...

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  • The New Criminal and Civil Penalties under Michigan's New Marijuana Law
    The New Criminal and Civil Penalties under Michigan's New Marijuana Law
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    With the passing of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) aka Proposal 1, there is a brand new and quite revolutionary set of ...

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  • How Does Proposition 1 Affect My Probation?
    How Does Proposition 1 Affect My Probation?
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    I have been receiving numerous calls lately about the recent passage of Proposition 1 (The legalization of recreational marijuana). The main question ...

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  • Can Fire Department Paramedics Draw Blood for DUI Investigations?
    Can Fire Department Paramedics Draw Blood for DUI Investigations?
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Barton Morris says NO. Here is why. There are two main chemical tests to determine the amount of alcohol in a driver for evidence in drunk driving ...

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  • How I Negotiated a Dismissal of Possession and Cultivation Charges Involving 250 Pounds of Marijuana
    How I Negotiated a Dismissal of Possession and Cultivation Charges Involving 250 Pounds of Marijuana
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    My client was a medical marijuana patient and caregiver for five additional patients. The West Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) executed a search ...

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  • Update on Royal Oak's Unlawful Vehicle Noise Ordinance
    Update on Royal Oak's Unlawful Vehicle Noise Ordinance
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Woodward Avenue is host of the Annual Dream Cruise which draws thousands of car enthusiasts and their vehicles all summer long. Many of those vehicles ...

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  • Barton Morris Obtains Acquittal of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
    Barton Morris Obtains Acquittal of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Acquittal of driving under the influence of marijuana resulting in death using the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act Section 8 defense Myah had left work ...

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  • Barton Morris Earns Dismissal in Federal Court Drug Trafficking Case
    Barton Morris Earns Dismissal in Federal Court Drug Trafficking Case
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    Knock and Talk On October 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm seven heavily armed Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agents and a drug dog arrived at my client Mario’s ...

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  • 5 Ways to Fight a Marijuana DUI in Michigan
    5 Ways to Fight a Marijuana DUI in Michigan
    Posted by Barton Morris, Founder and Principal Attorney

    With an increase of marijuana use in Michigan there has also been an increase of marijuana impaired driving arrests. Michigan law currently penalizes ...

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