Criminal Defense Testimonials
“It was my birthday and I attended a Ted Nugent concert at the Soaring Eagle Casino. What was supposed to be a great night, turned out to be a nightmare. I was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and charged with, can you believe it, “disturbing the peace” at the Ted Nugent concert. I went to court and told the prosecutor that I thought these charges were ridiculous, but they wouldn’t listen and wanted me to plead guilty. I went to attorney Joe Barberi and took my case to him. Mr. Barberi went back to the assistant prosecutor and tried to convince him that my case should be dropped. He also wouldn’t listen to him. I didn’t know what to do. Mr. Barberi told me that I should never plead guilty to something that I didn’t do, yet I really didn’t want to go to trial and face all of the costs and worry about having a jury trial. Mr. Barberi convinced me that my reputation and future were more important than anything else, and he gave me the confidence and belief that if he took my case to trial, he would not lose. I know Mr. Barberi’s reputation for winning cases, so I made the decision to trust him and take my chances at trial. At the last minute, the assistant prosecutor tried to offer me a deal to “divert my case” and for me to pay an oversight fee, but I would still end up paying the court a lot of money and having to be on a court supervised status for the next six months when I had done nothing wrong.
Again, I told Mr. Barberi I would trust him and take my chances with a jury trial. At my trial, after Mr. Barberi cross-examined the police officer, it was clear to everyone in the courtroom that the police had, as Mr. Barberi stated, “rushed to judgment,” and made all the wrong decisions by arresting me and charging me with these crimes. When Mr. Barberi gave his closing argument to the jury, he advised the jury that by the “speed of their verdict” they needed to send a message to the police and the prosecutor that I never should have been charged and this case should have never been brought before the jury. Thirteen minutes after the jury left the courtroom, they returned “Not Guilty” verdicts on both counts. I can truly say, without hesitation, that anyone who has a criminal justice problem should contact Mr. Barberi and his staff. They did an excellent job of preparing me and my witnesses for trial and Mr. Barberi’s courtroom performance was one that I will never forget. I rate Mr. Barberi and his entire law firm five stars.”
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
“I hired Mr. Barberi’s firm because the reputation for Mr. Barberi’s firm is that they are the best. My attorneys did an amazing job preparing me for trial. Mr. Barberi tried my case in the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court before a jury of my Native American peers. When Mr. Barberi was done cross-examining the main witness against me, I knew I was in good hands. The jury deliberated for about a half-hour before returning “Not Guilty” verdicts on all charges against me. Many of the jurors commented afterwards that they were very impressed by my attorney and the job he had done for me. The word out on the street is that most attorneys usually want people to take some sort of deal and plead guilty to a crime, even if the individual doesn’t think they did anything wrong. I got into a bad situation because the police got called and when they showed up, they decided that someone needed to be arrested. That ended up being me, and I did not believe I had done anything wrong. Thank God for Mr. Barberi and his staff – I trusted Mr. Barberi and his law firm to come through for me. I recommend Mr. Barberi and his firm to anyone who has a criminal justice problem. There’s no question that they will fight to get the best result for you, that’s one thing I am sure of.”
David Perez, III
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Member
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
“Recently my husband and I had a consultation with David Barberi. I’ve never had a lawyer be as nice and professional as David was. David took the time to speak with us and didn’t try to hurry us out the door in 15 minutes, like we have had happen to us in the past with other firms. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of a consultation or representation. David, thank you for putting us at ease and taking care of business so promptly. After speaking with David, we now have faith not all lawyers are just about squeezing money out of people. We can’t thank you enough David and we appreciate the job you did. Keep up the good work!
“At Joseph T. Barberi, P.C., the legal services we received from Attorney Geoffrey Rettig and his legal assistant, Kathy Mayes, were exemplary. From the very beginning of their representation, process and procedure of the court system were explained in detail. Mr. Rettig and Ms. Mayes were always available for questions and kept us apprised of what was happening on an ongoing basis. We were made to feel very comfortable with the representation we received and were very satisfied with the outcome of our case. I would highly recommend this law firm.”
Central Michigan resident
“Both Mr. Rettig and his legal assistant were very helpful in this matter. Thank you so much. I also appreciate everything the team at Joseph T. Barberi, P.C., did for me. I felt that Mr. Rettig drew me into his personal family, and treated me and made decisions about my case as if I were a member of his own family. I do hope that I will never need a criminal attorney again, but if I do, Mr. Rettig would be my first choice.”
Gratiot County resident
“I was recently pulled over for drunk driving in Mt. Pleasant. I had never had any experience with lawyers and knew there were many choices in the area. I hired David Barberi immediately after meeting with him. He was extremely professional and was very easy to get a hold of at any time. He guided me through a very difficult time, and I could not have asked for anything more from him.”
“I was on vacation with my family in Mount Pleasant and made a stupid mistake. I got arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. I spent the next eight hours in jail and had to have my wife and son bail me out.
I had never been in any trouble before and searched for an attorney in the Mount Pleasant area. After reading several testimonials, I decided to hire the Joseph T. Barberi law firm. Geoffrey Rettig and his assistant, Kathy Mayes, immediately put my mind at ease and assured me about my case. They kept in constant contact with me over the next several months while waiting for my blood test results to come back from the state.
Barberi Law was able to negotiate a lesser charge and penalty with the prosecutor, including no further jail time. Having Barberi Law at my side during my court appearance made a difficult situation go very smooth. My attorney was confident, diligent and very professional.
I would definitely recommend Barberi Law to anyone needing legal assistance in the Mount Pleasant area.”
Roseville, Michigan, resident