Patrick Trese graduated from Michigan State University (B.A.) and the University of Detroit Mercy (M.A. and J.D.). Mr. Trese served as a law clerk for District Court of Appeals Judge Pat M. Donofrio in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He began his career in Michigan working in the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in the Health Care Fraud Unit. Mr. Trese gained experience as a prosecutor working in both the Wayne County, Michigan, and the Oakland County, Michigan, Prosecutor’s Offices.
In 2001 Mr. Trese relocated to Florida and started working as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. In that capacity Mr. Trese handled a wide range of criminal cases including Murder, Vehicular Homicide and Capital Sexual Battery offenses. During his tenure at the State Attorney’s Office, he served as the Chief of County Court Division. Mr. Trese was responsible for overseeing the prosecution of roughly five thousand DUI cases per year, supervising hundreds of prosecutors during his time as Chief of the County Court Division. He was responsible for directing the strategy employed by the State Attorney’s Office regarding DUI motion practice. He litigated numerous DUI related motions in 11th Circuit County Court Division, the 11th Circuit Court Division and in the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Additionally, Mr. Trese was a member of the Traffic Homicide Unit for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and he prosecuted some of the most serious DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide cases in Miami-Dade County. Mr. Trese was also a member of the Sexual Battery Unit/Child Abuse Unit for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He tried numerous serial rapist and capital sexual battery cases during his tenure. Many of his cases appeared on CNN and other media outlets in the United States and internationally.
Mr. Trese has lectured throughout the State of Florida about a limitless array of DUI related topics including: The Uniform Material Witness Act and DUI, the “Source Code” and DUI, and legal challenges to the admissibility of breath, blood and urine test results. He has also lectured about the admissibility of “forced” blood draws in DUI cases. Mr. Trese received the Prosecution of Distinction Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2009
In April 2010, he left the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to start a new law practice which focusses on criminal defense. With over 100 trials and countless hours of motion practice Mr. Trese is a seasoned trial lawyer that has a reputation for being a passionate advocate. Mr. Trese is licensed to practice in state courts in Florida and Michigan and practices in federal courts within the Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the League of Prosecutors, the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Miami-Dade Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.