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.
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
Tim Barrouk and the McShane Law Firm are deserved of their reputation. Tim was professional and empathetic to my case. I was filled with confidence from the moment we spoke until the case was closed. Tim answered all my calls and emails timely and courteously. I never felt like I was "just another case." He was very supportive and made me as calm as possible during this porcess. Tim also was able to get the EXACT outcome we had hoped as a best case scenario at the beginning of the timeline. He worked tirelessly as my advocate as saved my family and my career. I owe Mr. Barrouk and the McShane Law Firm a great deal of gratitude. Thank you!
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I had received a dui charge after a wreck. I was held over night. In the early morning I made some calls. I ended up contacting mcshane law. I was automatically directly hooked up with Timothy. He spoke for a few minutes with me and decided almost instantly to take my case. From day I fell the time and energy he put into my case was worth every penny paid. He was aggressive and strategic. He left nothing to chance. In the end he used new law and unforseen time lines and got me just a pittance of what I was facing. All the while I just went about my daily life. I highly recommend Timothy and his law firm. They say you get what you pay for and that is spot on with this gentleman. Thanks tim.
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Great lawyer, put in a lot of time for my case,and was willing to help in any way he could. Answered calls and was ways prompt with e- mail.
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Tim was there for me through every step of my DUI case. He was patient, knowledgeable, honest and always looking out for my best interest. He won my case, keeping my record squeaky clean. Beyond thankful for Tim!
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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.
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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.