Timothy M. Barrouk, Esq.
Senior Litigation Associate
I have developed an excellent reputation in Central Pennsylvania for successfully representing clients in litigation areas including criminal law and DUI. With over a decade of criminal law experience, I am a strong trial court advocate who is not afraid to fight for my clients. I have tried well in excess of five dozen cases through to verdict, and have set many more for trial - only to have the opposing counsel settle with a favorable pre-trial resolution. I have also successfully argued multiple cases before the Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, including Com. v. Gause, a case that substantially limited the admissibility of police officers observations of impairment in atrial for Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. In addition, I have successfully fought to reinstate the driving privileges of individuals who refused to submit to chemical testing.
At home in the courtroom, I have earned a statewide reputation as one of the state's top cross-examiners of cooperating witnesses (snitches), complaining witnesses (alleged victims), and police officers (especially the State’s forensic DUI experts). I have been named a 2010 Rising Star and a Super Lawyer every year from 2013 until the present, by Super Lawyers, a prestigious nationwide legal association.
I frequently give presentations to other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars on DUI. These lectures have included topics such as standardized field sobriety testing, defending against a drug recognition expert, defending DUI controlled substance cases, chemical testing, and general DUI defense strategies. I also frequently lecture in the area of self-defense law. In addition to lecturing, I have stayed on the cutting edge by participating in classes and interactive seminars conducted by nationally renowned experts in criminal law, DUI law, forensic science, and trial advocacy.
Attorney Barrouk has rapidly developed a reputation as an attorney who will “roll up his sleeves” and aggressively fight for your rights to the fullest extent of the law.
He believes that there is no such thing as an impossible case and has proven that with hard work and dedication, good results closely follow. His professional motto is "Amazing things happen when you declare 'Ready for Trial, Your Honor'."
Attorney Barrouk has represented countless clients on charges ranging from Summary Offenses to First Degree Murder. He has fought many cases for clients charged with Possession With Intent to Deliver (PWI), including multi-kilogram cocaine distribution cases. He has additionally represented clients charged with Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Simple Assault, Child Endangerment, Drug Possession, and Underage Drinking, and all categories of DUI.
A noted custody law authority, Tim also represents individuals in need of a skilled family law advocate. Tim specializes in all aspects of divorce and custody and uses all ethically available methods to ensure the best interests of the children are realized. He has received extensive training in asset recovery, investigation for equitable distribution, and finding hidden or non-declared assets.
Like all the attorneys at The McShane Firm, Attorney Barrouk continually attends rigorous, specialized DUI training to ensure the best possible DUI representation. Highly-trained in DUI blood and breath testing, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (roadside DUI tests), and forensic science, Tim has the skill to explain these complex issues to a jury in plain language, making him an unequaled trial advocate.
Some highlights of Attorney Barrouk's specialized DUI training include:
- Instructor Rating of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (roadside DUI tests) – a higher level of training than most Pennsylvania police officers.
- Multiple plaques in recognition of attendance at the NCDD Summer Session held at Harvard School of Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Alco-Sensor FST Operator and Instructor certification – the same breathalyzer equipment used by police officers nationwide.
Attorney Barrouk is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania he attended Widener University School of Law focusing his studies in trial advocacy.
He spends most of his evenings working to get his clients the best results possible. In his free time, he has served in leadership roles for local political organizations. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys golfing when time permits.
- Holds a current Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) rating as recognized by the USDOT;
- Instructor rating in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement, Drugs that Impair Driving and Drug Recognition Expert Courses based on the NHTSA curriculum.
- Been conferred plaques in recognition of attendance at the NCDD Summer Session held at Harvard School of Law in Cambridge, Massachusetts;
- Passed the proficiency based testing in Advanced Forensic Blood and Urine
DUI Certificates and Training
I couldn't have asked for a better attorney than Tim. He was so patient with me through the whole process and answered every question I had regardless of how stupid they were. This was my second DUI in 4 years and I refused any testing which calls for an automatic license suspension. Tim fought Penndot on the refusal charge and won and also took my DUI case to trial and won. NOT GUILTY on everything. He is worth every penny I spent. If you are looking for a great attorney I would highly recommend Tim.
