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Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorneys

Super Lawyers: Springstead and Bartish Two of 2017’s Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Grand Rapids

Attorneys Gary Springstead and Mike Bartish have been named Super Lawyers in 2017, by Super Lawyers magazine.   Attorneys are selected based on peer nominations, professional achievements, practice area, and peer reviews.  Less than 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan earn this prestigious designation, according to Super Lawyers. Springstead and Bartish began practicing together […]

2017 Electric Forest Festival Legal Update: New Judges to Handle Felony Cases in Oceana County

For the last seven years, anybody accused of a felony in Oceana County, MI, appeared in front of either the Hon. Anthony Monton or the Hon. Terrence Thomas.  While each judge had their own judicial philosophy, after decades on the bench, their views on criminal/drug cases were well known and, as the Electric Forest Festival grew, […]

Federal Drug Charges with Mandatory-Minimum Sentences More Likely

On May 10, 2017, much to the dismay of many advocates of criminal justice reform, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed federal prosecutors in a memorandum that the Justice Department would return to aggressively enforcing Federal drug laws.  This change, which represents a sharp departure from the policies of the Obama administration, almost certainly […]

Big Changes in 2017 for Newaygo County and Oceana County’s 27th Circuit Court

Judge Anthony Monton Set to Retire After serving as a Circuit Court Judge since 1988, Judge Anthony R. Monton is retiring, effective March 1, 2017.  According to the Judge, his last day on the bench is February 24, 2017. A fixture in the legal community in Oceana and Newaygo for more than four decades, Judge Monton began his legal […]

Ryan Lochte Unlikely to be Extradited to Brazil to Face Charges

United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is facing accusations, in Brazil, that he lied to the police about being robbed a gunpoint.  (See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/sports/olympics/police-say-ryan-lochte-lied-about-gunpoint-assault.html). Having already returned to the United States from Brazil, this article discusses whether he could be extradited back to Brazil to face possible charges.  As the following argument demonstrates, it is unlikely Mr. […]

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5 Tips for Traveling to the 2016 Electric Forest Festival

Electric Forest Festival 2016 The 2016 Electric Forest Festival is almost here and tens of thousands of concertgoers are getting ready to head out to the Forest. Law enforcement also knows this. If you don’t want to be the stopped by the police on your way to the Forest, review these 5 tips: Tip #1 […]

Federal Sentence Reduction Possible

U.S. Supreme Court Declares Armed Career Criminal Act Unconstitutional Sixth Circuit Applies Decision Retroactively In In re: Watkins, The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Johnson v. United States, which struck down as unconstitutional the “residual clause” of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), is retroactive to cases on […]

Are Robert Durst’s Recorded Statements Admissible in Court?

HBO recently aired a riveting mini series called “The Jinx:  the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”  At the end of the series (spoiler alert), Durst is interviewed and inadvertently makes what appear to be some highly incriminating statements.  After reading a New York Times article (found here), I wanted to take a closer look […]

Penalties for 1st Offense Drunk Driving in Muskegon Michigan

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 […]