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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 […]

Marijuana Drug Charges in Grand Rapids in a State of Flux

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 […]

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 […]

Great News: Electric Forest for the Foreseeable Future!

The Double JJ Ranch and the producers of the Electric Forest have come to an agreement that will ensure that the show will go on for, at least, the next ten years.  After the legal battles that threatened the show this past year, that is great news!  And your Electric Forest Attorneys at Springstead Bartish […]

Will the Legalization of Marijuana Increase Traffic Deaths?

As this article shows, the government will be carefully studying the affects of the legalization of marijuana on traffic deaths.  

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.

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 […]

Transporting Medical Marijuana Law Can Trip Up Medical Marijuana Users

Springstead Bartish & Borgula Law has recently handled a number of cases where medical marijuana users were charged with violating the state of Michigan’s new Improper Transportation of Marijuana Law.  The new law, called “Transporting or Possession of Usable Marihuana” took effect on April 1st of 2013.  This marijuana law  impacts the rights of medical marijuana patients […]