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Penalties for 1st Offense Drunk Driving in Muskegon Michigan

Hon. Raymond Kostzrewa
Hon. Raymond Kostzrewa

This past week, a client had a sentencing in Muskegon, MI, after pleading guilty to drunk driving (DUI / OWI) first offense.  It was a pretty routine DUI overall.  My client had never been in trouble before and his/her BAC was over the legal limit but well-below a high-BAC.  The only aggravating factor was that my client fell asleep and went off the road.   Continue reading Penalties for 1st Offense Drunk Driving in Muskegon Michigan

Grand Rapids DUI Attorney Pokes Holes in Deflate Gate

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New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady

The scandal du jour in the N.F.L. is “deflate gate,” the recent allegation that the New England Patriots may have under-inflated their footballs in the N.F.C. championship game in order to gain some type of tactical advantage, i.e., better grip on the ball in cold, wet weather.  After listening to the breathless chatter about deflate gate, it occurred to me that deflate gate really wasn’t that much different than your typical DUI case.  Applying the principals of metrology—the science of measurements—(the very same scientific principles used estimate the accused’s B.A.C. in DUI case) and a dose of common sense, it is evident that there are many holes in this story.  Here’s why: Continue reading Grand Rapids DUI Attorney Pokes Holes in Deflate Gate

Marijuana Drug Charges in Grand Rapids in a State of Flux

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Grand Rapids Office of Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law, PLLC

In November 2012, voters in Grand Rapids approved a city charter amendment that essentially decriminalized the possession of use and marijuana within the city of limits of Grand Rapids…sort of.  The charter amendment makes the possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil infraction (the equivalent of a traffic ticket) instead of a misdemeanor. The civil infractions carry a penalty of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $100 for a third offense. Continue reading Marijuana Drug Charges in Grand Rapids in a State of Flux

Sexual Assaults on Campus

This morning I stumbled upon a great piece on the unfair legal process being employed in sexual assault investigations and adjudications on college campuses, when I was reading one of my favorite op-ed writers, David Brooks of the New York Times.  Every year he gives out awards for the best online articles, called the “The Sidneys,” and this year he recommended one called “The College Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffee of Slate.com.  Here are my comments on the article and the problems with sexual assault claims that occur on campus: Continue reading Sexual Assaults on Campus

Muskegon County Jail Makes More Room at the “Inn”

Just a quick update from my visit to Muskegon yesterday.  The expansion of the Muskegon County Jail appears to be making progress.

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Muskegon County Courthouse and New Construction of Muskegon County Jail

According to Mlive, the new jail is supposed to be completed in June of 2015 and cost over $37 million and is expected to house over 500 additional inmates.  This will undoubtedly make it more difficult for those convicted of felonies or misdemeanors to avoid jail due to overcrowding, as has been common in the past. Continue reading Muskegon County Jail Makes More Room at the “Inn”

Ludington Michigan’s New Felony Court Judge Sworn-In

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The Mason County Court
House, Ludington, Michigan

Ludington Michigan’s Circuit Court Judge-Elect Susan Sniegowski was officially sworn-in as Mason County’s Circuit Court Judge, the first female Judge in Mason County history.  Sniegowski’s term officially begins January 1st, 2015, though a swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday, December 22, 2014.  Click here for more coverage from the local media, including a video of event in which the sitting Judges and audience members talk about Sniegowski. Continue reading Ludington Michigan’s New Felony Court Judge Sworn-In

Drunk Driving (DUI OWI OUIL OUID) in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids

If you been arrested for or are charged with drunk driving (dui owi ouil ouid)  in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, or anywhere else in West Michigan, check out our guide on how to analyze a drunk driving/dui case.  This video provides a step-by-step analysis of how our criminal defense attorneys / lawyers defend drunk driving / dui cases.

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Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer in West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, etc.): How to Choose the Best Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer for Your Criminal Case

If you are facing criminal charges in state or federal court, it is imperative that you have the best criminal defense attorney you can find to handle your case.  The stakes are high, as a conviction may lead to jail or prison, fines/costs, probation/parole, restitution, public registration in certain sex offenses, unemployment or difficulty finding a job, restrictions on travel, loss of gun and voting rights, inter alia.  So, how do you find the best attorney to handle your case?  The answer depends on what you traits you are looking for and your objective(s).  Here are some qualities/questions to consider before you hire an attorney: Continue reading Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer in West Michigan (Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, etc.): How to Choose the Best Criminal Defense Attorney / Lawyer for Your Criminal Case

Drunk Driving (OWI, DUI, OUIL) in Grand Rapids, MI: What to Do If you are Pulled Over (A Guide to Handling a Stop by the Police)

Downtown Grand Rapids will be hosting a number of fun and exciting events in the next couple of weeks.  The Arena District will host it’s 9th annual Mardi Gras celebration this Thursday, March 4.  Laughfest runs March 6 though March 16 and has an even better lineup of comedians than last year.   Irish on Ionia, scheduled for March 15, 2014, will be twice the size as last years St. Patrick’s day celebration. Continue reading Drunk Driving (OWI, DUI, OUIL) in Grand Rapids, MI: What to Do If you are Pulled Over (A Guide to Handling a Stop by the Police)