2nd DUI With Refusal
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Current law enforcement official, as well a young man with 2 college degrees and military service with past law enforcement. Since the age of 10 I wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. Under the limit under arrest was my encounter. This was the worst experience of my life. I thought my entire life/world was falling apart. I was not intoxicated but arrested still. Everything in my entire life was going to be taken away from me, I need the best lawyer I could find. Tim Barrouk saved my life and my future, we had to go along with all the process of sitting with DJ and all the hearings but Tim was right by my side the whole time and always a phone call away. He was the best lawyer I had ever seen. Mere minutes before my trial, the worst months of my life were leading to this moment, fear, panic and more emotions than I had ever experienced. Five minutes before the trial the Trooper shook my hand and talked to my attorney Tim Barrouk. They agreed to NULL PROSS the DUI charges and completely drop it all. I was in tears for months and when I heard this news it was as if someone let the air back into my lungs. My life has never been better. I gave my life for my country, friends and family and when you are in fear of losing it all The Mcshane firm will be there 100 % of the way. I will always be in his debt. This will be the hardest experience of your life but you will be in the best hands possible. I thank god every day for giving me Tim and his staff. I am still pursing my career to the best of my ability and know my potential. A piece of mind is the best thing you can have and they WILL give it to you.
First Offense DUI
During a very difficult and trying period of my life I was unfortunately charged with a second offense DUI in York, PA. I went through all of the expected angst and fear and read the hundreds of attorney advertisements that I received in the mail throughout the following week. I did not receive an advertisement from The McShane Firm. As you might expect I was anxious to retain an attorney as I faced a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation to follow, huge fines, and a lengthy license suspension. So I picked one out the bunch and retained someone. On my first meeting, the lawyer outlined the penalties that he expected as outlined above and suggested I simply accept the minimum punishment. There was no talk of actually defending the case. It was then that several people I spoke with recommended the McShane Firm. I called and Tim Barrouck took my call immediately. He answered my questions and refused to talk about penalties and instead told me that his focus was on winning the case. I immediately called the other attorney and let him know that I was hiring Tim. It cost me my initial retainer to the first lawyer but it was one of the best decisions of my life. I cannot begin to describe Tim Barrouck adequately. He is relentless in his service to clients: answering emails on weekends, returning phone calls promptly, being patient, and demonstrating the highest degree of expertise. At both the preliminary hearing as well as the evidence suppression hearing he challenged the prosecution’s assertions and the police officer’s testimony and was able to successfully thwart many key elements of the Commonwealth’s case. It was amazing to watch Tim in the courtroom and I can only say that it was a sight to see him represent me with such confidence and zeal. In the end, Tim Barrouck was the reason why my outcome was so positive. He saved me from 90 days of jail, 4.5 years of probation, 6 months of license suspension, and thousands in fines. He was professional, accessible, personable, and actually cares about the clients he represents. He has a full legal team at the firm with a top notch paralegal assistant. This guy is the real deal folks. In my experience, you get what you pay for and Tim Barrouck is worth every penny. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being faced with a DUI charge or other serious criminal offense please take my advice and hire this man. I sincerely doubt there will be a better first choice that you can make in your defense.
Paul - Second Offense DUI
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I would highly recommend The McShane Firm.. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case and the services they provided. They were always prompt with returning emails and updating the status of my case. I will also say when I was originally charged I called them on the 24 hr answering service line and received a return phone call that afternoon, which was on a weekend and they took the time to explain my concerns. This was excellent customer service and allowed me to put my trust into The McShane Firm.
D.M - Second Offense DUI
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Your firm is prompt, personal and professional. You are understanding and sympathetic yet very forthright regarding the seriousness of my issue. Cathi was always available for questions and kept me calm throughout a very traumatic situation.
First Offense DUI
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Attorney John Barnes, Knoxville TNTim is a nationally respected DUI trial lawyer who anyone charged with a crime would be lucky to have on their side. I know Tim through the National College of DUI Defense, to which he has dedicated an enormous amount of time and resources. His efforts to stay at the forefront of the science and technique of DUI defense show in the outstanding results that he achieves in the courtroom on a regular basis.
Attorney Brian Manchester, Bellefonte PAI met Tim almost two years ago. We both belong to the National College for DUI Defense. Tim is an excellent DUI trial lawyer and his knowledge of the science behind blood and breath testing puts him in the top tier of DUI trial lawyers in the country. If you are charged with a DUI offense, Tim will put in 110% for you and I recommend him highly.
