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United States Sentencing Commission Proposing Reduction in ALL Federal Drug Offenses

The United States Sentencing Commission voted on January 9, 2014 to publish proposed guideline amendments that would lower by two levels the base offense level for all federal drug trafficking crimes.  This proposed change would like lower sentences by an average of 11 months and reduce the number of federal prisoners by an estimated 6,550 […]

Springstead & Bartish Among Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Grand Rapids and the State of Michigan

(Photo:  Front Row (L-R): Charles “Chip” Chamberlain, Larry Willey, Jeffrey J. O’Hara; Back Row (L-R) Mike R. Bartish, Gary K. Springstead, and J. Terrance Dillon (not pictured:  James Brady)) Seven Grand Rapids area criminal defense attorneys have earned the prestigious designation of “Super Lawyer” for criminal law in 2014.  The Super Lawyer award is bestowed […]

Oceana County Prosecutor Releases Criminal Arrest / Charges Total from Electric Forest in Rothbury

Despite the record turnout this year, there were actually fewer criminal arrests and charges stemming from the Electric Forest Festival this year.  The Oceana County Prosecutor (Joe Bizon) in Hart, MI, told the media (click here for story) that the police investigated more than 70 incidents at the Festival, but ended up seeking charges against […]

Electric Forest Festival – Know Your Rights (video) re Drug Charges

Check out our video on the Electric Forest Festival (click here).  If you are approached by the police or charged with a drug charge at the festival, it is important for you to know your rights.

Update: Traffic stops and arrests at the Electric Forest Festival

The festival is now under way and the weather today (Friday) is beautiful here in West Michigan.  Some people, however, might not have been fortunate enough to make it all the way to the festival yesterday.  Word on the street is that there were nearly 50 traffic stops along I-94 yesterday, where it seems the […]

Early Update on Electric Forest Festival

Gary K. Springstead Concertgoers heading out to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan, can camp at the Double JJ ranch at the Good Life before the concert starts, beginning as early as Weds. (click here for more information).  You might want to consider this just to beat the traffic. (click here for more information […]

ELECTRIC FOREST FESTIVAL ARREST FAQ’S

FAQ’s About Arrests or Tickets from the Electric Forest Festival Gary K. Springstead If you have been arrested or received a ticket at the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, the attorneys at Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law will be on-call 24/7 for this years Electric Forest Festival.  Every year (we have been handling festival cases since Electric Forest […]

The Department of Justice Supports Retroactive Application of Pending Reduced Drug Guideline Amendment under Certain Circumstances

As we have detailed in previous blog posts, the United States Sentencing Commission recently proposed amendments to the federal drug trafficking guidelines.  The proposed amendment would like lower sentences by an average of 11 months and reduce the number of federal prisoners by an estimated 6,550 within five years, according to Commission estimates.  On April […]

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 […]

Update on Status of Electric Forest Festival

I went to Court today to hear for myself the status of this year’s concert.  What follows is a synopsis of what I gathered in Court today about the pending legal dispute (see article for more information): 1) The Electric Forest Festival’s promoter, AEG, tried to intervene in a court case to protect a 20-year […]