An Entire Law Firm Dedicated to Criminal
Defense in Grand Rapids and West Michigan
The attorneys at Springstead & Bartish Law focus almost exclusively on criminal law/defense. Why? We believe it gives our attorneys and our clients an advantage in defending criminal charges in state court and federal court. After all, most prosecutors practice in only one area of the law: criminal law. In order to level the playing field, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on criminal defense. The depth of knowledge and experience that comes from focusing on criminal defense day-in-and-day-out makes us better at what we do. It allows us the time and the experience to master all the various aspects of a criminal case in order to get better result for our clients.
This includes mastering: the pre-charge investigation; grand jury investigations; pre-charge plea bargaining (before the prosecution becomes entrenched in the case); cooperation; arraignment; bond/detention hearings; discovery; effective plea negotiations (including knowing a good deal from a bad deal); filing pre-trial motions (with an aim toward winning the case or excluding critical evidence from trial); jury selection; the rules of evidence; jury trials; cross-examination; post-trial motions for acquittal or new trial; pre-sentence interviews PSI's), pre-sentence investigation reports (PSR's); the sentencing guidelines; motions for downward departures/variances; sentencing; deferred sentences; deferred plea agreements; alternatives to traditional incarceration; and making persuasive written and oral arguments on appeal. Mastering these areas of practice is critical if you want to be regarded as one of the best criminal defense attorneys/best criminal defense firms in West Michigan. If we didn't focus our practice on criminal defense, it would be difficult to master all the different aspects of a criminal case, any one of which could make a tremendous difference in our clients' cases.
When you hire the Grand Rapids criminal law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law, PLLC, our attorneys use their unique experience and in-depth knowledge of state and federal criminal law to try and win your case or get you the best possible results. We defend criminal cases throughout West Michigan and regularly appear in courts in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, White Cloud, Hudsonville, Hart, Ludington, Holland, and Allegan.
One Former J.A.G. Attorney and Two Former F.B.I. Agents
Springstead & Bartish Law is led by a former active-duty Judge Advocate General and two former F.B.I. Special Agents. This unique experience allows us to better understand what prosecutors and investigators think, how they will build their cases, the strategies they are likely to pursue, and the best means of countering the prosecution’s case and presenting a compelling defense. There simply is no substitute for this type of experience.
Award-Winning, Local Attorneys
West Michigan is our home. This is important because we believe a criminal defense attorney is most effective when he or she knows the prosecutor as well as the judge on a case. When you know your audience and your adversary, we believe you can tailor your arguments more effectively. We are zealous advocates for our clients while still being personable and professional. This approach has earned us a reputation as honorable yet formidable advocates. In fact, both Mr. Springstead and Mr. Bartish have been named Rising Stars in Super Lawyers magazine in 2011-2013 and earned Superb 10.0 Ratings on Avvo, while earning Avvo's Client Choice Award.
Compassionate, Personable, and Trustworthy
Being accused of a crime can take a toll on a person and a family. We understand. That’s why we take every case personally and never lose sight of our goal—to win your case or get you the best result possible. At Springstead & Bartish Law, our attorneys are easy to reach and personable, will guide you through what can be a daunting process, answer your questions, explain where your case is headed, and lay out a strategy for a successful resolution. Our clients seem to appreciate this approach, which has produced excellent results and satisfied clients.