Attorney Richard Holcomb,Honolulu HII met Tim at a recent National College of DUI Defense seminar at Harvard Law School. Tim is involved in a nationally renowned DUI practice that exhibits unmatched leadership in the profession. Tim and his co-workers are your "go to" guys for DUI defense in Pennsylvania.
Attorney Michael Sherman, Pittsburgh PATim Barrouk is a very skilled DUI trial lawyer who has taken to heart the phrase “knowledge is power.” Tim has an extensive background in forensic science which far surpasses the everyday lawyer. He utilizes his background and experience to get superior results for his clients. Tim is someone I highly endorse to handle DUI cases.
Attorney Josh Lee, Vinita OKBeing the senior associate at the prestigious McShane Firm is plenty of evidence to show Tim as one of the nations top "young gun" DUI attorneys. He didn't get to where he is by being a decent attorney. He has the best training and experience one can get. Combine that with his dedication and willingness to fight and you have one powerful fighter on your side.
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Commonwealth v. Fredrick
Mr. Fredrick was observed by police straddling the center line of the highway and was pulled over. The officer stated that he could smell alcohol on the driver's breath and that he had failed all of the field sobriety tests. He was taken to Nason Hospital for blood testing and the report showed a blood alcohol content of 0.226%. The Commonwealth charged Fredrick with a DUI - highest rate of alcohol. After a bench trial, Fredrick was found guilty of the charges against him and was sentenced to 72 hours to 6 months incarceration, plus fines and court costs. Attorney Tim Barrouk of The McShane Firm appealed Fredrick's conviction to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. The issue presented was that the sample that was tested was serum and not whole blood and thus by law required a valid conversion factor. The Commonwealth failed on its duty to present a conversion factor. Thus, the court found that "...the evidence was insufficient to establish every element of DUI- highest rate of alcohol." Therefore, the court reversed the previous conviction.
Commonwealth v. Angles
The Defendant was accused of Driving Under the Influence. An Officer followed the Defendant's vehicle and observed the vehicle leave its lane of travel on several occasions. The Officer than performed a traffic stop and had the Defendant perform standard field sobriety tests. The Defendant was then taken Gettysburg Hospital for a blood test. The Gettysburg Hospital blood test stated that the Defendant's Blood Alcohol Concentration was .231%.
At trial, a Jury convicted the Defendant of DUI with a blood alcohol content of above .16%. However, we were able to successfully appeal this verdict and the trial court awarded a new trial. Specifically, the Trial Court held that the weight of the evidence did not support the blood alcohol result.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Michaels
This case involved a Petition to Compel the Commonwealth to provide a duplicate copy of a computer hard drive for expert analysis in a child pornography case. Under Federal Law, a duplicate copy of the hard drive will only be provided to an expert to view in the government’s facility. This greatly restricts the expert’s ability to perform a comprehensive analysis of the hard drive because the expert is not able to bring his full reference library and all of his equipment. Additionally, it forces the expert to work with unfamiliar systems. The Court held that Federal Law did not supercede the Pennsylvania Discovery Rules and therefore issued a protective order for our expert to receive the mirror image hard drive and perform comprehensive analysis. This provides the Defendant with the opportunity to fully address the alleged evidence against him.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Francis
Police received a dispatch from an individual at a movie theater who stated that they saw the Defendant fall over and that there was a bottle of wine under the seat. The caller then followed the Defendant to his vehicle and stated that he appeared intoxicated. The caller then provided the police with the Defendant’s license plate number and make and model of vehicle. Police identified the vehicle and began to follow it. While the police were following the vehicle, the vehicle was observed traveling below the speed limit and touched the yellow line. The Officer candidly testified that she did not witness a violation of the motor vehicle code or driving that would cause her to pull the vehicle over. I was successful in arguing that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to stop the Defendant’s vehicle and therefore all evidence acquired after the stop was inadmissible. Specifically, the Caller identity was never disclosed and therefore his tip had to corroborated by the Officer following the vehicle. The Court held that the Officer did not have sufficient independent observations to corroborate the tip and that the stop was not valid.